Has anyone checked out this movie? I got the DVD for CHristmas, and I must say it is awesome. If you have any interest in the history of how music has been recorded, check out this movie! For those who don't know, Tom Dowd was the house engineer at Atlantic Records for years. He worked with everyone from The Coasters, to Ray Charles, Mingus, Coltrane, Otis Redding, Aretha, Cream, Allman Brothers...he's the reason Derek and the Dominoes happened. He also invented the modern recording console with linear faders and had the first 8-track recorder back in 1958! He was the drum major for the Columbia University marching band while he was still in high school and was working on what became the Manhattan Project (the first nuclear bomb) while he was only 16! Oh, yeah, he was also a bass player , playing both tuba and string bass. I used to think that if there was one person I would have loved to sit down and talk to, it would be Tom Dowd. Unfortunately he died in 2002. Well, this movie is the closest thing to sitting and chatting with him. There are some great stories and great interviews with people like Ray Charles, Jerry Wexler, Ahmet Ertegun, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, the Brothers, etc. One of my favorite bits is where he tells of finishing up a Coasters session in the afternoon and then being told that Mingus would be in at midnight. "Talk about culture shock! Imagine going from 'Charlie Brown" to "Pisacanthues (sp?) Erectus' or the 'Haitian Fight Song'. I'd be like 'Help!'".