The Wrecking Crew (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Wrecking Crew may not achieve the greatness of the many classic songs its subjects helped bring to life, but it remains a heartfelt, overdue tribute to overshadowed brilliance.
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It's a fascinating insight into how a classic song is crafted.
Tedesco nails the point: that the beauty of pop music lies not with the prancing pop starlets, but in the hands of the average-looking, insanely talented artists behind the scenes.
It all feels more like an ambitious home video than a 'proper' film.
Good-natured look at the virtuoso workhorses of classic rock and pop.
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I streamed this music documentary after streaming Muscle Shoals. Comparatively I liked Muscle Shoals better, although fans of rock n' roll will find lots of fun behind the scenes information in this one too. These two rock docs have similar themes with unsung session musicians who played on tons of hit records finally getting the recognition they deserve. This doc has as its structure the living members of The Wrecking Crew sitting around a table sharing anecdotes. Therefore the overall film has less structure as the stories of recording with different artists jumps around with little rhyme or reason. Yes, the artists/bands that they backed might be even more well-known (more white musicians) than the ones featured in Muscle Shoals, but the interviews praising the skills of these instrumentalists, whose names would only be recognized if you really paid attention to all the liner notes and credits on your vinyl sleeves, just felt a little shallow and mashed together. Evidently this was made first, but then extra time was needed to clear the music rights, and it ended up being released a couple years later than the Muscle Shoals doc. Still a strong piece of rock n' roll non-fiction, but in my mind it came in second.
A strangely interesting documentary with a poignant twist, particularly for fans of the music therein (and who isn't?): As you discover that your favorite entertainers did NOT perform the intricate melodies that we were lead to believe that they did, we also are introduced to those, invisible behind the Wizard's curtain, who did. Dick Clark, greasy middleman of rock, opines that it doesn't matter and yet ... why was the lie told? Must see.
A fascinating documentary - especially for those who love music - that surprises us as we see that so many of those well-known songs were arranged by a group of people that the public had never heard about, and it is all the more absorbing when showing how hard it can be to have your work recognized in the music industry.
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