Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Wrecking Crew

Filled with interviews, classic clips, stills, and tunes, the documentary from director Denny Tedesco (whose father was part of the group now known as "The Wrecking Crew") takes a look back at the Los Angeles studio and session musicians that played anonymously on many records in the 1960s for The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Bing Crosby, Elvis, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Vee, the Partridge Family, David Cassidy, Jan & Dean, the Mamas & the Papas, the 5th Dimension, the Association, the Carpenters, Glen Campbell, Cher, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel, the Grass Roots, and Nat King Cole.

Likely more appealing to music geeks than those not already interested in the topic, the documentary includes a great collection of music while discussing the unheralded studio musicians who helped create the songs. Available on Blu-ray and DVD, The Wrecking Crew includes over six hours of outtakes from musicians, artists, engineers, and producers, additional music, and more.

[Magnolia Home Entertainment, Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $26.98]

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