“This record was pretty much finished by the time I started mixing it. Actually, I mixed half of it. Randy Staub did the other half.
"The reason for this was because the band wanted to take a lot of time in the mixing stage, so I’d spend six days on one song, and Randy would be doing another song in six days. A lot faster than having one guy work for 12 days on a song.
“I mixed at Quad Studios in New York while Randy was mixing at another studio nearby. As this was all going on, the band was still doing some recording.
"So they’d finish doing what they were doing, go to Randy’s studio, hear what he did, then they’d come to see me and listen to what I had. Sometimes they’d like more what I was doing, and vice versa.
“Originally, Load was supposed to be a double album, but because so much was happening at once it was decided to split them and release Load and then ReLoad a year later.
“I know Lars and James have butted heads a lot, but for mixing they’re a pretty unified team. On these records, Lars was the louder of the two, though.
"There was one point where he wanted to bring the drums up more and more, and I said to him, ‘I can’t – the board is maxed out.’ So he said, ‘Well, just plug something else in then.’ He knows what he wants, and he doesn’t let go till he gets it.”