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The Wrecking Crew (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Wrecking Crew may not achieve the greatness of the many classic songs its subjects helped bring to life, but it remains a heartfelt, overdue tribute to overshadowed brilliance.

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What the Funk Brothers did for Motown...The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960's and early 1970's, the Grammy for "Record of the Year" went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960's. It didn't matter if it was Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American "west coast sound" a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as "The Wrecking Crew". (C) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for The Wrecking Crew

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24)

The documentary makes fascinating connections between the fledgling high-showbiz days of rock 'n' roll and the rise of more versatile singer-songwriters in the 1970s.

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a fascinating insight into how a classic song is crafted.

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Tedesco nails the point: that the beauty of pop music lies not with the prancing pop starlets, but in the hands of the average-looking, insanely talented artists behind the scenes.

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An entertaining and compelling story about music's unsung heroes.

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It all feels more like an ambitious home video than a 'proper' film.

June 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A must-see for liner-note readers.

April 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wrecking Crew

I streamed this music documentary after streaming Muscle Shoals. Comparatively I liked Muscle Shoals better, although fans of rock n' roll will find lots of fun behind the scenes information in this one too. These two rock docs have similar themes with unsung session musicians who played on tons of hit records finally getting the recognition they deserve. This doc has as its structure the living members of The Wrecking Crew sitting around a table sharing anecdotes. Therefore the overall film has less structure as the stories of recording with different artists jumps around with little rhyme or reason. Yes, the artists/bands that they backed might be even more well-known (more white musicians) than the ones featured in Muscle Shoals, but the interviews praising the skills of these instrumentalists, whose names would only be recognized if you really paid attention to all the liner notes and credits on your vinyl sleeves, just felt a little shallow and mashed together. Evidently this was made first, but then extra time was needed to clear the music rights, and it ended up being released a couple years later than the Muscle Shoals doc. Still a strong piece of rock n' roll non-fiction, but in my mind it came in second.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


A strangely interesting documentary with a poignant twist, particularly for fans of the music therein (and who isn't?): As you discover that your favorite entertainers did NOT perform the intricate melodies that we were lead to believe that they did, we also are introduced to those, invisible behind the Wizard's curtain, who did. Dick Clark, greasy middleman of rock, opines that it doesn't matter and yet ... why was the lie told? Must see.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A fascinating documentary - especially for those who love music - that surprises us as we see that so many of those well-known songs were arranged by a group of people that the public had never heard about, and it is all the more absorbing when showing how hard it can be to have your work recognized in the music industry.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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