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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.

Executive Producers: Higher Ground.


Special Features

  • Elton John & George Martin in Conversation (2 min.)
  • Ringo Starr on Drums (12 min.)
  • Rosanne Cash on Sun Studios (3 min.)
  • Linda Perry on writing ""Get the Party Started"" and finding Pink (5 min.)
  • Les Paul on Charlie Christian (4 min.)
  • Tom Scholz Fires Up the Old Hammond B3 (4 min.)

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Joni Mitchell
    • Directors: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
    • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
    • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2016
    • Run Time: 425 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B01JPN6MT0
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 28, 2016
    Format: Blu-ray
    First off, while this eight-part series aired in November on PBS stations (in a version which was edited for profanity – there are bleeps) it was not a PBS production per se. It was created by an independent company “Higher Ground” for broadcast in both the UK and on PBS. It took 5 years to produce and a a few more years to find a “home”. It was an expensive production requiring many interviews (some new, a few from archives) and music licensing.

    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?
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    Format: DVD
    This is a music lover’s dream show, each 1 hour episode filled with featured stories of the most famous artists and about 30 or more featured classic songs on each show. Clips of early performances of iconic superstars and up to date interviews with famous singers and producers of the music industry. Here are some of the Highlights !

    Episode 1
    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.

    Episode 2
    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.

    Episode 3
    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.

    Episode 4
    Features stories on Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and The Black Keys.

    Episode 5
    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.

    Episode 6
    Features on hip-hop in the Bronx, Rum-DMC, Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys.

    Episode 7
    Features on MTV, David Bowie, The Beatles, Blondie, Devo, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Eurythmics and Nirvana.,

    Episode 8
    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
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    Format: DVD
    Watch and listen expecting to be entertained and educated about pop recorded music. Archived interviews and music video meets the mover and shakers of today’s popular music. From drum & guitar to electronic dance music (EDM) and computer sounds. Arguably the largest super star compilation of pop music discussion ever assembled. A bit of the older artist video is in B&W by necessity. Music is the true culture and people diversifier.
    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
    [[1]] 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.
    [[2]] 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.
    [[3]] 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.
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