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Sound City - Real to Reel

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Label: RCA

Year: 2013

Duration: 55 minutes

1 of 1 Suitably eclectic and surprisingly cohesive
Suitably eclectic and surprisingly cohesive

The last time Dave Grohl lined up a dozen-plus guests in front of a revolving door it resulted in Probot, one of the greatest metal albums of the past two decades.

For this side project (and soundtrack album) he's teamed up with icons (Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks), underground legends (Masters of Reality's Chris Goss, FEAR's Lee Ving) and other Sound City clients like Josh Homme and Trent Reznor to pay tribute to the hallowed LA studio.

The results, while not as stunning as Probot, are both suitably eclectic and surprisingly cohesive.

Read Alan Corr's review of the Sound City movie by clicking the link on your left.

Here, everything from break-the-hi-hat punk to Foo Fighters-style rockouts to hippie scarves a swirling make the cut, with Goss' Time Slowing Down and Corey (Slipknot) Taylor's From Can to Can't two real nuggets.

Like most LP love-ins, chances are you'll get hung up on some tracks more than others, but Sound City will have you thinking about who Grohl should recruit for his next fantasy band.

James Hetfield, Mike Ness and Paul Simonon anyone?

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Heaven and All (Robert Levon Been, Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes) - Time Slowing Down (Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, Dave Grohl, Brad Wilk) - You Can't Fix This (Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee) - The Man That Never Was (Rick Springfield, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear) - Your Wife Is Calling (Lee Ving, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Alain Johannes, Pat Smear) - From Can to Can't (Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, Scott Reeder) - Centipede (Josh Homme, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes) - Cut Me Some Slack (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear) - If I Were Me (Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Rami Jaffee, Jim Keltner) - Mantra (Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Trent Reznor)

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