Brendan O'Brien

born on 23/6/1960 in Atlanta, GA, United States

Brendan O'Brien (music producer)

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Brendan O'Brien (music producer)

Brendan O'Brien (born June 23, 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a record producer, mixer, engineer, and musician.

At age 14, O'Brien played guitar for the Atlanta-based cover band Pranks. In the late 1970s, he moved on to writing, performing and recording with the band Samurai Catfish. In the 1980s, he performed studio work with many local artists, including the Indigo Girls and the Downtown Executives, and played bass with The Georgia Satellites for a short time. He played guitar on the Atlanta Rhythm Section's 1989 album Truth in a Structured Form. His studio career was propelled by the success of the first Black Crowes album, Shake Your Money Maker, on which he played guitar and bass and engineered.

Along with his wife Robin and three daughters Jackie, Allie, and Hannah, O'Brien left his home base of Atlanta in the early 1990s to pursue his career in Los Angeles. He began working at Geffen Records under Rick Rubin, producing bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. O'Brien returned to Atlanta in 1991.

In the mid 1990s, O'Brien became vice president of Epic Records and the Epic imprint 57 Records. He also played a Hammond organ for Bob Dylan's appearance on MTV Unplugged. In 1995 he joined Pearl Jam and Neil Young on keyboard for the Mirror Ball tour across Europe.

In 2002, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for his work on Bruce Springsteen's The Rising. In 2009, he was awarded the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. To date, 14 of the albums O'Brien has produced have reached #1 in the United States of America on the Billboard Hot 200 Charts.

Selected discography

  • 1984: Call of the Wild - The Swinging Richards
  • 1988: In the Spirit of Things - Kansas (Engineer)
  • 1990: Shake Your Money Maker - The Black Crowes (Engineer, "A potpourri of instruments")
  • 1990: Danzig II: Lucifuge - Danzig (Engineer)
  • 1991: Dice Rules - Andrew Dice Clay (Engineer, Mixer)
  • 1991: Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Engineer, Mixer, Organ, Mellotron, Marimba)
  • 1992: Jackyl - Jackyl (Producer, Engineer, Mixer)
  • 1992: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion - The Black Crowes (Engineer)
  • 1992: Hollywood Town Hall - The Jayhawks (Engineer, Mixer)
  • 1992: Core - Stone Temple Pilots (Producer)
  • 1993: Wandering Spirit - Mick Jagger (Guitar)
  • 1993: Get a Grip - Aerosmith (Mixer)
  • 1993: 14 Songs - Paul Westerberg (Mixer)
  • 1993: Vs. - Pearl Jam (Producer, Mixer)
  • 1994: Dogman - King's X (Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion)
  • 1994: Necktie Second - Pete Droge (Producer, Mixer, Bass, Guitar, Harmonium, Organ)
  • 1994: Superunknown - Soundgarden (Mixer)
  • 1994: Purple - Stone Temple Pilots (Producer, Engineer, Mixer)
  • 1994: Vitalogy - Pearl Jam (Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Organ on "Betterman")
  • 1995: 100% Fun - Matthew Sweet (Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Electric Harp, Harpsichord, Clavinet, Mellotron)
  • 1995: MTV Unplugged - Bob Dylan (Hammond Organ)
  • 1995: Mirror Ball - Neil Young (Producer, Mixer, Piano, Guitar, Background Vocals)
  • 1996: Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop - Stone Temple Pilots (Producer, Handclapping, Clavinet, Organ, Piano, Percussion, Tambourine, Handclapping)
  • 1996: Eventually - Paul Westerberg (Producer, Guitar, Keyboards)
  • 1996: Evil Empire - Rage Against the Machine (Producer)
  • 1996: Find a Door - Pete Droge (Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocals)
  • 1996: No Code - Pearl Jam (Producer, Mixer, Piano)
  • 1997: Blue Sky on Mars - Matthew Sweet (Producer, Mixer, Piano)
  • 1997: Interiors - Brad (Mixer, Keyboards, Guitar)
  • 1998: Yield - Pearl Jam (Producer, Mixer)
  • 1998: Spacey and Shakin' - Pete Droge (Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocals)
  • 1998: Follow the Leader - Korn (Mixer)
  • 1998: Fallout - The Mayfield Four (Mixer)
  • 1999: Significant Other - Limp Bizkit (Mixer)
  • 1999: No. 4 - Stone Temple Pilots (Producer, Mixer, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocals)
  • 1999: The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine (Producer, Mixer)
  • 1999: Issues - Korn (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2000: Binaural - Pearl Jam (Mixer)
  • 2000: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - Limp Bizkit (Mixer)
  • 2000: No Name Face - Lifehouse (Mixer)
  • 2000: Conspiracy of One - The Offspring (Producer)
  • 2000: Renegades - Rage Against the Machine (Producer, "The Ghost of Tom Joad")
  • 2001: Spiritual Machines - Our Lady Peace (Mixer)
  • 2001: Drops of Jupiter - Train (Producer, Mixer, Keyboards)
  • 2001: Shangri-La Dee Da - Stone Temple Pilots (Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Percussion)
  • 2002: Lovehatetragedy - Papa Roach (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2002: The Rising - Bruce Springsteen (Producer, Mixer, Glockenspiel, Hurdy Gurdy, Orchestral Bells)
  • 2002: Stanley Climbfall - Lifehouse (Mixer)
  • 2002: Riot Act - Pearl Jam (Mixer)
  • 2002: Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo - Aimee Mann (Producer)
  • 2003: The Thorns - The Thorns (Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, Marxophone, Hurdy Gurdy, Bass, Harmonica)
  • 2003: My Private Nation - Train (Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Marxophone, Background Vocals)
  • 2003: Vulture Street - Powderfinger (Mixer)
  • 2003: Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit (Mixer)
  • 2003: Splinter - The Offspring (Producer, Mixer, Piano)
  • 2004: A Crow Left of the Murder... - Incubus (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2004: Welcome to the North - The Music (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2004: Alive at Red Rocks - Incubus (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2005: All the Stars and Boulevards - Augustana (Producer)
  • 2005: Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen (Producer, Mixer, Bass, Sitar, Tamboura, Hurdy Gurdy, Sarangui)
  • 2005: Out of Exile - Audioslave (Mixer)
  • 2005: Rebel, Sweetheart - The Wallflowers (Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocals)
  • 2005: Shine - Trey Anastasio (Producer, Mixer, Co-Writer, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals)
  • 2006: For Me, It's You - Train (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2006: Revelations - Audioslave (Producer)
  • 2006: Light Grenades - Incubus (Producer)
  • 2007: Nighttiming - Coconut Records (Mixer)
  • 2007: One Man Revolution - The Nightwatchman (Producer, Instrumentation)
  • 2007: Libertad - Velvet Revolver (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2007: Magic - Bruce Springsteen (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2008: The Sun and the Moon - The Bravery (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2008: The Fabled City - The Nightwatchman (Producer, Instrumentation)
  • 2008: Black Ice - AC/DC (Producer)
  • 2009: Working on a Dream - Bruce Springsteen (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2009: Ten Redux - Pearl Jam (Mixer)
  • 2009: Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage (Co-Producer)
  • 2009: Crack the Skye - Mastodon (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2009: Billy Talent III - Billy Talent (Producer, Mixer, Piano, Mellotron)
  • 2009: Backspacer - Pearl Jam (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2010: Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place - Anberlin (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2010: Flamingo - Brandon Flowers (Producer, Mixer, Timpani, Bass, Guitars, Tubular Bells, Tambourine, Shaker, Background Vocals)
  • 2011: Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray - Seether (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2011: If Not Now, When? - Incubus (Producer, Mixer)
  • 2011: The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating - The Living End (Mixer)
  • 2012: Scars and Stories - The Fray (Producing, Mixer)
  • 2012: Handwritten - The Gaslight Anthem (Producing, Mixer)
  • 2012: Battle Born - The Killers
  • 2012: Conventional Weapons - My Chemical Romance
  • 2013: Sons of the Sea - Compass EP - Brandon Boyd (Producer)
  • 2013: Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam (Producer)

References

External links

  • [Brendan O'Brien (music producer) at All Music Guide Allmusic entry]
  • Photographs of Brendan O'Brien as a young guitarist
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