Muscle Shoals

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Muscle Shoals
"Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the 'Muscle Shoals sound' and the Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound"--Container.


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What makes the music made in Muscle Shoals, Alabama sound so good? Includes interviews with Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, and many more.

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Mar 23, 2015
  • westcoast11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Check it out!

Dec 08, 2014
  • xlibn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The story is fascinating, the parade of musicians who went through Muscle Shoals is amazing. Can't believe I knew nothing about this before seeing this film. Yes, it was long, but it held my attention. Fine interviews, terrific historical clips, a well paced narration. I put this in my "Hidden Gems" file.

Nov 28, 2014
  • MT60 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I can't think of any other music-related documentary that was as riveting as this one. Talk about unsung heroes of American music!

Jul 07, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting documentary about a lesser known (to me at least) recording studio and the man who created it. Some great performers had their first recordings made there. According to some, Muscle Shoals itself added some funk to their music. I mostly enjoyed the film but found it going on a bit too long.

Jun 08, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Well Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers."
A good example of a great subject somewhat mishandled by the filmmakers. The neglected musician documentary has become a thriving subgenre in recent years. We've had an obscure folk singer ("Searching for Sugar Man"), and all-black proto-punk band ("A Band Called Death"), former Band drummer Levon Helm ("Ain't In It For My Health") and the studio players who did many of Motown's hits ("Standing in the Shadows of Motown"). This film spotlights the producer Rick Hall and his crack studio players who put the tiny Fame Studio on the map in the 60s and 70s, playing on records by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Traffic and many others. Lynyrd Skynyrd gave them a shout out in "Sweet Home Alabama," the Stones recorded "Wild Horses" there and Aretha's first great recordings were made there. The interviews are good, including big stars like Mick and Keith, Pickett, Aretha and Steve Windwood, although Bono, who has no connection to Muscle Shoals, shows up and won't shut up, like usual. The music, of course, is great, but the director tries for too many cheesy effects, like recreations, slo-mo and lots of pensive shots of people standing. Still worth a look if you're a fan of any of these artists.


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