Today EMI will mark Sir George Martin's 50th anniversary in the music industry with the UK release of a numbered, limited edition 6-CD box set retrospective of 153 of his recordings produced called Produced By George Martin. It will be released in the USA on July 17. Sir Paul does not hide his respect for Sir George who is best known, of course, for his work as the Beatles producer, a skill Sir Paul claims he learned back in 1943 in the British Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm where he was trained as an observer in Trinidad :"I think it is an incredible stroke of fate that he had that experience. That's what a producer does. He doesn't write the songs or play them he doesn't fly the plane but he is in charge. And that, tied in with his music, made him the perfect producer for the Beatles. The producer's role is not to come up with ideas. That is one misconception about people who worked with the Beatles, that they gave the ideas. Most of the ideas came from within the group. George assimilated it all. He accommodated us. I think a lesser producer might not have done."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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