Sound City: Real to Reel

Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City about the history of Los Angeles recording studio Sound City Studios premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival January 18th. The recording studio founded in 1969, was located at what had previously been a showroom and recording studio of the British musical equipment manufacturer Vox, best known for its amplifiers. Until its commercial studio services were discontinued in May 2011, over a hundred certified gold and platinum albums were recorded there. 
Grohl was inspired to direct the documentary after purchasing several items from the studio when it closed in 2011, including the studio’s custom analog console, which he moved to his personal studio, Studio 606. He recorded the album Nevermind with Nirvana at Sound City Studios. Other legendary recordings include albums from Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Pat Benatar, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, and Triggerfinger’s All This Dancin’ Around.
The film captures the story of the studio throughout its existence and follows Dave as he incorporates the console at 606. It features interviews and performances from some of the famous musicians who made rock history at the studio, such as Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich, Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks.
To commemorate some of rock’s greatest albums, Grohl united an impressive line-up of artists to collaborate on a new album, recorded at Studio 606, using Sound City’s legendary console. The official soundtrack Sound City: Real to Reel is set to be released on March 12.
To get a feel of rock’s studio of fame, watch the trailer. One of three songs already streaming on YouTube is You Can’t Fix This, featuring Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins and keyboardist Rami Jaffee, with Stevie Nicks on vocal. She wrote the track when dealing with the death of her godson. Listen to it here, and watch a Live performance on Letterman’s Late Show.

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