R.I.P. legendary rock producer Chris Tsangarides

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Chris Tsangarides

British rock producer Chris Tsangarides has died. He was 61 years old. Tsangarides, whose list of credits is incredibly long and includes many influential heavy metal bands of the ’80s, took ill at the beginning of the year and was battling pneumonia before he died of heart failure.

Tsangarides studied at the Royal Academy of Music and began his career as an apprentice at Morgan Studios in London. He worked as an engineer on the legendary Judas Priest album Sad Wings of Destiny, and later worked on new wave records such as Japan’s Obscure Alternatives. Tsangarides became an in-house producer for Morgan after it was sold to Zomba Management, and from there ended up producing a long list of rock and metal records, including Thin Lizzy’s final album, Thunder and Lightning, Anvil’s Metal on Metal and Judas Priest’s Painkiller.  He also recorded post-punk bands including Lords of the New Church and Killing Joke, and remixed the single version of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again.”

Tsangarides’ other credits include music by Exodus, Overkill, Concrete Blonde, King Diamond, Bruce Dickinson, Black Sabbath, The Tragically Hip, Concrete Blonde, Tom Jones, Ozzy Osbourne, Therapy? and Comsat Angels.

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