other records produced by M.Most
Mickie is a very underrated producer because he's mostly known for
his pop stuff, but of course he has a hell of a pedigree going back
to the Animals in the early 1960's. And he did a good albums with
Jeff Beck, 'Truth' and 'Beck Ola' among other things, and
he has a quick mind technically and musically, even though he's not
really a trained musician, he has a very fast ear.
And he'd get it, and he knows what you're talking about.
He's pretty impressive to work with.
The first time I worked with him was on Donovan's 'Cosimic Wheels'
album. As usual I was always coming up with lots of ideas and
Mickie told me, 'Shut up, Spedding, this is a Donovan album,
not a Spedding album!'
He was right, of course.
The record had to showcase the artiste and no one else.
To illustrate what a great producer he was and
how he would always find a way to recognize and not waste talent,
a few days after the 'Shut up!' incident he said to me
'Chris, I notice you have a lot of good ideas,
and I want you to write some string arrangement for the album.'
I had never been asked by a producer to write string arrangement
before and although they turned out good,
I have never been asked since. But Mickie knew how to best utilise
the talent at his disposal for the project in hand.