(out of 5)
After years of playing on more hit records than Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones combined, the Funk Brothers are finally coming out of the shadows and stepping into the light! This fantastic band was backup for some of the best artists in the heyday of Motown, and a recent concert tour was a reaffirmation that their contribution was an indelible one to some of the best music in Soul/R&B history: in fact, these guys ARE Soul music. In this peppy documentary, members of the band as well as notables of the music business are interviewed and share stories from the past as well as illuminate the influence the group has had on the industry. What really make the film zing, however, are the huge supply of live performances featuring guest singers like Joan Osborne (who knew she could sing like that?) and Bootsy Collins. Have a great time watching it, and then reach for your record player because you’ll be wanting to bust out some old vinyls.
Directed by Paul Justman
Music by Alan Slutsky
Production Design by Rolfe D. Bergsman
Costume Design by Scarlett Jade
Film Editing by Anne Erikson