I thought Dowd's mixes were LOUSY on everything he 'produced'. Obviously, the material was all great.
After working with Dowd in '91, I better understood the entire relationship between Dowd & the band. Dowd was a monumental kiss-up. Sure, he was a pioneer in music engineering in the 50s & 60s...but he was damn lucky to get his name on LIVE AT FILLMORE EAST. LUCK-KEEEEEE. Dowd couldn't mix two eggs.
Great engineering by competent engineers @ Capricorn made Dowd look like a genius. The Allmans' sound was already ON STAGE. Whoever engineered GBMB was INcompetent...then combined w/ Dowd's mixing ineptness, it all ended up sounding PRETTY LOUSY.
Q - I have heard that Dowd was not really the type to challenge the group as has Al had.
Dowd just let the band do its thing. He did make a couple of suggestions that were good...other suggestions he made just to be annoying. Kooper DID challenge the band and gave us more input. Sure, HE was annoying, too. Don't forget this, his mixes were FAR superior.
As for the 'not wanted' aspect affecting my creativity - I didn't care. It wasn't like my not being wanted was THAT obvious. I don't think it affected the music in any way. I think, musically, we all worked together as one. Don't think there will ever be a 3 guitar band like that one.
Q - In your opinion, how did Ronnie not hear that Dowd's GIMME BACK MY BULLETS album was not only NOT their "best foot forward", as he once stated, but a muddled sounding demo compared to their previous albums and anything else out of a major rock band at that time?
Dowd had the gift of kiss-a$$ like no other...and somehow got Ronnie to worship him. But I know a kiss-a$$ with bad ears when I see one. And a man whose just GOT TO HAVE HIS OWN WAY. What an ultra maroon. Though I'll acknowledge his contribution to recordings early years.
I often wonder if the Dowd Skynyrd albums were made to sound like cardboard so that the Dowd Allman Bros. albums would always be better. Though I feel that LIVE AT THE FILLMORE mixed itself...well engineered (NOT by Dowd).
Then you have the LAYLA album. Talk about BAD MIXES.
Anyway, to answer your question...I wasn't in the band during the GBMB album, so I don't know exactly HOW it went down. But I DID witness the Peter Rudge infatuation Ronnie had...that was bad enough. Those two people just out-charisma'd Ronnie. Didn't think it was possible!!
Q - Is it possible that Ronnie didn't like the GBMB mix yet weighed the consequence(s) of intervention?
Ronnie had pretty good ears...Rossington had GREAT ears. So what I think happened was that they were TALKED INTO ACCEPTING THE MIXES. I know, from experience, that's what went down with our 1991 album. The mixes that Dowd sent us (as finals) were just atrocious. Kevin Elson and myself had the opportunity to remix a few of the really offensive ones...did it without Dowd knowing about it. Wow...what an uproar later!!
But no one's gonna strong-arm me into living with a lousy mix.
Myke: Happy Memorial Day 2016-Thank You Veterans !
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tonytrout: Howdy, fellow Ed King fans!!! How are we on this bitterly cold Sunday morning??
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macfangus: New member here. I'm a huge fan of Ed King era LS.
Feb 7, 2017 19:54:58 GMT -5
shaw: I wonder if Zap is around.I found a guitar someone was throwing out and it has Zapp on the headstock. Turns out its one of those Law Suit era Les Pauls. I'm putting it back together it was only the body & neck, with no hardware but I got all the parts now.
Apr 8, 2018 12:09:40 GMT -5
Zap: No relation to me, LOL, but you can gift it to me when you are done restoring it if you like! LOL!
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rebel1222: Whats the point of having a forum if noone can reply to, or create threads?
Nov 28, 2018 8:49:07 GMT -5
gman620: @ rebel1222: Anyone is free to start a new topic or reply to any thread, anytime he or she desires. You've been a member for over three years now, with zero posts, so what's stopping you?
Nov 29, 2018 21:48:09 GMT -5
rocker2462: Looking for info on Ed's red Strat with the tele neck? point me in the right direction please.
Feb 19, 2019 0:47:14 GMT -5
stevecamp: I believe it was was a Warmoth body, aftermarket pickups, an old tele neck.
Mar 5, 2019 16:59:18 GMT -5
stevecamp: Pick ups may have been "lindy Fralins"
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