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This movie will blow your mind and delight you. The Wrecking Crew were ~the~ hit-making studio ...
By Annie Riley
This movie will blow your mind and delight you. The Wrecking Crew were ~the~ hit-making studio & session musicians in the 1960s; they played on most of the hit records that you loved, sang along with, danced to, and fell in love to. You know their music by heart, even if you don't know that you do. Here is a PARTIAL list of the artists who recorded with them:
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Mamas and Papas
Sonny & Cher
Simon & Garfunkel
Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Jan & Dean
Hamilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds
The Rip Cords
Paul Revere and the Raiders
Nat “King” Cole
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
Captain and Tennille
Ike & Tina Turner
The Righteous Brothers
MOVIE & TV THEMES:
Beach Blanket Bingo
Hawaii Five-O The Ventures
M*A*S*H Suicide is Painless
Pink Panther Henry Mancini
155 of 159 people found the following review helpful.
Well Worth the Nineteen -Year Wait
By Michael P. Owen
After seeing this film last night, I can't wait to review it. I'm perplexed as to why Carol Kaye finds this cinematic effort offensive. If , as she has implied, the film is revisionist, I'm missing her point given the fact that she, Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, and others participate in a panel discussion that runs throughout the course of the film. I'm not arguing her perspective-I wasn't there- and she has always been among my favorite musicians, so I mean no disrespect.
I see the film as a labor of love on the part of Danny Tedesco and a virtual love song to all of the musicians, including Ms, Kaye, that gave of themselves throughout that time period. Carol Kaye is portrayed as one of the most brilliant bass players of that era, and for that matter, every musician who participated in those recordings is celebrated for their brilliance, ingenuity, and craftsmanship.. My jaw literally dropped several
times during the film, and I can't remember every feeling so filled with joy and thankfulness for having been born at the right time and having been able to be a listener to all this incredible music when I was growing up. I can't wait to buy it on Blu Ray.
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YOU MUST OWN THIS, but don't buy the BluRay version, there's no extra content, sound, or visuals that takes advantage of BluRay.
By Dean Pennington
I love it, this showed me how and who created the guitar licks, saxophone bits, piano-ing, to do all magical and memorable things that got our attention starting with Ricky Nelson in his TV show in the late 50's through groups and duos in the 60's and on into the 70's doing the performance behind the scene for singers, duos, and famous groups. Largely unknown, underpaid, and almost entirely un-credited until recently admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the Wrecking Crew was everybody's go to band for the recordings we heard on the radio and bought on records. I thought the magic was Phil Spector, and while he had his role it wasn't near what I thought it was. Ever wonder why the actual bands weren't as good live (maybe you were too enthralled to notice)? It's because the Wrecking Crew did much of the original recording that made it into our records. When possible musicians willing to learn learned the tricks the Wrecking Crew used from the Crew itself. Even what I've said so far doesn't say it all, because many of the things you love were even written by the crew, or the key parts were suggested by the Crew. Herb Alpert's Lonely Bull (first hit, Billboard for a year!) would have never been anything and Alpert may have never made it if the Crew hadn't given him the magic. To his credit Alpert paid union fines and earned the union ire by writing proper payments "Scale" to what were otherwise "session musicians" who would remain unknown. The Crew also was "instrumental" in getting Frank Sinatra his first #1 Hit on Billboard (Something Stupid with his daughter Nancy). So even Old Blue Eyes needed the Crew to push him to the top!. Often when bands like the Beach Boys toured the Wrecking Crew did 100% of the instrumental sound track recording without a Beach Boy in town, the same for the Monkeys who spent their time making the TV show. Then the bands we know just had to show up and sing. The Wrecking Crew was so skillful that they also knocked out all these hits in minutes or hours. The Wrecking Crew knocked out Turn, Turn, Turn for the Byrds in several hours, the second track of the album done only by the Byrds themselves took the actual Byrds 3 days and 72 takes. Others learned the lesson and conceded that the Wrecking Crew could just do it better and sought them out straight-away. These folks had such a major role in music that we loved, music that defined our generation, and yet they struggled with long and bad hours away from home just like us to feed their family and put a roof over their head. For too long others took or received the credit. Watch this and know who it was that made that music. To list all the artist and group names and all the hits helped by the Crew would take more space than this review. To complete the picture don't forget to see "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" (where the Funk Brothers were the un-credited heroes), and lastly "Muscle Shoals" and that about covers it. Sure Dennis Wilson was a friend of Charles Manson and he let Charles and his girls stay at his Malibu Canyon cabin (before the murders), and yes Glen Campbell was a Beach Boy for a time, you learned that elsewhere already. These videos contain what you didn't know about the music and musicians; who did what.