Het is vandaag ook al 45 jaar geleden dat de Amerikaanse platenproducer Lou Reizner is overleden. Hij zal vooral bekend blijven als de ontdekker van Rod Stewart.
Born in Chicago, Reizner started off as a singer and recorded a 7-track EP of classic cowboy songs entitled ‘Chante Cow-Boy’ for the French label van linkse signatuur Le Chant Du Monde (zie bovenstaande afbeelding), before going to work for Mercury Records, waar hij o.a. de vertegenwoordiger van Soeur Sourire in de VS was.
He produced Dick Campbell’s debut album Dick Campbell Sings Where Its At in 1965, using Mike Bloomfield and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, who had previously backed Bob Dylan, to give a Dylanesque sound. Reizner was a keen talent spotter, and moved to England in 1966 where he produced Big Jim Sullivan. Being a keen fan of symphonic rock, he gave the Greek band Aphrodite’s Child their name. In October 1968 he signed Rod Stewart to his first solo contract and produced his first two albums An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down and Gasoline Alley.
Reizner’s output was extremely varied. In 1971 he produced Brazilian Tropicalismo artist Caetano Veloso’s third self-titled album (also known as A Little More Blue), but his absolute favourite remained symphonic rock.
Thus he conceived and produced the orchestral version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy by the London Symphony Orchestra with the English Chamber Choir, conducted by David Measham and arranged by Will Malone. The album was launched at a live performance on 9 December 1972 at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with The LSO, The ECC, The Who and an all star cast [Rod Stewart singing “Pinball wizard”, see further tracklist here]. Reizner continued his symphonic rock work, with Rick Wakeman’s concept album Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Issued in 1974, this also featured the LSO and the ECC, conducted by Measham and arranged by Malone.
The success of these extravagant productions, encouraged him to work on the soundtrack to All This and World War II, a 1976 film comprising 20th Century Fox World War II newsreels, set to Beatles songs, re-recorded by current artists such as The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Status Quo and Peter Gabriel. Although the film fared badly, the soundtrack album charted in the UK and US. The album included Elton John’s version of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, which had been issued in 1974, and Rod Stewart’s version of “Get Back” which became a UK hit single.
Reizner was still working prolifically, when he died of colon cancer, in June 1977. (Wikipedia)