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Title: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 11, 2011, 10:16:22 PM
After many long years of complete dedication, my partner Gerald McCauley and I have completed the book and feature documentary on the Fender Rhodes electric piano:


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Our mission was to bring together some of music’s most respected recording artists, to discuss how this piano shaped the music they created, and how the Fender Rhodes was a major factor in the electronic instrument revolution.  The documentary is brought to life by inside stories and live performances of many keyboard greats, and through them a true historical testament to the Fender Rhodes is captured.  A special thanks to all the artists for their support and appearance on this film:

Michael Bearden    George Benson       Stanley Clarke      Chick Corea 
D’Angelo               Eumir Deodato       George Duke         Larry Dunn 
Donald Fagen        Ronnie Foster         Rodney Franklin    Dave Grusin 
Don Grusin            Ellis Hall                Herbie Hanc**k     Onaje Allan Gumbs
Lalah Hathaway     Rami Jaffee            Bob James            Quincy Jones 
Ramsey Lewis       Jeff Lorber              Robin Lumley        Ray Manzarek 
Les McCann           Marcus Miller          Steve Molitz          John Novello 
David Paich           Jerry Peters            Greg Phillinganes  James Poyser 
Patrice Rushen      Joe Sample             Lenny White         Maurice White 
Vince Wilburn Jr.   Allee Willis


The almost 300 page color book is published through Hal Leonard books, and is available in many retail outlets such as Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon online.  It has many never-before-seen photographs of these artists as well as Rhodes history.  The book includes the exclusive Blu-Ray HD version of the documentary features film, while the standard DVD version is available on www.fenderrhodesstory.com separately.

A great thanks to everyone from CBS Musical Instruments who gave their time and input for the film including John McLaren Jr., John McLaren Sr., and Steve Grom.  I have to give a special thanks to Steve Woodyard, for being an invaluable resource, expert, and friend on everything Fender Rhodes.  The same thanks to Mike Peterson as well for his help and input.

My appreciation goes out to James Garfield and Freddan Adlers for pioneering Fender Rhodes history, and creating a community to gather enthusiasts at FenderRhodes.com.  Their work has been fundamental in keeping people connected and interested in Fender Rhodes pianos.

Thank you to Jim Wray and Mark Daniel for their contributions to the film.  Thank you to John Novello for providing his audio narration archives.  Thank you to Carol Rhodes-Rice and Patricia Rhodes.

We could not have imagined the overwhelming support from the music community on this project.  I can only hope this film can also educate and influence lives where we can share in this story together.  Please visit www.FenderRhodesStory.com to request a DVD copy or a digital MP4 download, and follow us on twitter / facebook for upcoming webisodes and other bonus material.  We appreciate the donation.

I hope that my contributions over the years on this forum and dedication to Fender Rhodes have played a small roll in keeping some of these pianos alive and well.  I also hope that this community remains connected so we can all continue the legacy of Harold Rhodes and his electric piano.  Thank you to everyone!

Sincerely,

Benjamin Bove
www.fenderrhodesstory.com


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YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/fenderrhodes.story
Twitter - http://twitter.com/RhodesStory
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: musomarc on October 12, 2011, 02:14:18 AM
Hi,
What a find and great story!
Thankyou from a Rhodes lover in Australia! Great to see someone who has researched and compiled this great historical and informative story with pics and artists on a keyboard that has shaped music for over 50yrs.
Can't wait to get my copy and watch the DVD, and yes I have gladly contributed the suggested $ to cover costs!
Thanks again.
musomarc
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: leon- on October 12, 2011, 04:22:22 AM
Ben,
Happy to have paid the cover costs and look forward to getting the DVD.
All the best from England.
Leon
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Abraham on October 12, 2011, 06:00:53 AM
Great! Payment done, cant wait to get my hands on this! I would love a link so I could stream it while it arrives
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 12, 2011, 07:53:00 AM
This sounds excellent, Ben! payment sent. I can't wait!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dan Belcher on October 12, 2011, 10:06:28 AM
Sent my donation in a few days ago. Can't wait to get my copy!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dote on October 12, 2011, 02:39:04 PM
Hi Ben,

thanks for all your effort making this docu happening. I sent my donation and look forward to watching the documentation.

Thanks again!

Domnik
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Fred on October 13, 2011, 09:25:36 AM
Sent mine... Can't wait!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kphlx2000 on October 13, 2011, 05:16:47 PM
Can't wait to get my copy of the DVD!

Kenneth
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 13, 2011, 06:08:38 PM
Thanks for the support guys!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kphlx2000 on October 13, 2011, 06:10:12 PM
Can't wait to get the DVD! ;D

Kenneth
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dan Belcher on October 13, 2011, 07:35:59 PM
Well crap. I'm in the same boat as Kenneth! According to my computer's DVD player, the disc is blank. :(

Edit -- Already got replies from Ben and Gerald that they're sending me a new copy first thing today. That was quick! 8)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 13, 2011, 09:13:51 PM
Hey guys thanks for the replies, our manufacturer said it's possible a few blanks or defective discs are created in a large production run.  If anyone has any problems with the disc please send me an email to benbove@hotmail.com and we'll immediately send you another copy.

Thanks very much!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 16, 2011, 08:58:30 AM
Wow! I got my copy yesterday. perfect timing,since my drummer and bass player came over last night, and we watched it together. This is very well done, Ben! One of the best documentaries I have ever seen.  I loved your ' Hitchc**k moment' towards the end. It must have been awesome to interview all of your keyboard heroes. I have only met one of those artists that you interviewed and that was great, although a bit nerve wracking since I was his tech for a day.

Excellent job! Now you need to raise the price for non forum members and sell it on Amazon, etc.

Then, you need to work on a supplement (or a seperate documentary)  touching on Wurlitzers more, and Hohners, etc.!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: swenz on October 16, 2011, 11:55:16 AM
Got mine yesterday and had no problems with it.  Very well done Ben, I'm very impressed with the number of famous artists that you interviewed.  Must have been a lot of fun to do.  I really enjoyed watching it and my 14 year old daughter enjoyed it as well.  Not too many 14 year old girls really appreciate the Rhodes but she does!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 16, 2011, 02:37:27 PM
I am also very impressed with how professionally put together this is, the audio quality, the video quality, the editing, fantastic!

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: AfroNick on October 16, 2011, 05:03:28 PM
Hi I'm new on this forum but if you don't mind a suggestion I would happily have a download link and pay some donation for bandwidth/server costs through paypal or whatever then its less effort than a DVD especially with some of the aforementioned issues people have posted -  it might even give the movie a wider audience! Don't worry if you have already considered and cant. I bought some music production tutorials like that cheaper in fact if not i will just take you up DVD offer :-D
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 17, 2011, 11:42:03 AM
Thanks very much for the compliments!  It's been a long process and we made sure to do it right.  All the audio was captured direct from each Fender Rhodes so that we could eliminate any room noise etc. that might affect the performances.

As far as the digital download yes we have considered this avenue, though it's not currently available in this format.  We may figure this out for the future if enough people are requesting it.  Thanks again!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: parisiano on October 17, 2011, 02:20:06 PM
Hi I just did my donation  :D

I'm looking forward to receiving it.

Have a good day

Vince from France
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kphlx2000 on October 19, 2011, 11:21:20 AM
Ben and Gerald, I received my DVD on Monday and WOW! This DVD is GREAT! The sound, video quality, concept, everything about this DVD is GREAT! Very well done guys and thank you for having the guts to develop and put out this DVD. :D ;) ;D

Kenneth
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dan Belcher on October 19, 2011, 09:48:12 PM
Finally got to watch it tonight. That was a very, very enjoyable two hours!! Unbelievably well done, and it really touched on so many key Rhodes moments through the years.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 20, 2011, 07:48:21 AM
I only wish that you miked the two people who sang along when they were playing. i forgot who it was, but the one guy did a Stevie impersonation, and it was awesome!

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Abraham on October 20, 2011, 08:31:06 AM
I wish mine had arrived already... Im so jealeous of your comments

So what's the expected delivery time to Spain?

Last time I got a wurlie shipped from the states it took 5 days only, and that thing was big...
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: David Aubke on October 20, 2011, 11:03:40 AM
I only wish that you miked the two people who sang along when they were playing. i forgot who it was, but the one guy did a Stevie impersonation, and it was awesome!

The other was Patrice Rushen.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: David Aubke on October 20, 2011, 11:21:46 AM
i forgot who it was, but the one guy did a Stevie impersonation, and it was awesome!

Incidentally, I've forgotten who that guy was as well. I recall it being a bit unclear because the segment was about a certain player but just as that performance started, the narration was about Gerald McCauley. From the profile shot, I couldn't tell who was at the keys.

But nitpicking aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the production. Learned a little about the Rhodes that I haven't read anywhere else and was introduced to some players I was not previously familiar with.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 20, 2011, 04:15:17 PM
Thanks very much for the comments :)

Greg Phillinganes was playing, he was in Wonderlove as Stevie's keyboard player for a number of years, and says he was the actual Rhodes player on that song.  Take a look at his credit list:
http://allmusic.com/artist/greg-phillinganes-p114162/credits

Is one of the most significant keyboard session players, on many huge records: Songs in the Key of Life, Michael Jackson Off the Wall / Thriller, and hundreds of other records.

As far as shipping to Spain, let me know when it arrives interested to know how long it takes!  Thanks
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 20, 2011, 07:23:03 PM
No wonder ( no pun intended) that his playing sounded exactly like the record, but his singing sounded like Stevie also.

I always assumed that Stevie did all of his own Keyboard tracks.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dan Belcher on October 21, 2011, 08:42:42 AM
I too was surprised by how good Greg Phillinganes' Stevie Wonder voice sounded. I've heard him play for years on assorted things (love his work on the Rhodes on Donald Fagen's Nightfly album) and even saw him backing Boz Scaggs a couple years ago, but I hadn't heard him sing before.

No wonder ( no pun intended) that his playing sounded exactly like the record, but his singing sounded like Stevie also.

I always assumed that Stevie did all of his own Keyboard tracks.

Me too. Learn something new every day I suppose!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Cormac Long on October 21, 2011, 10:51:39 AM
He has an amazing voice.. he sang with Eric Clapton mid-80's and into the 90's. You'd see plenty of videos on Youtube with him, Clapton & Phil Collins.

He also toured last year with Herbie Hanc**k. I went to see them in the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin. Herbie introduced Greg as his second piano player. He made a big deal of having managed to get Greg on tour with him because he is often in demand.

Of all the songs he sung that night.. his un-mic'd performance of Imagine was amazing.. what a set of pipes that man has!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: 480 on October 27, 2011, 01:24:37 PM
Payment sent

Thanks to bjammerz for so many great article about the Fender Rhodes repair

Adrian
Denmark
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: alenhoff on October 27, 2011, 09:11:59 PM
Just watched mine tonight...

Ben, you did a fantastic job of capturing how this instrument engaged -- and inspired -- a generation of fabulous artists, and is being passed along to a new generation.  You could feel the love and joy as they sat down at the keyboard. There's really nothing like it.

I now have a long list of Rhodes albums to discover for the first time.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Alan
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Cormac Long on November 01, 2011, 11:41:11 AM
Just got my PAL-encoded DVD this morning.. worked like a treat Ben.

Well done guys.. beautifully put together and an absolute joy to watch.

I also loved the use of the Fender Rhodes style on the artist names... took me a while to notice it.. but a classy touch.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Abraham on November 01, 2011, 03:04:16 PM
Got my copy 2 days ago... I have watched this 2 times already! Plus I came back to replay some chapters again. I really enjoyed every second, I find this documentary itself to be a piece of the rhodes story also. I wish I could ever met some of the people interviewed. You can see on their faces they really enjoy being involved in such a project, as they really feel love and respect for these keyboards.

We already had that Miles documentary with Chick Corea and Herbie, we got George Duke involved with softwares emulating Rhodes Keyboards, but this film goes way beyond anything we could expect... Patrice Rushen was lovely, Greg Phillinganes was a discovering to me, Bob James was great, also the man playing "free" by Deneice Williams whose name I can't remember right now... I hooked up some songs & faces and I really enjoyed this.

If you don't have your copy already, don't miss this one. I found it so INSPIRING, so it was enough talk and I'm going back to PLAY MY RHODES!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: leon- on November 02, 2011, 06:28:02 AM
Mine arrived in the post yesterday (UK). Ended up switching off the football match last night and watching the DVD.
Was not disspointed - its something that needs to be watched again and again.
Really good work Ben.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Cormac Long on November 02, 2011, 08:23:09 AM
Anyone notice George Duke's Rhodes with what looked like a metal flat top and then a clavinet on top in a perspex case?

I wonder was this for interference purposes from the clav.

I also assume the clavinet was this one with the custom pitch bend.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kazeEqmd7Ss
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on November 04, 2011, 12:30:28 PM
Thanks very much for the compliments, I'm glad to hear it's been meaningful for everyone because it sure was very meaningful for us to put it together!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: BlondeB3 on November 04, 2011, 07:48:50 PM
Really tasteful, informative and entertaining film Ben, major kudos to you and your collaborators!

Geoff in Australia
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: quietmouse on November 06, 2011, 01:44:26 PM
I just can't figure out how you were able to put together such a fantastic visual and sonic film, loaded with great interviews, edited perfectly, and not charge more than you do for it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This film really fills a void.

Thank You

P.S. Thanks for the fast shipping too.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Chris Carroll on November 14, 2011, 11:38:35 AM
The Fender Rhodes story is truly a cool documentary and monumental milestone of Fender Rhodes History- It is smartly directed and produced. Hats off to you Ben- The only thing I would have liked to seen more of is the changes the piano went thru and any input the artists may have had on this. Questions to the artists like which years they preferred, stories of particular pianos and finally maybe some technical insight. It was a real joy to watch and I highly recommend it.

 All the best with everything,

Chris
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on November 15, 2011, 02:13:44 PM
Thanks!  Yes we did have more technical insight from the engineers, but most of the musicians didn't even remember which models they owned or from what years they came... i.e. one artist said he used the Rhodes on every session in the early 60s... and the Rhodes wasn't even around then so, we had to monitor the accuracy :).  Generally when I asked them what their favorite Rhodes was, they would say "one that works."  So then there's that haha.  It was unanimous though that all the artists preferred the suitcase models.

I may put together a separate resource of the evolution of models, just because there are so many confusing cosmetic vs. internal changes. 


Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: tommy rhodes on November 30, 2011, 10:29:05 AM
Hi.

Great! Payment done from Italy!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: The Real MC on December 03, 2011, 07:43:20 PM
Got my DVD last night.  Incredible job on the project, superb sound and editing.  My guitar playing brother even watched some bits of it.  I've been playing rhodes since 1978 and there were some artists I had not heard before.  I love a good story, especially the one about George Duke borrowing Chick Corea's rhodes in the the early days before the two knew each other, and George loving the piano so much that he "pounded the bejeesus out of it" and returned it to Chick with half the tines busted.  I busted a gut when the editing went back to Chick's look of restrained disgust as he recalled that episode!

Well worth the price, every rhodes enthusiast should have a copy of this DVD!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: arX on December 05, 2011, 03:56:51 AM
I finally got my issue of this.  Will be watching it soon and give my thoughts.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Peacefrog35 on December 07, 2011, 10:05:06 AM
This is seriously a must have the the Rhodes enthusiast.  Thank you for doing this, it was done so well that I know I'll be watching it over and over!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: The Real MC on December 20, 2011, 09:00:37 PM
Anyone notice George Duke's Rhodes with what looked like a metal flat top and then a clavinet on top in a perspex case?

I wonder was this for interference purposes from the clav.

I also assume the clavinet was this one with the custom pitch bend.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kazeEqmd7Ss

Yup that's the castlebar modification.  Not many around.

Anyone notice that when Ramsey Lewis is playing his Rhodes that the piano is NOT PLUGGED IN?
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: drcarver on December 21, 2011, 05:59:32 PM
Just submitted my donation.  Can't wait to see it! :)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: polyvoks on December 29, 2011, 05:27:46 PM
just saw mine  :P
it's absolutely fantastic ; thousands congrats for that ,
no doubt that this documentary will be historic

greetings from france

olivier
http://olivier-grall.yusynth.net/
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: drcarver on December 30, 2011, 10:33:39 PM
Had the day off today, and finally got a chance to watch it.  REALLY great documentary!  Thanks a million for making this.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loukas on January 03, 2012, 07:42:25 AM
Just order a copy . Greece is waiting for that. Thanks Ben for all your dedication to the Rhodes.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on January 03, 2012, 07:10:19 PM

Anyone notice that when Ramsey Lewis is playing his Rhodes that the piano is NOT PLUGGED IN?

Someone has a keen eye!  That piano was on location in a studio, and had an XLR output out of the back.  Very strange... I guess for a studio they wanted an XLR bypassing the preamp.  So it was direct to the board, out the back.

Thanks again everyone for the compliments :)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: andi85 on January 26, 2012, 07:22:32 AM
Haha, right, I noticed that, too!

Anyway, a wonderful film, I watched mine last night and was very impressed. It demonstrates nicely why the Rhodes had that impact on the music scene and why people still love it today.

Thanks to all who contributed to that great project!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loukas on January 26, 2012, 03:17:14 PM
DVD Just came today.Just saw it.
I don't think it could easily been better!
Awesome! Fantastic! A total Rhodes dope !
A BIG thanks for all this effort Ben and Gerald !
Really can not still go out of my mind .

T H A N K S !!!!!!

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on February 01, 2012, 03:54:01 PM
Thanks again to everyone for their support!

We have launched a webisode series on our YouTube channel, covering additional bonus material that was not used in the film.  Feel free to subscribe to be up to date on when the next ones will be released!

http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Abraham on February 01, 2012, 07:56:44 PM
Great! thank you! a pleasure to watch
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Tim Hodges on February 02, 2012, 06:26:40 AM
After seeing the Deodato and Bob James clips on Youtube (thanks for the link Ben!) I've finally made my overdue donation. I'm really looking forward to it!!

Tim
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Sub on February 13, 2012, 02:02:55 PM
brillant video! thanks a lot...
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on February 16, 2012, 01:38:49 AM
Just updating - we've uploaded webisodes for:

Ray Manzarek (The Doors, etc.)
http://allmusic.com/artist/ray-manzarek-p19144/credits

Ronnie Foster (George Benson, Stevie Wonder, etc.)
http://allmusic.com/artist/ronnie-foster-p6519/credits

Subscribe to the YouTube channel, thanks!
Fender Rhodes Story
http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory?ob=0
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on February 25, 2012, 12:03:01 AM
Congrats to Chick, Stanley, and Lenny for their recent Grammy wins!  We've updated the webisodes for:

Lenny White
http://youtu.be/TgtwH2OPTGk

Stanley Clarke
http://youtu.be/5RvP_PHBZHg

Chick Corea
http://youtu.be/la_WWT1-1ng


Thanks again for the support!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: mirko on March 07, 2012, 05:49:13 PM
Hello bjammers,

I sent you email about that DVD, but I didn't get response...oh well, maybe it ended up in your "spam" folder ..

Anyway, I am from Serbia, and we don't have paypal here ... is there any other way I can pay , because I am really interested in watching that movie.
I watched youtube excerpts, and alone that was GREAT !

Thanks for making that movie !

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loukas on March 20, 2012, 03:24:32 PM
Dear Ben ,
Who is playing the backround theme with Rhodes on the first chapter of the DVD when Harold speaks about the material that  would take from the airplanes to make a piano out if it ect. ? Very inspiring !
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on April 02, 2012, 03:51:07 PM
I scored the film myself, the opening is a piece I composed on a Silver Top (so you probably like it that much better!).  I figured for the earliest history of the Rhodes I should use the earliest model I had, and a pre-piano wouldn't have worked all that well.

Thanks!

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loukas on April 03, 2012, 04:30:59 PM
Yeahhhh! i could hear that sharp finishing line notes in the end ! I had repeat them on my silver top before you clarify it and sound exactly the same! Very nice piece though! Thanks for put it in the film !
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on May 01, 2012, 02:48:57 PM
Just mentioning an addition of Dave Grusin and Don Grusin to the webisode list on the YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory


Dave Grusin's Allmusic profile:  http://allmusic.com/artist/dave-grusin-p67644

Don Grusin's Allmusic profile:  http://allmusic.com/artist/don-grusin-p10704
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Cormac Long on May 02, 2012, 04:52:10 AM
Ben,
   this thing just keeps giving!.. 2 fantastic webisodes
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Xk3smith on May 02, 2012, 06:36:36 AM
Donated and looking forward to viewing the documentary.  Thanks for doing a project like this.  The Rhodes means so much to me.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: hammondrye on May 02, 2012, 09:55:14 AM
Just donated. Great job!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Stoof on May 02, 2012, 10:20:48 AM
Donated, and watched 3/4 of the documentary, very good job, it's a great pleasure for all Fender Rhodes fans !!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: TheGreatGreyHeron on May 09, 2012, 03:45:03 PM
Hello, just donated and wanted to say how much I appreciate your time and effort making this.  I really can't wait to see the finished product.  Thank you!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Nitrofunk on May 15, 2012, 04:37:06 AM
Very nice! Thanks for the DVD!
Peter
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pcmancini on June 05, 2012, 12:15:51 PM
Got mine yesterday and watched about 3/4 of it.  I had to keep stopping and buying music in iTunes, then rewinding back to where I left off.  Have not been this excited about a DVD in a long time.  Great work and what a testament to the instrument with all these great musicians.  I wonder if there is another instrument that would compare?  Maybe the B3 or the Moog, maybe the Gibson Les Paul or Fender Strat?

Well done and thanks so much!
Paul
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: The Real MC on June 05, 2012, 01:39:09 PM
Any recommendations for the quintessential Ronnie Foster?
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Tim Hodges on June 08, 2012, 04:29:07 PM
I had a sick day from work and the documentary was exactly what I needed. Thanks Ben for such a well presented documentary I'm so envious you got to meet that many artists (Les Mccann made my laugh especially)

By the way impressive playing on your first track, I didn't realise that was you until afterwards!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on June 08, 2012, 06:59:20 PM
Much appreciated thanks very much!

Les was such a character at the interview, but also really inspiring - with some physical limitations he still was willing to come out and be a part of it.  So I know that says a lot about how important the Rhodes was to him as well.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: vortmaxx on June 27, 2012, 07:24:33 PM
Just watched it and have to say that this is easily the best $10 I have ever spent. I will enjoy this for years to come. Superb job, all the way. Thanks!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on July 10, 2012, 06:16:02 PM
Hey all, just letting you know the webisodes for Herbie Hanc**k and Marcus Miller are added to the YouTube channel.

Subscribe and thanks for the continued support!

http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory?feature=watch
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Rhythmicons on July 10, 2012, 06:45:44 PM
Well, I ordered mine without hesitation.

My only regret is that I didn't know about this a long time ago!

Great webisodes thusfar!

Eric
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Rhythmicons on July 24, 2012, 02:12:46 AM
I got it and I really appreciated the work put into this.

Anyone else practicing writing with their other hand yet?

Thanks, and wheres the soundtrack?

Im going to buy one for my father.

Eric
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: goldphinga on August 09, 2012, 02:00:59 PM
So... is the Rhodes that Herbie plays in the doc, THE Rhodes from Headhunters, Thrust etc??
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: The Real MC on August 09, 2012, 03:33:43 PM
Some of the artists are not playing their personal Rhodes.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: goldphinga on August 09, 2012, 04:10:46 PM
Yeah, seems that way. All the mk 5s needed a good setup- chicks and novellos. Chicks actual mk5 is a beauty. But I was wondering as herbie was at home whether that was his personal Rhodes.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on August 09, 2012, 05:04:06 PM
The Rhodes in that interview was one of my own, I made sure to bring a similar era 88 suitcase to what everyone would expect to see.  In most instances, I brought pianos to the interviews for a couple reasons - one, I didn't want to put them out and ask them to drag their own Rhodes out of their studio or storage, and two - who knows what kind of condition it would be in when I got there. 

On a few of the shoots where we were on location and I needed a rental or "whatever was there," you wouldn't believe the fast overhauling I had to do before.  I mean, serious overhauling.  So my fear was at least valid and tried to avoid it as much as possible
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on August 14, 2012, 07:02:06 PM
I wanted to make an announcement - with the very slow delivery of the US Postal service to international donors, we decided to make an MP4 version of the film available for download.  The USPS is the only way to affordably deliver the DVD internationally, but it sadly can take upto a month to get there.  The MP4 version has been created with high quality audio and video resolution.

We're still offering the DVDs for those that prefer the physical copy, but for the quick digital delivery it's available at www.FenderRhodesStory.com

If you haven't subscribed to the youtube channel, we've added George Benson and John Novello to the bonus webisodes:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory

Thanks again to everyone for the continued support of our efforts, and for sharing and spreading the word. 
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dote on August 15, 2012, 03:55:46 AM
Hi Ben,

just wanted to tell you that I watched the documentary again after some time and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to you and your team for the effort. This documentary really is great to watch for a Rhodes afficionado and music lover.

Can you tell a bit more about your Rhodes collection? And which Rhodes in the film was from your stock or from the artist?

Oh and btw: would love to see a Wurlitzer Documentary :-)

Seriously thanks again and all the best,

Dominik
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kenrichsoundservices on August 16, 2012, 04:17:14 PM
As we've told you before Ben, we LOVE the documentary!

It's great to see your webisodes on YouTube. I'm going to share them on our Facebook page. Spreading the word!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kenrichsoundservices on August 16, 2012, 04:24:13 PM
Do you have a preferred frequency or order you want the Webisodes posted Ben?

Take a look here - https://www.facebook.com/KenRichSoundServices

We're nearly up to 18,000 likes worldwide so hopefully we can make a difference for you!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on August 16, 2012, 06:41:34 PM
Thanks very much Ken!  You've got a lot of likes from a lot of skills for sure!  My 88 suitcase MIDI Rhodes you did is fantastic.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: VintageGearFreak on August 30, 2012, 04:39:57 AM
Ordered the digital download now. Looking forward to seeing it!

Edit: Just finished watching it..! Spectacular documentary, loved it! Well produced, good sound quality and amazing artists!
--Mike
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on September 26, 2012, 05:58:56 PM
Hi all!  Thanks as always for the support, wanted to let you know additional webisodes are up!

Fender Rhodes Story YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/FenderRhodesStory?feature=CAQQwRs%3D


John Novello
http://www.keysnovello.com/

George Benson
http://georgebenson.com/

Lalah Hathaway
http://lalahhathaway.com/

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 05, 2012, 05:08:55 PM
The often requested Donald Fagen webisode is now available on the YouTube channel with a very funny story. 

Again, we appreciate sharing these videos on your facebook page or sharing them with friends, to continue building a community by bringing keyboard players and fans together through the Fender Rhodes.  The sharing link is: 

Donald Fagen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp-gpk-dUxE

Thanks again for all your continued support, and enjoy!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Pierdo on January 04, 2013, 09:26:35 AM
Hi all, I joined ep forum only a few months and I realized just now this wonderful opportunity of DVD on the history of the Fender Rhodes, that wonderful idea!

Payment sent, I ordered the DVD version, will wait confidently (and drooling ..) to receive the material.

My compliments to the authors of the project, you are great people.  :D

Greetings from Rome
Pierdomenico.

sorry for the English a bit inaccurate .. '^ ^
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: apple_scruff on February 24, 2013, 06:03:32 PM
Donated.... and excited to watch it when it arrives! Thanks!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on February 27, 2013, 07:00:06 PM
Thanks again for your support, wanted to mention those that haven't subscribed, there have been new YouTube webisodes since last posting:

Robin Lumley, Brand X
http://youtu.be/LY3A8ToJMYE

Greg Phillinganes
http://youtu.be/9D5Z_G8-K8I

Quincy Jones
http://youtu.be/pmh-H6Z2JC0

Allee Willis, Songwriter EW&F
http://youtu.be/EfStFDvZhI4
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: sledge-mk1 on March 05, 2013, 01:45:28 AM
Just donated/ordered mine.. Yesss..
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: apple_scruff on March 08, 2013, 06:50:38 PM
Just arrived in the mail and looking forward to watching it this weekend!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on March 15, 2013, 12:01:41 PM
Thanks again for all your comments, Earth Wind & Fire fans will enjoy Larry Dunn's webisode posted below.  Appreciate your shares and support!

http://youtu.be/eA2vEUh325E
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Abraham on March 15, 2013, 02:47:45 PM
This Rhodes sounds AWESOME, I wish mine sounded like this, betcha!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Abraham on March 16, 2013, 02:25:02 PM
Hey Ben would you please share with us, how did you record the rhodes on this take?

I mean its obviously NOT recorded trough the same mic as larry's speech, and it really doesn't sound to me like a suitcase speaker output, also there is that little spring reverb added... I got this compared to my suitcase and it could never sound like this without further processing. I really enjoyed the sound so I will appreciate some hints on getting THAT sound from mine,

thank you!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on March 18, 2013, 11:42:27 AM
Hey Abraham!  It started with a really well set up piano obviously, but on the 5-pin Rhodes I have a little more overtone adjusted in to the tonebar setting.  So they're a little closer to center on the pickups which helps bring out more of a mid-range sound that I feel is missing on the EQ curve of the 5-pin preamps.

It was recorded direct out, from the suitcase amp.  This helped eliminate room noise or other "clicks" and "pops" that would show up on a microphone.

With the direct signal, some plate reverb was added for that vintage sound.  Lastly, a little more EQ was added for that missing mid-high range.  But the secret really is just to take a lot of time on each note and really set up the piano well.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on August 05, 2013, 01:03:11 PM
Just wanted to list webisodes that we put up since last posting:

Jay Graydon
http://youtu.be/vgvv5UFcimg

Ramsey Lewis
http://youtu.be/_PmzWh1N5Us

Maurice White
http://youtu.be/WeAejlzuFMQ

Steve Molitz
http://youtu.be/QhOXmpJq9Ms

Ellis Hall
http://youtu.be/noXKqVtiGzc

Appreciate any opportunity to share them on Facebook or other social nets to spread to word.  Thanks again for your support!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Piano&Drums on August 20, 2013, 09:44:29 PM
Just downloaded and saw it. Awesome job!  :)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 23, 2013, 02:31:36 PM
I wanted to make a special announcement, the book version of our documentary is finally complete and now available!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/bjammerz/Down%20the%20Rhodes/Down-The-Rhodes-Front-Cover_zpsfb980dfd.jpg) (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/bjammerz/media/Down%20the%20Rhodes/Down-The-Rhodes-Front-Cover_zpsfb980dfd.jpg.html)
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/bjammerz/Down%20the%20Rhodes/Down-The-Rhodes-Back-Cover_zpsc062d439.jpg) (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/bjammerz/media/Down%20the%20Rhodes/Down-The-Rhodes-Back-Cover_zpsc062d439.jpg.html)

Through Hal Leonard books, we have published a nearly 300 page color book with the full length interviews from the musicians, many never-before-seen photos of the artists and a lot of Rhodes history.  Included in the back cover is the exclusive Blu-Ray HD version of the documentary as well, with superior video quality and bonus interviews.  It has been a huge undertaking, and we are very excited for its release.

To order a copy, please visit our website at www.fenderrhodesstory.com which has links to online ordering. 

Thanks for everyone's continued support, please follow us on facebook, twitter etc. and help us continue the legacy of the Fender Rhodes!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: martin on October 23, 2013, 06:59:21 PM
when are you interviewing stevie wonder??? ;)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 23, 2013, 07:57:39 PM
We've been in front of him on multiple occasions and he's been receptive to the idea.  We're still excited for when he's willing and ready to have time to come through for the project.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Student Rhodes on October 24, 2013, 12:18:42 AM
Hey Ben,
I own the DVD, and it's great.
Is this book pretty much just a transcript of the documentary? 
If not, how much additional material is in the book.
I know the doc focused mainly on the players and their styles.  Does this book have sections on the mechanics etc. of the Rhodes?

Ray
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 24, 2013, 08:20:47 PM
Hey Ray!  The book includes the unedited full interviews from each player and CBS techs.  To put it into perspective, the film is about 2 hours - all the footage transcribed into the book equals 40+ hours of footage.  Needless to say, there is a ton more information that we didn't include in the film for the sake of run-time on a movie.

There are definitely great stories from the CBS folks talking about the factory, the production line, design, inner mechanics and more.  The focus is definitely on the players that made it famous and their music, but I learned a lot myself when we conducted the full interviews with the original techs like Steve Woodyard and Mike Peterson.

There are also some incredible photos from the 40s 50s and 60s that I had never seen before, and have to give a huge thank you to Kenneth Manning for making that happen.

Thanks again for the support!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kphlx2000 on October 24, 2013, 08:40:52 PM
Thanks a lot Ben. It was a pleasure being a part of this project and can't wait to get my copy of the book. Great work guys(Ben & Gerald)!

Kenneth
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: vanceinatlance on October 25, 2013, 11:21:14 AM
Already enjoy the video, but can't imagine not having the book to accompany it, Ordered! Well put together, thanks for your efforts and can't wait for the delivery!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loucas on October 25, 2013, 11:46:36 AM
I ordered before one hour !
Maybe the first one to enter Greece!
Thanks Ben for everything!

P.S: Amazing stuff too Kenneth !
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: voltergeist on October 28, 2013, 09:48:08 AM
Watched "Down the Rhodes" last night.  Excellent work, very well done.  Thanks!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: LeonSpinks on October 29, 2013, 06:28:20 PM
Any Executone sightings/information in the book and/or movie?
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on October 30, 2013, 11:58:10 AM
Haha I believe Kenneth had/has one and did have photos, but I will say a couple of rare birds have landed in there.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: voltergeist on November 08, 2013, 04:12:49 PM
bjammerz, what's the story behind that pimp suitcase you're playing in the doc?
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loucas on November 09, 2013, 12:31:02 AM
Ben , also what kind of setting did you perform on that "unreal " Fender Rhodes suitcase in the dvd ?The one that appears in most of the videos (Ray Manzarek etc).
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on November 12, 2013, 11:52:11 AM
Haha - the pimp suitcase aka "Solid Gold" was set out to be my building of the ultimate Rhodes.

It started out as a 1974 suitcase 73, one of my preferred eras and I also prefer the 73 key sound vs 88 sound.  However, I wasn't a fan of how relatively low output the Peterson power supply is on stage.  So I wanted to pair the top with a speaker cabinet from late 70s with the more powerful 5-pin power supply.  As well, I really like the Eddy Reynolds EQ mod that was done to Peterson preamps - so the custom preamp I have is modeled after that sound, powered by a "Janus" 5-pin amp with a '74 top.  For me it's the best of all 3 worlds and the piano is killer.

Of course it was also a total internal restoration, even changing out so-so tines, recapping the keys, key bushing job etc. so it's pretty new.  Jensen C12N speakers.

I designed the faceplate online from Front Panel Express which turned out great.  Found some gold shiny tolex-ish material, custom fabric for the speaker cloth - but my favorite is the "Chameleon" paint job on the lid.  So in different lights, it's from green to gold to brown sparkle, from Alsa Corp.

I haven't had it out in the sunlight to capture the full effect so I'll snap a good picture in the near future.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on November 12, 2013, 11:59:13 AM
That suitcase 88 is also a 1974, and I've been over that piano meticulously time and time again.  I have a good deal of overtone compared to fundamental set up in the tonebars... the 88s tend to be muddier for me so I try to get some more mid-range out of them.  Just a lot of time invested in adjusting each note, swapping out funky tines and playing with sustain in the high register... There are a couple funny moments where you catch a sticking key to which I always say, "I can't win!"  haha.

For the film it was recorded stereo line-out of the power amp, and some slight EQ and reverb.  But it's all really how the piano is set up to get a good sound.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: voltergeist on November 12, 2013, 12:04:00 PM
bjammerz, did you put backchecks in your pianos?

It looked like George Duke's piano had backchecks, other than that it didn't look like any piano in the doc did (though I don't remember paying attention to that detail on "Solid Gold").
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on November 12, 2013, 12:10:15 PM
I've actually grown accustom to the action without backchecks.  Pianos should have them by nature of an action design though.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: voltergeist on November 12, 2013, 12:24:05 PM
I'm definately more of a tech than a player, but I'm suprised that more players don't consider back-checks a must-have mod. 
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Loucas on November 24, 2013, 05:07:22 AM
Hi.
Just receive the Book along with the blue ray .
This is a must for every Rhodes fun on earth .
This is  a dream came true : A book full of Fender Rhodes story and not only.
Amazing testimonies from dozen of players.Plus photos etc.
THANKS BEN AND JERALD !
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Mark S 1 on January 07, 2014, 04:54:44 AM
Just watched the video (MP4 download). Then watched it again with the wife, and afterward she handed me a shopping list of CD's to buy! Fortunately I had some of the material on LP, but I still spent 10x the cost of the video buying music!

Very well done Benjamin! That must have been an amazing experience getting to interview all those legends. The editing and recording was superb! I especially liked how the person interviewed would play a part of a song and then you would continue that song in the background. I assume this was a loop of their performance as it appeared seamless. And boy can those guys still lay it down. Wow!

Oh, and my wife loved the story of Phillinganes asking Stevie to call his Mom - hysterical!

Thanks again!
Mark

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on January 07, 2014, 02:19:26 PM
Thanks very much for the support :) Gerald and I spent a great amount of time making sure it would become a quality film and book.  My brother Chris Bove is an editor for PBS so he had the experience to bring together the footage in a very creative way.

I'll admit my own music library increased after the fact as well haha. :)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on April 09, 2014, 10:31:16 PM
Just wanted to let the French-speaking community know, we have the Rhodes documentary MP4 version translated into French on our website.  Would love you to spread the word abroad!
www.FenderRhodesStory.com

As well, we're beginning to post some webisodes from the former CBS Musical Instruments staff, not found in the film.  Enjoy!

Steve Grom
http://youtu.be/Qt5Rba4yzN8

John McLaren Sr.
http://youtu.be/SnCLVkif_Ak
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on June 03, 2014, 12:13:45 PM
Another update - I know a lot of discussions about the Rhodes action have come up recently, Here's a webisode featuring former Rhodes engineer Mike Peterson talking about the Mark IV prototype and Rhodes action design:

Mike Peterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60WY-2jd0nM

Here is also John McLaren, Jr. talking about Harold and Leo's history together:

John McLaren, Jr.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9kWuY9DfyY
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on June 26, 2014, 02:48:23 PM
Here is a webisode with Steve Woodyard, many of you may have seen his name in discussions about Rhodes over the years as a key contributor to the piano and personal friend of Harold.

http://youtu.be/XQEY2VBO_7s

Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: longcat on July 16, 2015, 08:09:15 AM
just finished watching the full documentary, bought it on monday,

it is so dense with information, i want to watch it again with notebook in hand - catch all the names of tunes, albums, artists,

and then to see so may musicians that i've loved - along with quite a few i've never heard of...

thankyou very much for a great piece of work, i have all the many webisodes to devour now x

(listening to extension of a man by donny hathaway now - )

x
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: pcola_rhodes on November 12, 2015, 04:15:10 PM
Any chances of getting the "E" model on the documentary now that it has been located?  I know the owner is anonomous (which I can certainly understand), but perhaps he'd be gracious enough to let it be seen and heard after over 30 years.  I understand Mr. Woodyard has worked on it as well...
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on November 17, 2015, 02:23:51 PM
Cool idea, we did at least try to cover the topic in the Jay Graydon webisode on youtube.  A definitely historic piano.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Rhythmicons on January 05, 2016, 07:36:20 PM
Ben,
I want to get my father the Blu-Ray version with the book. When I go to the site you have several sellers listed such as Amazon. Which one do you recommend?  I try to avoid Amazon if possible, and I want to make sure you get the most cut.


Eric
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on January 06, 2016, 03:23:24 PM
Hey!  Thanks for the support, it's very much appreciated.  If you're not comfortable with Amazon, people have had great experiences with Barnes and Noble. Here is the link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/down-the-rhodes-gerald-mccauley/1114794312?ean=9781480342422

I'm sure he's going to love it.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on March 25, 2016, 06:34:52 PM
Hi all,

Wanted to announce that we just posted an updated version of the MP4 "Rhodes Travels," a part 2 to the documentary, on our site.  The latest addition to the interview line up was Michael McDonald - long awaited and exciting to have him as a part of the project!

This separate, second feature includes interviews and performances from Al Jarreau with Tom Canning, Clarence McDonald, Michael McDonald, Wayne Vaughn, Brian Jackson, Robert Glasper, Kandace Springs, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Frank McComb.

Enjoy!  http://www.fenderrhodesstory.com/ordernow.html

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/bjammerz/Down%20the%20Rhodes/Screen%20shot%202016-03-25%20at%204.32.25%20PM_zpsgibyio87.png) (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/bjammerz/media/Down%20the%20Rhodes/Screen%20shot%202016-03-25%20at%204.32.25%20PM_zpsgibyio87.png.html)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: rhodesjuzz on March 26, 2016, 02:45:15 PM
Thanks for the update Ben. I hope Micheal McDonalds reveals what effects he used on his early songs like Minute by Minute :)

I really enjoy the info and interviews from The Rhodes Story, can't get enough....

--Roy
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Dan Belcher on March 28, 2016, 06:30:31 AM
Wonderful! I just ordered my copy. Can't wait to watch it later tonight.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Harrygriffiths211 on April 30, 2016, 10:22:27 AM
Had mine as a gift from my girlfriend for christmas, great documentary, and played a massive role in assuring me that a Rhodes was for me. Ordered and payed for a MK1 73 stage 1977, arriving in the next few days.

Going to be watching the DVD again the night before probably lol. (basically feels like christmas but it's mid spring.)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on May 03, 2016, 02:04:25 PM
Love that story, great to hear and thanks for the support.  Here to help on your 1977 if you have questions!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: sunrunner on July 03, 2016, 09:45:49 PM
Thanks for the update Ben. I hope Micheal McDonalds reveals what effects he used on his early songs like Minute by Minute :)

I really enjoy the info and interviews from The Rhodes Story, can't get enough....

--Roy

Roy, Michael indeed plays Minute By Minute on in the video... I don't believe he mentions it by name, but that song has a phaser. Ben's video is cool because he plays it with and without the phaser. I'm familiar with all Doobie songs with Michael McDonald playing Rhodes. As far as I can remember, he used phaser, chorus, and vibrato (the vibrato was used more on earlier stuff from "Taking it To The Streets" & "Living On The Fault Line").
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Harrygriffiths211 on January 22, 2017, 05:22:31 AM
I was wondering if you guys know where I can find the version of girl from Ipanema with the early Rhodes in it?

It's on the DVD but I can't find it anywhere online! :(
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on January 23, 2017, 12:13:29 PM
I haven't been able to locate it in the general public, so I'd be happy to hear if it shows up somewhere.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: e-soul91 on January 30, 2017, 02:24:11 PM
So you're behind those short "Down the Rhodes" videos on YouTube? Awesome. I'm looking forward to buying full documentary. From what I've seen on YT is is amazing.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on January 31, 2017, 01:58:54 PM
Really appreciate the support, thanks!
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Harrygriffiths211 on May 01, 2017, 04:42:30 PM
Hey Ben, I appear to have misplaced my DVD with the documentary on it... I am devestated and was wondering if you could provide me with somewhere to watch it online/a link to download it or something?

I can provide proof of purchase :)
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on May 02, 2017, 03:16:03 PM
Hey!  I'll send you a message.  Thanks again for your support.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Prismtone Studios on May 20, 2017, 02:43:51 PM
Here is a webisode with Steve Woodyard, many of you may have seen his name in discussions about Rhodes over the years as a key contributor to the piano and personal friend of Harold.

http://youtu.be/XQEY2VBO_7s

Ben,

I just bought this book/DVD set a week ago. I'm enjoying it very very much. Thanks for taking to time to compile all this info, and for these links. I was actually wondering if there was additional footage of these gentlemen after reading their bits in the book, so I'm glad to see this thread.

The Rhodes is special and everyone that has one has an interesting story...

I bought my first Rhodes (suitcase) in 1990-91 for $125 (I had a few Rhodes over the years, and was lucky to have never spent over $150 on them, one was even given to me) but I had no idea how to tune it though. Not long afterward, an article came out in Keyboard Magazine about the Rhodes and Wurlitzer, and actually had Harold's phone number in it so I called him. He was super nice and supportive, and he sent me a manual (via snail mail), paid for the postage even. After that I became deeply interested in how the Rhodes worked. I was a kid then, the Rhodes were literally a dime a dozen because people wanted the DX (or later Kurzweil) so parts were hard to come by at times unless you salvaged another unit.  He later gave me Steve Woodyards phone number to buy parts and pick his brain about stuff. At the time, Steve was one of the few sources for parts, plus his VAST knowledge etc... no one knew more about the Rhodes, and he was also very kind to me and answered any questions I had. I eventually did an album (in 2000) with my band and proudly thanked Harry in the liners. I called to tell him that I sent him an album but Margit answered the phone and told me he passed just weeks earlier... it was a heart breaking loss. While I was writing and recording the album, doing crazy effects etc with the Rhodes, I was envisioning and looking forward to an interesting conversation with him that sadly never happened.  I later did an interview with Keyboard magazine and credited them for introducing me to Harry because they printed his phone number in that one issue... one of those life changing moments (I even became a contributing editor position at Keyboard Mag for a short time).  Anyways, it's about time a documentary was made... kudos on a job well done!

Cheers,
Ramin
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on May 22, 2017, 11:58:33 AM
Hi Ramin,

Thanks very much for the support.  Fantastic story... and I think we all wish we did more Rhodes buying back in the 90s haha!  It's too bad a documentary wasn't done before Harold's passing, but we hope that we covered the story as best as possible.  We live in a time now where parts are much more readily available, so the outlook is great on keeping the pianos alive out there.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: armstrongsound on August 24, 2017, 09:38:00 AM
I just purchased the book from our local Half Priced Books and I can't believe how extensive it is.

You guys truly outdid yourselves on this one. Very excited to finish watching the documentary! (I put it on last night but couldn't finish it as it was super late)

This book and documentary really are a service to the musical world. Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on August 24, 2017, 11:50:07 AM
Thanks very much for the appreciation, it took many years to bring it all together.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: The Real MC on November 27, 2017, 12:32:51 AM
Watched the DVD again this weekend.  Inspired me to dig into my sparkletop piano.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: Ben Bove on December 06, 2017, 01:29:43 PM
That piano was a beast of a restoration!  Glad to hear.
Title: Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
Post by: kris.audioplanet on January 06, 2019, 03:57:43 AM
Jut ordered the book and Blueray. Looking forward to reading/watching it!