Anyone Heard of Alan Douglas

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  1. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    I hope this doesn't sound like a foolish question but has anyone heard of an Engineer named Alan Douglas. He was the Engineer on Eric Claptons "From the Cradle" along with Producer Russ Titelman. This recording IMO is amazing and I have learned alot just from listening to the details. It was recorded live at Olympic Studios, London with no overdubs or edits. It's a great combination of old and modern sounds with an intimate club feel to it.

    The reason I'm asking this is I'm looking for more of his work to study and just enjoy. A google search turned up an article on some Hendrix remixes and a mention of some Duke Ellington recordings but that's about it. However in the photo of Douglas on the "From the Cradle" jacket he appears to be too young to have worked with Ellington so I don't even know if it's the right guy. Any information anyone could give me on albums he recorded I would greatly appreciate it. TIA
     
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

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    Don, do you know about AllMusic?
     
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

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    Duke Ellingtons son, continued to record and tour the "Duke Ellington Orchastra" even after Ellingtones passing ... and those may be one of the recordings you are speaking of ... I have one CD called "Digital Duke" ... I have to look to see if your guy recorded it ..
     
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

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    I found lots of stuff here ...

    UMass Lowell SRT

    Your guy isn't as young as you thought ...

    A short bio @
    http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/music/artist/card/0,,424731,00.html


    and this from the now defunct BAM magazine ..

    http://www.me.umn.edu/~kgeisler/ad.html

    There's more, take a look ...
     
  5. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys, Thanks for the info. Sounds like Alan's pretty highly regarded by the list of people he's worked with.

    David, I hadn't heard of All Music , I'll check it out.

    Kurt, My search didn't turn up all that great stuff, Kudos

    I have some reading to do!
     
  6. sirjohnweird

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    Hey Man,

    Just wanted to say thanks for the kind things you said. I am the Alan Douglas that you were asking about.

    AllMusic have conflated two different people with the same name. I was hoping that since the other guy is dead (RIP) that someone at AllMusic would figure it out but clearly they haven't. This is despite many emails to AllMusic over the years. Think they're all about advertising revenue and not accuracy. The people at Discogs figured it out. Why would a guy who was active in the 50's and producing Hendrix in the 60's be a tape-op (assistant or 2nd engineer) on a Gene Simmons record in the mid 70's? It simply doesn't stand up.

    With regard to "From the Cradle" the time spent recording that album was some of the best moments of my life. Imagine getting to record Eric Clapton doing blues covers live, for several weeks. Life doesn't get much better than that.

    As an aside. I engineered for Eddie Kramer one time and his first question on entering the room was;

    "Is your name really Alan Douglas?"
    "yes"
    "You should change it. That guy's an a**hole"

    Thanks again.

    Alan Douglas
     
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    Right on Alan. Thanks for chiming in and sharing some of your history. I hope you continue doing that!
     
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    Davedog Distinguished Member

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    Don't you just love Eddie?!!
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    I think if Eddie told me to change my name I would. Even if he was kidding lol!
     

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