Producers Nigel Goodrich, Tony Visconti and Rick Rubin describe the special relationship between George Martin and The Beatles in this clip from Soundbreaking. Martin took the songs and performances of the intuitively musical Beatles and turn them into great records. He was unique in that he served as almost a fifth band member, placing himself in the band by adding his own arrangements and aural innovations to The Beatles records. As Goodrich says, Martin "took over their sonic picture," and thereby inspired many future generations of record producers.
This video is part of a lesson plan called Turning Songs into Records: The Many Roles of Producers in Popular Music. Find more resources in the Soundbreaking collection.