Muscle Shoals [Blu-ray]
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I never knew the story was so rough. Never knew that Rick Hall had such a rough life. We picked up bits and pieces about Muscle Shoals as we grew up -- it became like a magic, mystical place in our minds. It would be wonderful if the whole cut of each song could be played, but that would make the movie way too long. The photography is beautiful, the remarks made by Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Jerry Wexler, Keith Richard and Mick Jagger, and more, make you slowly realize that Muscle Shoals was almost a miracle. The first hit, the wonderful "You Better Move On" by Arthur Alexander - followed by the Rolling Stones playing and singing the same song, makes you gasp. Tears flowed, I don't mind saying. Just put aside whatever you may think about Alabama, and see this movie.
I would have willingly given a rating of 5-Stars for this gem of a production, but I'm selfish. I wanted more and did not want it to end. The cinematography was beautiful. The stories that were told made me feel like I was there. The still photographs from the past were like looking through an old family album eliciting both joyful and sad memories from the past. One of my favorite things about Muscle Shoals was hearing first hand stories from the artists that were there. Wilson Picket and Keith Richards made me laugh out loud. The recounting of Aretha Franklin's first session at the studio and the build up to the first song she recorded there, had me totally mesmerized. The description of Etta James' persona, her strong will and the explosive talent she possessed were wonderfully described. Then of course there were the Swampers an unlikely group of caucasian country boys that grooved on more popular recordings than you could even imagine. Who knew?
I would definitely recommend a viewing or the purchase of this wonderful production to anyone who enjoys history, music or just the triumph of the human spirit through daunting challenges. Muscle Shoals is more than just a history lesson, it is a story of artistically gifted people discovering who they are and what they were created to do.Read more ›
The beauty of North Alabama is shown through the shots of the nature that we are blessed to enjoy here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing story, and one I can watch over and over. A fantastic musical history lesson.Published 3 days ago by aj
This is the most amazing documentary. Takes you through some of the best music ever made. I highly recommend it.Published 6 days ago by Jackie T. Thompson
Excellent documentary. One flaw: Bono's appearance is wholly inexplicable.Published 6 days ago by Peter Mcgraw
With "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", "Produced by George Martin", "The T.A.M.I. Show" and "The Wrecking Crew", a must have. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dave from the States
The Yuchi, American Indians, called the Tennessee River "Nunnuhsae," meaning "the river that sings," one of many gems found in the movie Muscle Shoals. Read morePublished 9 days ago by phillip gary smith
Great film, even as not the biggest music fan, it was fun and informative and kept my attention.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer