Darren Allison

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Darren Allison
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Darren Allison is a Producer/Engineer, perhaps, best known for his work with The Divine Comedy, Spiritualized, and more recently, Efterklang and Amatorski. He has worked in a variety of musical genres, from alternative rock,through electronica to acoustic 'world' music and jazz. Additionally, he is a drummer/percussionist, and also plays guitar on some releases.

Darren Allison was trained at Ezee Studios, assisting on Robert Plant sessions and Tina Turner’s ‘Foreign Affair’ album, as well as engineering Propaganda, Jesus Jones and Dave Stewart.

Inspired by the sessions with Dave, he moved to the Eurythmics Church Studio in 1990, and remained there for the following five years. In that time, as well as performing engineering duties with various rock ’n’ roll legends, Darren co-produced The Divine Comedy’s critically acclaimed album ‘Liberation’ on a tiny budget. Their second album ‘Promenade’ was also very well received by the critics and Darren went on to produce their third album ‘Casanova’ which contained the three Top 20 hit singles, ‘Something For The Weekend’, ‘Frog Princess’ & ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’.

He was then invited to work with Jason Pierce, helping out with the production, engineering and mixing of tracks on the acclaimed Spiritualized album,‘Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space..’ In the following year he produced tracks for Babybird and Ben Christophers, and also recorded tracks for Electronic, Skunk Anansie and The Dum Dums.

Darren then went on to produce a hit single for Italian pop diva Elisa, and two albums for one of Portugal’s biggest rock bands, Hands On Approach, as well as mixing tracks for French genius Dominic Dalcan. He worked with flamenco guitar virtuoso Juan Martin on two albums, which included sessions with Jazz giants Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, and then, in contrast, mixed the hard edged ‘10SR’ album from Irish rockers Ten Speed Racer, including their hit single ‘Fifteen’, and bbc radio one favourite, ‘Your Demon Heart’.

Back in the U.K. for a while, he produced tracks for BB Mak and Belle and Sebastian, and, in his newly revamped studio, mixed the beautiful ‘Under The Skylon’ album for english band Candidate. In the same setting, he collaborated with Ireland’s award winning Future Kings Of Spain on songs for their ‘Le Debemos’ e.p.

2007 saw Darren travelling again, this time to Copenhagen, Denmark, to lend an experienced hand to the mighty Efterklang with the mixing of their majestic new album, ‘Parades’ .

Later in that same year, he was reunited with his old friends, producer Paco Trinidad and legendary Spanish diva Luz Casal, for her ‘Vida toxica’ album.The sessions at the Townhouse Studio which included such notables as Pino Palladino, Paul Wix Wixens, and Robbie Macintosh ,with the Millenia strings ensemble, was one of the last major sessions of the famous studio’s life.

In 2011, Darren scored a top 5 hit with Belgium band Amatorski's award-winning debut album, TBC, which was widely critically acclaimed.
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Remix

AMY 162, AMY 0162 Sentence Of Love — Darren Allison Ioni Sentence Of Love (BBG's Sexy Dub) Ioni - Sentence Of Love(12") A&M Records, A&M Records AMY 162, AMY 0162 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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BLR 45105 6 The Norton Spirit — Darren Allison The Blue Cats* The Blue Cats* - The Norton Spirit(10", EP) Bluelight Records BLR 45105 6 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
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Vocals

CD SNOG 16 (Is This The Way To) The World Cup — Darren Allison Tony Christie Tony Christie - (Is This The Way To) The World Cup(CD, Single) Tug Records CD SNOG 16 UK 2006 Sell This Version
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Instruments & Performance

SBZLP 003 Ish — Darren Allison Various Get Me Out Of Here Various - Ish (Comp) Some Bizzare SBZLP 003 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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CMGCD006, PRO 014 Girlschool — Darren Allison Girlschool My Ambition Girlschool - Girlschool (Album) Communique, Progressive International CMGCD006, PRO 014 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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7 92240-4 Ride The Break — Darren Allison JC-001 & D-Zire* Ride The Break (as D. Allison) JC-001 & D-Zire* - Ride The Break (Album) Anxious Records, Anxious Records 7 92240-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
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72438 3902422 Liberation — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Liberation (Album) Setanta 72438 3902422 France 1993 Sell This Version
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72438 395542 8 Promenade — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Promenade (Album) Setanta 72438 395542 8 France 1994 Sell This Version
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SA 3394 Compagnon De Promenade — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Compagnon De Promenade(CD, Promo) Virgin, Setanta, Labels SA 3394 France 1994 Sell This Version
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SET27-7 Becoming More Like Alfie (A Casanova Companion No. 2) — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy Becoming More Like Alfie The Divine Comedy - Becoming More Like Alfie (A Casanova Companion No. 2) (Single) Setanta SET27-7 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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7243 8 93827 2 3, 8 93827 2 Comme Beaucoup De Messieurs — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy avec Valérie Lemercier The Divine Comedy avec Valérie Lemercier - Comme Beaucoup De Messieurs(CD, Single, Car) Labels, Labels, Setanta 7243 8 93827 2 3, 8 93827 2 France 1996 Sell This Version
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SETMC32 The Frog Princess (A Casanova Companion No. 3) — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Frog Princess The Divine Comedy - The Frog Princess (A Casanova Companion No. 3) (Single) Setanta SETMC32 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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SET CD 25 Casanova — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Casanova (Album) Setanta SET CD 25 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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SETCD26 Something For The Weekend (A Casanova Companion No. 1) — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Something For The Weekend (A Casanova Companion No. 1) (Single) Setanta SETCD26 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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VISA 3721 Birds Of Paradise Farm — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Birds Of Paradise Farm(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Labels, Setanta VISA 3721 France 1996 Sell This Version
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VISA 3721 Birds Of Paradise Farm — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - Birds Of Paradise Farm(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Labels, Setanta VISA 3721 France 1996 Sell This Version
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7243 8480952 2, 8480952, 72438480952 2 A Secret History: The Best Of The Divine Comedy — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - A Secret History: The Best Of The Divine Comedy (Comp) Labels, Labels, Setanta, Setanta 7243 8480952 2, 8480952, 72438480952 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
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APCP-1053 a short album about love — Darren Allison The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy - a short album about love(CD, Album) A-Pro C&C Corp. APCP-1053 South Korea 2000 Sell This Version
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548 263-2 Moving Spirits — Darren Allison Hands On Approach Nestes Dias (as Darren) Hands On Approach - Moving Spirits(CD, Album) Universal Music Portugal, Mercury 548 263-2 Portugal 2000 Sell This Version
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589121-2 Francis Maggiulli Francis Maggiulli - A Bras Le Corps(CD) Polydor, Universal 589121-2 France 2002 Sell This Version
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RF010CDS Le Debemos EP — Darren Allison Future Kings Of Spain Future Kings Of Spain - Le Debemos EP (EP) The Red Flag Recording Co. RF010CDS UK 2004 Sell This Version
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VB 201301 Birdsongs On The Waste Land — Darren Allison Equinox, The Peacekeeper Equinox, The Peacekeeper - Birdsongs On The Waste Land(CD, Album) Vadbra Music VB 201301 Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
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BLR 33171 1 Riding After Midnight — Darren Allison Clint Bradley Clint Bradley - Riding After Midnight (Album) Bluelight Records BLR 33171 1 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
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ol15002 London — Darren Allison Daisy Bell Daisy Bell - London (Album) Opa Loka Records ol15002 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
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BLR 33197 2 Soul Of The West — Darren Allison Clint Bradley Clint Bradley - Soul Of The West(CD, Album) Bluelight Records BLR 33197 2 Finland 2019 Sell This Version