Sound City (NR)
Documentary 106 January 31st, 2013
First, in the ’70s, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were lured there by a new $75,000 recording console custom designed by Rupert Neve; later Mick Fleetwood heard the resulting Buckingham Nicks LP, and soon the guitarists and singers were recording Fleetwood Mac on that Neve console—and establishing Sound City as the source of one of rock’s most glorious drum sounds. The Mac might have made Sound City a name, but much of the music later unleashed there comes from noisier artists: Fear, Dio, Pat Benatar, many ’80s hair bands, Nirvana. The highlight, both of the studio’s history and the movie, is Tom Petty, whose Heartbreakers rehearsed for the first time and later recorded the urgent Damn the Torpedoes at Sound City. In interviews, Petty warmly and weirdly talks up the place. Petty is absent for the final all-star jam sessions; you might want to be, too.