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Weekly Edition - Published 29 August 2015

 

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LIMF grills the legendary song writer and producer Lamont Dozier
Photographs and report by Patrick Trollope.

A unique event was held at The Epstein Theatre, in Liverpool City Centre, on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Taking to the stage was no other than the legendary Lamont Herbert Dozier. This evening promised to be as fascinating as it was unusual... We all know that Lamont was able to get talented artists to perform at their very best, in very unusual ways, but how did he do it? Thanks to Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), Steve Levine and broadcaster Richard Allinson, were both able to give us a glimpse of what is behind this musical genius mind. They used the format of their acclaimed and award winning BBC radio series:- 'The Record Producers,'  along with a very unique use of modern equipment, that you would normally find in a class rooms. Thanks to a mix of recorded interviews with the stars that had worked with Lamont, a video projector and a computer running a simple audio editing program, the 2 presenters were able to quiz him to reveal the hidden aspects of some of his best known hits.

Using the computer they were able to both visually and in audio form, reveal the hidden tricks of the trade. Though analytical analysis and discussion of rare archive and original session tracks of some of 'Holland Dozier Hollands' classic recordings, including Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, a hidden world was revealed to us all. From funny stories, through to discovering some of the sounds you would never realise were on the tracks, from police car sirens going past the studio to hand written notes being shuffled. Even the remarkable use of broken instruments, like an old tambourine, to deliver sounds that were unparalleled at the time, making the music just as remarkable as they were when first made... The more you heard, the more respect you developed for Lamont, who set the standards in terms of recording production styles and techniques which are still used today, so that you wanted to know much more. Itís no wonder why he is hugely and directly influencing the world of music today right across the board. We truly did spend an evening in the company of genuinely original soul royalty. This was a wonderful evening that we hope will be the start of many more like it for LIMF. After taking questions from the audience about his song writing and production career, all 3 received a standing ovation from the audience, something you donít get in an average lecture room, but this was an educational experience as well was entertaining occurrence. Donít miss out if the do it again next year! If you attended, please let us know your thoughts about the event via emailing us to:- news24@southportreporter.com.

 

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