Chris Blair

Profile:
Chris Blair joined Abbey Road Studios in 1969 as a Tape Operator when he worked on sessions including Joe Loss, Ken Dodd and Des O’Connor. After a request to ‘help out’, he was asked to be a tape operator on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, recorded that summer. Chris then moved into disc-cutting, first producing acetates before moving on to mastering singles, albums and CDs.

Throughout his career at Abbey Road, Chris worked with some of the most respected bands and artists in the music industry including Radiohead, The Divine Comedy, Sting, Travis, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Mike Scott & The Waterboys, Spiritualized, Oasis, Queen, Blur, Saint Etienne, Muse, Genesis, Supergrass Bernard Butler, Roxette, Kate Bush, Cliff Richard, Paul Carrack, Tina Turner, Mike Batt, Duran Duran, James, Gary Moore, Phil Collins, Madness, Alan Parsons, Teenage Fanclub, Tanita Tikaram, Morrissey, The Buzzcocks, Joan Armatrading, James Galway, Boyzone, Jethro Tull, Pet Shop Boys, Roger Taylor, Rolf Harris, Robbie Williams and Lord Lloyd Webber to name a few.

In 2001, Chris was honoured when Radiohead’s Kid A album won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. Other award-winning projects have included Sting’s Brand New Day (Best Pop Album, Grammy Award 2000) and Travis’ The Man Who (Best Album, Brit Award 2000). Chris also mastered many of the Now That What I Call Music and Best In The World Ever compilation series.

Chris died on November 7th 2005 of leukemia. He was 54 years old.
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Production

NRSCDS 102 Chris Blair - Come Scottish Country Dancing With album art Andrew Rankine And His Band* Andrew Rankine And His Band* - Come Scottish Country Dancing With(LP, Album) The Newcastle Branch Of The R.S.C.D.S NRSCDS 102 UK 1976 Sell This Version
09026 60938 2 Chris Blair - Good Vibrations album art The King's Singers The King's Singers - Good Vibrations(CD, Album) RCA Victor 09026 60938 2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
7243 8 30917 2 0, CDEMTVD 84 Chris Blair - The Hit List (The Best Of 35 Years) album art Cliff Richard Cliff Richard - The Hit List (The Best Of 35 Years) (Comp) EMI United Kingdom, EMI United Kingdom 7243 8 30917 2 0, CDEMTVD 84 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
WEBB003 Chris Blair - The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol.1 album art Brave Captain* Brave Captain* - The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol.1(CD, MiniAlbum) Wichita WEBB003 UK 2000 Sell This Version
WEBB004LP Chris Blair - Go With Yourself (The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol Two) album art Brave Captain* Brave Captain* - Go With Yourself (The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol Two)(LP, Album) Wichita WEBB004LP UK 2000 Sell This Version

Technical

EMA 759, 0C 064 o 05438 Chris Blair - The Human Menagerie album art Cockney Rebel Cockney Rebel - The Human Menagerie(LP, Album, Gat) EMI, EMI EMA 759, 0C 064 o 05438 UK 1973 Sell This Version
SRAK 504, OC 062 ○ 94611 Chris Blair - The Best Band In The Land album art C.C.S.* C.C.S.* - The Best Band In The Land(LP, Album) RAK, RAK SRAK 504, OC 062 ○ 94611 UK 1973 Sell This Version
PAS 10007, 0C 064 o 05503 Chris Blair - Band On The Run album art Paul McCartney & Wings* Paul McCartney & Wings* - Band On The Run(LP, Album, Exp) Apple Records, Apple Records PAS 10007, 0C 064 o 05503 UK 1973 Sell This Version
EMC 3006, OC 062 o 94 519 Chris Blair - Queen album art Queen Queen - Queen (Album) EMI, EMI EMC 3006, OC 062 o 94 519 UK 1973 Sell This Version
EMS-80007 Chris Blair - See See The Sun album art Kayak Kayak - See See The Sun (Album) EMI EMS-80007 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
GTX 709 Chris Blair - Suzi Quatro album art Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatro (Album, Comp) RAK, RAK GTX 709 Turkey 1973 Sell This Version
EMI 2225 Chris Blair - Wind It Up album art Fogg Fogg - Wind It Up(7", Single) EMI EMI 2225 UK 1974 Sell This Version
K 12165 Chris Blair - Never Let Her Go album art David Gates David Gates - Never Let Her Go Elektra K 12165 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CL 15799 Chris Blair - Angie Baby album art Helen Reddy Helen Reddy - Angie Baby(7", Single) Capitol Records CL 15799 UK 1974 Sell This Version
HAR 5087 Chris Blair - Wells Fargo album art Babe Ruth Babe Ruth - Wells Fargo(7", Single, RE) Harvest HAR 5087 UK 1974 Sell This Version
EMI 2429 Chris Blair - Randy Rooster album art Charlie Rasp Charlie Rasp - Randy Rooster(7", Single) EMI EMI 2429 UK 1974 Sell This Version
RAK 174 Chris Blair - Changing World  album art Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate - Changing World (7") RAK RAK 174 UK 1974 Sell This Version
TMG 933 Chris Blair - Your Kiss Is Sweet album art Syreeta Syreeta - Your Kiss Is Sweet (Single) Tamla Motown TMG 933 UK 1974 Sell This Version
LSRAK 70656, SRAK 508 Chris Blair - Mud Rock album art Mud Mud - Mud Rock (Album) RAK LSRAK 70656, SRAK 508 Yugoslavia 1974 Sell This Version
RAK-10492 Chris Blair - The Cat Crept In album art Mud Mud - The Cat Crept In (Single) RAK RAK-10492 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
RAK 180 Chris Blair - Na Na Na album art Cozy Powell Cozy Powell - Na Na Na (Single) RAK RAK 180 UK 1974 Sell This Version
TMG 905 Chris Blair - Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S) album art Edwin Starr Edwin Starr - Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S) (Single) Tamla Motown TMG 905 UK 1974 Sell This Version
MCA 174 Chris Blair - If album art Telly Savalas Telly Savalas - If (Single) MCA Records MCA 174 UK 1974 Sell This Version
3C 344-95931 Chris Blair - Quatro album art Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro - Quatro (Album) RAK 3C 344-95931 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
TC-EMC 3045, 0C 244 ○ 05675 Chris Blair - From The Album Of The Same Name album art Pilot Pilot - From The Album Of The Same Name (Album) EMI, EMI TC-EMC 3045, 0C 244 ○ 05675 UK 1974 Sell This Version