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The Wrecking Crew

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:18 pm
by NormanD
"Phil Spector’s famed Wall of Sound? Created by the Wrecking Crew. The Beach Boys surfin’ safaris? Sometimes done with nary a Beach Boy in sight besides maestro Brian Wilson. The Monkees? Hey, hey, they were just acting chimpanzees. These cats were the daydream believers – and that’s what it felt like, they say. Living a dream. These 25 or 30 players rotated in and out of L.A. studios like the cast of a long-running Broadway show, and they loved, well, almost every minute of it. At the end of the day, though, they went home with just a paycheck and a sense of satisfaction. They never got credit on any album sleeve, and only a few – like Glen Campbell or Leon Russell, who struck out and found stardom on their own – would even be recognized on the street......"

Read the full interview by Lynne Margolis here: http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/004300.html

The new documentary movie about The Crew recently premiered at SXSW.

norman

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:23 pm
by Charlie
Not so much an interview, more a conversation. Just how I like 'em. Thanks.

Re: The Wrecking Crew

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:16 am
by john poole
After many years of waiting I was pleased to finally be able to get to see a cinema screening of the documentary yesterday. Danny Tedesco started work on the film twenty years ago after his father, guitarist Tommy, was diagnosed with terminal cancer (he passed on in 1997). He initially arranged a Broadway Danny Rose style reunion, bringing Tommy together with Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, and Plas Johnson to reminisce - Earl Palmer couldn't make it but was interviewed separately. It has taken a very long time, and eventually a successful Kickstarter campaign in order that the licensing costs could be paid for, to get to the stage that the film could be released; re-edited I believe since the 2008 premiere including some extra interviewees. Some of the producers, engineers, and artists the musicians worked for/with also appear, but usual suspects including Rolling Stone critics and Bono are thankfully absent - Dick Clark is the only contributor to seem a little out of place. Glen Campbell and Leon Russell are featured, but not Mac Rebennack.

It's a film with a limited audience I imagine - talking heads with a little archive footage - but I think anyone with a love for the pop music of the period will enjoy it. It is however no surprise to read that Carol Kaye, although seeming to be an enthusiastic participant on screen, doesn't like it ("we were never called the Wrecking Crew").

Now I have the DVD release to get to grips with (two discs including over Six hours of "bonus content").

http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/index.php

btw. Phil Spector and Lou Adler - two producers I can think of who did often credit the session musicians on album sleeves.

Re: The Wrecking Crew

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:06 pm
by NormanD
It has taken its time, but so glad it's worth the wait.

Where did you get to see it, John. A large-screen showing is always so much better.

Re: The Wrecking Crew

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:59 pm
by john poole
NormanD wrote:It has taken its time, but so glad it's worth the wait.

Where did you get to see it, John. A large-screen showing is always so much better.
Wolverhampton Lighthouse, not that large a screen. London screenings have been and gone sorry to say - only Derby, Aberdeen, and Dumfries dates now to come in the UK. I did want to see it in the cinema if at all possible, but I don't think it will lose a lot on DVD.
http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/screenings.php