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  posted on 7/30/2009 at 09:29 AM
I decided this deserves a thread of its own

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  posted on 7/30/2009 at 06:28 PM
Int: You produced what have always been my two favorite albums. Layla and Fillmore East.

Tom Dowd: Oh, yeah, the Fillmore album. I had been in Africa for a month doing a show called Soul to Soul, doing a film and a recording. I got home on the weekend and I did not expect to be home by the time I got home, because I ran into inclement weather coming out of Africa. I came all the way back to New York. I called in and said I was back in New York and that I was going to take a day and then go home. Jerry Wexler said, “I sure am glad you are here because the Allman Brothers are recording on Monday down at the The Fillmore.” I thought, that’s interesting, and he set up an exquisite recording space. I went down because I had experience with the two drums and the bass and the two guitars and this and that and more or less told them how to lay out the tracks and they put up the microphones.

It was good crew. I was just being a catalyst about things. As things were going I was sitting in the truck and the Brothers didn’t even know I was there. I was sitting in there and I was saying, “Alright, there is going to be a guitar solo, we are going onto multi-track, and I am just alerting the engineer as to what to look for. About 4 - 5 numbers into the show, the second comes up and taps me on the shoulder and says, “You didn’t tell me where to put the horns.” I said, “What horns?” I’m thinking that he is being a smart-ass and being funny or something. But no, there are two horns and a harp coming onto the stage. I am thinking, where am I going to put them? Stick them on one of the vocal tracks- I really don’t give a damn! Then when I heard what the horns were playing, I beelined it out of the truck and went backstage and as Duane came off the stage, I said, “You son of a bitch- if you ever do that to me again you’re gone and if those horns walk onstage one more time I am pulling the recording.” He just looked at me, because I had never spoken to Duane like that. Duane and I were hand holders. I had never accosted him like that.

They did another show that night and I said, “Now, I want you guys to come up to the studio and I am taking the tapes with me and I am going to play you tonight’s show.” We argued in between shows and I told them they could put the harp player back in, but don’t ever let those horns onstage again or I am pulling the pin. So that night we went back to the Atlantic Studio and I played them the entire show and I let them hear what the horns were doing, and Duane said “okay, the horns are fired, they are gone.” So then we made it a practice, after every show, 2:00 am we were in a taxi cab and going back up to Atlantic- grabbing hamburgers, hot dogs, Chinese, whatever the hell, and we would sit down and listen to the entire show, both sets. By so doing after the second night, four shows, we would say well we don’t have to do “Elizabeth Reed” again, or this song again, and so let’s put this song in and this song in and change the next days shows, saying we don’t have to do this song, we have it already.

So after four nights the album was all together and we knew what was going to be the top priority or pick of songs that were going onto the album. Because everybody in the band had come up to the studio every night after the show and listened to every song, and we had all agreed on what we wanted to do, with who and so forth. In listening to the various takes, Dickey Betts wanted to use a solo from one version of “Elizabeth Reed” and the band said “whatever he wants, we love this take,” so I wired Dickey’s solo from one take into another take- they were that close in tempo, you never knew. I used "Hot 'lanta," but I could not use the best version because I could not get rid of the damn horns! Remember we were going onto 12-inch discs so that we only had 17 to 19 minutes on each side, so we were limited as to what we could employ. In going through the “Whipping Posts,“ because that song closed every show, there was one show where some guy in the audience yelled out and the band cracked up when they heard this.

So when it came time to mix the album down, the band was back on the road, I had already decided what 7-8 cuts we were going to use, and I had come up with the correct “Whipping Post,” but as tongue- in- cheek so that when they heard it they would crack up, I threw in an overdub of this guy in the back of the audience yelling onto the tape we were using. (Laughs) So when I am asked 25 years later to remix the damn thing for cd, we transferred everything that was ever recorded, and it took 3-4 days and I sat there and listened attentively to everything. I had the band’s blessings, and I put “Elizabeth Reed” back together the way it was, and Dickey did not object. I used my favorite version of "Hot 'lanta" because going to digital I could find ways to hide the horns that I could not find in the old analog days. So I switched the take on "Hot 'lanta," and I used the echo version of “Whipping Post,“ but I did not add in the idiot that screams, “Play “Whipping Post!” You know, I am still getting mail that I used the wrong tape, can you believe it?! That’s how much people know, you gotta crack up laughing. (Laughs)

[Edited on 3/18/2010 by BIGV]

 

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  posted on 8/8/2009 at 06:58 AM
Tom was a huge part in making bands like Skynyrd and the ABB famous. he could bring the best out in musicians. he was a pioneer in the way music was recorded and ultimately sounded. he brought us the sounds of the south people. a great buy. my wife bought it 4 me 4 a christmas present. thanks 4 reminding me about it. im going to roll a fatty and put it in the dvd player now. highly recommended purcase. i know you love it.
 

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  posted on 8/9/2009 at 12:03 AM
i totally agree. tom dowd deserves his own thread on this site and many, many more. his contributions to the music that we all listen to is nearly incalculable. he was indeed a genius who brought lots of the magic to the songs we love and hold dear. also, it is evident that tom was much more than a gifted sound engineer, he was good man and a good friend to our heroes and that cannot be measured. i do wish that he had been compensated more appropriately for his work.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2009 at 10:21 PM
I have yet to see this movie yet but it looks like it would have alot of real cool info in it. He was one of the great ones...

 

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I'm getting this from Netflix in a few days. Can't wait!!!
 

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  posted on 1/17/2011 at 05:04 PM
I have the dvd. You'll love it.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2011 at 10:13 AM
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I have the dvd. You'll love it.


It'll be here Friday. In the meantime I've been jonsing over every blues and rock n' roll CD and video I've got...trying to steal chords and stuff.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2011 at 05:32 PM
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I have the dvd. You'll love it.


It'll be here Friday. In the meantime I've been jonsing over every blues and rock n' roll CD and video I've got...trying to steal chords and stuff.


Good for you. I may just have to watch that dvd again one of these nights.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2011 at 09:39 AM
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I have the dvd. You'll love it.


It'll be here Friday. In the meantime I've been jonsing over every blues and rock n' roll CD and video I've got...trying to steal chords and stuff.


Good for you. I may just have to watch that dvd again one of these nights.


This DVD was awesome. I watched it twice, and the extras. The great part for me was seeing him at the console playing 'Layla'...pushing up and pulling down different parts of the song...hearing Duane's parts. I'm gonna have to buy this one now. Priceless.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2011 at 11:42 AM
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I decided this deserves a thread of its own

Now available on DVD

thelanguageofmusic.com

some great stuff in this movie... if you don't love it
i'll buy it back from ya




worth a bump, if i ad this

Dickey and Vassar 1974
http://youtu.be/YM54aCu8lTY

 

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  posted on 7/31/2011 at 12:28 PM
thanks capn

TGFYT
thank goodness for youtube

 

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  posted on 8/24/2011 at 07:26 PM
Hi Capn,

At the top of this post you mentioned that you would buy back the dvd if we didn't like it.

I finally picked up a copy and watched it today.

I'm not selling


 

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