Profile:
In 1970, Digby started his studio career as a staff engineer for Island Records and later became the chief engineer for all of Islands UK studio division. Digby is renowned for his eclectic repertoire having worked with artists ranging from The London Symphony Orchestra to Eric Clapton and Bob Marley to Paul McCartney. During this time Digby was part of the team that produced the Led Zeppelin classic albums 3 and 4, including the famous Stairway to Heaven.

In the mid 70’s Digby moved to Island Records Los Angeles office, where he worked with Spencer Davis, Robert Palmer, Little Feet and Booker T and the MG’s. His outstanding experience and pedigree bought the interest of many Major record labels, who invited him to work on projects in Canada, Morocco, Milan, Japan and Switzerland.

Returning to the UK in 1985 Digby continued his engineering production career working with Mica Paris, Reef and Big Country

In 1997 he opened RDS Studios; a purpose built multi studio complex in west London. He designed, built and managed the seven studio business until selling it in 2007. Since 2008 Digby has lived in Devon, continuing as a freelance engineer on many commercial projects as well as devoting time to facilitate music courses for young musicians and sound engineers.
Variations:

Richard Digby Smith Discography Tracks

McDonald And Giles* McDonald And Giles* - McDonald And Giles (Album) Island Records, Island Records UK 1970 Sell This Version
ZCI 9126 McDonald And Giles* McDonald And Giles* - McDonald And Giles(Cass, Album, Gat) Island Records ZCI 9126 US 1970 Sell This Version
Patto (2) Patto (2) - Hold Your Fire (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo UK 1971 Sell This Version
Mott The Hoople Mott The Hoople - Wildlife (Album) Island Records Australia 1971 Sell This Version
Dr. Z (3) Dr. Z (3) - Three Parts To My Soul (Spiritus, Manes Et Umbra) (Album) Vertigo UK 1971 Sell This Version
Stephen Stills Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills 2 (Album) Atlantic South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
Mike Harrison (2) Mike Harrison (2) - Mike Harrison (Album) Island Records UK 1971 Sell This Version
Gordon Haskell Gordon Haskell - It Is And It Isn't (Album) Atlantic US 1971 Sell This Version
Bronco (4) Bronco (4) - Ace Of Sunlight (Album) Island Records Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Kossoff*, Kirke*, Tetsu*, Rabbit* Kossoff*, Kirke*, Tetsu*, Rabbit* - Kossoff/Kirke/Tetsu/Rabbit (Album) Island Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Patto (2) Patto (2) - Roll 'Em Smoke 'Em Put Another Line Out (Album) Island Records South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
Free Free - Free At Last (Album) Island Records Canada 1972 Sell This Version
Free Free - Heartbreaker (Album) Island Records Peru 1972 Sell This Version
Sutherland Brothers And Quiver Sutherland Brothers And Quiver - Lifeboat (Album) Island Records, Island Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Stephen Stills Stephen Stills - 2 Originals Of Stephen Stills (Album, Comp) Atlantic Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Sutherland Brothers & Quiver Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - Dream Kid (Album) Island Records Spain 1973 Sell This Version
Heads Hands & Feet Heads Hands & Feet - Old Soldiers Never Die (Album) ATCO Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Rabbit* Rabbit* - Broken Arrows (Album) Island Records Spain 1973 Sell This Version
Kossoff* Kossoff* - Back Street Crawler (Album) Island Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
Dana Gillespie Dana Gillespie - Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (Album) RCA Victor New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
Sutherland Brothers & Quiver Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - Beat Of The Street (Album) Island Records Australia 1974 Sell This Version
Sparks Sparks - Kimono My House (Album) Island Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Eno* Eno* - Seven Deadly Finns (Single) Island Records Spain 1974 Sell This Version
ILPS 9286 Jess Roden Jess Roden - Jess Roden(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9286 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Bryn Haworth Bryn Haworth - Let The Days Go By (Album) Island Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Sparks Sparks - Propaganda (Album) Island Records, Island Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
ILPS 9289 Rabbit* Rabbit* - Dark Saloon(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9289 US 1974 Sell This Version
Jim Capaldi Jim Capaldi - Short Cut Draw Blood (Album) Island Records France 1975 Sell This Version
Speedy Keen* Speedy Keen* - Y'Know Wot I Mean? (Album) Island Records Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
Boxer (2) Boxer (2) - Below The Belt (Album) Virgin Canada 1975 Sell This Version
John Martyn John Martyn - Sunday's Child (Album) Island Records Spain 1975 Sell This Version
ILPS 9332 Bryn Haworth Bryn Haworth - Sunny Side Of The Street(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9332 UK 1975 Sell This Version
SD 36-138 Back Street Crawler Back Street Crawler - 2nd Street(LP, Album) Atco Records SD 36-138 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Robert Palmer Robert Palmer - Some People Can Do What They Like (Album) Island Records US 1976 Sell This Version
SD 36-138, SD 36-138 0698 Back Street Crawler Back Street Crawler - 2nd Street(LP, Album) Atco Records, Atco Records SD 36-138, SD 36-138 0698 US 1976 Sell This Version
UA-LA817-G Trouble (18) Trouble (18) - Trouble(LP, Album) United Artists Records UA-LA817-G US 1977 Sell This Version
Rough Diamond (2) Rough Diamond (2) - Rough Diamond (Album) Island Records South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9491 Kwaku Baah* & Ganoua* Kwaku Baah* & Ganoua* - Trance(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9491 UK 1977 Sell This Version
L 36210 Rough Diamond (2) Rough Diamond (2) - Rough Diamond(LP, Album) Island Records L 36210 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
Paul Korda Paul Korda - Dancing In The Aisles (Album) Janus Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar - All Night Long (Album) Capitol Records US 1978 Sell This Version
la-100 Rough Diamond (2) Rough Diamond (2) - Rough Diamond(LP, Album) Island Records la-100 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
6E-249 Dirk Hamilton Dirk Hamilton - Thug Of Love(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 6E-249 US 1980 Sell This Version
The Plimsouls The Plimsouls - The Plimsouls (Album) Planet Records (5) US 1981 Sell This Version
none Blitz Girls Blitz Girls - Girl With Six Fingers(LP, MiniAlbum) Emoto Rock Records none US 1982 Sell This Version
BT-1021 The Cold Cuts The Cold Cuts - Meat The Cold Cuts!(LP, Album) Black Top Records BT-1021 US 1982 Sell This Version
HLR 10007 U.S.K. (2) U.S.K. (2) - U.S.K.(LP, Album) House Of Lords Records HLR 10007 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
The Waterboys The Waterboys - December (Single, Maxi) Ensign Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Charlélie Couture Charlélie Couture - Extraits De La Bande Originale Du Film "Tchao Pantin" (Album) Island Records France 1983 Sell This Version
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends* The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends* - Arrested (The Music Of The Police) (Album) RCA UK 1983 Sell This Version
ILPS 9740 Louise Bennett Louise Bennett - Yes M'Dear - Miss Lou Live(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9740 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Blancmange Time Became The Tide (as Richard Digby-Smith) Blancmange - Mange Tout (Album) London Records, London Records US 1984 Sell This Version
The Waterboys The Waterboys - A Pagan Place (Album) Ensign US 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 221 Free Free - Wishing Well (Remix) / Woman (Live) / Walk In My Shadow (Live)(12") Island Records 12 IS 221 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Paul Haig Paul Haig - The Warp Of Pure Fun (Album) Les Disques Du Crépuscule Spain 1985 Sell This Version
Akimbo (3) Akimbo (3) - So Long Trouble (EP) Forward Sounds International UK 1985 Sell This Version
Paul Kossoff Paul Kossoff - Blue Soul (Comp) Island Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Mood Six Light Music Mood Six - I Saw The Light (Single) Cherry Red UK 1987 Sell This Version
Albert Lee Albert Lee - Hiding (Album) A&M Records Japan 1987 Sell This Version
209 239 Lavine Hudson Lavine Hudson - Intervention(LP, Album) Virgin 209 239 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Voice Of The Beehive Voice Of The Beehive - Let It Bee (Album) London Records, Polygram Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Dagmar Krause Dagmar Krause - Tank Battles: The Songs Of Hanns Eisler (Album) Antilles UK 1988 Sell This Version
Prefab Sprout Life Of Surprises (24 Track) (The Demo Tapes) Prefab Sprout - Nightingales (Single) Kitchenware Records, CBS, CBS Spain 1988 Sell This Version
VSCD 1096 Lavine Hudson Intervention (Sanctified Remix) (as R. Digby Smith) Lavine Hudson - Flesh Of My Flesh(CD, Single) Virgin VSCD 1096 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Lavine Hudson Lavine Hudson - Intervention (Single, Maxi) Virgin US 1988 Sell This Version
Prefab Sprout Prefab Sprout - Protest Songs (Album) Kitchenware Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
81961-1, 7 81961-1 Robert Hart She's On The List Robert Hart - Cries And Whispers(LP, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 81961-1, 7 81961-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
And Why Not? Diamonds (as Digby Smith) And Why Not? - Something U Got (EP, Single) Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Ruff Ruff & Ready Now Time For Unification (as Digby Smith) and 1 more… Ruff Ruff & Ready - Word Of Mouth (Album) Sense, Sense Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Detective Detective - It Takes One To Know One (Album) Swan Song Japan 1990 Sell This Version
THWACK! EP1 The Rag & Bone Men The Rag & Bone Men - The Fight Goes On(12", EP) Pugilist Records THWACK! EP1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
New Class A New Class A - You Can Do It / Feel The Rhythm Cupido Disque Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Prefab Sprout Life Of Surprises Prefab Sprout - Life Of Surprises (Single) Kitchenware Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Credit To The Nation Ole Him Selecter Credit To The Nation - Hear No Bullshit See No Bullshit Say No Bullshit (Single) One Little Indian UK 1993 Sell This Version
528 696-2 Patto (2) Patto (2) - Sense Of The Absurd(2xCD, Album, Comp) Vertigo 528 696-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CRAZY 73, crazy 73 Crazy Gods Of Endless Noise Beautiful Thing (Live) Crazy Gods Of Endless Noise - Jugfill(7", Single, Num) Blind (2), Blind (2) CRAZY 73, crazy 73 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Ride Ride - Tarantula (Album) Creation Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Ride Ride - Black Nite Crash (Single) Creation Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
MCD 85014 The Megaphones The Megaphones - The Megaphones(CD, Album) Titanic Records (14) MCD 85014 Denmark 1996 Sell This Version
664703 2 Reef Reef - Yer Old(CD, Single, CD1) Sony Soho Square 664703 2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Reef Claypits Reef - Consideration (EP, Single) Sony Soho Square UK 1997 Sell This Version
Reef Reef - Glow (Album) Sony Soho Square, Sony Soho Square USA & Canada 1997 Sell This Version
VOX HC CD 97 Various Alottment Various - Haute Couture(CD, Comp) Vox Magazine VOX HC CD 97 UK 1997 Sell This Version
IBXCD 3 524499-2 Free Free - Songs Of Yesterday(5xCD, Comp, RM + Box) Island Records IBXCD 3 524499-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Free Moonshine (Alternate Vocal) and 3 more… Free - Tons Of Sobs (Album) Island Remasters (2), Island Records (2) Russia 2001 Sell This Version
Ride Black Nite Crash Ride - OX4_ The Best Of Ride (Comp) Ignition Records (2) UK 2001 Sell This Version
IGN CD13 Ride Ride - The Box Set(3xCD, Comp + Box) Ignition Records (2) IGN CD13 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Free Rain (Alternative Version) Free - Highway (Album) Rock Classics Remasters Russia 2002 Sell This Version
Free Moonshine and 5 more… Free - Free Live (Album) Island Remasters (2), Island Records (2) Russia 2002 Sell This Version
31075-2 The Weirdos What Will You Do? The Weirdos - We Got The Neutron Bomb - Weird World Volume Two 1977 - 1989(CD, Comp) Frontier Records 31075-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
RIGHT024, 5 035980 111298 Lionel Blair With The Jive Aces Lionel Blair With The Jive Aces - Blair Sings Astaire(CD, Album) Right Recordings, Right Recordings RIGHT024, 5 035980 111298 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Bronco (4) Bronco (4) - Country Home / Ace Of Sunlight (Comp, Album) Red Fox Records France 2006 Sell This Version
Free Free - Fire And Water (Album) Island Records, Universal UMC UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
Jethro Tull Jethro Tull - Aqualung (Album) Chrysalis US 2011 Sell This Version
8122796481 Ride Ride - Original Album Series(Box, Comp + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Al) Rhino Entertainment Company 8122796481 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Magic Bus (3) Magic Bus (3) - Transmission From Sogmore's Garden (Album) Not On Label (Magic Bus (3) Self-released) UK 2014 Sell This Version
Bad Company (3) Bad Company (3) - Bad Company (Album) Swan Song, Swan Song Europe 2015 Sell This Version
R1 547492, 8122795551 Bad Company (3) Bad Company (3) - Straight Shooter(LP, Album, RE + LP + Dlx, RM, Gat) Swan Song, Rhino Records (2) R1 547492, 8122795551 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
none Magic Bus (3) Magic Bus (3) - Magic Bus(CD, Album, RE) Not On Label (Magic Bus (3) Self-released) none UK 2015 Sell This Version
473 262-9, 0602547326294 Free Just For The Box Free - The Free Story(CD, Album, Comp, RE) Island Records, Island Records 473 262-9, 0602547326294 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
473 187-9 Free Free - The Vinyl Collection(Box, Comp, RM + LP, Album, RE, Gat + LP, Album, RE) Island Records 473 187-9 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Free Woman (Alternative Version) and 2 more… Free - Free (Album) Island Records UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MT GAPP 1 Midas Touch (8) Midas Touch (8) - Midas Touch(7") MT GAPP MT GAPP 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version