Sound City

Sound City

DVD - 2013
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Featuring performances and interviews, famous rock musicians recount the history of the California recording studio, Sound City Studio, which became renowned for its unique custom-built Neve 8028 recording console and the recording of much ground breaking rock music.
Publisher: New York : RCA, 2013
ISBN: 9786315002434
6315002439
Branch Call Number: 781.49166 So841 2013 DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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uncommonreader
Jul 12, 2017

Somewhat interesting, but there are better documentaries and books about rock and roll.

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omasciarotte
Feb 08, 2016

A wonderful behind-the scenes look at one rather important audio recording studio...

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pianoDan
Aug 06, 2015

Really good documentary. Good for people who are interested in live music and recording.

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kibbit58
Jan 22, 2015

Where else would anyone ever think to put Trent Reznor and Barry Manilow? Dave Grohl really did his homework and what a piece of equipment he purchased! Worth watching more than once!

KateHillier Jan 18, 2015

That was fantastic. Apparently I owe a whole lot of my musical taste and the existence of some of my favourite albums to Sound City - a recording studio and the custom ordered Neve sound board. Analog and unforgiving, if you couldn't play or sing, there was nothing to hide behind and no way to make you sound like something you weren't.

There really are three parts to this documentary. The history of the thing, the invasion of the digital age and how that changed things forever when it came to how albums were recorded, and the re use of the equipment. I remember liking a Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney song that managed to run away with a Grammy despite no one having heard of it and it was off an album that Dave Grohl and company made with the Neve board. Yeah, I may have just gone and bought that album.

If you're a music lover, specially one of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, and and whole bunch of other artists (seriously, the amount of hit records this place has is astounding) you'll love it. It's a great film to feel nostalgic too as much as sad and hopeful about. Highly recommended.

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AmyEighttrack
Jan 06, 2015

A must-see for amateur musicologists and rock fans. Learn some of the recording secrets that made this place legendary. 'Nevermind' was recorded here. Magical; legendary; holy.

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steverino
Dec 01, 2014

I completely agree with the earlier review submitted by sweetlou. The first hour of this documentary is definitely interesting, complete with unexpected cameos by some of the biggest names in rock and roll history.

However, the last hour was booooorrring. While I am sure music enthusiasts would find Mr. Grohl's modern liaisons with some of these legends interesting, those of us who rented the DVD for the history probably wouldn't.

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3romm3la
Oct 04, 2014

Unless you're a music enthusiast, I wouldn't recommend this doc.

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turnitup
Jul 24, 2014

interesting, very interesting....

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8372s
Apr 03, 2014

pretty good documentry. if you like rock music you'll probably enjoy this movie.

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A_Summers_Day
Nov 14, 2013

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Monolith
Jun 20, 2013

Josh Homme (of Queens of The Stone Age): "You know, the internet's cool for some stuff, but like many things, there's no book store, there's no music store, and there's no Sound City..."

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