#52: Mixing Under the Radar with Toby Scott
What do hundreds of Springsteen songs have in common? They were all recorded by the one and only Toby Scott.
Toby got his start at LA’s legendary Clover Recording working with artists including Bette Midler, The Manhattan Transfer, Booker T and the MGs, Robert Palmer, Bob Dylan, and Tommy Tutone, to name a few. At Clover he also worked with producers including Steve Cropper, Tom Dowd, Ron Nevison and Springsteen’s producer, Chuck Plotkin. Chuck had Toby mix 'The River' which led to three and a half decades of working hand-in-hand with Springsteen. After completing Born in the USA and the ensuing "Live 75-85", Bruce wanted to attempt something different and he turned to Toby to create the sounds that became Bruce’s Tunnel of Love.
As you’ll hear, Toby is our kind of pro, no-nonsense, no artifice, no BS. Our hosts were lucky to bump into Toby at last year’s AES at our live episode with his close friend and collaborator Bob Clearmountain. Toby graciously agreed to sit down for an impromptu chat. Listen in as he recalls his sessions with Bruce and what it’s like to work in the studio with Bob Dylan. Toby refers to his adventures as war stories but, for us, they’re all Star Wars