Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas
“My Peluso 22 47 SE and one of my pair of 67’s. These are absolutely true to the originals, only new. Kind of a “time warp” thing. They sound amazing! They were a big part of this new Aerosmith album I just produced and I plan on them being a big part of everything else I do. Thanks John,” -Jack Douglas

For Legendary Child Jack used the 22 47 SE to record Steven Tyler’s vocals & a pair of P-67 for drum overheads with Joey Kramer:

Jack Douglas is an American record producer. He was born in New York City. Starting out as folk musician and performer, he worked on Robert Kennedy’s senatorial campaign as a song-writer. Douglas then moved to England and joined a succession of bands before returning to New York to attend the Institute of Audio Research as a member of its first graduating class. His first professional job was at the new recording studio Record Plant Studios, not as producer or engineer, but as the janitor. Soon he was working at the recording desk contributing to projects by Miles Davis, The James Gang, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Montrose, Rough Cutt, Artful Dodger, Moxy, Flipp, and Mountain.

Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas

A chance encounter with a group member led Douglas to help engineer The Who’s early (aborted) sessions for Who’s Next at The Record Plant. After this landmark recording he was given a chance to engineer John Lennon’s classic Imagine album. Douglas and Lennon formed a close bond and worked together for the remainder of Lennon’s short life.

As a Record Plant staff engineer Douglas also forged working relationships with Patti Smith, Blue Öyster Cult, the New York Dolls, Cheap Trick, Starz and most notably Aerosmith. Douglas engineered and produced Aerosmith’s albums, from 1974’s Get Your Wings to 1975’s Toys in the Attic, 1976’s Rocks and 1977’s Draw the Line. His close relationship with Aerosmith extended beyond producing and engineering as Douglas was also a musical contributor to the group when they came up short of material on their projects. He was often given the nickname of “the sixth member” of Aerosmith, due to his close relationship with the band. Douglas was replaced as producer by the band for the 1979 release Night in the Ruts, but Douglas was to again work with the group on some of their more recent material, including 2004’s Honkin’ on Bobo, as well as 1982’s Rock in a Hard Place and several of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s solo albums. The band continues to maintain a cordial friendship with Douglas. In fact, Aerosmith’s bass player Tom Hamilton announced that Jack Douglas is going to join the band again to write and produce their first studio album with original material in ten years.

1978 saw Douglas work with the Australian group Skyhooks as executive producer on their Guilty Until Proven Insane album (which included the track “Women in Uniform” which was later covered by Iron Maiden).

In 1980 Douglas was working as producer with Lennon and Yoko Ono on their penultimate Double Fantasy album (for which he won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year). During the same sessions he worked on another Lennon/Ono album Milk and Honey that was to be released later, but Lennon’s murder cut that project short (an unfinished version of the album was released in 1984). 

Since then he has kept working as an engineer and producer, reuniting with Aerosmith for three more albums and producing CDs for artists such as Supertramp, Clutch, Local H, Slash’s Snakepit (solo-project of ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash) and in 2006 the return of the New York Dolls. He is currently working with the Michael Monroe band on their forthcoming album.

Douglas also teaches a studio etiquette class at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, California.

Jack used Peluso mics with both acclaimed albums ‘Sensory Overdrive’ by Michael Monroe and ‘Music from another Dimension’ by Aerosmith. The Peluso P-67’s on drum overheads on both albums. Aerosmith song – ‘Legendary Child’ Peluso 22 47 SE used on vocals and vocals on Michale Monroe ‘Twist Of The Wrist’

‘Sensory Overdrive’ by Michael Monroe: “The album was produced by famed record producer Jack Douglas, who has previously worked with Aerosmith, John Lennon, Miles Davis and more. In the UK Rock Chart, the album reached #13. In Finland, “Sensory Overdrive” topped the albums chart on its first week of release and spent 22 weeks in the Top 40. The album reached gold status in December 2011 with sales exceeding 10 000 copies, making it Monroe’s most successful solo album in his native Finland. On 9 November 2011 “Sensory Overdrive” won the “Album of the Year” award at the 2011 Classic Rock magazine awards. The first single, ’78’, from the album was chosen as the Rock Song Of The Year by iTunes USA and Little Steven’s Underground Garage Radio Shows listeners voted ‘Trick Of The Wrist’ the Coolest Song Of The Year.”

“I’ve used the mic’s on many other projects and they are still some of my favorites, but I thought I would give you the more high profile two.”

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