A Rock Icon

Any producer is only as good as the sounds and sights he helps create. By this standard, Eddie Kramer must be regarded as a rock icon. For nearly five decades Kramer has painted the rock landscape with his aural and visual brush working with some of music history s biggest names: The Rolling Stones & and The Beatles, just to name a few. Still, Kramer is best known for three long-term associations with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Kiss. He not only produced and engineered music for these legendary artists that continue to influence rock musicians and producers of our times, but he also has set standards for rock production today, making Kramer a true innovator. Eddie continues to work as producer, engineer, author, software developer, lecturer and studio designer.

Kramer's photographs have been exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums and have become prized possession of international collectors. His recordings continue to define the soundtrack of new generations. With good cheer, he is often quoted as saying: "Up is Louder mate !!!"

Kramer – A Musician is Born

Born in South Africa Eddie studied classical piano at the prestigious South African college of Music. At a young age his interest switched from classical to jazz. He moved to England at 19, where he recorded local jazz groups in a home-based studio and installed hi-fi equipment as a hobby. He started his career at Advision Sound Studios in 1962.He joined Pye Studios in 1963 where he recorded a variety of artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Petula Clark, The Kinks and The Searchers. He often went on the road with Bob Auger PYE's chief engineer, to record a 90 piece symphony orchestra (using the PYE Mobile) demonstrating a versatility, which Eddie possesses to this day.

Blasting 60s

In 1964 Kramer established the sophisticated KPS Studios, which, despite its rudimentary 2-track recording capability, gained such a reputation that

in less than a year he was bought out by Regent Sound (where the Rolling Stones recorded their first album) They enlisted Kramer to help run  their new four-track studio (where the Beatles recorded) "Fixing A Hole".

Kramer:   Engineer with training wheels...

Olympic Sound Studios – The Beatles, Hendrix and The Rolling Stones

Kramer s next stop was Olympic Sound studios in 1966 where he developed an

illustrious reputation among the bands of the time -Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Traffic, and The Small Faces among others. His association with Hendrix was the most powerful one, and the one that lasted the longest. Kramer engineered every Hendrix album from ‘Are You Experienced’ to “Cry of Love,” and after Hendrix’s death co-produced the posthumous releases “War Heroes”, “Rainbow Bridge” and “Hendrix in the West” with Mitch Mitchell. There was a period of time from the early 70's until 1993 when the Hendrix material that was being released did not have the cashe that it now has since the rights reverted back to the Family after the law suit. Everything since then, Kramer has re-mastered using the original masters and both the fans and critics alike are universal in their praise for the albums.

The Record Plant -NYC (Zeppelin, Vanilla Fudge, Joe Cocker, and NRBQ)

In 1968 Kramer came to work at the Record Plant in NYC, engineering Hendrix's “Electric Lady Land” LP, and also worked with The Vanilla Fudge, Joe Cocker and NRBQ. In 1969 Kramer went independent, producing Johnny Winter’s first LP and engineering “Led Zeppelin II,” acknowledged by fans and critics alike as perhaps that bands most influential work. This led to work on five other Zeppelin albums, half of their overall output. This pairing provided some historic moments. As Eddie tells of one particular session, "Zep II was mixed over a two day period in New York, and at one point there was bleed-through of a previously recorded vocal which we could not get rid of in the recording of 'Whole Lotta Love.' It was the middle part where Robert (Plant) screams Wo-man. You need it, ..Jimmy (Page) and I both grabbed for the reverb fader at the same time and threw some reverb on. We looked at each other and laughed and Page said: 'leave it in'…"

Kramer At Woodstock

Kiss, Santana, Led Zeppelin

Kramer is recruited to record the Woodstock festival in August of ’69 for both the album and the movie. “I arrived at dawn and was struck by the sight of the sun rising over what appeared to be the construction of the stage. The show was scheduled to start at lunchtime, and I was appalled at the raw state of the event. That pretty much set the tone for the entire concert. All of us in the crew had to have Vitamin B shots in the bum, so that we would be able to stay up for three days. The whole thing was recorded under the most primitive of conditions, but we got it done, says Kramer. Woodstock was 3 days of drugs and hell .”

Woodstock established Kramer as one of the most important live music producers of the rock era, recording Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, John Mayall, The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Curtis Mayfield, Santana, David Bowie, Derek and The Dominoes and others.

Fab 70s

Electric Lady Studios

Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick

In 1969 Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery hired Kramer and architect John Storyk, to build a state of the art studio in what was The Generation Club where Jimi used to jam. After 13 months and a million dollars later, Electric Lady Studios was complete, and Kramer served as its Director of Engineering from 1970 -1974. During this time, in addition to producing the posthumous Hendrix records, Kramer produced records by Carly Simon, Sha Na Na and Peter Frampton, and engineered albums for artists as diverse as Dionne Warwick and Lena Horne plus David Bowie’s “Live at the Spectrum’ and “Young Americans’ which included “Fame” with John Lennon playing rhythm guitar. Mixing Led Zeppelin's  “Houses of the Holy” and “Physical Graffiti,” among others.

Live Recordings

In 1975 Kramer left Electric Lady Studios to work with what was to become the No. 1 band in America at the time and produced “Kiss Alive !!.” He went on to produce “Kiss Alive II” and “Double Platinum” for Kiss, (in addition to producing “Rock and Roll Over,” “Love Gun,” and Ace Frehley's first solo record) engineered Led Zeppelin's “The Song Remains the Same” (the album and the movie),the historic “Frampton Comes Alive” LP, and The Rolling Stones “Love Ya Live,” three of the most popular live albums of the rock era.

Mondo 80s

Twisted Sister, Anthrax, Alcatraz with Steve Vai

Kramer kicked off the 80 s producing bands like Fastway and his work with Anthrax on “Among The Living” and “I’m The Man” helped them cross-over to a more mainstream rock audience, and helped ignite a career that has sold over seven million records. His work with Twisted Sister on “Under The Blade” helped their career take off. Other rock bands he has worked with since include Angel, Ace Frehley, Alcatraz (with Steve Vai),The Scream,Raven, Loudness, Triumph, Robin Trower, Havana Black and Whitesnake, and he has also done work in fields as diverse as country and classical, recording acts such as the Kentucky Headhunters and guitarist John Williams.

Rad 90s

Hendrix Tribute albums (Remixing, Restorstion and Remastering)

Since 1997 Kramer has re-mastered all of the Jimi Hendrix albums from the original master tapes for Experience Hendrix/MCA (Now Sony Legacy as of 2010). In addition, all reissued albums have been released on 180 gram VINYL with the original artwork and gatefold covers.

In '99 Eddie completed the definitive version of Jimi Hendrix s historical performance at Woodstock, which contained 30 minutes of previously unreleased material. For the closing ceremonies at the '99 Woodstock Festival, Eddie contributed the audio to what was a monumental visual presentation of Jimi’s performance of “Star Spangled Banner.” Eddie supervised and mixed "The Jimi Hendrix Experience," a 4-cd box set, described by Rolling Stone as "The Rolls Royce of Box Sets." This was released in September 2000 and was certified gold.

Eddie contributed production and engineering for Stone Free, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix on Warner Bros. Records, which features tracks from artists such as: The Cure, Eric Clapton, The Spin Doctors, Buddy Guy, Seal/Jeff Beck, Slash/Paul Rodgers, P.M. Dawn, Body Count/Ice Tea. The album has generated approximately $1,000,000

in charitable funds which have been donated in Jimi Hendrix’s name to the United Negro College Fund as musical scholarships to The Berklee School of Music, The Julliard School of Music and The Dance Theatre of Harlem.

2000 A New Era in Remixing and Remastering

In 2002 Eddie engineered Carlos Santana's contribution to the Grammy winning song by Michelle Branch "The Game of Love"

In 2003 Eddie mixed a special version of twelve Jimi Hendrix songs for a new guitar port from Line 6.

Eddie mixed tracks for a Jimi Hendrix tribute album entitled, "Power of Soul," featuring performances by Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Sting.

Eddie restored and remastered American Folk Blues II for The Experience Hendrix Label.

Eddie remixed Jimi Hendrix s 60th Birthday Tribute Album featuring performances by: Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, released on Dagger Records through Experience Hendrix.

Re-mastered Jimi Hendrix' last recorded show at Isle of Fehmarn Germany "Open Air Love & Peace" for Dagger Records.


A decade into The Millennia

Kramer Books


Kramer co-authored with Hendrix historian John McDermott, HENDRIX: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, which is the definitive Hendrix biography, told entirely by Jimi’s closest associates. The book is now in its sixth U.S. printing and since 1992 has sold well over 100,000 copies (translated into 4 languages) and was on the best seller list in the U.K.


Published in 1995 by Little Brown

Eddie contributed with author John Mc Dermott the chronicling of the creative process of Jimi Hendrix in the studio and live performances.

This book has recently been reissued in 2009 by Back Beat Books (Hal Leonard) with additional new material under the new title "Ultimate Experience".


Kramer is currently in the process of compiling a photographic book called, “FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS,” which features his photographic portraits, candid shots and recollections about the artists and sessions that he worked with during the 60’s and 70’s.

Kramer Awards

Produced and engineered Buddy Guy s album "Slippin In "(Silvertone Records) winner of 96 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Record and a W.C. Handy Blues Foundation award, Album of the Year 1995.

Engineered 2002 Grammy winning recording of Carlos Santana and Michelle Branch’s single, “ The Game of Love”.

Produced The Sting track from In From The Storm, (BMG Records) which was

nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996.

Received a Life Time Achievement Award at the AES show in 2003.

Nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 2010.

Kramer Studio Design Collaborations

Road To Rio  -- Studio AR

In February 96, Eddie traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he and architect John Storyk of the Walters/Storyk design group tested and implemented a new recording studio, Studio AR.

In 2005 Eddie consulted with John Storyk of WSDG to design and build a studio in Malibu, California called "The Document Room".

Home Sweet Home – South Africa

In March of 96 he completed a promotional tour of South Africa for Shure Bros, Lexicon, BMG Records, Little Brown, (Publisher of Hendrix Sessions) and the Adventures in Modern Recording Video. This was the first time in 35 years that Eddie had returned to his home country and he received much press, radio and TV coverage.

Kramer Film/TV/Game

The Making of Electric Lady Land


Produced and engineered Buddy Guy and The Saturday Nite Live Band with G.E. Smith,” a “live album” and documentary film  (Silvertone Records).


Eddie filmed a documentary for the BBC entitled “The Making of Electric Lady Land” featuring interviews with Chas Chandler, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Buddy Miles and Jack Cassidy, which aired on VH1

Restored and remixed a new documentary film about the Band of Gypsys including never before seen footage from the New Year's Show at the Fillmore East. During that year a DVD entitled "Band Of Gypsies" was released in addition to a CD entitled "Live at the Fillmore East."


Restored and remixed Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight in 5.1 surround. Jimi’s full 2-hour performance was restored, plus 10-minutes of new documentary footage.  DVD entitled "Blue Wild Angel." The video was certified gold.


Eddie was featured on an episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," in which he gives a framed limited edition print of Jimi Hendrix to the episodes "Straight Guy."

Eddie restored soundtracks for two DVD's entitled "American Folk Blues Festival," featuring performances by legendary blues players, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Otis Rush, and John Lee Hooker, which was nominated for a Grammy.


Remixed the sound track for a new Buddy Guy DVD entitled “My Time After a while”

Remixed the” Experience Hendrix Tribute Concert “DVD for Image Ent.

Restored and remixed “The American Folk Blues Festival DVD # 4


Remixed AC/DC live for Warner Home Video.


Mixed a series of tracks of Jimi Hendrix for Guitar Hero.

Restored, mixed, and supervised Jimi Hendrix’ s “Axis Bold As Love Album" plus many titles from “Electric Lady Land,” “Are You Experienced,” etc, for

Rock Band which was released in 2010.


Kramer is featured in an interview for Sir George Martins 13 part PBS series entitled “On The Record”, the “Sound Track of Our Lives” at Capitol Studios.

Recorded 14 bands over a two day period for The Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, featuring counselors as diverseas Mark Hudson, Elliot Easton (ex Cars Producer Ron Nevison, Bassist Rudy Szarzo, Rami Jaffee ( keys for The Foo Fighters, Bob Dylan, Travelling Wilburys)

Recorded 8 bands at East/West Studios LA for Rock and Roll fantasy camp and VH1. The TV series based on this event premiered in the fall of 2010 on CBS.

Kramer Archives

Events offer a lecture with a power point presentation of the stories behind the Kramer photos

In 2001 Eddie formed a new company, Kramer Archives, Inc., featuring his photographs of the artists he worked with during 1967-1972, including Hendrix, Stones, Zeppelin, Small Faces, Traffic, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, Frank Zappa, etc. Since then there have been many exhibitions starting in

2002 including:

-VH1 Corporate headquarters New York City.

-San Francisco Art Exchange (Jimi Hendrix Photo Exhibition)

-The Shooting Gallery, Hollywood CA.

-VIP Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland.

-Gallerie Profilen, Aarhus, Denmark.

-Wild About Music Gallery, Santa Monica LA.

-Von Dutch clothing store, Hollywood, CA.

-Gallery Lou Lou, Santa Fe, NM.

-The Celebrity Vault, Beverly Hills, CA.

-Blink Gallery, London, UK.

-Morrison Hotel Gallery, Soho, NYC.

-Morrison Hotel Gallery, Del Mar, CA.

-Metropolis Studios, London, UK.

-Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

-Proud Gallery, London, UK.

Kramer Gear

In 2004, Eddie helped develope the new Hendrix FX Pedal by Digitech. This pedal had overwhelming 'raves' by critics and fans alike.

05 brought the addition of the “Brian May” pedal developed by Kramer for Digitech, to rave reviews!

07 Developed the Eddie Kramer Artist Signature software collection in conjunction with the WAVES Company.

(This has been a steady seller since then.)

09 Developed the Vintage PIE Compressor and Helios Equalizer software with the WAVES Company

(both of which have been stellar sellers)

2010 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim Eddie was at the WAVES booth demoing his new plug –in series.

If you go to the NAMM Show Eddie will most likely be there, as he has attended most of them for the last 20 years...

Eternal Descent, a multimedia project that Eddie has been working on had a very strong presence at NAMM in 2010 with products by: ESP GUITARS, 12 guitars with multiple characters by MARSHALL AMPS, 3 double stacks featuring the 3 main characters,

DIGITECH PEDALS, 3 pedals featuring the 3 main characters, DI MARZIO PICKUPS, KAHLER WHAMMY BARS,

ERNIE BALL STRINGS, OVATION GUITARS, featuring a special edition Eternal Descent" guitar.

As we go to press WAVES will release (5/23/11) the final piece of the trio of plug in's, sure to make folks in the audio industry sit up and take notice: THE MPX TAPE SIMULATOR...!!

Kramer Lectures

2005-2011 Seminar/ Lecture Series:












-PROMOTIONAL TOUR FOR WAVES IN USA AND EUROPE: Tempe AZ, Dallas TX, Chicago ILL, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, and a 4 day stint at the AES show in N.Y.C.

-GRAMMY MUSEUM lecture and power point -stories with photos from Kramer

Archives. Hosted by Fender.


Kramer Discography (Recent Selections)

‘95 Produced and engineered “In From The Storm,” (BMG Records), a compilation of Hendrix tracks featuring: Sting, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Robben Ford, Tony Williams, Stanley Clarke, etc., with The London Metropolitan Orchestra, which was released in ‘95.


The Sting track was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Produced and engineered Paul Rodgers (Bad Company and The Firm) solo album released in the fall of ‘96.

Produced and engineered, 5 new tracks for a John McEnroe album.


Produced and engineered a new Big Sugar Album for A&M Canada.

Produced and engineered Eric Schenkman (ex-lead guitarist of the Spin Doctors) and his band,

The Chrysalids.


Co- Produced and engineered  an album with Scott Holt (Buddy Guy s protege guitar player) featuring Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell (ex Experience) and Double Trouble (ex Stevie Ray Vaughn). This album was released on Mystic Records (WEA distribution) in the fall of 99.

In 2000 he mixed, the Wilson Pickett record on Rounder Records (first new release in twelve years).

2002/2003, Eddie produced and engineered with Kyle Cook (the lead guitarist for Matchbox 20) on a solo project called "The New Left." Eddie also produced and engineered Kyle

Cook's suite of film music involving a 60-piece orchestra.

2005, Led Zeppelin released "How the West was Won" which Eddie engineered

in 1973.

2005, Eddie mixed the Billy Cox “Band Of Gypsys Return” for Universal/Image.

In 2005, Eddie mixed and engineered John Mellancamp s song “This Is Our Country” which spearheaded Chevrolets Silverado $150 million ad campaign.

In 2008 Produced, engineered EP for ex-Pixies members Joey Santiago (guitar) and Dave Lovering ( drums) named The Everybody.


Remixed and restored 6-CD box set for Rhino Records containing 79 songs of mostly unreleased material including: Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful

Dead, Sly and the family stone, Canned Heat, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez and Crosby, Still, Nash ..etc

Remixed and restored 5-CD box set of performances by Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Sly and The Family Stone, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, for SONY

LEGACY. These are the complete and unedited performances and represent many previously unreleased titles.

Kramer 5.1 film mixing

Restored and Remixed "Monterey Pop," featuring performances by Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who, and Janis Joplin. The DVD box set was released in the fall of 2002.

"Only The Strong Survive," for D.A. Pennebaker/Miramax Films, featuring performances by Wilson Pickett and Mary Wilson.

Restored and Remixed THE FESTIVAL EXPRESS featuring performances by Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, Traffic, etc. The movie was finally completed in 2003 and was presented at the Toronto Film Festival to great acclaim. Miramax released it in the spring of 2004.

Engineered "Indigenous Live," featuring indigenous s live performances in Denver and at the House of Blues in Chicago that was released in 2002.

Restored and Remixed ‘Jimi Plays Berkeley’, Hendrix’s legendary performance featuring some of Jimi's most stunning live performances captured on film. It was released in 2003.

Restored and Remixed the new Hendrix at Woodstock DVD in 5.1 Surround Sound in 2004. This movie features never before seen footage of Jimi and restored his performance to its original two-hour length. The film has been digitally restored and the sound has been completely remixed in 5.1.

Restored and Remixed"A Film About Jimi Hendrix" released through Warner Bros in 2005. Re-mastered in 5.1 Surround Sound.

Restored, Remixed and Remastered "Woodstock" for Warner Home Video in 5.1 surround sound in 2008. This historic even was mixed at Capitol Studios and Village Recorders LA. This Blue Ray 3 1/2 hour DVD features previously unreleased performances by: Creedance Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Santana, The Who, Sly and the Family Stone and The Grateful Dead.

Bill Rush (Warner Bros. Film Librarian) and Eddie worked for 2 1/2 years putting together these gems, finding every piece of film and meticulously

restoring the audio and images.

Mixed the Band of Gypsys in 5.1 surround sound at Capitol Studios for Experience Hendrix in 2010.

Remark Music – Developing Artists

From '96 through 2002 Eddie produced and engineered several bands including: "Stone", "Out of Control Blues Band", "Vince Converse", "Fair Verona", etc.

Produced an album by a band of young graduates from the University of Miami The Gabe Dixon Band. Their album was released on Warner Records in

2000. Gabe Dixon played most of the keyboard parts on Paul McCartney‘s 2001 “Driving Rain “album.

Eddie produced a band from Norway, "Hangface" who he found at SSW in 2002 and brought them to the U.S. to record their debut album "Freakshow" at

N.R.G. Studios in Los Angeles.

During 2004 Eddie produced and engineered a variety of groups including: "Mike Brown", "Kris Singh", "Dekko".

In 2005 Eddie produced and engineered Kristy Frank a 15-year-old blonde sensation from Northern California signed to UMG through Ruff Nation co-produced by Steve McNerney signed to Notting Hill Music. Eddie produced and engineered a debut album by an all -girltribute band called Lez Zeppelin for an independent label.

The band returned from a triumphant tour of Europe in 05 and toured extensively in the US. Also, "Pale" a Norwegian pop/rock singer winner of the competition sponsored by "Hangface". "Suns of Neptune" a U.K. rock band recorded at AIR Studios London for an independent label, and Francesco Sondelli's rock project for the Italian and Latin market.

In '07 Eddie produced and engineered tracks for Southern Rock Blues guitarist, Leroy Powell and tracks for LA based blues rock band, "The Ghost Hounds".

In '08 Eddie Co-produced and mixed and album for indie Rock Band "Surefire" from Brooklyn, NY. Mixed albums for "Zo Cloz" from Norway, and Indie Pop Band "T Mandrake" from the U.K. He also produced and engineered for Indie Rock Group, "The Black Hand" at EMI/Abbey Rd. London.

In '09 Eddie produced and engineered a multi-media concept album "Eternal Decent" written by a 22 year old U.K. artist, Lexi Leon. It incorporates a 24 issue comic book published by IDW featuring artists signed to ESP guitars including: Atryeyu, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Static X, etc.

These artists will appear in the comic book and contribute guest performances on the album. An animated movie, videogames, and tracks for Guitar Hero and Rock Band will be included.

In 2010 Eddie produced and engineered "Tribal Law" (a hard rock band from the UK), "Stokes Nielson" (a country rock act from Nashville) at EMI Abbey Rd, "The Michael Williams Band"  an amazing left handed blues /rock guitarist from Seattle at Studio X (Mixed at LAFX Studios in N.Hollywood).

Eddie produced and engineered an upcoming Blues Rock guitarist, "C.K. Broadbridge", from Toronto for an independent label. The album is slated for release in January of 2011.

Eddie has mixed 35 of Jimi Hendrix's classic songs for Rock Band.

Eddie produced and engineered "Valleys of Neptune" for SONY Legacy which went top ten in most countries around the world. Eddie has spent the last year producing and mixing a 4 CD box set for Sony Legacy entitled "Anthology-West Coast Seattle Boy", featuring mostly unreleased material. This also includes a 2 hour DVD documentary directed by Bob Smeaton. It was released on Nov. 16th 2010 to much critical and public acclaim.

Eddie is currently working on a Live set of incredible performances from the famed Winterland 3 night stint in 1968 at which Jimi did 2 shows per night!! Also he is working on the San Diego shows...

He is continuing his work on the Eternal Descent Heavy Metal Epic with a 60 piece orchestra with arrangements by  Hollywood arranger ‘TC’Tom Calderaro.

2011 and counting…

Eddie mixed a Live album for Philip Sayce to be released soon.

Eddie mixed a Live Album for Robert Randolph also to be released soon.

Eddie produced and engineered 6 tracks for Grand Master and Extreme Music for release 5/20/11.


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