*Favorite Engineers

Chris Kimsey Engineered Two of My Favorite Records of All Time

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Chris Kimsey is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links below to find his albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Chris Kimsey Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

I have two personal favorites among his many excellent recordings:

  1. A Space in Time (1971)
  2. Wind of Change (1972)

Both are Must Own records in my book. Masterpieces. Desert Island Discs.

In my opinion, both are records that should be more popular with audiophiles. For some reason they are not. If you have not heard one or both of these classics, check them out. They are the very definition of the kind of Big Production Rock I have been listening to since I first fell in love with them back in the early Seventies. That was about fifty years ago and I still play both of them regularly for enjoyment. I have never tired of the music on either of them in all that time and I don’t think I ever will.

I’m sure you have plenty of records you feel the same way about in your collection. These are two of mine.

These are the very definition of Big Speaker albums. The better pressings have the kind of ENERGY in their grooves that are sure to have most audiophile systems begging for mercy.

This is The Audio Challenge that awaits you. If you don’t have a system designed to play records with this kind of SONIC POWER, don’t expect to hear them the way Chris Kimsey wanted you to. Both album want to rock your world, and that’s exactly what our Hot Stamper pressings are especially good at.

Ten Years After and Peter Frampton are two of the most influential and important artists/bands in my growth as a music lover and audiophile, joining the ranks of Roxy Music, Ambrosia, 10cc, Steely Dan, Yes, Bowie and countless others, musicians and bands who seemed to me dedicated to exploring and exploding the conventions of popular music.

My equipment was forced to evolve in order to accurately reproduce the scores of challenging recordings issued by these groups in the ’70s.

You could say that the albums of all of these artists informed not only my taste in music but the actual stereo I play that music on. It’s what Progress in Audio is all about.

I’ve had large scale dynamic speakers for the last four decades, precisely in order to play records recordings such as these, albums with music I fell in love with back in the ’70s.

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Not one of his better efforts, and not one of his better photos, but this is the guy that engineered so truly wonderful sounding albums that I have been playing for practically fifty years. I can’t thank him enough.

Bob Simpson Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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Bob Simpson is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links below to find his albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

We could not find a picture of the man so we’ve included a picture of the RCA label of one of his most famous recordings, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall. 

Bob Simpson Engineered Albums with Hot Stampers

Bob Simpson Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

Roy DuNann Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ROY DUNANN is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find all the records we currently have in stock that were engineered by Roy DuNann.

Roy DuNann recordings we’ve reviewed on the blog can be found here. (more…)

Phil Ramone Is One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

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Phil Ramone one of our favorite engineers and producers. Click on the links below to find our in-stock Phil Ramone engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Phil Ramone Engineered or Produced Albums with Hot Stampers

Phil Ramone Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

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Dave Hassinger Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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Reviews and Commentaries for Dave Hassinger’s Recordings

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“‘Satisfaction’ was [mixed] on four tracks,” Hassinger recalls. “That was a big thing.” He adds:

“When I first arrived at RCA there were three tracks. When it went to four tracks we were all thinking. What are we going to do with the extra track?”

(RCA) wasn’t as funky as Chess obviously but it was more commercial. And (Dave Hassinger) really… he had a good ear, he’d get good sounds, and we experimented with more instruments… And he’d always get good sounds so we’d always get a good take at 3 or 4 shots at a song. 

Bill Wyman

As a staff engineer at RCA’s Hollywood studios in the 1960s, David Hassinger worked on a number of important and classic recordings. The most famous of these, perhaps, are mid-’60s tracks that the Rolling Stones recorded in Hollywood, including the entirety of their 1966 album, Aftermath. They also include, however, the first two Jefferson Airplane albums, along with efforts by Sam Cooke, Love, the Monkees, the Byrds (their first attempt at “Eight Miles High,” re-recorded later for official release), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and others. Hassinger also attempted to establish himself as a producer in the late ’60s, with limited success, most notably with the Electric Prunes and the first Grateful Dead album. (more…)

Fred Plaut Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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Fred Plaut is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Fred Plaut engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Frederick “Fred” Plaut was a recording engineer and amateur photographer. He was employed by Columbia Records during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, eventually becoming the label’s chief engineer.

Plaut engineered sessions for what would result in many of Columbia’s most famous albums, including the original cast recordings of South Pacific, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story, jazz LPs Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis, Time Out by Dave Brubeck, Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty by Charles Mingus.

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Andy Johns Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ANDY JOHNS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links above to find our in-stock Andy Johns engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

Partial Discography

Stand Up – Jethro Tull (1969)

Town and Country -Humble Pie (1969)

Living in the Past – Jethro Tull (1972) (more…)

One of Our Favorite Engineers – Rhett Davies

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RHETT DAVIES is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Rhett Davies engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Davies recorded some of our favorite albums of all time and we want to pay tribute to this unsung hero, a man who has brought so much joy and pleasure to audiophiles through albums like those listed below.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).
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Eddie Kramer Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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Eddie Kramer is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Check out our supply of Eddie Kramer engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper Shootouts).

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Roy Halee Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ROY HALEE is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Check out our supply of Roy Halee engineered or produced albums, along with some of our famous commentaries.  

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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