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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
This documentary provides a wonderful insight into the recording business as it was in the early days when Tom Dowd established himself as one of the foremost recording engineers of our time. To learn that he passed away shortly after the film's completion is extremely sad, as he was a unique talent. He love for music comes through loud and clear in both his personal comments, and those of the myriad stars he committed to tape and wax. It is hard to believe that someone could remain at the top of his industry for a full half century, influencing multiple generations in the process. Anyone with an interest in music, recording, or production should enjoy this comprehensive look at Tom Dowd and his life.
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