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PWL - From the Factory Floor [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Phil Harding

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22. November 2010
To the modern pop world, Stock, Aitken and Waterman (and Waterman's PWL brand) form a key link between the analogue past and the digital present of record production and writing. The label and studios produced so many pop hits in the 1980s that their name became a byword for success and perfection; that they created a template which is expertly worked today by Simon Cowell and the like is undeniable. Phil Harding was a key player in the brand's success, becoming an in-demand producer of hugely successful records for Kylie, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Pet Shop Boys, Jesus Jones, Erasure, Depeche Mode, and others.
Successes and awards flowed, and demand for Phil's talents was high. This detailed memoir of this period of his life uniquely represents the first account of the PWL world from outside of the core trio. Packed full of anecdotes and production details, the book perfectly walks the line between gossip and insight, and is a perfect fusion of fan pleasing facts and professional and technical details. The addition of a complete discography and a technical appendix make the book a must have for any PWL fan or completist.

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Phil Harding  is still an in-demand writer, producer, mix engineer, guest speaker and lecturer. He talks at universities and colleges around the UK, often with Pete Waterman, and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Music Producers Guild and Chairman of the Joint Audio and Media Education Service. He is regularly featured and interviewed in music production magazines and websites and is remembered fondly by just about everybody who has worked with him—a rarity indeed in his business!

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The 'real' story of PWL Studios / Stock Aitken Waterman / Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, etc 22. März 2011
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From tea boy to internationally-successful record producer, Phil Harding's extraordinary music industry career spans over 30 years - from recording The Clash in the 70s to producing number ones for East 17 and Boyzone in the 1990s. Phil played a key role at PWL Studios, Pete Waterman's vision for a 'British Motown', alongside the legendary Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team, whose Hit Factory productions and mixes sold over 30 million units around the world via a surprisingly diverse CV of artists (including those above). It also produced early hits for (amongst others) one highly-determined, unknown industry newcomer, *Simon Cowell*.

Phil Harding's experience extended right from 'the top' of the organisation (mixing many classic SAW hits), down to 'the bottom' (establishing the studio and training up-and-coming engineers with state-of-the-art technology and techniques), as well as covering the creative, business (and diplomatic!) aspects of being a critically-acclaimed producer in his own right (together with Ian Curnow) and developing their own music industry profile, artists and client base, under the management of Pete Waterman.

The book is *over 600 pages* not 250 as listed on many websites, so great value. Highlights include... Phil's behind-the-scenes journey through the eventful rise (and fall) of PWL, commentaries on many classic PWL mixes, in-depth interviews on working with specific key artists of the time (Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Mel & Kim, Bananarama, Hazell Dean and Dead Or Alive), a guide to the studio building, a case study of the mixing of a No. 1 single (Kylie's `Hand On Your Heart'), Phil's PWL Discography - a comprehensive guide to his many hundreds of releases (with details, for the first time, on many unreleased PWL projects), and a new Harding/Curnow interview looking back on their time at PWL.

The book also contains an in-depth technical section, setting out a definitive description and history of music technology/recording equipment as used at PWL Studios during the 1980s, with a thorough explanation and insight given into the SAW/PWL recording/mixing techniques. Along with the inclusion of many previously-unseen photographs, at over 600 pages, `PWL From The Factory Floor - Expanded Edition' is a must-read for 80s, club, dance and pop devotees, contemporary music followers, studio technicians and creators and those with any interest in the extreme highs and lows that only pop music can provide.

SOME READER FEEDBACK... "This book is AMAZING. I hate that word. It's thrown around a lot now, but really, no other word will do. Such good value and packed to the rafters with extra stuff not in the first edition. Loved the background into individual acts (Hazell Dean, Dead Or Alive, Kylie, etc)."

"Wow. Just finished reading Phil's book from start to finish. I've read both Mike Stock's and Pete Waterman's efforts, but this is truly in a league of its own - in terms of depth and presenting the PWL story in such a vivid, definitive and 'real' way. The MS and PW books feel artificial and 'window dressing'-like, in comparison... For me, this is the business. I totally forgive Phil for brushing off my demo tape in 1989!!"

Phil Harding is now a regular speaker and guest lecturer at Universities and Colleges around the UK, and is Chairman of the Joint Audio and Media Education Service (JAMES), the Educational representative body of the MPG (Music Producers Guild) and the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services).

A double-CD of classic mixes is planned for release soon as a tie-in to the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen PWL/SAW info for the curious 14. Dezember 2011
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As a DJ during the heyday of the PWL/SAW sound I found this book to be of extreme interest. A lot of background info on numerous tracks and versions released and unreleased are covered in this very informative book. Material covering more than just your expected artists such as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Asley, Lonnie Gordon, Sonia, Sinitta, Donna Summer, Big Fun, Brother Beyond, Dead or Alive, Mel & Kim, Reynolds Girls and the like. Recommended for fans of the popular UK PWL/SAW sound.
5.0 von 5 Sternen My Archives of Hi-NRG 3. April 2014
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I have been reading the book of „Mixmaster” Phil Harding, telling the story of the PWL Hitfactory and his story there of about an 8 years period. It is the expanded version of the book and it is very interesting, it gives a 100% flashback to the era, but mostly to behind the walls (and scenes) of PWL.
Besides being very fascinating (although in some sections it is really focused on technical details and professional studio stuff, like equipment of the time) it also make me feel some sort of jealous – it must have been amazing to be there with all the ups and downs and fights within the building and in the music industry of the UK of the 1980s.

The best has been reading about some of the songs that I covered, their story of creation, how those were originally recorded & mixed and also comparing them to the procedure of us remaking. It is history.

This also brought some memories back to me, how my acquaintance started with Hi-NRG, especially with the hits coming of the conveyor belt of PWL and I realized: I have my own archives - the tape cassettes I still sore in box in our studio…

It all started in Spain, early 1990s, when I was at the beginning of my teenage years, during a family vacation. And of course it started with Kylie. I knew some her songs, really not a lot, but I also knew that whatever I heard of her was so great. I have had no records from her on my own, not I really knew that behind her is the trio of Stock – Aitken - Waterman. So one evening, walking in the pedestrian zone with my parents in one of those small, summer paradise towns on the coastline of Spain and in one of those typical shops for tourist that had a big, revolving display of tape cassettes I saw one from Kylie. It was a 4-track (2 track / side) cassette of What Do I Have To Do and Step Back In Time. I remember how nicely I was asking my mother to buy it for me. Well, she did and I have been storing it carefully for so many years along with many other tape cassettes of the old times, my musical archives. (For “gourmands” of PWL: it was a licensed version, released by a Spanish record label of the time, not an original PWL issue, but the tracks were original and pure Kylie with the unbeatable SAW music. A “double sided” single release of remixes of the two songs and an instrumental version of each.)
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