Last night, with old chum Keith, I went to an event at the former Neptune Theatre in Liverpool which has been renamed the Epstein.
The event was organised as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival around that great American songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier who was one third of the Holland – Dozier – Holland team which wrote so many Motown hits.
It took the form of a live edition of the Radio 2 programme The Record Producers with Steve Levine , Richard Allinson. The unique event consisted of an in depth analysis and discussion of rare archive and original session tracks of some of Holland-Dozier-Hollands’ classic recordings, including Diana Ross, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers. Lamont Dozier talked about his songwriting and production career followed by a Q&A.
I really enjoyed it although I would rather have heard a little more of Lamont and his music and little less analysis of the way that Motown records were put together/recorded.
No photo’s were allow in the auditorium which I thought was rather unnecessary especially as this small theatre has a quite striking interior. I did manage a shot though of the unusually shaped staircase of the Epstein:-
This photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
In my view his best piece of work, as a solo artist, was the album Black Bach which is rare in that it does not have a duff track on it.