Echo in the Canyon

Echo in the Canyon

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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A film that celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate the Beatles, and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of artists who would soon put their stamp on the history of American popular music.
Publisher: [New York] : Greenwich Entertainment, [2019]
Branch Call Number: BLU 781.63 ECH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DTS-HD master audio 5.1,DTS-HD master audio 2.0
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Dec 03, 2019

This is a must see item, especially if you were part of the generation that listened to this music as it was being released, or if you are a student of Pop Rock. My only complaint is that it is a 2 hour documentary crammed into 83 minutes. I was also hoping for at least another hour in deleted scenes and a few complete performances. The kids in the new performances were OK, but I'd rather see complete vintage footage showing the bands this doc is about.

Also, if you haven't already seen it, get "The Wrecking Crew!" which is a fabulous doc on 2 DVDs that also covers this same era and the studio band that backed/supported many of the hit bands in Laurel Canyon. Watching both films back to back gives you a better perspective on one of the most creatives periods in modern music.

Nov 16, 2019

Gave this a 2 out of 5 as we found only half a bar of music from each of these big stars was quite a let-down! Half a chorus from each would have made this so wonderful, as the narration etc. was quite interesting. Didn't watch it all, tho., as they seemed so cut-off.

Nov 08, 2019

The interviews of the sixties figures and some of the contemporary artists that aren't Jakob Dylan make this worthy. Mr. Dylan to my ears just doesn't do much for the music.

Nov 03, 2019

Would have liked more music and less talking.

Oct 26, 2019

This documentary is an excellent walk down memory lane. It was good to hear the music and see the history behind who had influenced who in the music scene. A very unique time in music history. Jakob Dylan did a great job and it was interesting to see him do cover songs from his new album.

Oct 16, 2019

I just watched this on Kanopy (which never works very well for me kept pausing). It covers Southern California rock about 1965-1967. Laurel Canyon is a L.A. neighborhood where many musicians lived or just hung out together in the area. The DVD starts off with the Byrds and other bands that were mixing folk music with rock music. They cover the Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, the Beach Boys and others. I only gave it two stars because Jakob Dylan was rather undynamic and stories of drug use equally dull. An interesting period in rock music; the Beatles were king and other bands and musicians were growing and evolving. Not trying to be the American (or Canadian) Beatles, but putting emphasis on songwriting and creating new sounds, melodies and harmonies. If you enjoy the music of that era you will likely enjoy this DVD.

Sep 19, 2019

I really enjoyed this documentary/tribute concert about the folk/rock explosion that took place in LA (and more specifically, the Laurel Canyon neighborhood) during the mid to late '60s. Great to see and hear from the likes of Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Michelle Phillips (a hoot!) and most poignantly, Tom Petty. Jakob Dylan is an able guide for both the interviews and the concert. Best part was hearing all the behind-the-scene tidbits about the music (how the Beatles and Beach Boys influenced each other was a highlight) and the musicians (the break-ups, the affairs!!).
If like me, you were a teen at the time and these songs live with you today or if you are a more recent fan, this will be a fun and interesting look at a great time in rock history.


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