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Thread started 11/17/20 11:43am

MickyDolenz

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Bruce Swedien (April 19, 1934 - November 16, 2020)

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Quincy Jones: I am absolutely devastated to learn the news that we lost my dear brother-in-arms, the legendary Bruce Swedien. There are not enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me…He was without question the absolute best engineer in the business, & for more than 70 years I wouldn’t even think about going into a recording session unless I knew Bruce was behind the board. Along with the late great Rod Temperton, we reached heights that we could have never imagined & made history together.

I have always said it’s no accident that more than four decades later no matter where I go in the world, in every club, like clockwork at the witching hour you hear “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” & “Thriller.” That was the sonic genius of Bruce Swedien, & to this day I can hear artists trying to replicate him. I’m going to miss your presence every single day “Svensk”, but I will cherish every moment we shared together laughin’, lovin’, livin’, & givin’...Rest In Peace my brother. 📸: Jackie Sallow

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #1 posted 11/17/20 12:09pm

funkaholic1972

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Ouch, not Bruce! At least he reached a very respectable age. RIP and thank you for your great work Mr. Swedien! heart

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #2 posted 11/17/20 2:01pm

kitbradley

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Quincy, Bruce and Rod. Music will never see anything like that again.

"It's not nice to fuck with K.B.! All you haters will see!" - Kitbradley
"The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." - Socrates
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Reply #3 posted 11/17/20 5:01pm

slyjackson

REST IN PEACE, I told you he was gonna die within the next three weeks but died just a week after I told you.

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Reply #4 posted 11/18/20 1:29pm

PatrickS77

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slyjackson said:

REST IN PEACE, I told you he was gonna die within the next three weeks but died just a week after I told you.

Wow. I'm sure you're proud now. confused

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Reply #5 posted 11/18/20 2:08pm

alphastreet

Rip, very sad news
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Reply #6 posted 11/18/20 3:49pm

slyjackson

PatrickS77 said:

slyjackson said:

REST IN PEACE, I told you he was gonna die within the next three weeks but died just a week after I told you.

Wow. I'm sure you're proud now. confused

No of course not, but my prediction was spot on.

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Reply #7 posted 11/18/20 4:15pm

Goddess4Real

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RIP pray My fav part of Smooth Criminal from Bad (1987) is around 2:40, its Bruce Swedien's voice saying "Alright, I want everybody to clear the area right now!" nod https://www.youtube.com/w...e=youtu.be


Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #8 posted 11/18/20 4:25pm

wilmer

R.I.P. Bruce Swedien. The best that ever did it. His work helped enhanced the sound of Michael and countless others.
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Reply #9 posted 11/22/20 7:57pm

Superstition

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Didn't even hear a blip about this until just now. Sad, although he lived a full life, and got to make some of the most legendary recordings of all time.

I'm not musically inclined, but because of the stuff I've read about Bruce's engineering - which is a form of music direction and production in itself - I always love listening to the sonics of an album.

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Reply #10 posted 11/23/20 7:40am

Cinny

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His book, In The Studio With Michael Jackson, is delightful. He was definitely a master in making recordings that sounded great out of any kind of speaker technology found around the globe.

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Reply #11 posted 11/24/20 8:35pm

tump

I still haven't taught myself to pronounce his surname properly after always thinking it was a certain way. Thanks for the recordings.

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