Chris Tsangarides: Legendary rock producer dies aged 61

Legendary producer Chris Tsangarides, who has worked with the likes of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath, has sadly passed away at the age of 61 on Sunday 7th January.

According to reports, he was battling pneumonia and heart failure at the time of his death.

His daughter, Anastasia, wrote the following Facebook status:

“It is with complete and utter sadness that I need to tell you all that our beloved father and my mums best friend Chris Tsangarides passed away peacefully last night after another brave battle with pneumonia as well as heart failure. We really are appreciating your messages of love and kindness but we are struggling to reply to them. With all our love and thanks from us all. Jane, Theo, Louis, Paris, Samantha and Casey. We’re gonna miss you everyday of our lives xxxxxxxxx.”

The producer’s own Facebook wall has been plastered with condolences and messages since the news of his death broke.

Tsangarides was a record producer, sound engineer, and mixer. He is also known for a guitar recording technique called “the vortex”, which he first used when recording the guitar of John Goodsall for the Brand X album Moroccan Roll in 1977.

He later refined the technique, which gives to the recordings a random panning effect similar to a reverb, but obtained through a particular placement of microphones.

As well as his work with Judas Priest, Think Lizzy and Black Sabbath, Tsangarides also worked with the likes of Anvil, Gary Moore, Helloween, Angra, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen and Tygers Of Pan Tang. He also worked with alternative and pop artists such as Depeche Mode, Tom Jones, and Concrete Blonde.


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