Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

DVD - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 MUS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 20, 2017

GREAT historical musical documentary with many famous artists sharing comments about both the geographic area and talented producer Rick Hall who created unique blend of multiracial Southern music which still sounds terrific today - many classic pop tunes.

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BridgettM
Nov 20, 2016

Muscle Shoals is a wonderful documentary for music lovers. It shows how a specific producer, musicians and even place can influence the sound of an album and, in the case of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, many albums. If you like this movie, I also recommend the documentaries The Wrecking Crew!, Standing in the Shadows of Motown and 20 Feet from Stardom, all of which tell the stories of musicians whose considerable contributions were not previously widely known. Muscle Shoals is rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity.

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BeausPerson
Jul 20, 2016

Great music, local legend and scenery and personal stories really round out this documentary.

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ba_library
Jul 06, 2016

Great music!! They worked with a wide variety of artists: Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Jimmy Cliff, the Rolling Stones, Lynrd Skynrd, the Allman Brothers. The studio band was great.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Feb 01, 2016

The Yuchi, American Indians, called the Tennessee River "Nunnuhsae," meaning "the river that sings," one of many gems found in the movie Muscle Shoals. For those who do not know this city, the subtitle subtlety describes "The incredible true story of a small town with a big sound." Recall Lynyrd Skynyrd sang the verse "Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers/And they've been known to pick a song or two." Swampers, an honored group of talented musicians, developed that sound heard in famous songs of Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers and more. It became known as Southern Rock. Roger Ebert said, "It's a joy to watch." Creativity at times bubbles up from cauldrons of pain and horror, but also bliss, those vaulted high moments of living. This film reveals both.

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bjohns
Jan 03, 2016

Nicely done and a good watch for people interested in how music was made in the Sixties and Seventies.

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gingerbeer
Nov 18, 2015

This informative and delightful documentary tells the remarkable story of a small but legendary music studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama that was able to create some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s and 70s.

Annemarie_F Sep 18, 2015

Very enjoyable story of FAME studio and the marvelous studio musicians who helped create its distinctive sound.

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westcoast11
Mar 23, 2015

Check it out!

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xlibn
Dec 08, 2014

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.

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