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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Rhett Davies


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.

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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).

AMG Biography

Born in London in 1950, Rhett Davies' father Ray Davies (not to be confused with the same-named Kinks member) was one of the U.K.'s top trumpet players and mentored his son on the instrument. Young Rhett also listened to the family record collection, which included releases from Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, and Burt Bacharach. He once met the composer at a session for the movie soundtrack to What's New Pussycat.

After doing some hitchhiking and opening a record shop, Davies became a recording studio intern/engineer at Island Studios. His first full session was on Brian Eno's 1973 LP, Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy). An appreciative Eno granted Davies a royalty on that album and his subsequent innovative releases with Davies. The two pioneered the "playing the studio like an instrument" concept: tape loops in pop music and using a rhythm box to lay down the beat during basic recording, then adding a live drummer later.

In 1990, Rhett Davies left the music business to pursue other business interests, while still privately creating music.

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1973 - Genesis - Selling England by the Pound (Engineer/Asst. Engineer)
1974 - Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley (Engineer)
1974 - Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Engineer)
1975 - Eno - Another Green World (Producer, Engineer)
1975 - Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head (Engineer)
1975 - Fripp/Eno - Evening Star (Engineer)
1975 - Camel - Snow Goose (Engineer)
1976 - 801 - 801 Live (Engineer)
1976 - Camel - Moonmadness (Producer, Engineer)
1976 - Roxy Music - Viva! (Engineer)
1977 - Brian Eno - Before and After Science (Producer, Engineer)
1977 - Phil Manzanera/801 - Listen Now (Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Engineer)
1977 - Camel - Rain Dances (Producer)
1978 - Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Engineer)
1978 - Dire Straits - Dire Straits (Engineer)
1978 - Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food (Engineer)
1979 - Roxy Music - Manifesto (Engineer)
1980 - Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood (Producer, Engineer)
1981 - King Crimson - Discipline (Producer)
1982 - Roxy Music - Avalon (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
1982 - King Crimson - Beat (Producer)

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