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November 30, 2015
If you like music, you'll love this.
September 4, 2015
Dave Grohl must have learned a great deal from James Moll during the making of the documentary Foo Fighters: Back and Forth. This time Grohl not only tells the story, but steps behind the camera as the director. Grohl shows skill and makes a seemingly insignificant story interesting. The film tells the tragic, yet glorious tale of the Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. Against the odds, a seemingly a rundown sound studio in a former manufacturing facility produced several classic rock n roll albums. Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, and Slipknot recorded watershed albums there. The film walks through the formation and history of the studio and explains a great deal about the process of making a recorded. It also comments on how different the process is today, not necessarily for the better. It is almost a perfect documentary, but the end drifts into the making a reunion album involving collaborations of various artists who recorded at Sound City. The resulting music from that album is nice, but watching the making of the reunion album is less interesting. It is still a very well made documentary with tons of great interviews. Any fan of rock music from the 70s-90s will love it.
July 8, 2015
A very fun documentary and a close look on the legendary Sound City music studio. This features some of the greatest musicians and writers of the last 40 years giving their stories and insight on the music business and their lives.
½ April 2, 2015
I can honestly say that I like this documentary more than any Foo Fighters song.
½ March 17, 2015
Honest tribute for a recording studio!
Just gearing up for "montage of heck"
½ February 17, 2015
Grohl and Monroe hit it right. Big time.
Super Reviewer
February 10, 2015
Dave Grohl is a GENIUS! I love him so much!!!
½ February 6, 2015
Written, produced and directed by Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. This is a documentary of two halves, first it tells the story of one of the most famous recording studios in Los Angeles, and the roster of stars who made best selling records there, and secondly, it's also celebrates a unique mixing desk that captured the sound, and how the desk would be used once again for the soundtrack. Sound City Studios was based in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. It opened in 1969, but it wasn't very state of the art, and it had once been a factory, as a result, it was very run down in need of modernising. However, the studio did have one very big ace up it's sleeve, and that was it had a Neve 8028 analog mixing console, which captured a deep, rich sound on all the recordings, and it attracted all the very best musical acts from the 1970's, right up until the studios closed in 2011. Acts including Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nirvana and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Grohl bought the Neve mixing desk, and he invites a few friends to his place to jam... You can tell that this is a passion project, but you can tell that Grohl has real interest and passion in the studios in question, and despite it being very run down and in need of a good clean, the studio had character and a quirky charm. But, what brought people to the studio was the Neve console, which comes into it's own when Grohl records with the likes of Stevie Nicks and Paul McCartney, which gives the story some closure.
January 28, 2015
I don't really know anything about music. ...
January 19, 2015
For those who like the analogue and yearn for the days before digital, when musicians had nowhere to hide behind pitch correctors and multi-tracking. great stuff!!
January 18, 2015
That was fantastic. Apparently I owe a whole lot of my musical taste and the existence of some of my favourite albums to Sound City - a recording studio and the custom ordered Neve sound board. Analog and unforgiving, if you couldn't play or sing, there was nothing to hide behind and no way to make you sound like something you weren't.

There really are three parts to this documentary. The history of the thing, the invasion of the digital age and how that changed things forever when it came to how albums were recorded, and the re use of the equipment. I remember liking a Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney song that managed to run away with a Grammy despite no one having heard of it and it was off an album that Dave Grohl and company made with the Neve board. Yeah, I may have just gone and bought that album.

If you're a music lover, specially one of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, and and whole bunch of other artists (seriously, the amount of hit records this place has is astounding) you'll love it. It's a great film to feel nostalgic too as much as sad and hopeful about. Highly recommended.
January 9, 2015
The first 30 min was fragmental, felt impossible to soak in, the it suddenly got better and better, when credits shown I felt lost.
January 3, 2015
AWESOME a must see !!!!
December 28, 2014
Great movie from a great musician
December 24, 2014
amazing, just amazing. the history of one of the best sound studios ever, where so many magical bands have put out their best albums. very entertaining, and very informative. it is really cool to see where some of my favorite albums ever were recorded!
December 7, 2014
An interesting piece of American history
November 14, 2014
Sound City is a documentary that every music lover will love...especially if you have a home cinema system that has volume you can turn up to 11!

The history lesson is as amazing as the music. You will end up liking Rick Springfield...really.
October 30, 2014
It can get to be a bit long for those not on fire for music (yours truly). It's nevertheless a remarkable documentary about family, legacy, and tapping into your creativity.
October 5, 2014
A great effort from Dave Grohl, in a documentary that captures the magic of music recording...
September 27, 2014
Great movie for rock music lovers.
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