Life and career
Offord studied physics at university, and landed a job as a trainee engineer at Advision Studios in London to fill in spare time. Not long into his time at the studio, he started work as an engineer. Offord would spend much of his career working at Advision Studios.
ELP wrote a tribute to Offord with the song "Are You Ready, Eddy?", featured on their 1971 album Tarkus.
In 1970, Offord began his partnership with Yes. He suggested that the band record Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) in the countryside to try and ease tensions that had grown within the group, but the compromise was to record at Morgan Studios with trees, plants, and model cows.
In the late 1970s, Offord relocated to the United States where he worked in Woodstock, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. In 1994, after working on Grassroots by 311, Offord announced his retirement from the music business. In 2011, he changed his mind when his son introduced him to The Midnight Moan, and went on to produce their debut album. Offord has since worked on tracks by Sophia Urista and Allie Hill.
Some albums produced and/or engineered by Eddy Offord
- Albums with APOSTLES (produced mixed engineered).
- APOSTLES, (CD) Self titled (1992)
- Albums with Brian Auger and the Trinity (as engineer)
- Albums with Emerson, Lake & Palmer (as engineer)
- Albums with Heads Hands and Feet
- Heads Hands and Feet (1971) (engineer)
- Tracks (1972) (engineer)
- Albums with Taste and Rory Gallagher
- Albums with Yes (as co-producer and engineer except where noted)
- Albums with Baker Gurvitz Army
- Album with David Sancious & Tone (as co-producer and engineer)
- True Stories (1978)
- Just As I Thought (1979)
- Album with Blackjack
- Album with Andy Pratt
- Motives (1979)
- Album with Dixie Dregs (co-producer with Steve Morse)
- Industry Standard (under the name The Dregs) (1982)
- Albums with Pallas
- The Sentinel (1984)
- Album with Art in America
- Art in America (Sony/Pavillion 1983)
- Album with Jay Aaron (as co-engineer & co-producer with Jay Aaron)
- Jay Aaron Inside/Out (Warner Bros. 1990)
- Albums with 311
- Albums with National Head Band
- Albert 1 (1971)
- Album with Tinsley Ellis
- Albums with Utopia (engineer on 2 cuts)
- Ra (1977)
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