The last project legendary producer George Martin (the "Fifth Beatle") worked on before his death, this 8-part documentary series is a backstage pass to some of the most groundbreaking moments in recorded music history. With hundreds of interviews (with Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Adele and many more) and rare archival footage, it's "a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand-new sounds" (Pitchfork). Seen on PBS. 8 episodes, 3 DVDs or Blu-ray discs, SDH.
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Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 425 minutes plus bonus programming
Number of discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: DVD: 16:9 Blu-ray: 1080p/16:9
Audio Format: DVD: 5.1 Dolby Digital Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Rating: NR. Contains strong language, nudity, and drug references.
Dermot Mulroney, Peter Asher, Dan Auerbach, Jeff Ayeroff, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Steve Barron, Beck, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Jellybean Benitez, Tony Bennett, Hal Blaine, Todd Boyd, Lindsey Buckingham, Glen Campbell, Patrick J Carney, Rosanne Cash, Malcolm Cecil, Neneh Cherry, Chuck D., Eric Clapton, Steve Cropper, Roger Daltrey, Clive Davis, Dion DiMucci, Lamont Dozier, The Dream, Brian Eno, Paul Epworth, Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Tom Freston, Kenny Gamble, Merrill Garbus, Nelson George, Barry Gibb, Gary Giddins, Nigel Godrich, Lukasz Gottwald, Chuck Granata, Dave Grohl, Ben Harper, Debbie Harry, Mickey Hart, Imogen Heap, David Honeyboy Edwards, Adam Horovitz, Billy Idol, Tommy James, Elton John, Quincy Jones, John Kay, Jim Keltner, BB King, Mark Knopfler, Robby Krieger, Robert Lamm, Annie Lennox, Aimee Mann, Robert Margouleff, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Darryl McDaniels, Joni Mitchell, Moby, Mark Mothersbaugh, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Greg Phillinganes, Questlove, Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Robertson, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Rick Rubin, RZA, Tom Scholz, DJ Spooky, St. Vincent, Ringo Starr, Cat Stevens, Christopher Stewart, Dave Stewart, Tiësto, Suzanne Vega, Justin Vernon, Roger Waters, Jack White, Steve Winwood, Hans Zimmer.
"Instead of taking a great photograph, we could start painting a picture. By overdubbing, by different speeds, you are painting with sound." - and George Martin
"Martin dug deep in his Rolodex to assemble a staggering array of big names from the music biz to provide insight on their process, the nuts and bolts of making the magic, and wider rhapsodizing on the spiritual, nearly holy power the music wields over those who immerse themselves in it." - Uproxx
"The series combines access to celebrated music artists, producers, and innovators and rare archival studio footage for a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds." - Variety
"It's easy to make sound. Really anybody can make sound, but not everybody can make music." - and St. Vincent
"Even from the trailer, it's obvious that the guest list for Soundbreaking will be massive and legendary: Elton John, Dave Grohl, St. Vincent, Brian Eno, Rolling Stones producers Don Was, Bonnie Raitt, and of course, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr." - Paste
"I'm way more interested in how I respond to a piece of music than who made it or how it was made" - and Moby
"The late icon teamed with 150 artists and producers to tell stories from the studio, including Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Questlove, Bon Iver, Beck, St. Vincent, Ad-Rock, and others" - Pitchfork
"The reason that the artists might not all fit into one genre is that's not really the way I listen to music. I just like good music." - and Rick Rubin
"The candid series hopes to shed light on the recording process and record the modern history of the music studio." - Flavorwire