Phil Yule Profile

John Dix
8 Aug 2016

His name might be unfamiliar to many but in the broadcasting and recording industries Phil Yule’s name signals respect. He has received over 30 New Zealand radio awards alone for his audio engineeering work, plus half a dozen NZ Music awards and other gongs from as far afield as Australia, London and New York.

There have also been awards from the advertising industry, with Yule working on such familiar television commercials as Murray Grindlay’s still-remembered Crunchie Bar “Great Train Robbery” TVC and John Rowles’s much imitated and ridiculed “Ger-Ger-Ger-Gerrard” ad. Along the way, Phil Yule has worked with acts as diverse as Shona Laing, Billy T James and The Verlaines, from Fred Dagg’s ‘Gumboot Song’ to Dalvanius Prime’s ‘Poi E’, from Herbs to Hayley Westenra.

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Salty Dogg's Chris Gunn, Graham Chapman and MIke Harvey with engineer Phil Yule (centre) at Stebbing Studios
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Think's self-named debut album, like many classic albums of the 70s and 80s, produced or engineered by Phil Yule
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John Hanlon and Mike Harvey recording Higher Trails in 1974 with engineer Phil Yule, at Stebbing Studios
Photo credit: Photo by Earl Buck
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Crunchie - Great Train Robbery
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The classic French Letter by Herbs, co-produced by the band and Phil Yule
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From 1975, John Hanlon's biggest selling album featuring the No.1 hit Lovely Lady. Hanlon enlisted the help of artist Paul Hartigan in the design of the artwork for the fold-out cover, which was realised by Toby Ling with photography by Phillip Peacocke. The album was produced my Mike Harvey and engineered by Phil Yule, for which he received the Engineer Of The Year Award.
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1983's Send You was the debut Sneaky Feelings album, co-produced at Auckland's Mascot Studios by Phil Yule in May that year
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Patea Maori Club - Poi E
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Littlejohn band, circa 1988: Mina Paikea, Terrence Littlejohn, Tony Littlejohn and Lloyd Lattimer with engineer Phil Yule, circa 1988
Photo credit: Photo by Keith Newman
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Salty Dogg at Stebbing Studios, Auckland - with engineer Phil Yule - during the recording of the Love to Play and Sing album. From left: Graham Chapman, Vic Williams, Phil Yule, Martin Winch, Mike Harvey and Chris Gunn.
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