This DVD is a fascinating look behind the board, inside the studio, and into the heart and soul of the music we all know and love. Again I have to say, if you’re really into collecting music, this is a historical document and a must have for any fan of classic rock, R&B and jazz. Tommy was there, in the right place, at the right time, making music magic for over fifty years.
Tom Dowd achieved many outstanding technical high points during his distinguished career in the music business as recording engineer, arranger and producer. His work with Atlantic and Stax Records is legendary, as is his pioneering work with eight-track recording.
‘Tom Dowd & the Language of Music’ features appearances by the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aretha Franklin.
Here’s a short list of some of my favorite hit songs & albums that Tom Dowd produced & recorded:
“Walkin’ the Dog” by Rufus Thomas
“Good Lovin” by The Rascals
“Mr. Bojangles” by Jerry Jeff Walker
“Son Of A Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
Disraeli Gears & Wheels Of Fire by Cream
The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East & Eat A Peach
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & the Dominoes
461 Ocean Blvd. by Eric Clapton
In addition to the artists I’ve already mentioned, Dowd has also recorded and worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Joe Turner & the Ravens, The Clovers, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, the Drifters, the Coasters, Bobby Darin, Ben E. King, Booker T. & the MG’s, Wilson Picket,
Otis Redding, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Pablo Cruise, Rita Coolidge, Collin James, Tommy Bolin, Delaney & Bonnie, Diana Ross, Eddie Money, Meatloaf, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Primal Scream, Popa Chubby and Tinsley Ellis.
Friday, April 11th, 2008
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz, Video