The Wrecking Crew!

The Wrecking Crew!

A Documentary

DVD - 2015
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Profiles the group of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew -- featuring Tommy Tedesco, guitar; Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer drums ; Carol Kaye, Joe Osborne, bass -- who played on a slew of rock and pop hits during the sixties. Gifted, versatile and possessing the knack for turning a simple tune into something memorable, the Wrecking Crew were the players who turned the Wall of Sound in Phil Spector's head into a reality, and helped Brian Wilson create the musical vision that would redefine California pop. The Wrecking Crew also backed up everyone from Sonny and Cher, the Mamas and the Papas and the Monkees to Herb Alpert, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, but while they became legends in the music business, they were all but unknown to the millions of people who made their records some of the biggest hits of the day. Filmmaker Denny Tedesco -- whose father Tommy was a member of the Wrecking Crew and perhaps the most recorded guitarist in history -- brings the free-wheeling story of the most famous musicians you've never heard of to the screen with the documentary The Wrecking Crew, which includes interviews with Cher, Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, Roger McGuinn, Mickey Dolenz, Dick Clark and many more.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : [Magnolia], 2015.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 101 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Additional Contributors: Tedesco, Denny
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Sep 28, 2018

This is an important film giving us insight into the unsung (no pun intended) heroes of the music industry in and around the 1960s. If you are a fan of the music (which I am), you'll be amazed by the contributions these astounding musicians made to so many of the songs we are familiar with. Be prepared, you will also be disappointed by the lack of musical contribution by many who fronted bands. Interviews with the musicians themselves as well as others in the industry (like Cher) make this both fun and educational. I suppose the filmmaker (son to one of the Wrecking Crew) could not get the rights to many of the songs. Only tiny bits of songs are played. That would be my only complaint - I love the music and I want to hear more of it.

May 06, 2017

It is amazing that a group of very talented and adaptable session musicians, who were known as The Wrecking Crew, played on so many of the most well known and beloved songs from the '60s and early '70s. I recommend this documentary for those who love the music of that era and/or are interested in music in general. If you like this movie, I also recommend the documentaries Muscle Shoals, Standing in the Shadows of Motown and 20 Feet from Stardom, all of which tell the stories of musicians whose considerable contributions were not previously widely known. The Wrecking Crew! is rated PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images.

Mar 20, 2017

As far as I'm concerned, Carol Kaye's bass line made Glen Campbell's poignant "Wichita Lineman" the most memorable of the iconic Campbell-Jimmy Webb songbook. I loved that song the instant I heard it many years ago, it's only gotten better with age and Kaye was a big part of that success. So good to see her finally receive the credit she (and her fellow musicians) deserves.

Mar 10, 2017

VERY GOOD DVD with insight into 'the West Coast Sound' as record production moved west from New York, Nashville, etc. There were a few dozen players who did wind up on MANY famous/popular records supporting singers, etc. - but it is a bit of an exaggeration to say it was one 'band' - there was a mixture of players who were on these records.
As it turned out, I got into some of these players - like Howard Roberts, Earl Palmer, and more) when they released their own instrumental LP's. 'HR Is a Dirty Guitar Player', 'Color Him Funky' were a couple of instrumental jazz classics released in 60's which showed off HR's talents (and other players) FAR more than his backing of singer material.

Mar 06, 2017

What a surprising behind the scenes story. The Wrecking Crew certainly set the bar for future musicians who believed they needed to be as awesome as the bands of the 60s and 70s that they heard on the radio.

Aug 15, 2016

Beyond what this entertaining documentary is doing, telling us (lovingly) about the people who really made the pop music of the 60's, If you're any sort of working artist (sculptor, writer, musician, actor), you'll find a lot of wisdom here:

* You have to work your tail off to succeed

* You need to take all the jobs that are offered while they are being offered

* You probably won't be on top forever. Save your pennies while you are

Jul 09, 2016

Very entertaining. If you listened to the music of late 50s to early 70s you will recognize the artista and songs of these studio musicians. Extras on the first disc also contain engaging stories.

Jul 07, 2016

The Los Angeles studio band who were the actual band for performers such as The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, Nancy Sintra, Herb Alpert, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and even the Beach Boys. Great to see and hear Brian Wilson praise them. The film was made by the wrecking Crew's guitarist's son. A great film and tribute to the real musicians behind the West Coast sound.

Jun 16, 2016

I watched this last week and found it very interesting - heard of studio bands but who knew that basically the same group was there for so many years and so many singers. last night I watched Love & Mercy and there was the Wrecking Crew - and I knew who they were, thanks to this movie!

Mar 30, 2016

Anyone aspiring to be a professional musician must see this. Though the Internet and YouTube have changed much of how music is produced and disseminated, there is much to be learned about making personal connections and being musically fluent in order to succeed.

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Jun 17, 2016

I was very jealous of the guitar when we were first dating and got engaged, and he paid a lot more attention to the guitar, I felt. So I gave him an ultimatum, "It's me or the guitar." And he said, "Honey, the guitar doesn't have legs. you do."
People ask me all the time about being a woman in a man's world. I felt equal with the rest of the guys, and they felt it too. Sometimes they got a little testy. They'd say, "Oh, you play good for a girl, Carol." "Yeah, you play good for a guy too." I love musicians and the humor and the way that they play.
And they all knew that. And I think it was like a sister-- having a sister there.

Jun 17, 2016

Opening intro:
The Wrecking Crew was the focal point of the music. They were the ones with all the spirit, and all the know-how, especially for rock and roll music. In the hardcore producing area, everybody knew what went on there. I mean, everybody knew that the best musicians played on all the sessions, but we as the general public didn't know. I had no idea that certain people didn't play their own records until The Monkees came along. ... We played on everybody's. The Lazy-Crazy-Hazy Days of Summer album with Nat King Cole, it was the same guys doing that, that was doing The Beach Boys. The musicians were really the unsung heroes of all those hit records.
Even though the term "The Wrecking Crew" gained popularity with rock historians, many of these musicians
never heard the term until years later. I think Hal Blaine was the first one I heard it from.

Jun 17, 2016

More file instead of dictating while watching:
But, out of nowhere, I had a wife who all of a sudden declared, "I want a divorce." "What? What are you talking about? I just went for a sandwich and--" to believe. And in order for her to get paid off, you sell everything you own. I had 170-something gold records. I had to sell them all. The house was sold for a third
of what it was worth. I had to let the yacht go. The yacht was repossessed. I never had anything repossessed in my life. It's just a shame to get wiped out that seriously.... I mean, it's-- You certainly, in the realm of suicide, you certainly think about it. I was working in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I was a security guard, plain and simple. Here I went from... all this money and this magnificent estate and everything else involved, and all of a sudden I was reduced to living in a clothes closet. Came out of about 23 rooms in Hollywood. And it was like the end of the world.

Aug 17, 2015

Crew members on monetary reward:

A black drummer: I made more money playing rock and roll than I ever made playing jazz.

The only female musician Carol: There was one point in the mid '60s that I was making more money than the president of the United States.

Another member: I remember I used to kid Carol. I'd say, "Do you realize, Carol, if I got a divorce and you -- we could get married and what a year we'd have of money. Between all your money and my money, - we'd be killing everybody."
(Carol: Including each other.)

Another member: In my particular case, I bought an incredible mansion in Hollywood. I had a magnificent yacht. I had a gorgeous Rolls Royce. (until he lost them all from a divorce.)


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