Chuck Plotkin

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Chuck Plotkin is a recording engineer and producer, best known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter and leader of the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss," he is recognized for his poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice, and lengthy, energetic stage performances.

Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist

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Recording engineer

Plotkin has recorded, engineered, mastered and produced albums by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and many other artists, starting with The Floating House Band in 1972. Just before hooking up with Springsteen for the mixing of "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", Plotkin produced the critically acclaimed, still unreleased "Cocaine Drain" album by The Cowsills.

Among Plotkin's major achievements as an engineer, according to Springsteen official biographer Dave Marsh, was the mastering of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album. Springsteen recorded the album as a set of demonstration tapes on an inexpensive home cassette recorder. According to Marsh, the task of turning the raw, unprocessed cassette tape (which had spent weeks in Springsteen's pants pocket) into a professional-sounding vinyl LP was a daunting one, and a major technical accomplishment.

Dave Marsh is an American music critic, author, editor and radio talk show host. He was an early editor of Creem magazine, has written for various publications such as Newsday, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone, and has published numerous books about music and musicians, mostly focused on rock music. He is also a committee member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

<i>Nebraska</i> (album) 1982 studio album by Bruce Springsteen

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He has been credited as a producer on several Springsteen albums.

Film and record producer

Plotkin was credited as producer for the 1995 movie Mirage and produced the soundtrack albums for several films including Dead Man Walking , Vietnam, Long Time Coming , Philadelphia , and Jerry Maguire .

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<i>Dead Man Walking</i> (film) 1995 film by Tim Robbins

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<i>Vietnam, Long Time Coming</i> 1998 film by Gordon Quinn

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Other appearances

Plotkin was also featured in the 1996 documentary Blood Brothers: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band , which documented an E Street Band recording session the preceding year.

E Street Band Bruce Springsteens backing band

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