Chris Kimsey

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Chris Kimsey
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Christopher Kenneth Kimsey

(1951-12-03) 3 December 1951 (age 71)
Battersea, London, England
Occupation(s)Record producer, audio engineer, musician
Notable credits
  • The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Sticky Fingers, Tattoo You
  • Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!, Frampton
  • Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III
  • Duran Duran: Ordinary World
  • Marillion: Misplaced Childhood
  • Killing Joke: Laugh? I nearly Bought One!

Christopher Kenneth Kimsey (born 3 December 1951 in Battersea, London, England) is an English record producer, mixer and musician most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones' Undercover[1] and Steel Wheels[1] albums. He was also an engineer on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers[1] as well as 1978's Some Girls[1] and 1980's Emotional Rescue[2] 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.[1]

He has also worked with Peter Frampton,[1] Marillion,[1] The Cult,[1] Peter Tosh,[1] The Psychedelic Furs,[1] Emerson, Lake & Palmer[1] Ten Years After,[1] Johnny Hallyday,[1] Louis Bertignac,[1] Diesel Park West,[1] JoBoxers,[1] Killing Joke,[1] New Model Army,[1] Ash,[1] The Chieftains,[1] Soul Asylum,[1] Duran Duran,[1] Yes,[1] Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe,[1] INXS,[1] Anti Nowhere League, Moral Code X, The Proclaimers[1] and Golden Earring.[1]

He was the recording engineer and mixing engineer for Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976.[3]

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

In the 1980s Kimsey was responsible for the commercial success of Killing Joke with more poppier albums such as Night Time (album) and Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (album).[4]

Kimsey is credited as having contributed backing vocals to Incommunicado from Marillion's 1987 album Clutching at Straws.[5]

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.[citation needed]

Kimsey was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[6]

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.[7]

Selection of his work as a producer[edit]

Served as producer, co-producer or associate producer on the following records[1] (in chronological order):

Selection of his work as a mix engineer[edit]

Served as the mix engineer, or assistant-engineer on the following records[1] (in chronological order):


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Chris Kimsey | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  2. ^ Brown, Jake (2014). Behind the Boards II: The Making of Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Records Revealed. Hal Leonard. p. 190. ISBN 9781480392588. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. ^ Bruce Bartlett, Jenny Bartlett (2007), 'Recording Music on Location' p. xviii. Focal Press. ISBN 978-0-240-80891-8
  4. ^ Hämäläinen, Jyrki "Spider" (2020). Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?, p. 94-118. Milton Keynes: New Haven Publishing. ISBN 978-1912587407.
  5. ^ "Marillion - Clutching At Straws". Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  6. ^ "7th Annual IMA Judges". Independent Music Awards. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  7. ^ "HHB supplies DiGiCo SD11 to Olympic Cinema". Retrieved 20 February 2020.


Further reading:

  • Hämäläinen, Jyrki "Spider" (2020). Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?. Milton Keynes: New Haven Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1912587407.