Chris Blair

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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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Instruments & Performance

00602435611730, 3561173 Wild Life — Chris Blair Paul McCartney And Wings* Paul McCartney And Wings* - Wild Life(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Hal) Capitol Records, MPL (2), UMe, Capitol Records, MPL (2), UMe 00602435611730, 3561173 Worldwide 2022 Sell This Version
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Writing & Arrangement

610 144, 610 144-222 The Turn Of A Friendly Card — Chris Blair The Alan Parsons Project The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card(CD, Album, RE, RP) Arista, Arista 610 144, 610 144-222 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
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Production

NRSCDS 102 Come Scottish Country Dancing With — Chris Blair 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
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09026 60938 2 Good Vibrations — Chris Blair The King's Singers The King's Singers - Good Vibrations(CD, Album) RCA Victor 09026 60938 2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
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7243 8 30917 2 0, CDEMTVD 84 The Hit List (The Best Of 35 Years) — Chris Blair 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
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WEBB003 The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol.1 — Chris Blair Brave Captain* Brave Captain* - The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol.1(CD, MiniAlbum) Wichita WEBB003 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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WEBB004LP Go With Yourself (The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol Two) — Chris Blair Brave Captain* Brave Captain* - Go With Yourself (The Fingertip Saint Sessions Vol Two)(LP, Album) Wichita WEBB004LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
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Technical

RR 1 The House Of the Rising Sun — Chris Blair The Animals The Animals - The House Of the Rising Sun (Single) RAK RR 1 UK 1972 Sell This Version
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INV 524 Elmo James  — Chris Blair Chairmen Of The Board Chairmen Of The Board - Elmo James (7", Single) Invictus INV 524 UK 1972 Sell This Version
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EMA 759, 0C 064 o 05438 The Human Menagerie — Chris Blair Cockney Rebel Cockney Rebel - The Human Menagerie (Album) EMI, EMI EMA 759, 0C 064 o 05438 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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TC-SRAK 504, OC 244 ○ 94611 The Best Band In The Land — Chris Blair C.C.S.* C.C.S.* - The Best Band In The Land (Album) RAK, RAK TC-SRAK 504, OC 244 ○ 94611 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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PAS 10007, 0C 064 o 05503 Band On The Run — Chris Blair 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
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SHVL 808, 1E 064 ◦ 05232 Lifemask — Chris Blair Roy Harper Roy Harper - Lifemask (Album) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 808, 1E 064 ◦ 05232 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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EMC 3006, OC 062 o 94 519 Queen — Chris Blair Queen Queen - Queen (Album) EMI, EMI EMC 3006, OC 062 o 94 519 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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GTX 709 Suzi Quatro — Chris Blair Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatro (Album, Comp) RAK, RAK GTX 709 Turkey 1973 Sell This Version
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EMS-80007 See See The Sun — Chris Blair Kayak Kayak - See See The Sun (Album) EMI EMS-80007 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
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EMI 2225 Wind It Up — Chris Blair Fogg Fogg - Wind It Up(7", Single) EMI EMI 2225 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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K 12165 Never Let Her Go — Chris Blair David Gates David Gates - Never Let Her Go Elektra K 12165 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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CL 15799 Angie Baby — Chris Blair Helen Reddy Helen Reddy - Angie Baby(7", Single) Capitol Records CL 15799 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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HAR 5087 Wells Fargo — Chris Blair Babe Ruth Babe Ruth - Wells Fargo(7", Single, RE) Harvest HAR 5087 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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EMI 2429 Randy Rooster — Chris Blair Charlie Rasp Charlie Rasp - Randy Rooster(7", Single, RE) EMI EMI 2429 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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RAK 174 Changing World  — Chris Blair Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate - Changing World (7") RAK RAK 174 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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TMG 933 Your Kiss Is Sweet — Chris Blair Syreeta Syreeta - Your Kiss Is Sweet (Single) Tamla Motown TMG 933 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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RAK-10492 The Cat Crept In — Chris Blair Mud Mud - The Cat Crept In (Single) RAK RAK-10492 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
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TMG 905 Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S) — Chris Blair Edwin Starr Edwin Starr - Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S) (Single) Tamla Motown TMG 905 UK 1974 Sell This Version

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RSPievaitis

May 8, 2021
Thanks for Viva Roxy Music.
The 1976 UK first pressing sounds wonderful so a big belated thank you to Chris Blair.