The documentary Rolling Stone calls “brilliant” and rock critic Dave Marsh cites as “ a truly beautiful picture,” pays fitting tribute to one of rock-n-roll’s truly unsung heroes, the late Tom Dowd.
Producer Mark Moorman carries us on an incredible journey through the mind of Tom Dowd, a man who truly “did it all,” from his involvement in the Manhattan Project, to engineering and producing a wide range of the very best bands and musicians in music history, including Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Otis Redding, Lynyrd Skynyrd and classic albums like Layla & other love songs by Derek & The Dominos and Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers Band.
Moorman, a Florida filmmaker, took seven years to complete his film, which wrapped just before Dowd’s death in October, 2002 at the age of 77.
Tom Dowd had a major impact on history, from his invention of 8-track recording to some of the most inventive studio techniques in history.
In one particularly amazing sequence, Dowd secures the 24-track submaster of “Layla,” and proceeds to isolate Eric Clapton and Duane Allman’s solos, and recreate for the camera the mix he created some 30 years ago.
Tom Dowd & The Language of Music is a simply amazing film about a simply amazing man. A man who deserves to be remembered as one of rock’s true pioneers.
-Michael Buffalo Smith