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
Amazing story and very well told about little know music recording from Muscle Shoals AlabamaPublished 1 day ago by F. Thomas
Wow! I grew up just a few miles from Muscle Shoals, and knew a lot of big names were recording over there, but I never knew the history that was being made. Read morePublished 2 days ago by lissa754
If you like the Stones and/or the blues, you will LOVE this. Richards is funny, insightful and wonderfully respectful of the blues masters from whom he learned his art. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Insyte
Awesome...if you love music like we do, this is a great trip!..down memory lane and seeing how they got there I give it a 10!!Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer