The Wrecking Crew (PG)
Documentary 95 March 13, 2015
Highlights abound, as when bassist Carol Kaye demonstrates how she turned Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On" from a plod into a groove. Rock 'n' roll was a job for these studio pros, and these studio pros were a dirty secret for rock 'n' roll, which by the time of Pet Sounds had begun to prize a self-contained auteurism over the assembly-line approach.
Tedesco is the son of guitarist Tommy Tedesco, whose career included dates with Sam Cooke and a sitar session for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. With a son's love and duty, Tedesco the younger breezily celebrates the team that laid down a thousand riffs back just before pop became too serious for anonymous craftsmanship. The crew's recollections and occasional demonstrations, on their instruments, are revealing and delightful, but the film itself could use more of their professionalism and chops; the editing's haphazard, and it's not always clear why one segment follows another.