Tom Dowd and the Language of Music Reviews

  • Dec 31, 2013

    One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. If you are into music, YOU MUST SEE THIS !!!

    One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. If you are into music, YOU MUST SEE THIS !!!

  • Dec 29, 2013

    a required viewing piece while i was in the long beach commercial recording engineer program excellent movie, i highly recommend for any music enthusiasts!

    a required viewing piece while i was in the long beach commercial recording engineer program excellent movie, i highly recommend for any music enthusiasts!

  • Jul 28, 2011

    This is a very interesting documentary. I had no idea Dowd did all this other stuff beyond producing Clapton, Skynyrd, Allmans etc. And it also offers a few insights on the creative process, which is neat. On the other hand, the film itself could be better. There are "dramatizations" (though these disappear as the chronology progresses) and there are loads of shots of live performances of artists he recorded (when he wouldn't have been recording them). I think it could have been significantly better.

    This is a very interesting documentary. I had no idea Dowd did all this other stuff beyond producing Clapton, Skynyrd, Allmans etc. And it also offers a few insights on the creative process, which is neat. On the other hand, the film itself could be better. There are "dramatizations" (though these disappear as the chronology progresses) and there are loads of shots of live performances of artists he recorded (when he wouldn't have been recording them). I think it could have been significantly better.

  • Mar 25, 2011

    Wonderful documentary about a legendary producer and record engineer who's worked with everyone from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin to Cream and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and obviously one heck of a guy too. Highly recommended for anyone who truly loves music.

    Wonderful documentary about a legendary producer and record engineer who's worked with everyone from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin to Cream and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and obviously one heck of a guy too. Highly recommended for anyone who truly loves music.

  • Sep 02, 2010

    If you are a serious music lover you have to see this great documentary of an unsung hero behind the greatest music artists ever...

    If you are a serious music lover you have to see this great documentary of an unsung hero behind the greatest music artists ever...

  • Jan 03, 2010

    extremely fascinating!!

    extremely fascinating!!

  • Aug 13, 2009

    Entertaining and illuminating biopic of recording engineer/producer/musician/physicist, Tom Dowd. What an impressive and wide-ranging body of work this guy had! Plus, he was so full of energy and positive enthusiasm, it's hard not to be entertained as you go along for the ride. And there are plenty of great clips of all the music and musicians he worked with along the way. Interesting to see that he never became a millionaire at the end, unlike many of the superstars and business people with whom he worked. However, this only served to illustrate just how much he loved his work, helping to bring to light one of the industry's true unsung heroes in the process. This is a film that I think people will enjoy, even if they aren't necessarily interested in the technical aspects of recording and production.

    Entertaining and illuminating biopic of recording engineer/producer/musician/physicist, Tom Dowd. What an impressive and wide-ranging body of work this guy had! Plus, he was so full of energy and positive enthusiasm, it's hard not to be entertained as you go along for the ride. And there are plenty of great clips of all the music and musicians he worked with along the way. Interesting to see that he never became a millionaire at the end, unlike many of the superstars and business people with whom he worked. However, this only served to illustrate just how much he loved his work, helping to bring to light one of the industry's true unsung heroes in the process. This is a film that I think people will enjoy, even if they aren't necessarily interested in the technical aspects of recording and production.

  • May 04, 2009

    If you love music and are more than a casual listening, you will dig this very well done tribute to a legend!

    If you love music and are more than a casual listening, you will dig this very well done tribute to a legend!

  • Feb 17, 2009

    Brilliant!! Tom You Are Missed...

    Brilliant!! Tom You Are Missed...

  • Dec 07, 2008

    Wow, what a great life story. You don't have to be a music techie to enjoy, although that does add an extra level of appreciation to what Tom contributed to music in the second half of the 20th century. It's both a history lesson of how music recording has evolved from Charlie Parker and Ray Charles to Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers, and also a treasure of musical performances. The rare footage of the American jazz greats (Parker, Coleman, Monk and others), Booker T. and the MGs, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Darin, and Cream is just incredible. The stories of how some classic songs were created lifts the curtain on the creative process and are funny in how sometimes luck or a quick offhanded change turns a dead end into pop culture history. Icing on the cake was breaking down the mix and isolating the instruments on Derek & the Dominos "Layla".

    Wow, what a great life story. You don't have to be a music techie to enjoy, although that does add an extra level of appreciation to what Tom contributed to music in the second half of the 20th century. It's both a history lesson of how music recording has evolved from Charlie Parker and Ray Charles to Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers, and also a treasure of musical performances. The rare footage of the American jazz greats (Parker, Coleman, Monk and others), Booker T. and the MGs, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Darin, and Cream is just incredible. The stories of how some classic songs were created lifts the curtain on the creative process and are funny in how sometimes luck or a quick offhanded change turns a dead end into pop culture history. Icing on the cake was breaking down the mix and isolating the instruments on Derek & the Dominos "Layla".