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Chris Kimsey
English record producer and sound engineer

Chris Kimsey

Chris Kimsey
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Intro English record producer and sound engineer
Is Musician Engineer Audio engineer Record producer Composer
From United Kingdom
Field Business Engineering Music
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1951, Battersea, London Borough of Wandsworth, Greater London, England
Age 71 years
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Biography

Christopher Kenneth Kimsey (born 1951 in Battersea, London) is an English record producer, mixer and musician most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones' Undercover and Steel Wheels albums. He was also an engineer on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers as well as 1978's Some Girls and 1980's Emotional Rescue and assisted Mick Jagger and Keith Richards closely in preparing 1981's Tattoo You. He was the engineer and associate producer for both Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You.

He has also worked with Peter Frampton, Marillion, The Cult, Peter Tosh, The Psychedelic Furs, Emerson, Lake & Palmer Ten Years After, Johnny Hallyday, Louis Bertignac, Diesel Park West, JoBoxers, Killing Joke, New Model Army, Ash, The Chieftains, Soul Asylum, Duran Duran, Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, INXS, Anti Nowhere League, Moral Code X, The Proclaimers and Golden Earring.

He was the recording engineer for Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976.

For Bill Wyman's self-titled third album from 1982, Kimsey served as co-producer (with Wyman) and engineer (with Stuart Epps). He also mastered the album with Ted Jensen, mixed it, sang backing vocals and co-wrote the song "Jump Up" with Wyman.

Kimsey plays the voice of the doctor on Marillion's 1987 album Clutching at Straws.

Chris Kimsey is credited for mixing the performances of Elton John, Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard & The Shadows on the Knebworth double album in 1990.

Kimsey was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

In 2014 Chris Kimsey returned to Olympic Studios, where he began his career. He is serving as the sound consultant and engineer for its live concert series and recording facilities.

Selection of his work as a producer

Served as producer, co-producer or associate producer on the following records:

  • Bill Wyman albums: (1974) Monkey Grip, (1982) Bill Wyman
  • Peter Frampton albums: (1976) Frampton, (1977) I'm in You, (1979) Where I Should Be, (1989) Classics, Vol.12, (1992) Shine On: A Collection, (1996) Greatest Hits, (1998) The Very Best of Peter Frampton, (2001) Anthology: The History of Peter Frampton, (2003) 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Peter Frampton, (2005) Gold, (2008) Wind of Change/Frampton’s Camel, (2010) Thank You Mr. Churchill, (2011) Icon
  • F.B.I. (1976) F.B.I.
  • Strapps (1976) Secret Damage
  • The Rolling Stones albums: (1978) Some Girls, (1980) Emotional Rescue, (1981) Tattoo You, (1983) Undercover, (1989) Steel Wheels, (1991) Flashpoint, (1993) Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993, (2002) Forty Licks, (2011) Singles 1971–2006, (2011) GRRR!
  • Carillo (1978) Rings Around the Moon
  • Terry Reid (1979) Rogue Waves
  • Doc Holiday (1981) Doc Holiday
  • The Dice (1982) The Dice
  • Jimmy Cliff albums: (1982) Special, (1997) Super Hits, (2002) We All Are One: The Best of Jimmy Cliff, (2003) Sunshine in the Music, (2003) Singles
  • Peter Tosh albums: (1983) Mama Africa, (1988) The Toughest (Capitol), (1996) The Best of Peter Tosh: Dread Don’t Die, (2008) The Best of Peter Tosh (VCT), (2012) 1978–1987
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1984) Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
  • The Cult albums: (1984) Dreamtime, (1991) Ressurection Joe, (1993) Pure Cult: for Rockers, Ravers, Lovers, and Sinners, (1996) High Octane Cult, (2000) Rare Cult, (2000) Pure Cult: The Singles 1984-1995
  • Weird Science (1985) soundtrack
  • Killing Joke albums: (1985) Night Time, (1986) Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, (1992) Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!, (2004) For Beginners
  • Marillion albums: (1985) Misplaced Childhood, (1986) Brief Encounter, (1987) Clutching at Straws, (1988) B'Sides Themselves, (1992) Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other, (1997) Real to Reel/Brief Encounter, (1997) The Best of Both Worlds, (2003) The Best of Marillion, (2003) The Singles Boxset, Vol. 2, (2009) The Singles '82-'88
  • Cactus World News (1986) Urban Beaches
  • The Psychedelic Furs albums: (1987) Midnight to Midnight, (1988) All of This and Nothing, (1994) B-Sides and Lost Grooves, (1997) Should God Forget: A Retrospective, (2001) Greatest Hits
  • The Escape Club (1988) Wild Wild West
  • Noiseworks (1988) Touch
  • Hurrah! (1988) The Beautiful
  • Diesel Park West (1989) Shakespeare Alabama
  • Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe albums: (1989) Quartet (I’m Alive), (1989) Order of the Universe , (1989) Brother of Mine (#1) , (1989) Brother of Mine (#2), (1989) Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
  • Duran Duran albums: (1990) Liberty, (1993) Ordinary World, (1998) Greatest, (1999) Strange Behaviour, (2004) Singles Box Set 1986–1995
  • Maryen Cairns (1991) Pictures Within album
  • Fish albums: (1991) Internal Exile, (1995) Yin
  • Quireboys (1992) Bitter Sweet and Twisted
  • Curt Smith (1993) Soul on Board
  • Wendy James (1993) Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears
  • Kinky Machine (1993) Kinky Machine
  • INXS albums: (1993) Full Moon Dirty Hearts
  • Colin James albums: (1993) Colin James and the Little Big Band, (1995) Bad Habits, (2011) Take it From the Top: The Best of Colin James
  • London Symphony Orchestra (1994) Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones
  • Johnny Hallyday albums: (1994) Rough Town, (1996) Destination Vegas
  • Eat (1994) Epicure
  • The Chieftains (1995) The Long Black Veil
  • Various Artists (1995) Punk You!, Vol. 1: Music for the Discerning Slacker Punk
  • Various Artists (1995) Night Moves, Vol. 4
  • Billy Squire albums: (1996) Reach for the Sky: The Anthology
  • Kingpin (1996) soundtrack
  • JoBoxers (1996) Essential Boxerbeat
  • Gipsy Kings (1996) Compas
  • Fish (1998) Kettle of Fish
  • Soul Asylum albums: (1998) I Will Still Be Laughing, (1998) Close, (1998) Candy From a Stranger, (2008) Super Hits
  • Billionaire (1999) Ascension album
  • Ash albums: (2000) Wild Surf, Pt. 1, (2002) Intergalactic Sonic 7"s, (2011) The Best of Ashe
  • Deacon Blue albums: (2000) Our Town: The Greatest Hits, (2012) The Rest
  • The Proclaimers albums: (2001) Persevere, (2002) The Best of The Proclaimers, (2012) The Very Best of 25 Years 1987–2012
  • David Knopfler albums: (2002) Wishbones, (2004) Ship of Dreams (album)|Ship of Dreams
  • The Law (2002) The Law
  • Yes (2002) In a Word: Yes (1969–)
  • Tom Jones (2003) The Definitive Tom Jones 1964–2002 Box Set
  • The Bandits (2003) And They Walked Away
  • Tony Moore (2005) Perfect and Beautiful
  • New Model Army albums: (2007) High, (2008) Today Is a Good Day, (2011) Anthology
  • Reemer (2007) Snakes and Ladders
  • Kiki Dee (2009) The Best of Kiki Dee album
  • MP4 (2010) Cross Party album
  • Very Emergency (band)|Very Emergency (2010) The Getaway album
  • Saint Jude (2010) Diary of a Soul Fiend album
  • Thirsty (2014) Thirsty album
  • Short Stack (2015) Dance With Me EP

Selection of his work as a mix engineer

Served as the mix engineer, or assistant-engineer on the following records:

  • Ten Years After albums: (1970) Watt, (1971) A Space in Time, (1972) Rock & Roll Music to the World, (1973) Recorded Live, (2002) The Anthology 1967–1971, (2010) Think About the Times: The Chrysalis Years 1969–1972
  • Led Zeppelin (1970) Led Zeppelin III album
  • B.B. Blunder (1971) Workers' Playtime album
  • The Rolling Stones albums: (1971) Sticky Fingers, (1978) Some Girls, (1980) Emotional Rescue, (1981) Tattoo You, (1983) Undercover, (1989) Steel Wheels, (1991) Flashpoint, (1995) Stripped, (2009) The Rolling Stones Box Set, (2011) Singles 1971–2006, (2011) GRRR!
  • B.B. King (1971) In London
  • Peter Frampton albums: (1972) Wind of Change, (1973) Frampton's Camel, (1974) Somethin's Happening, (1974) Frampton, (1976) Frampton Comes Alive, (1977) I'm in You, (1992) Shine On: A Collection, (2005) Gold, (2008) Wind of Change/Frampton’s Camel, (2010) Thank You Mr. Churchill
  • Howl the Good (1972) Howl the Good
  • Bobby Keys (1972) Bobby Keys
  • Spooky Tooth (1973) You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw
  • Stray Dog (1973) Stray Dog
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer albums: (1973) Brain Salad Surgery
  • Bill Wyman albums: (1974) Monkey Grip and (1982) Bill Wyman
  • Johnny Hallyday albums: (1974) Je T’Aime Je T’Aime Je T’Aime, (1993) Parc des Princes 1993, (1995) Lorada, (1996) Destination Vegas, (1997) Anthologie, Vol. 2, (1998) Anthologie, 1970–75
  • F.B.I. (1976) F.B.I.
  • Automatic Man (1976) Automatic Man
  • Bad Company(1977) Burnin' Sky
  • Carillo (1978) Rings Around the Moon
  • Terry Reid (1979) Rogue Waves album
  • Doc Holiday (1981) Doc Holiday album
  • Peter Tosh albums: (1983) Mama Africa, (1996) The Best of Peter Tosh: Dread Don’t Die
  • The Colourfield (1985) Virgins and Philistines
  • Killing Joke albums: (1985) Night Time, (1986) Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, (1992) Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!
  • Marillion (1985) Misplaced Childhood
  • The Psychedelic Furs albums: (1987) Midnight to Midnight, (2008) Psychedelic Furs/Talk Talk Talk/Forever Now/Mirror Moves/Midnight to Midnight
  • Diesel Park West (1989) Shakespeare Alabama
  • Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989) Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
  • Fish albums: (1991) Internal Exile, (1995) Yin
  • Curt Smith (1993) Soul on Board album
  • Wendy James (1993) Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears album
  • INXS albums: (1993) Full Moon Dirty Hearts, (2001) Shine Like It Does: The Anthology (1979–1997), (2001) The Years 1979-1997
  • Colin James albums: (1993) Colin James and the Little Big Band, (1995) Bad Habits, (2011) Take it From the Top: The Best of Colin James
  • London Symphony Orchestra (1994) Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones
  • The Chieftains albums: (1995) The Long Black Veil, (2002) The Wide World Over, (2005) Live from Dublin: A Tribute to Derek Bell
  • Kingpin (1996) soundtrack
  • Gipsy Kings (1996) Compas
  • Greg Lake (1997) From the Beginning: Retrospective album
  • Mott the Hoople (1998) All the Young Dudes: Box Set
  • Gary Wright albums: (1998) Best of Gary Wright: The Dream Weaver, (2005) Extraction/Footprint
  • Bad Company (1999) The Original Bad Company Anthology
  • Billionaire (1999) Ascension album
  • Deacon Blue albums: (2000) Our Town: The Greatest Hits, (2012) The Rest
  • The Proclaimers albums: (2001) Persevere, (2002) The Best of The Proclaimers, (2012) The Very Best of 25 Years 1987–2012
  • David Knopfler albums: (2002) Wishbones, (2004) Ship of Dreams (album)|Ship of Dreams
  • Yes (2002) In a Word: Yes (1969–)
  • Tom Jones (2003) The Definitive Tom Jones 1964–2002 Box Set
  • The Bandits (2003) And They Walked Away
  • Tony Moore (2005) Perfect and Beautiful
  • Canterbury Glass (2007) Sacred Scenes and Characters
  • New Model Army albums: (2007) High, (2011) Anthology
  • Chris Jagger (2009) The Ridge album
  • Very Emergency (2010) The Getaway album
  • Saint Jude (2010) Diary of a Soul Fiend album
  • Thirsty (2014) Thirsty album
  • Short Stack (2015) Dance With Me EP
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