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Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 19 January 2003 (USA)
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A documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.


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Credited cast:
Himself (archive footage)
Jim Camacho ...
Ornette Coleman ...
John Coltrane ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Tom Dowd ...
Thelonious Monk ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Otis Redding ...
Himself (archive footage)
Mike Stoller ...


If you picked some of the all-time great albums in American rock, soul, and jazz, chances are one name might be found on the back of almost every one: Tom Dowd--the secret behind five decades of brilliant music, an unsung hero, producer and recording pioneer. From the perfection of live mixing to the introduction of eight-track recording, the mythology of exactly how much impact Dowd has had is still up for grabs. His diverse and genuine love of work is remembered in part through intimate interviews with several musical icons and personal friends. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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19 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Tom Dowd kai i glossa tis mousikis  »

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$16,522 (USA) (13 August 2004)


$40,238 (USA) (27 August 2004)

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27 April 2006 | by (orlando, fl) – See all my reviews

I loved this. I'm a fan of a lot of the musicians and bands featured in this movie so that makes me a little biased. That aside Tom Dowd as portrayed in this film is a wonderful, truthful and inspirational person. He produced and engineered all kinds of music not sticking to just one genre. He seemed to excel at everything he tried. If you are interested at all in the recording process or are a fan of the allman brothers, eric clapton, ray charles, booker t. and the MGs, aretha franklin, cream, duane allman then I recommend this movie. It shows footage of some of the artists in the studio and has tom talking throughout about everything. It also covers the history of Atlantic records and criterion studios in Miami. Don't forget to find out about the 5 M's

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