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Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music [Blu-ray]
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The art and evolution of music recording is one of the 20th century’s great untold stories. Executive Produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, this eight-part series combines more than 150 original interviews with rare archival studio footage—and an extensive soundtrack featuring almost 300 songs—to explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our lives.
Soundbreaking provides unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Debbie Harry, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck D, BB King, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, RZA, Roger Waters, St. Vincent, Rick Rubin, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, and Beck. The series explores a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, from the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multitrack technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling. You’ll hear the songs you love in a whole new way.
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The DVD and Bluray for home viewing is being released by RLJ, on its culture imprint: Athena. All 8 episodes (which run about 54 minutes each) are there on three discs along with 30 minutes of “extra footage” and a 20-page booklet of comments from folks like George Benson, Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton and two pages by Executive Producer Sir George Martin. There is also a four-page “listing” of the performers and songs for each episode, so you can find them. But this is a documentary and so you will not hear any COMPLETE songs – obviously not enough time. There are over 150 interviews here, not seen before.
The bonus footage includes a fairly long piece on playing the drums with Ringo Starr explaining how his drum set is different than other drummers’ methods. There’s Les Paul (from an old interview explain (again) how he invented the electric guitar.
As a collector of acoustic 78rpm records (as well as Lps, cassettes and CDS), I was surprised to see some major faux pas in the last episode on recording technologies. The narrator (Dermot Mulroney) explains that – in 1947 – Peter Goldmark (not given credit) invested the LP record and that RCA exec David Sarnoff challenged his staff to find a different long playing format. They came up with the 45 RPM 7 inch disc. So, what do the filmmakers do to demonstrate a 45 RPM record?Read more ›
Starts off with who else but Elvis Presley and then The Beatles. Then there’s Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, The Ronettes, Phil Spector, Sly and The Family Stone, Dr Dre and concludes with Rick Rubin’s recounting of Johnny Cash’s comeback.
Features stories on George Martin and The Beatles, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys and The Eurythmics. Interviews with George Martin, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Elton John, Brian Eno, Rick Rubin, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox.
Features stories on Adele, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Roger Troutman, Kanye West and Cher. Interviews with Annie Lennox, Connie Smith, Mark Ronson, Ben Harper and Linda Perry.
Features stories on Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and The Black Keys.
Features stories on Little Richard, James Brown , Motown and the Disco era (Chic, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees), Madonna, Bruno Mars and electronic dance music.
Features on hip-hop in the Bronx, Rum-DMC, Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys.
Features on MTV, David Bowie, The Beatles, Blondie, Devo, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Eurythmics and Nirvana.,
Features on Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.
Originally telecast on PBS on Nov 14 -23, 2016, Soundbreaking, Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music, with over 150 interviews and about 300 music clips is a MUST HAVE for anyone that just likes music...period
Hip! COOL! Bad! OMG!
A must for anyone studying music of any type; in every university music department library. A must for popular music fans (that’s just about all of us.)
Available DVD or Blu-ray with the typical visual play aspect being the only difference.
SDH SUBTITLES for all episodes and bonus material
[] The Art of Recording—Producer focused looks at Sam Phillips (Elvis), Daniel Lanois (U2), Sir George Martin (Beatles), Phil Spector (Ronettes, Righteous Bros, Tina Turner), Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash), & artist/prod Joni Mitchell, & more. 33 tunes (segments only, never a full song) by those & additional artists: D Bowie, Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, Sly & Family Stone, Heart breakers, Beatles, B Hermann, Beastie Boys, NWA, Dr Dre, Soundgarden, & more.
[] Painting with Sound—Tracking (4&8 track) advancements as in Beatles & Beach Boys to (16&24 tracks) of Pink Floyd and Fleetwood. Today’s digital age sounds. 28 tunes—earlier named artists plus Les Paul, Duke Ellington, Aerosmith, Eurythmics, Beck, Bon Iver, Radiohead, plus.
[] The Human Instrument—Studio vocalists’ looks, with stars of all types covering 45 song experts. Sinatra, Crosby, Hollies, Joplin, Queen, Adele, Winehouse, Aretha, Ray, Smokey, Cher, Gaga, & more (note one name identifies the greats.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone who is interested in recording, music production, or the people behind them will find this to be a riveting, well done documentary. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Joseph D. Coons
This is a wonderful series from PBS. Worth watching because it develops and explains how modern day music evolved into what it is. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Roger
If you are a fan of music from the 1950s, and especially music from the mid-60's through the 1980's. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Father of Five
If you are into music this is super interesting. My background is in recording and producing, so I found it particularly interesting, but I think any serious music fan would enjoy... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mr. Cello
This has got to be the ABSOLUTELY MOST FASCINATING, ENTERTAINING AND FUN documentary ever!! If you want to educate your kids about the music of today and where it all began, how... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Andrea Jane