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Muscle Shoals [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H3JHE0K
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I saw this film twice in small cinemas and it still holds as a film. There's so much to take in, so much background to divulge and if you don't want to hop on a plane and visit Alabama then you must be mad! If you love music, and particularly the likes of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge etc, then this film will entertain you. For those who don't or, like me, don't know the background and influence of this small recording mecca on music, it serves as a wonderful form of education.

Slightly disappointed that the DVD extras didn't extend to a 2-DVD set given the obvious depth and amount of interviews that must have been conducted. The extras amount to just 33 mins. However, there are two interesting commentaries from both the director and the key characters of the documentary - Rick Hall and the Swampers.
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I saw this at the London Sundance 2013 Festival. Although my musical tastes include soul it's not my favourite genre but I found this film completely engrossing and very entertaining. It's well told, with ego trips by the stars who've recorded at Muscle Shoals kept to a minimum so that the music and how it came to be made is in the foreground. I'll certainly be buying this next year - but no blu ray version?
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I stumbled across this film on BBC4. I had missed the first half hour, but was drawn in to this atmospheric affair that was akin to dealing out a pack of cards. Just when you thought that you knew what was going to happen next, a new musician turns up and the programmes shifts into another direction.
Personally I loved it.
I was delighted to find it on DVD so soon after its transmission on BBC4, and have watched it a number of times, each time discovering something new.
For those considering buying it, just look down the list of artists featured. Although not all of them get equal amounts of screen time, consider how they are linked and whether that link is something that would interest you.
Essentially the thread is the life story of Rick Hall who founded Fame Records and was responsible for the Muscle Shoals sound.
A range of artists (talking and playing/reprising their music) help to carry the story forward, with Rick Hall and the Mississippi River (and its environs) filling the gaps.
Enjoy.
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This is a wonderful film . So many insights into how musical magic happened. I would have been happy to have seen more of Dan Penn and a lot less of Bono but that is a personal preference . Highly recommended regardless of which form of music you have interest in.
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This is a really interesting documentary that peaks behind the soundboard of Muscle Shoals Studio. Avoiding naming the plethora of musicians that have recorded there this doc tells a fascinating story for anyone interested in the 'golden age' of making records and that indescribable 'thing' that musicians search for when playing...a feeling!

Would have liked a 'hard copy' of this film but looks like it's not released in the UK until 2014; But, it is available in digital format now on iTunes for £9.99.
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“Sweet home Alabama” is what Lynyrd Skynyrd sang, a sentiment meant to be ironic. Jim Crow and much else about the South was backward, and that’s what they wanted to say. But it’s true they also sang of a certain sweetness there — the sweet life found in music.

The film begins with the singing river, the Tennessee, a tributary of the Ohio that flows through northern Alabama and the town of Muscle Shoals (pop. roughly 13,000). The river was formerly called the Cherokee, so named by the native inhabitants long before the pale faces arrived. The Cherokee heard voices in the river that sang to them. It contained spirits. It also contained mussels, a staple of the Cherokee diet. Muscle Shoals was named after these shellfish. Tennessee, the white man’s name for the river, comes from the name of a Cherokee village called Tanasi that was located along its banks.

The Trail of Tears dispossessed people of their ancestral homelands, among them the Cherokee and Yuchi tribes. Many couldn’t adapt to the dry, flat, alien landscapes of Oklahoma. The rivers or streams in Oklahoma didn’t sing. There were no spirits in them. Some of the dispossessed walked back. It took one Yuchi woman five years to reach the Tanasi again, the place of song for her, her home. There she could live and die in peace among the ancestral voices. Or so we are told through elements of legend, myth and magic in the film.

Song is the South, its soul. It’s found in the land and soil, in the mud and swamps and rivers there. Negroes sang their hosannas and spirituals in the cotton fields. Hillbillies played their banjos and fiddles in the hills. Ragtime and jazz were played on riverboats and steamships. And in the Delta wise men sang the blues, the origin of everything worthwhile in American song.
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This is an extremely welcome documentary about the musicians who created some of the most influential records made in the sixties and seventies. The driving force behind this phenomenon was Rick Hall who founded the Fame recording studios situated in a remote part of Alabama called Muscle Shoals. He surrounded himself with a group of local musicians whose work was to become the byword for "down home funk". The list of artists who recorded in those studios is most impressive with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Etta James just the tip of the iceberg.

The story of the studio is intertwined with that of Rick Hall whose rise from poverty is an indication of his determination to succeed against the odds. Hall suffered a number of setbacks in his life including the decision of his house band to leave him and set up their own studio not far away from his own. At this point the story encompasses the fortunes of both studios and shows how Rick Hall recovered from his disappointment and went on to create a new studio band and continue his successes.

Initially, his rivals found it difficult to establish themselves but with the arrival of the Rolling Stones (hence the reference to Mick Jagger) the studio began to attract big names from both the US and the UK. From then on their success was enormous.

I strongly recommend this DVD.
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