The Wrecking Crew is now a movie. Sound Explosion! is the companion book, printed by Star Print Brokers.
Star Print Brokers printed Sound Explosion! by Ken Sharp. It’s an inside look at The Wrecking Crew, L.A.’s Studio Factory.
About the Movie, from the website:
An “Interview with Director, Denny Tedesco, by Tommy Maranuchi, Jr.
What is the Wrecking Crew?
They were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the “Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous. They were also involved in groups that I like to call, The Milli Vanilli’s of the day. A producer would get the guys in and lay down some instrumental tracks. If it became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to go on the road. This happened many times with groups like the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones. The next day they would do the same thing and call it another name. Same musicians, but different group Name.
At the time the record industry was primarily in New York, London and Detroit in the late 50’s and early 60s. Then there was a surge towards the mid-60s that pushed the recording to the west Coast. So these musicians were recording around the clock for a good 8 years. It’s hey day for this group was in 1967 when the charts turned to the west.”
About the Book, Sound Explosion! from the website:
New Book Spotlight Legendary Session Players
Exclusive interviews with members of the Wrecking Crew and artists including the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Cher, the Monkees, the Mamas & the Papas, the Righteous Brothers, Jackson 5, Jan & Dean, the Turtles, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Grass Roots, the Ronettes, the Association, the 5th Dimension, the Carpenters, Herb Alpert and more. Augmented with hundreds of rare photos, the book also features the back story behind the recording of more than 50 classic songs including “Good Vibrations,” “California Dreamin’,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “River Deep-Mountain High,” “Be My Baby,” “California Girls,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “I Got You Babe,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You.”
Buy the book, Sound Explosion! by Ken Sharp.