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A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.
A documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.Written by
You've Really Got a Hold On Me
by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson Jr.)
Performed by Meshell Ndegeocello and The Funk Brothers
Me'Shell NdegéOcello appears courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
Used by permission of Jobete Music Co., Inc.
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Although this is probably not the best documentary I've ever seen, the musical perfomances more than make up for it. After all these years, The Funk Brothers are tight as hell! It's also overwhelmingly inspiring to see musicians playing their music so well, and just enjoying it. The looks on the faces of the Brothers while playing are priceless. As for the "new" singers on each track, I was extremely happy with these renditions of classic Motown songs. Yes, Joan Osborne is mostly known for her 90s hit, "One of Us," but she also is an amazing soul singer who KNOWS her music. I defy anyone to listen to "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" and tell me that it was not an inspired performance. Also Ben Harper and Gerald Levert do fine turns on classic Motown. Sure, these aren't "A-List" superstars of today. But would it really be about the music if (shudder) Whitney or Mariah got their hands on these songs? And lets face it, the few Motown artists from that era that are still touring today are shadows of their former selves. The vocalists in "Shadows" are well-picked, respected members of a musical elite, who are in touch with their roots, and show that respect in every note they sing, much like the Funk Brothers themselves.
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