Ten great albums recorded at Sound City Studios, the focus of Sound City
Dave Grohl is a busy guy. The Foo Fighters frontman is a member of multiple supergroups, played alongside Paul McCartney at the 12/12/12 Sandy Relief Concert, will be the keynote speaker at South by Southwest this March, and just made his directing debut with Sound City, a documentary tracing the history of one of the most important -- and practically hidden -- recording studios in the country, Sound City Studios.
For Sound City, he gathered such artists as Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield and many more to talk about their experiences recording in the studio, with its legendary Neve sound console -- and to record a new album in the studio. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival last week, and will be playing for one night only at the Mayan Theatre at 7 pm. Thursday, January 31. In advance of that showing, here are of ten great albums that were recorded at Sound City.
- Best Local Music Documentary - Neon Savant and the Silent Trajectory
- Caribou Ranch documentary in the works
- Spoke In Wordz drops the title track from the Around the World and Back documentary
10. Rage Against the Machine's Rage Against the Machine (1992)
The message "no samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this record" can be found on the sleeve of this album -- it's a great example of the kind of music recorded at Sound City. One of the first -- and one of the few -- bands to successfully merge rap and metal, Rage Against the Machine broke new ground with this debut album, which merged social and political lyrics with angry sound. Often found on lists of great albums, Rage Against the Machine is also praised for its production and pristine sound.