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Sound City

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In 2012 Dave Grohl purchased the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios. The board, built in 1972, is considered to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, and many other musical legends. This tells the story of real rock history, and celebrates the music, as Grohl gathers some of rock's greatest artists to collaborate on a new album using this classic console.
Published: [United States] : RCA, 2013.
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.4916 SOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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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!

Jan 18, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 06, 2015
  • AmyEighttrack rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 01, 2014
  • steverino rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 04, 2014
  • 3romm3la rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 24, 2014
  • turnitup rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

interesting, very interesting....

Apr 03, 2014
  • 8372s rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 09, 2014
  • sweetlou rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Think of this as two movies. The first 60 minutes is a wonderful documentary about Sound City. That unique soundboard is the reason why the albums recorded there sound so good. Albums like "Rumors" and "Nevermind" are filled with great songs, but they would not have been as earth shattering without that great Sound City sound. The last 30 minutes is Grohl jamming with some Sound City all stars on a bunch of crappy new songs. And then Paul McCartney shows up. I don't think he ever recorded there, but whatever, it's Paul McCartney.

Nov 14, 2013
  • SCbeachbabe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed learning about this legendary studio. Dave Grohl did an excellent job with this documentary, and he did so without putting anyone in a bad light. There were definitely some darker stories, but he chose to focus on the positive and show the amazing connection all of these talented people have to music. I highly recommend this documentary.

Jun 20, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I too, found the short-lived history of the studio in the first part of this film more interesting than the jam sessions that followed. So many cool bands recorded there... It's kinda sad how eras come to an end. Dave Grohl clearly conveys that melancholy through this documentary, and I admire the man and his music. A multi-faceted individual. Well done.

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Nov 14, 2013
  • SCbeachbabe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 20, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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