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'Sound City' tells story of legendary LA recording studio

January 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
"Sound City" gives us a look at some of the decades of incredible music made at a recording studio of the same name in Van Nuys.

The studio closed in 2011, a victim of the digital world. But when it was open, it produced some legendary albums.

"Everyone was kind of put off by the double wide trailer aspect of it, but, to me, that was part of its charm," said Rick Springfield.

Sound City may not have been a beautiful building, but beautiful music sure was made there.

"It epitomized bad taste, but the sound was just like we liked to have it -- really good. It made us better," said Rick Nielsen.

The artists said it was because of the studio's equipment.

"It had the Neve boards and there were only four in the country. Someone had the acumen at Sound City Studios to realize the value of that board," said Lee Ving.

One rock star kept a secret about it for 35 years.

"The first day that we were in the studio back in 1978, I spilled milk in module one," said Kevin Cronin.

When Sound City closed, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters bought the sound board. After all, it had been used to make so many platinum-selling albums for so many stars.

"The idea that Dave understood what that console board was at Sound City enough to actually go and buy it when they were tearing down the studio, it's so magical. It's like a fairy tale," said Stevie Nicks.

Grohl directed "Sound City," which opens Friday.


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