Vinyl is created by Golden Globe winner and Emmy®nominee Mick Jagger (Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown), Academy Award®winner and Emmy® winner Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Boardwalk Empire) and acclaimed author Rich Cohen and Academy Award®nominee and multiple Emmy® winner Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire). Regarded as “the first new must-see series of 2016” (New York Magazine) and “crazy brilliant” (San Francisco Chronicle), the hit new drama series explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business of the 1970s New York at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop.
Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale, two-time Emmy® winner, Boardwalk Empire), the founder and president of American Century Records, is trying to save his company and soul without destroying everyone in his path. With his passion for music and discovering talent gone by the wayside, and American Century on the precipice of being sold, he has a life-altering event that reignites his love of music, but severely damages his personal life. The drama features an amazing all-star cast including SAG Award nominee Olivia Wilde (Doll and Em), and multiple Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond). Scorsese, Jagger and Winter executive produce along with Victoria Pearman, Rick Yorn, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi, Allen Coulter and George Mastras. Executive music producer, Mick Jagger. Winter serves as showrunner.
What We Thought:
Vinyl should be a show I absolutely loved, but you know what? I didn’t. I liked it, but for some reason it isn’t the slam dunk it should be.
With names like Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter involved, it should be amazing. It should be must see TV. Somehow it just isn’t.
I’m also a huge fan of Bobby Cannavale. He’s great in everything. Yes he’s great in this and I can see him getting nominated for awards for the show, but again, I just didn’t love the show.
I even love the music of the 1970’s. I knew most of the music in the show and most of the artists they had in the show. From John Lennon to Bob Marley to David Bowie, all of that is on my iPod. I love peeks behind the curtain type shows as well especially music or film shows. You get an in-depth look at how record companies ran, how radio station play could be bought and how artists got hosed on their contracts in the 1970’s.
I think my problem with the show is that it seems like too much happens to this one record company especially this one man, Richie (Cannavale). He falls off the wagon after an incident and goes on an epic bender. He knew Andy Warhol and takes a meeting with Elvis. He has run ins with the mob, the cops, the Feds. He does all of it coked out of his mind with tons of broads and money just hemorrhaging out of his company.
In just 10 episodes there’s a murder, a new band, flashbacks, Elvis, Bowie, a celebration, cross country flights to LA and a trip to Vegas, a trip to Europe, Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin, prison, another murder, threesomes, more-somes, etc.
I understand the 1970’s were an exuberant time with lots of excess, but it seemed like too much. Some of the stories are things that happened. Some are things they made up. It just seems like too much happened to these particular people and it seems unrealistic. I wish it was more stripped down and gave a truer look at that time period.
The show looks fantastic on Blu-ray. Picture quality is near flawless. The sound, the music, the score, it sounds just perfect in HD.
Even though I didn’t love Vinyl The Complete First Season, I still liked it a lot and will watch the second season and further seasons. Cannavale and the cast are really good. The direction and production value are through the roof. And the music, well, the music is top notch. The talent level and production value alone make it…
- Making Vinyl: Recreating the 70’s (Extended Version)
- Audio Commentaries with Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Terence Winter and More!
- Inside the Episodes
Cast & Crew:
- Bobby Cannavale
- Olivia Wilde
- Ray Romano
- Juno Temple
- Martin Scorsese
- Terence Winter
- Mick Jagger
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- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The 1970’s