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 over 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, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Bad Company, The Beatles, just to name a few. Still, Kramer is best known for three long-term associations: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Kiss. He not only produced and engineered music for these legendary artists but he also has set standards for rock production today, making Eddie Kramer a true innovator.
After moving to London from South Africa, Eddie began his recording career working at three of the most legendary studios in rock, Pye Studios, Regent Sound and Olympic Studios, where he recorded Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Traffic and a myriad of other major recording stars.
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. In 1969 Jimi Hendrix hired Eddie and architect John Storyk to build a state of the art studio. After 13 months Electric Lady Studios was complete, and Kramer served as its Director of Engineering from 1970 -1974. Electric Lady became one of the world’s most popular recording studios and still rocks the world today with it’s great sounds.
He continued to man the boards for other projects, including the best-selling Woodstock soundtrack, which made Kramer one of the most pre-eminent producer/engineers of live albums by rock artists of the era.
He worked on live recordings by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, John Mayall, the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie and Derek & the Dominoes. Add to it 6 of Led Zeppelin’s most enduring albums (Led Zeppelin II, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains the Same, Coda, How the West was Won, as well as Hendrix collections throughout the remainder of the decade (Cry of Love, Hendrix in the West, War Heroes, among others), and you’d think Kramer’s plate was full. But this proved not to be the case.
In 1973, two unknown musicians the duo (Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley) asked if he would be interested in producing their new group’s demo tape. He accepted, touching off a relationship with theatrical heavy metallist’s Kiss that would last throughout the ’70s — resulting in such hard rock classics as their breakthrough Alive, plus Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun, Alive II, Double Platinum.