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When I heard Dave Grohl was making a documentary about the legendary "Sound City" recording studio I was excited. It is considered music's greatest recording studio. So many amazing records were recorded in this hole in the wall, nuthin' fancy, groovin' studio space in Van Nuys California. Fleetwood Mac's Rumors, Pat Benatar's Crimes of Passion, TP and the HB's, Damn the Torpedos, basically everyone recorded at Sound City starting in the early 70's....Fogerty, REO, Dio, Foreigner, The Dead, RHCP's, BTO, Dio, Slipknot...The list of artists would take up this blog. But the question is...what made Sound City so unique? The ride this film takes you on is Sound City's true calling. Tom Skeeter and Joe Gottfried bought the studio as it was slipping under and turned it into magic. Was it the Neve console?, which some say was the greatest sounding board ever worked on. Others say it was the vibe, the feel that helped create these records of brilliance. Perhaps it was the staff of engineers, studio hands, the folks on the inside who we meet in the movie that made Sound City more than just a space to record. From the artist cameo interview clips, to rare footage of the recording of some of rock's most iconic albums, to the inception of digital and pro tools, both of which contributed to the studios demise at different times, this film is a juicy slice of musical history. And watching it, you become a part of it. Grohl is so connected because Nirvana's "Nevermind" was recorded at Sound City, bringing the studio back to it's glory after a disastrous time when technology took over. The studio was then reborn and some of the greatest records of the nineties were recorded there. Dave actually went back after he heard the studio was closing, bought the board and invited many of Sound City's greatest performers to his house to Jam and record original material. (which we see in the film towards the end)
The "Sound City- Reel to Reel" soundtrack will be out in March and PLEASE check out the Rick Springfield/Foo's track "The Man That Never Was"....it's amazing. Stevie Nicks, Corey Taylor, Josh Homme, Rick Nielsen are just a few of the artists featured on this incredible collection. And Grohl takes Springfield, Nicks, Nielsen, John Fogerty and more to NY to do a Sound City Players show on the 13th at the Hammerstein. There are so many layers to this film. It will make you smile, tear up and feel that passion for music past and present. It was the most intoxicating 107 minutes I have spent watching a movie in a long time....and when it ended- I watched it again. Thanks Dave. A true rock purist and visionary. Who teaches us... where you come from is as important as where you are going....Sound City. SEE IT!
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