Sound City - Real to Reel [+digital booklet]
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Sound City - Real to Reel [+digital booklet]

March 12, 2013

Song Title Artist
Heaven and All Robert Levon Been, Dave Grohl & Peter Hayes
Time Slowing Down Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, Dave Grohl & Brad Wilk
You Can't Fix This Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & Rami Jaffee
The Man That Never Was Rick Springfield, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel & Pat Smear
Your Wife is Calling Lee Ving, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Alain Johannes & Pat Smear
From Can to Can't Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen & Scott Reeder
Centipede Joshua Homme, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl & Alain Johannes
A Trick with No Sleeve Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl & Joshua Homme
Cut Me Some Slack Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
If I Were Me Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Rami Jaffee & Jim Keltner
Mantra Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme & Trent Reznor
Digital Booklet: Digital Booklet

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 8, 2013
  • Release Date: March 8, 2013
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 55:32
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  • ASIN: B00BLDD3A4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,085 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Content Ruined by Dynamic Range Compression March 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD
As a few previous reviewers have mentioned the CD release of Sound City has become another victim of the "Loudness Wars". All the tracks on the CD release have had their dynamics squashed and sound very fatiguing when listened to on a nice sound system. It's a shame that so much effort was put into the recording of the album only to be undone at the last moments of the mastering stage.

That being said the vinyl release does sound much better, not because it's vinyl but because it doesn't suffer from the same dynamic range compression. If you have a nice system and want the best sounding version, look at going for the vinyl release. The content is great but if you're looking for that analog sound being discussed in the film you'll need to go with the version that has the highs and lows intact.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Real music, real recordings. No auto-tune. No drum reconstruction through triggers. This is the real deal. It's an appropriate title, Real to Reel. They take real music and wrap it up on the take up reel. Being a child of the analog world but living and working in the digital world, I appreciate the effort they've so obviously put into these recordings / songs.

That all being said, they do lose one star for the loudness war.

Dave, you stood up, shook your fist in the air and had a great idea: Make a rock record with some of the most influential people in music and do it on tape.
Then you stepped off the soap box and allowed the mastering engineers to have free reign over your mixes rather than demanding the dynamics be kept at their best.

As much as I love this album, I would have a hard time turning it off if the dynamics were anything like I imagine them to be in the studio. Everything has been squashed to within 6db or so of actual range. That can be fatiguing.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grohl as the Conductor Delivers.... March 12, 2013
Format:Audio CD
To provide a rock soundtrack for a rock-related documentary with a wide range of musicians with diverse musical styles can be an undertaking. Though they have a lot in common, combining forces for a singular goal was what it was all about. The documentary about the now-defunct legendary Sound City studio in Los Angeles, has Grohl "drawing on the talent of a number of Sound City pre-recorders from over the years; most notably Fleetwood Mac's Steve Nicks, Paul McCartney, Josh Homme and his former Nirvana band mates, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear."

The quality of the sound produced on this recording is superb, the clarity is as pure as can be and it is a joy to listen to, but does the content match the level of output?

Straight-up rock is what's delivered here but not as a cohesive listening experience though, "the ever-revolving cast of players limits any sense of identity that the album could have forged. What results is a long-player of rock standards, with a few tunes achieving honorable mention status. "

Don't get me wrong, this is a unique project and a huge accomplishment for Grohl and his players with a few standout performances, for example, Stevie Nicks, upon hearing the slowed down, cleaner version "You Can't Fix This," you sense this is simply the greatest Fleetwood Mac song that never was.

Masters Of Reality main man, Chris Goss, is another notable highlight, performing "Time Slowing Down", a breezy, melodic number, with serious weight behind it. It's full of fabulous riffs, packing quite a punch, with Brad Wilk's drumming, acting as the glue holding the whole thing nicely together.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected...AND more March 15, 2013
By Daniel
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I saw the movie Sound City and I was really anxious to hear this collection of great artists. I wasn't disappointed. The vinyl is a must have (180gram sounds great). There are a lot of audiophiles who are down on this because it lacks dynamic range. I think the DR was decent, but in the end why do you buy music? You buy it because you dig the songs, and appreciate the artists who create this stuff. Don't pass up this album it's worth every penny.

My judge of a great album is if I can put it on and just let it play through without skipping any songs. I can definitely do that with Sound City (of course I do have to flip the vinyl ;-). Thanks Dave Grohl another awesome creation!!!

Favorite Songs: Cut Me Some Slack (Sir Paul sounds young again) & Time Slowing Down (great harmonies)
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! March 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a solid 5 star rating. I would rate it higher if I could. I will tell you right now without a lot of dazling words This is the best CD I have bought in years!!! Dave Grohl you are now my new hero. I just wish more people shared your passion for real music and real recordings. Thank you so much for this recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Artists, Cutting Edge March 20, 2013
By JC3
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This soundtrack features legends like Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, and Sir Paul McCartney recording alongside future legend Dave Grohl. Highly recommended! Also, the companion documentary is must see for any music fan!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It! March 20, 2013
By Tim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This soundtrack is all original and absolutely amazing if you love real rock and roll! Dave Grohl pushes his creativity and goes way beyond anything we've heard from the Foo Fighters. You buy now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to Hear Sound City Again
Bought the vinyl and it came with the mp3 Aggaaa! the vinyl sound was superior, the music great and McCartney is still amazing rocking old fart, well so am I.
Published 6 days ago by R. A. Majestic
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Great CD. My wife loves Dave Grohl and all his music. If you love rock you will probably enjoy this CD.
Published 14 days ago by J. Helmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound City
Awesome documentary about rock n roll in the hey day of the NEVE reel to reel recording machine.Bonus recorded tracks. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mariah Corbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. A great blend of styles.
Crazy about it..way more than I thought I would be. I like all the songs where I originally bought it for a couple that I liked. Read more
Published 23 days ago by nopenname
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy winner-Dave and Paul
Excellent sound quality. Raw talent. If I did not see the Grammy's I would not even had know about this CD.5 stars!
Published 24 days ago by Debra D. Rodriguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Dave, you dropped the ball my friend!
I very much wanted to like this LP being the Doc was great! As I'm reading other peoples reviews I'm thinking " Damn, I hope everyone has a hearing problem." Nope... Read more
Published 24 days ago by christian gorecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Well done documentary. Dave Grohl really had a grip on this project. His direction draws you into the narrative and keeps you fascinated from beginning to end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JohnnyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
Purchased the LP so I could hear the analog recording on an analog playback system. There is obviously some digital processing on some tracks, but the LP still has that warm... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for sound quality- 3 for songs
I think Dave did an amazing job letting viewers know the importance of sound city and the amazing music produced there . Read more
Published 1 month ago by KRB61
4.0 out of 5 stars How to make a record.
A great accompaniment to the documentary. Some great artists creating great sounds the old fashioned way..........musicians collaborating talent not technology.
Published 1 month ago by FPD1
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