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Neil Kernon is an English musician, record producer, mixer and
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from London. He is a
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records.


Biography

Born to a musical family, Kernon's formal musical training began at the age of 4, when he started classical piano lessons, and at the age of 7 he took up classical guitar. At the age of 17, after leaving school, he got a job at
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in London as a tea boy. After six months he was promoted to tape op, and after that to assistant engineer / engineer. Working at Trident was a great opportunity for him to learn from some of the top producers and engineers in the business, and also to have the opportunity to work in various different capacities on albums by artists as varied as
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, Colin Blunstone, Hawkwind, Judas Priest, Linda Ronstadt, Mick Ronson, Queen (band), Queen, Strawbs, Supertramp, The Tremeloes, Peter Hammill, Stephane Grappelli, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Brand X to name a few. After several years, he left Trident and moved to France to work at Château d'Hérouville, Le Chateau D'Herouville studios in Pontoise, just outside Paris. After a fairly uneventful six months there, he was offered a job back in the UK, doing studio recording and mixing work, as well as live sound for the progressive rock group
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. After a couple of years working for
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, Kernon once again became freelance, and worked at a number of studios in and around London for the next several years. Studios worked at during that time included Jam, Decibel, Trident Studios, Trident, The Farmyard and Startling Studios in Tittenhurst Park, owned by Ringo Starr, where he worked for three years as chief in-house engineer. After that, Kernon started doing production and mixing work in the US, and moved to New York. Through the years, Kernon has worked at many other studios worldwide, and in particular: * (New York) - Electric Lady, Hit Factory, Power Station, Mediasound, Platinum Island, Kampo Cultural Center, Quad, Right Track, Bearsville * (Los Angeles) - Record Plant, Amigo, One on One, Music Grinder, Rumbo Recorders, Sound City, Total Access (Redondo Beach) Dodge City (Glendale) * (El Paso, TX) - Village Productions / Sonic Ranch (72 albums completed between 1994 and 2005) * (Seattle, WA) - Robert Lang Studios * (Switzerland) - Mountain Studios, Montreux. * (Italy) - Jungle Sound Station, Milan * (France) - Chateau Miraval, Provence, Chateau D'Herouville, Pontoise. Kernon has worked on the production of well over 500 albums to date, produced songs for 10 major motion pictures and, in addition, has played guitar and/or keyboards on over 40 albums. He has worked with a large number of artists over the last 40 years, but may be best known for his work with Hall & Oates on three of their most important albums – 1980's ''Voices (Hall & Oates album), Voices'', 1981's ''Private Eyes (Hall & Oates album), Private Eyes'', and 1982's ''H2O (Hall & Oates album), H2O''. Kernon was the engineer/mixer on ''Voices'' and co-producer/engineer (with the duo) on the other two albums, the sales of which not only revived their careers but made them the most successful chart duo in the history of American pop music. The allmusic review of ''Private Eyes (Hall & Oates album), Private Eyes'' called it "one of their best albums and one of the great mainstream pop albums of the early '80s." and said that "the production is state of the art for 1981" The allmusic review of ''H2O (Hall & Oates album), H2O'' said that "the production and performances are precise and deliberate" but "when the productions open up a bit, the band still sounds terrific, but they never are given the opportunity to sound as big and bold as they do on Private Eyes."


Selected discography

The following are some of the albums that Neil Kernon has produced, recorded, and/or mixed, or played on. P = Produced, R = Recorded, M = Mixed, AR = Arranged, K = Keyboards, G = Guitar, PG = programming * Brian Auger, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express – Reinforcements (1975) R M * Brian Auger, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express – Live Oblivion (1975) M * Charlie (band), Charlie – Fantasy Girls (1975) R M * Headstone – Headstone (1975) R M * Patrick Moraz – The Story of I (1975) R M * Neil Diamond – I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977) R * Colin Blunstone – Never Even Thought (1978) R * The Flicks – Go for the Effect (1978) P R M * Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East (1979) M * Michael Chapman (singer) – Life on the Ceiling (1979) M * Brand X – Product (Brand X album), Product (1979) P R M * Random Hold – The View From Here (1980) R M * Orleans (band), Orleans – Orleans (1980) R * Brand X – Do They Hurt? (1980) P R M * Hall & Oates – Voices (Hall & Oates album), Voices (1980) R M *
Yes Yes or YES may refer to: * An affirmative particle in the English language; see yes and no Education * YES Prep Public Schools, Houston, Texas, US * YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday), a learning program from the Minnesota Institute for Talented ...
- Yesshows (1980) M * Kayak (band), Kayak– Merlin (Kayak album), Merlin (1981) R M * Joji Hirota – Wheel of Fortune (1981) R M * David Sancious – What I Did on my Summer Vacation (1981) P R M * Bow Wow Wow – Cowboy (1981) P R M * Dexy's Midnight Runners – Liars A to E (1981) P R M * Hall & Oates – Private Eyes (Hall & Oates album), Private Eyes (1981) P R M * Robert Hazard – Escalator of Life (1981) M * Jon Anderson – Animation (Jon Anderson album), Animation (1982) P R M * Hall & Oates – H2O (Hall & Oates album), H2O (1982) P R * Brand X – Is There Anything About? (1982) P R M * Spys – Spys (1982) P R M G * Peter Gabriel – Plays Live (1983) R * The Romantics – In Heat (The Romantics album), In Heat (1983) R M * Streets (band), Streets – 1st (album), 1st (1983) P R M * Kansas (band), Kansas – Drastic Measures (1983) P R M * Autograph (American band), Autograph – Sign In Please (1984) P R M * Kansas (band), Kansas – Best Of (1984) P R M * The Metromen, Tom Teeley – The Metromen, Tales of Glamour And Distress (1984) P R PG * Scorpions (band), Scorpions – Love at First Sting (single mixes) (1984) M * Simon Townshend, Simon Townshend's Moving Target – Moving Target (Simon Townshend album), Moving Target (1985) P R M * Dokken – Under Lock and Key (1985) P R M * Michael Bolton – Everybody's Crazy (1985) P R M K G * Aviator – Aviator (1986) P R M * Queensrÿche – Rage for Order (1986) P R M K * Shy (band), Shy – Excess All Areas (Shy album), Excess All Areas (1986) P R M * Brand X – Xtrax (1986) P R M * Dokken – Back for the Attack (1987) P R * Helix (band), Helix – Wild in the Streets (Helix album), Wild in the Streets (1987) P R M * Queensrÿche – Queensrÿche (EP), Queensrÿche (1988) P R M * Ole Evenrud, Evenrude – One Size Fits All (1989) P R M * Britny Fox – Boys in Heat (1989) P R M * FM (British band), FM – Tough It Out (1989) P R * Heaven's Edge – Heavens Edge (1990) P R M * Valentine – Valentine (1990) P R M G K * Lynch Mob (band), Lynch Mob – Wicked Sensation (1990) P R * XYZ (US band), XYZ – Hungry (XYZ album), Hungry (1991) P R * Petra (band), Petra – Unseen Power (1991) M * The Brave – Battle Cries (1991) M * Flotsam and Jetsam (band), Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (album), Cuatro (1992) P R M K AR * Star Star – The Love Drag Years (1992) M * Black Happy – Peghead (1993) P R M * Scott Springer – Hello Forever (1993) M *
Yes Yes or YES may refer to: * An affirmative particle in the English language; see yes and no Education * YES Prep Public Schools, Houston, Texas, US * YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday), a learning program from the Minnesota Institute for Talented ...
– Affirmative: The Yes Solo Family Album (1993) M * Shy (band), Shy – Welcome to the Madhouse (1994) P R * Language House – Savage Bliss (1994) P R M * Flotsam and Jetsam (band), Flotsam and Jetsam – Drift (Flotsam and Jetsam album), Drift (1995) P R K PR * Nevermore – Nevermore (album), Nevermore (1995) P R M * Podunk – Murlin's Dock (1995) P R M * Rorschach Test (band), Rorschach Test – Unclean (album), Unclean (1996) P R M PR * Billy Townes – Nocturnal (1996) M * Nihil – Drown (1996) P R M * Nevermore – In Memory EP (1996) P R M * Nevermore – The Politics of Ecstasy (album), The Politics of Ecstasy (1996) P R M K * Skrew – Shadow of Doubt (album), Shadow of Doubt (1996) P R * N17 (band), N17 – Trust No One (N17 album), Trust No One (1997) P R M PR * Naked Lunch (Austrian band), Naked Lunch - Everything Dies (album), Everything Dies (1997) PM * American Fuse – One Fell Swoop (1997) R M * Big Iron – Tierra Del Diablo (1997) R * The Clay People – The Clay People (album), The Clay People (1998) P R M * Final Cut – Atonement 2.0 (1998) P R * Nevermore – Dreaming Neon Black (1999) P R M K * Macabre (band), Macabre –Unabomber (album), Unabomber (1999) M * Sacrifice Isaac – Migraine (1999) P R M * Jeff Pilson, War & Peace – The Flesh & Blood Sessions (1999) M * N17 (band), N17 - Defy Everything (1999) P R M PG * Macabre (band), Macabre – Dahmer (album), Dahmer (2000) P R M G * Death SS – Panic (2000) P R M PG * Spiral Architect – A Sceptic's Universe (2000) P R M * Labyrinth (band), Labyrinth – Sons of Thunder (Labyrinth album), Sons of Thunder (2000) P R M * Rorschach Test (band), Rorschach Test – Peace Minus One (2000) P R M G(bass) PG * Scott McGill, Michael Manring, Vic Stevens – Addition By Subtraction (2001) P R M K * Nihil – Hollow (2001) P R M * Drop Kick Jesus – Depress the Heart (2001) P R M * The Clay People – The Headhunter Demos (2001) M * Shadow Gallery – Legacy (Shadow Gallery album) (2001) M * Cannibal Corpse – Gore Obsessed (2002) P R M * Otto's Daughter – Renew (2002) M * Scott McGill, Michael Manring, Vic Stevens – Controlled by Radar (2002) M * Red Harvest (band), Red Harvest – Sick Transit Gloria Mundi (2002) P R M * Macabre (band), Macabre – Murder Metal (2003) P R M * Akercocke – Choronzon (album), Choronzon (2003) M * Usurper – Twilight Dominion (2003) P R M G * Exhumed (band), Exhumed – Anatomy Is Destiny (2003) P R M * Diabolic – Infinity Through Purification (2003) P R M * Skinless – From Sacrifice to Survival (2003) P R M * Ion Vein – Reigning Memories (2003) P R M * Novembers Doom – To Welcome the Fade (2004) P R M G K * 3 Inches of Blood – Advance and Vanquish (2004) P R * Eminence – Humanology (2004) P R M * Deicide (band), Deicide – Scars of the Crucifix (2004) P R M * Cannibal Corpse – The Wretched Spawn (2004) P R M * Nile (band), Nile – Annihilation of the Wicked (2005) P R M *
Yes Yes or YES may refer to: * An affirmative particle in the English language; see yes and no Education * YES Prep Public Schools, Houston, Texas, US * YES (Your Extraordinary Saturday), a learning program from the Minnesota Institute for Talented ...
– The Word Is Live (2005) M * Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (2005) M * Subterranean Masquerade – Suspended Animation Dream (2005) M * Usurper – Cryptobeast (2005) P R M * Bugdust – Welcome to the City of Snakes (2005) P R M * Force of Evil – Black Empire (2005) M * Aghora (band), Aghora – Formless (2006) P R M * Torture – Storm Alert (2006) R M * Twisted Into Form – Then Comes Affliction to Awaken the Dreamer (2006) M * Pamela Moore – Stories from a Blue Room (2006) P R M * Degree Absolute – Degree Absolute (2006) M * Thrustor – Night of Fire (2006) R M * Prototype (band), Prototype – Continuum (Prototype album), Continuum (2006) M * Lori Lewis, Aesma Daeva – Dawn of the New Athens (2007) P R M * Nile (band), Nile – Ithyphallic (album), Ithyphallic (2007) P R M * Sickening Horror – When Landscapes Bled Backwards (2007) M * Captain Cutthroat – Captain Cutthroat (2007) M * The Clay People – Waking the Dead (2007) M * Usurper - Threshold of the Usurper (2007) P R M G * Jeff Loomis – Zero Order Phase (2008) P R M G K PG AR * Piledriver (band), The Exalted Piledriver – Metal Manifesto (2008) M * Last House on the Left – Among Flies (2008) M * Lord Tracy – Porn Again (2008) M * Macabre (band), Macabre – Grim Reality remix (2008) M * The Hixon – Truth Has Been Burned (2008) M * Nile (band), Nile – Those Whom the Gods Detest (2009) P R M * Switchblade (band), Switchblade – Invictus Infinitum (2009) M * Cauldron (band), Cauldron – Chained to the Nite (2009) M * Devolved (band), Devolved – Calculated (2009) M * Tapping the Vein – Another Day Down (2009) P R M AR * Strings of Ares – Temple to Mars (2010) M * Creation's End – A New Beginning (2010) M * Diamond Plate – Generation Why? (2011) P R M G PG * Gothminister – Anima Inferna (2011) M * Final Darkness – Final Darkness (2011) M * Angertea – Distrust EP (2011) M * Sulaco – Build and Burn (2011) M * Prototype (band), Prototype – Catalyst (Prototype album), Catalyst (2011) M * Knight Area – Nine Paths (2011) M * Hatchet Dawn – Rebirth (2011) M * Redemption (band), Redemption – This Mortal Coil (Redemption album), This Mortal Coil (2011) P R M * Gross Misconduct – The Disconnect (2011) M * Raised By Gods - Raised By Gods (2011) M * Thrustor – Abysmal Fear (2012) P R M * Nile (band), Nile – At the Gate of Sethu (2012) P R M * Tourniquet (band), Tourniquet – Antiseptic Bloodbath (2012) P R M K * Gothminister - Utopia (Gothminister album), ''Utopia'' (Gothminister album) (2013) M * Diamond Plate – Pulse (2013) P R M G K PG * Creation's End – Metaphysical (2013) M * Need – Orvam: A Song For Home (2014) M * 7H. Target – 0.00 Apocalypse (2014) M * Psycho Spoon – Incognito (2014) M * Makena Hartlin - Makena Hartlin EP (2014) P R M G K PG * Ion Vein – Ion Vein (2014) P R M G * Degree Absolute – new album (2014) P R M * The Hixon – new album (2014) P R M * Nile (band), Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed (2015) M * Slaughter the Prophets - Indiscriminate Desecration (2015) M * Serocs – And When the Sky Was Opened (2015) M * Tony Mills (musician) - Over My Dead Body (2015) M G (bass) * Gracepoint - Echoes (2016) P R M K PG * Unfathomable Ruination - Finitude (2016) M * Coffin Carousel - Predators EP (2016) M * Coffin Carousel - Doom Pop EP (2016) M * Raised By Gods - Too Late Now (2016) M * Coffin Carousel - Fiend EP (2016) M * Coffin Carousel - new album (2017) M * Wraith - Revelation (2017) M * Akercocke - Renaissance In Extremis (2017) M * Resistance - Metal Machine (2017) M * Contrarian (band) - Only Time Will Tell (2020) M PG


References


External links


Neil Kernon at Discogs.com
* [ Neil Kernon at allmusic.com]
MelodicRock.com interview
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