'Muscle Shoals' review: a soulful musical feast
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The hits just keep on coming in "Muscle Shoals," a hugely entertaining, perhaps overlong, documentary about the renowned recording studios in the small Alabama town of the film's title.
By 1969, Hall's success prompted his studio musicians, called the Swampers, to break away and create a rival operation, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, the Staple Singers, Jimmy Cliff, Traffic, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Tom Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and Willie Nelson.
Fame founder Hall talks extensively about his hardscrabble beginnings and the single-mindedness and drive it took to make the studio happen.
By common testimony, there was an easy interplay inside the studio between musicians of different races, though one Swamper remembers tension with the townspeople when racially mixed groups went out to eat.
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