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The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

Rated: PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: March 27, 2015 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

Perhaps a cousin to tribute films like Standing In the Shadows of Motown or 20 Feet From Stardom is Denny Tedesco's respectful documentary.

The Wrecking Crew nicely gets into a little-known subculture of session musicians who made quite an impact on memorable tunes from the 1960s. From the Beach Boys, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, The Righteous Brothers, Jan & Dean, Herb Alpert, The Mama & The Papas to Sonny & Cher, surprisingly the same set of musicians played on nearly every record.

They included Tommy Tedesco (Danny's dad), Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, and Glen Campbell (Country Music Hall of Fame and in late stages of Alzheimer's Disease and the subject of a fin documentary subtitled I'll Be Me) with Blaine a drummer and Kaye a bassist/guitarist.

Some of the conventional methods by the filmmakers include archival footage and clips instead of new recordings or re-enactments. Talking heads include Cher (with a more youthful, less cosmetic look) about the 'Wall of Sound' crew for the controversial, talented Phil Spector whom she referred to as 'Philip.' Mickey Dolenz reveals how they 'doubled' for The Monkees, and Brian Wilson discusses their considerable input to his group's influential "Pet Sounds."

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