MUSCLE SHOALS | DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Kernel Claire reviewed this one last June for the Sydney Film Festival and just LOVED IT. A muscial docco from a small town with some unassuming locals who produced some of the best music of all time. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today. And while it released for SFF a year ago the fine folks at MADMAN have given us 5x copies of the DVD to giveaway. MUSCLE SHOALS runs for 111mins and is rated PG – and if you don’t win it click right HERE to buy it. And be sure to check out the official MUSCLE SHOALS WEBSITE. And now enjoy Kernel Claire’s review and find out how to win way down the bottom 🙂 All the best……………….JK

 

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MUSCLE SHOALS | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | DVD COVER

 

MUSCLE SHOALS review for the Sydney Film Festival by Salty Kernel, Claire Smith

Remember that classic song by Aretha Franklin, called R-E-S-P-E-C-T? The old karaoke favorite that’s been belted out in chick flicks the world over for as long as you can remember? It’s a great song, with Aretha belting out the high notes, and literally spelling out the terms of her relationship in a smash hit of vocal strength and smooth soul.

 

MUSCLE SHOALS MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE SFF
MUSCLE SHOALS MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE SFF

 

Did you ever take notice to the band playing the music to back her up in the song?

Backing music seems to be an aspect of hits like Aretha’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”, Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” and Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” (just to name a few) that most often get listened to but not heard.

Thinking of the songs now, you probably have in your minds-eye a picture of a band of soulful, smooth, easy listening gentlemen with coffee colored skin and a face that mourns a thousand blues solos playing the backup music on their old “gitt-arrs” from the forties and honky-tonk “pee-ann-ah’s”, right?

 

MUSCLE SHOALS MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE SFF
MUSCLE SHOALS MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE SFF

 

Nope. Check it out, a bunch of scrawny white guys:

This bunch of dudes who look like they’d be more at home working on fixing computers, or convincing us to save the whales are known colloquially as “The Swampers”. They are the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and are responsible for the backing music to a score of platinum hits. Throughout their time working together in the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, they’ve recorded with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and just so many more.

The film “Muscle Shoals” follows the story of this original group of musicians who were roped in to play the backing for a recording in The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at a mere age eighteen and went on to appear as the backing music on over 75 gold and platinum hits.

The soundtrack to this film is phenomenal – I was actually really disappointed to see that it hasn’t been released on CD yet – every song featured in the film is one that you’d know all the words to (well, at least for the chorus) and every one of them featured “The Swampers” playing backups.

 

MUSCLE SHOALS MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE SFF
MUSCLE SHOALS MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE SFF

 

The film doesn’t just focus on the recordings, musicians backstories are focused on as well; some tragic, some downright hilarious. There is also some great “out of the vault” footage of the artists recording those songs we know so well, with The Swampers sitting right there behind them on keyboard, or bass or guitar.

Musicians from the likes of Bono, Mick Jagger and famous mumbler Keith Richards – who is seriously starting to sound like he has made up his own language comprising mostly of whisky, cigarettes and denture cream – all state their case about the magic that comes from recording at Muscle Shoals. The story is captivating, the interviews are candid and the concept is something truly special.

If you’re a fan of the blues or a budding musician, or just love a good bit of trivia, then definitely check this one out. I’ve been recommending this one to anyone who will listen to me. Its a gem of a film.

I give Muscle Shoals four pops out of five.

(and a one and a two and a one two three, hit it!)

 

 

4 Pops

 

With special thanks to MADMAN to win one of the 5x copies of the DVD of MUSCLE SHOALS you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question.

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WHAT IS THE BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK OF ALL TIME AND WHY? Mine goes to THE BIG CHILL (I think) or THE COMMITMENTS, orchestrally I really love Dancing with Wolves and Terminator 2 soundtracks.

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