The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story
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Filled with rare footage, photos, and packed with incredible music, The Greatest Ears In Town features in-depth and intimate interviews and/or studio footage with music luminaries, friends and artists including Quincy Jones, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir George Martin, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon, Jewel, Daryl Hall, Phil Collins, The Bee Gees, Norah Jones and many others. The Greatest Ears In Town is one of the most insightful, enjoyable documentaries about how hits are created ever made.
Filmed in 1.78:1 aspect ratio, the producers also chose to go with the higher end sound output of Stereo 2.0 PCM 48k as further testimony to the incredible music and cutting end sounds created by Arif Mardin.
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It was Joe who decided to document the making of the album - and expand it with interviews with his dad and many of the people he worked with. The result was this wonderful and heartfelt 104-minute 2010 documentary, now making it's DVD debut - with 24 minutes of "outtakes". In addition to performances of many of the songs on the CD by the artists mentioned above, we hear from Sir George Martin, Quincy Jones, Willie Nelson, George Wein, Aretha Franklin and Mardin's widow. We also see that Mardin had a "classical side" and composed a classical piece for an orchestra in his native Turkey.
Parts of the film are narrated by Joe and you can feel the love he had for his father in his narration. The breadth of artists that helped Mardin will 15 Grammy Awards is exposed here as well.Read more ›
As an aside to this, the producers of this film went with the top end audio in the form of PCM 48k. The sound is awesome.
I'll say that his son Joe Mardin and all of the other collaborators succeeded in creating a fine, personal, balanced, emotionally-felt but not overly reverential portrait of this great artist who was exceptionally sensitive but also knew how to get things done.
I really would love to hear more recordings of Mr Mardin's own "classical" works mentioned, especially the chamber music and the lieder. I'm not sure if there is a large "market" but judging from myself, some devoted enthusiasts.
Anyway, thanks for this really wonderful tribute; well done.
This is a memoir not just of a great man, but of a golden age in the music industry. Don't miss it!
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I bought this as a gift for my husband. He already watched this documentary once with a mentor and friend who worked closely with Arif Mardin. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Alissa Rook
I have watched videos about Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlanic Records, and Tom Dodd, Atlantic Records chief recording engineer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Honeycutt
I personally think this is one of the finest well crafted documentaries on an artist I have ever seen. I just keep learning upon every viewing/ listen. Superb!Published 9 months ago by Kere Buchanan