Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Eric Clapton Tour Documentary

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Eric Clapton’s new tour documentary this fall.

Planes, Trains, And Eric will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, November 4th.  The film documents Clapton’s 2014 tour through the Middle East and Japan.  It features both documentation of his tour and thirteen full-length performances.  There are also interviews with Clapton and his band mates during rehearsal, soundcheck and even in the course of travelling from venue to venue.  On board for the ride on Clapton’s 2014 tour were: Paul Carrack (Hammond organ & vocals), Nathan East (bass/vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Michelle Jordan (backing vocals), Shar White (backing vocals), and legendary drummer Steve Gadd (drums).  The complete listing of songs performed in this documentary is noted below.

TRACK LISTING:

1) Tell The Truth

2) Pretending

3) Crossroads

4) Driftin’

5) I Shot The Sherriff

6) Little Queen Of Spades

7) Layla

8) Wonderful Tonight

9) Key To The Highway

10) Before You Accuse Me

11) Tears In Heaven

12) Cocaine

13) Hoochie Coochie Man

14) High Time (Credits – Audio Only)

 

The documentary will retail for SRP of $19.98 on Blu-ray and $14.98 on DVD.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.  More news and updates from Eric Clapton is available online at http://ericclapton.com, http://www.myspace.com/ericclapton, and http://www.facebook.com/ericclapton.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ZZ Top Live @ Montreux Is One Of 2014’s Top New Live Recordings

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

Eagle Rock Entertainment has, over the years, earned the title from this critic of being the “Leader in Live Recordings.” Eagle Rock has long been the gold standard for live recordings with releases from the likes of Paul McCartney, The Raconteurs, Elton John, Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, and so many others across the board. Now yet again, Eagle Rock has proven yet again why it is that gold standard thanks to the brand new release of ZZ Top Live at Montreux 2013. This latest release in Eagle Rock’s ongoing partnership with Montreux Sounds is one more of this year’s top live recordings. It offers audiences a concert loaded with all of the Texas-based trio’s greatest hits and some lesser-known pieces, among which is a fitting tribute to the famed festival’s late founder Claude nobs. The concert’s combined audio and video mix make taking in each of those songs even more of a joy for audiences of all ages. And rounding out the whole thing is a pair of interviews that while relatively short, provide so much insight into the band’s respect for the Montreux festival, music in general and more. All three of these factors together show once again why Eagle Rock remains to this day, the “Leader in Live Recordings,” and why every classic rock and rock fan in general, will enjoy this concert.

The central point of enjoyment in ZZ Top Live at Montreux 2013 is the show’s set list, point blank. The veteran trio—Dusty Hill (bass), Billy Gibbons (guitar), and Frank Beard (drums)—churns out hit after hit throughout the course of the concert’s seventeen-song, eighty-minute show. Among those hits are the likes of ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Gimme All your Lovin’,’ and ‘Tush’ just to name a few. As much as audiences will enjoy those favorites, they will also enjoy the band’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxey Lady’ and the trio’s tribute to late Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Knobs in the bluesy/jazzy ‘Kiko.’ The band even brings in a pair of special guest musicians to join in on this number and one other song. The band’s live take of ‘I Gotsta Get Paid’ is another wonderful highlight from this concert. Throughout it all, the trio’s unassuming demeanor set against such solid, driving songs makes for such an interesting experience. It goes to show that a band doesn’t need pyro and loads of special effects and more to make a concert memorable. As long as the band can get the audience moving with its music, that’s the most important factor to the show. And that’s exactly what the members of ZZ Top do in this case. That factor alone makes this recording more than worth the watch.

The set list that makes up ZZ Top’s by itself more than makes this recording worth the watch. It makes it well worth buying for the band’s fans of all ages. Just as worth noting is the concert’s combined audio and video mix. The sound and video are both crystal clear throughout the show’s roughly eighty-minute run time. This is one of those standards that has for the longest time, made Eagle Rock the gold standard in live recordings. Those with home theater systems will especially appreciate the painstaking efforts that went in to bringing this concert to audiences. From the soaring shots above the crowd to the close ups of the band to those of the audience happily singing along, the camerawork in this concert is on par with every concert that Eagle Rock has released in recent years. And the audio mix is just as solid. Again, those with a home theater system will hear this for themselves. That expert audio and visual work together with the show’s set list pushes this recording even more to the top. Putting the recording at the top is the addition of a pair of interviews with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill in which the pair discuss what the Montreux Festival means to them, their thoughts on Claude Nobs and more.

The finishing touch to ZZ Top’s new live recording is the inclusion of a pair of backstage interviews with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill. The interviews are short. They run about three minutes or a little more each. But even within their short run times, the thoughts shared by the pair speak volumes. They discuss the festival itself and its history and how much it meant to have been invited to perform. They also discuss their relationship with the festival’s late founder Claude Nobs. They spoke very fondly of nobs and how those positive vibes led to the band’s musical tribute to the man. Just as eye and ear opening is the pair’s discussion on how the festival really brought together so many people of different musical backgrounds. It shows a love for music and respect for all different kinds of people. And that sentiment, as short as it may be, makes one look back through the concert once again, gaining a whole new appreciation not just for this recording, but for the members of ZZ Top as people. All things considered, this latest live recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment proves to be one more in this critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings. It will be the favorite of any other music lover, too when they purchase the Blu-ray or DVD for themselves.

More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt and http://www.eagle-rock.com. And for the latest on ZZ Top’s updated tour schedule and more, fans can follow the band online at http://www.facebook.com/ZZTop and http://www.zztop.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Marillion’s “A Sunday Night…” Is A Great Listen For Any Night Or Day

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Courtesy: E.A.R. Music/Eagle Records

Marillion’s new live recording A Sunday Night Above the Rain was released in North America this week.  The double-disc recording is a piece that any fan of the veteran progressive rock band will want to add to their personal music library now that it is available to the masses.  The primary reason that audiences will want to add this new live recording to their personal music library is the band’s performance of its most recent album in its entirety along with a handful of other songs to complement the performance.  The second reason that Marillion’s fans will want to add this recording to their personal music libraries is its total run time.  Between its two discs, ASNATR offers audiences just over two hours of music.  The audio quality of those two-plus hours (technically two hours, two point four minutes) is expert.  All three factors together make Marillion’s new live recording well worth the money for any fan of this well-established band.

The central point of the success of A Sunday Night Above the Rain is the fact that the band’s set list in this show is comprised almost entirely of the band’s hit 2012 album Sounds That Can’t Be Made.  That album’s eight total tracks are spread across the record’s two discs.  They are accompanied by a handful of extremely rare songs from the band.  In the case of Marillion, the use of the term rare is not just thrown around.  Rather only perhaps two of those remaining five songs come directly from the band’s previous releases.  And those songs themselves have very rarely been performed live by Marillion.  The others are even rarer.  This makes the recording’s five remaining performances more than just part of the whole.  They become collectively a bonus in and of themselves.  Though, together with the other eight tracks from Sounds That Can’t Be Made, they become bonus material, too.  And that only serves to make this live recording even more enjoyable.

The songs included in Marillion’s set list are on the surface, great additions to the show.  On a deeper level, the very fact that the band would perform one of its albums in its entirety and do so for a live recording is even more important in itself.  That’s because while not entirely unheard of for a band to perform one of its albums in full, a band of such high regard doing so and for so many years as Marillion is less common.  It helps A Sunday Night Above the Rain stand out and establish its own identity even more.  That in turn makes this an even more special record for Marillion’s fans to add to their own home music libraries. All together, the performance of Sounds That Can’t Be Made alongside the rarer songs equals out to a performance time of just over two hours. To be more precise, it equals out to approximately two hours and two point four minutes. That is a lot of music for audiences to enjoy. And along with the last of this recording’s positives—the audio mix—those two factors and the set list together make ASNATR even more a great listen or Marillion’s fans.

The last factor worth noting in the release of ASNATR is the concert’s audio mix. Every concert venue around the world presents its own challenges when it comes to recording concerts.   Whether it be an American venue or one such as Center Parcs in Port Zealande, where this concert was recorded, balancing audio levels both for those in attendance and for potential home release takes painstaking and expert work. And that work paid off in the case of ASNATR. Neither front man Steve Hogarth’s vocals nor the music of his band mates covers the other at any point. Recording/Mix specialist Michael Hunter deserves his share of applause for maintaining that balance even in the recording’s softer moments. He shows that he can handle every moment from beginning to end. The end result is a recording that will allow listeners to capture so many nuances with each listen. The very fact that not every nuance can be caught in just one listen is in itself a testament to Hunter’s talents. Those talents are the finishing touch to a live recording that is one of this year’s best live CD recordings.

The CD side of ASNATR is available now in stores and online alongside its DVD and Blu-ray presentation. Each can be ordered online direct from Marillion’s website at http://www.marillion.com/shop/. They can also be purchased at the band’s upcoming live dates, the next of which will be Friday and Saturday, August 8th and 9th at the Cropredy Convention in Oxford, UK. The band’s latest tour dates are listed online at the band’s official website and Facebook page, http://www.marillion.com and http://www.facebook.com/MarillionOfficial. Fans can also go to either site or to the band’s Twitter page, http://twitter.com/marilliononline to keep up with the latest news from the band. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Deep Purple Announces North American Summer Tour

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Courtesy: E-A-R Music

Deep Purple will make its way back to the U.S. this summer.

Deep Purple released its 19th full length studio album NOW What?! in April 2013. Since then, the band has made its way around the world in support of that album. Now the band’s global tour brings it back to the United States. Deep Purple will kick off the North American leg of its tour Monday, August 4th in Scottsdale, AZ. As the band prepares for its upcoming North American tour, it will release the latest single, ‘All The Time in the World’ to radio stations nationwide. The band’s current schedule of tour dates is listed below.

Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:

08/04/14    Scottsdale, AZ                  Talking Stick Casino         8:00pm

08/05/14     Ventura, CA                      Ventura County Fair       8:00pm

08/06/14    Costa Mesa, CA               Orange County Fair          8:00pm

08/08/14    Lincoln, CA                       Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre          8:00pm

08/09/14    Roseburg, OR                   Douglas County Fair          8:00pm

08/10/14     Snoqualmie, WA             Snoqualmie Casino             8:00pm

08/13/14     Saratoga, CA                     Mountain Winery               8:00pm

08/14/14     Valley Center, CA             Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center           8:00pm

08/15/14     Las Vegas, NV                  Fremont St. Downtown    8:00pm

08/16/14     Wendover, NV                   Peppermill Casino Concert Hall           8:00pm

08/20/14    Elgin, IL                             Festival Park                       8:00pm

08/21/14     Windsor, ON                     Caesars Casino                    8:00pm

08/22/14    Rama, ON                          Casino Rama                       8:00pm

08/24/14    Morristown, NJ                  Mayo PAC                            8:00pm

08/25/14     Englewood, NJ                  Bergen PAC                         8:00pm

08/26/14    Westbury, NY                     NYCB Theatre at Westbury           8:00pm

08/29/14    Biloxi, MS                          Hard Rock Casino              8:00pm

08/30/14    Orlando, FL                        Hard Rock Live                    8:00pm

08/31/14     Hollywood, FL                  Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena 8:00PM

More information on Deep Purple’s upcoming North American tour, its latest full length album and all of the latest news from the band is available online at http://www.facebook.com/officialdeeppurple and http://www.deeppurple-nowwhat.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Eagle Rock, Virgin To Release New Queen Archived Concert This Fall

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Virgin Records will release this fall, another addition to its extensive collection of archived live Queen recordings.

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 will be released Tuesday, September 9th in the Untied States through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Monday, September 8th via Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. The concert was the final performance by the band on its very first ever nationwide headlining tour. The tour came on the heels of Queen’s tour supporting Mott The Hoople late the previous year. Queen was largely considered the better of the two bands during that tour.

The concert will be released on CD, Vinyl, DVD and SD Blu-ray as well as limited edition and digital sets. The specs for each format’s release are listed below.

QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74  - Package details

 

Package one

One CD featuring the November show

 

Package two

Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

 

Package three

DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

 

Package four (released in North America only)

SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box

 

Package five

2 Vinyl – Limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.

 

Package six

4 Vinyl – Limited edition four vinyl LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show

 

Package seven 

Super Deluxe Box – Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1)     Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

2)     A DVD and SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

3)     A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.

4)     Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian’s parents)

5)     A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!

6)     A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure

7)     Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert

8)     A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster

9)     A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.

10)  A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert

 

Queen Live at the Rainbow will also be available as one disc and two disc eAlbum.

 

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 – track listings:

 

One CD:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Two CD digi-pack & four vinyl LP boxed set:

 

                                    CD 1

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  8.              Great King Rat

                  9.              The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

                  10.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  11.           Drum Solo

                  12.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  13.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  14.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  15.           Jailhouse Rock (Medley)

                                    Stupid Cupid (Medley)

                                    Be Bop A Lula (Medley)

                  16.           Liar

                  17.           See What A Fool I’ve Been

 

                                    CD 2

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

                                    BONUS TRACKS

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Son And Daughter

                  2.              Guitar Solo

                  3.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  4.              Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

 

Double Vinyl LP Package:

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              Keep Yourself Alive

                  8.              Drum Solo

                  9.              Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  10.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  11.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  12.           Liar

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  4.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  5.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  6.              Killer Queen

                  7.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  8.              Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  9.              Stone Cold Crazy

                  10.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

Queen is currently touring with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert on vocals in support of the upcoming live release. The tour kicked off yesterday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. More information on the band’s tour schedule, tickets and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/queen and http://www.queenonline.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Eagle Rock Entertainment Releases Details Of Upcoming ZZ Top Live Release

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

The partnership between Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds has led to the release of a number of archived shows from the festival’s decades-long history in recent years. Performances from the likes of Phil Collins, Carlos Santana, Etta James, and so many others have been released thanks to the companies’ partnership. Now another of music’s major names will see one of its Montreux Festival performances released this summer thanks to that partnership. The name in question is none other than classic rock trio ZZ Top.

ZZ Top: Live at Montreux 2013 will be released July 22, 2014 on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats. The new archived concert will be released alongside the brand new CD release of ZZ Top: The Very Baddest Of. That new CD release is a two-disc set containing forty of the band’s biggest hits. It will be released via Rhino Records. ZZ Top: Live at Montreux 2013 will see the band performing many of those hits live at the famed festival. Among the songs audiences can expect to hear are: ‘La Grange,’ ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’,’ ‘Pincushion,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Waitin’ For The Bus,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Tube Snake Boogie,’ and ‘Tush’ just to name a handful of songs. Audiences can also expect to see the band’s performance of ‘Tres Hombres,’ ‘Fandango,’ ‘Eliminator,’ and ‘La Futura.’ Needless to say that this new archived performance is a definite career-spanning set. There is even a jazz-blues tribute to the late Claude Nobs, who founded the Montreux Jazz Festival decades ago. The performance features appearances by Mike Flanigin on Hammond organ and Van Wilks on guitar.

The concert’s DVD presentation will retail for SRP of $14.98. The Blu-ray will retail for $19.98. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds is available online at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt and http://www.eagle-rock.com. More information on ZZ Top and all of its upcoming releases and tour news is available online at http://www.zztop.com and http://www.facebook.com/zztop. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Pink Floyd Documentary An In-Depth Examination Of An Iconic Album

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most iconic albums of not only the 20th century but of all time. This record is one of those pieces that even decades after its original release continues to influence a whole new generation of music lovers and musicians alike. The reasons for this are varied. Whether one asks the average listener, music historian, or educator, each will have his or her own reasons for including The Dark Side of the Moon on their list of the best records of all time. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, audiences from every walk of life will get an even more in depth evaluation of the album’s importance in the release in Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon. Audiences are taken song by song through an explanation of the album’s creation from Pink Floyd’s members. The explanations from the band members comprise one reason that audiences will appreciate this latest Pink Floyd documentary from Eagle Rock. Audiences will also enjoy learning from those behind the glass how the various tracks came to life. In simpler terms, audiences learn through this documentary how various tracks were produced and mixed. It offers an extra vantage point, adding to the depth of both the album and the documentary. The history behind the album and its production are both valuable additions to the presentation in while. The finishing touch to the presentation is its bonus material. Eagle Rock has included as bonus material on this presentation, even more discussions on the album’s songs that didn’t make the primary feature. Those extra discussions along with the primary discussions make the presentation a whole that any Pink Floyd fan and any classic rock fan will appreciate.

Much has been written and spoken of The Dark Side of the Moon. The album, which is to many the band’s most iconic album, has been evaluated time and again by everyone from average listener to academic. Each has found one reason or another behind the album’s continued importance to this day. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the members of Pink Floyd—Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright—give audiences perhaps the most in depth explanation ever of the album’s importance through this new documentary. The men explain track by track what inspired each song, and how each song sprung to life. From discussions on how ‘Time’ and ‘Money came to be to Syd Barrett’s death influenced another track and more, each explanation gives each song (and the album as a whole) even more importance and emotion. The “in-studio performances” by Gilmour and Waters help to illustrate and heighten the discussions in question. To add to it, audiences get some on the spot musical moments of sorts as a result. Those musical moments essentially serve to help viewers get a better grasp of the songs in question. And those moments succeed at their goals, too.

The explanations and stories offered with each of the album’s songs by Pink Floyd’s members create so much depth behind the album. Just as much depth and substance is added to the album through the discussions from those behind the glass. Anyone that has any interest in music production will appreciate the discussions on how the songs were produced, engineered and mixed. Audiences see on that side of the glass with songs such as ‘Money’, ‘Time’ and others how each one was layered. Audiences will see how certain sounds were created through sound effects mixing and how certain guitar riffs came to be the basis for others. What’s incredible about all of this is seeing just how much technology was available for bands to utilize even at that point in time. And engineer Alan Parsons utilized as much of that technology as possible. Such understanding makes this documentary all the more important for fans of Pink Floyd. It gives an angle rarely seen or heard when it comes to any music documentary. And it serves to show just how intricate the album was and how much work went in to making the album a reality.

Both the stories from the band and the technical discussions from Alan Parsons work together to make Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon an important addition to the library of any Pink Floyd fan. The added discussions included as bonus features collectively put this documentary over the top. On one level, they could be compared to perhaps deleted scenes on a DVD that ended up on the cutting room floor. Audiences learn extra little bits of information such as the social commentary that is meant to be interpreted in ‘Money.’ There are also discussions by Waters on his personal world view and how it led to much of the album’s rather grim lyrics as well as much more for audiences to take in. These additional stories along with those shared in the documentary’s main feature and the technical discussions make Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon all the more valuable an addition to any Pink Floyd fan’s home library.

Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon is available in stores and online now. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Deep Purple’s Latest Live LP An Important Addition To Any Fan’s Library

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eight years ago, Eagle Rock Entertainment released to DVD what has gone on to become one of a handful of iconic performances from legendary British hard rock band Deep Purple. The concert in question was the band’s performance at the 1974 California Jam. Last month, Eagle Rock finally followed up that recording with the DVD’s audio only companion on CD. The DVD half of this recording is probably out of print at the time of this review. So it’s nice to see the classic archived concert’s return. The band only performs seven songs in its set here. But that’s no loss considering how rich each song proves to be. The performance by the band is just as impressive as the set list chosen for the show. And while the audio mix starts out rather muddy, it does get better. This factor is just as important as anything else to note as the alleged history behind the audio mix has its own story. The history behind the audio mix and the audio mix set alongside the band’s performance and its set list serve to make this archived live recording worth at least one listen.

Deep Purple’s set at its 1974 California Jam consisted of only seven songs. That might not seem like much. But the songs included in the set and the set’s near ninety-minute run time make the set list rather impressive to say the least. Over the course of the band’s nearly ninety-minute set, the members of Deep Purple put on what was one of the best performances of the entire California Jam Festival that year. David Coverdale was handling vocal duties for the band at the time of the concert. And he put on a virtual clinic throughout the show, hitting notes that no man should seemingly be able to hit. His ability to those high notes and mid-range notes even puts to shame the likes of Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and even Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), James LaBrie (Dream Theater) and so many other pure singers past and present. Richie Blackmore (guitars) and Ian Paice (drums) both get their moment to shine throughout the show, too. Whether in their solo moments or as part of the whole, Paice and Blackmore prove throughout the show just why they are still among the most respected musicians in their respective fields even today even four decades after that iconic performance was recorded.

Deep Purple spent nearly ninety-minutes wowing audiences in attendance with the band’s fan friendly set list. The band’s members, as already noted, more than exhibit their talents time and again throughout the course of the concert. By direct connection, the band’s overall performance impresses, too. The band keeps the energy up throughout the course of the show, keeping the audience at a fever pitch from start to finish. Even on the slightly more reserved, bluesy ‘Mistreated’ The band somehow maintains a certain level of power. It actually rivals any blues-rock based song performed by fellow Brit-rockers The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Audiences will hear and feel that energy for themselves when they check out this live recording, too.

Both the performance by the members of Deep Purple at this concert and the band’s set list hold equal importance to the overall enjoyment of this latest live DP release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. There is still one more factor to consider in the recording’s overall enjoyment to investigate. That final factor is the concert’s audio mix. There is no getting around the fact that the concert’s audio mix starts out rather muddy. Guitarist Richie Blackmore overpowers David Coverdale’s vocals rather blatantly throughout ‘Burn’ and even ‘Might Just Take Your Life.’ But it does get better as the near ninety-minute concert progresses. In defense of Eagle Rock Entertainment, there is a story that alleges Blackmore went to the individual running the audio board for the band’s performance and essentially told him to put more emphasis on his [Blackmore’s] part than on anyone else. There’s no telling if there is any truth to this story. But if there is, it would most definitely explain why the audio mix sounds so messy early on. Luckily, that muddiness doesn’t last too long. It gets better as the concert progresses. Audiences can hear the different parts level out more as the show progresses. And because the audio mix does clear up and balance out, it makes the show much easier on the ears (as if the set list and performance together aren’t already easy on the ears to begin with).   That ease on listeners’ ears alongside the set list and performance by the band all come together to make this recording one worth at least one watch by both classic rock fans and fans of Deep Purple.

Deep Purple: Live in California ’74 is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Cal-Jam-1974-Deep-Purple/dp/B00IAR2DG4/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1400702990&sr=1-2&keywords=deep+purple+California+Jam. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt and http://www.eagle-rock.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Eagle Rock Releases Details Of New Elton John Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Wednesday that the company will release a new live recording from Elton John this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Million Dollar Piano on Tuesday, July 1st. The concert will be released to Blu-ray and DVD. It was originally recorded over multiple nights in 2013 during Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The famed pianist’s show has been running since September 2011. The latest leg of stint spanned sixteen shows from March 29th to April 26th, 2014. The concerts are a key collective point in John’s decades-long business relationship with Yamaha pianos.

The primary song list on both the DVD and Blu-ray presentation includes nineteen of John’s greatest hits. Among those songs are the likes of: ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, ‘Circle of Life’, ‘Blue Eyes’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’, ‘I’m Still Standing’ and a number of others. Also included in the overall presentation are four songs that were recorded during a 2012 performance in Kiev. Those songs are: ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Sad Songs (Say So Much)’, and ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.’ There is also a bonus documentary featurette included on both the DVD and Blu-ray titled “The Making of the Million Dollar Piano.”

The Million Dollar Piano won’t cost fans a million dollars. The Blu-ray will retail for SRP of $19.98. The DVD will retail for SRP of $14.98. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com, http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt, and http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews. Fans can keep up with all the latest news from Elton John online at http://www.eltonjohn.com, http://www.facebook.com/EltonJohn and http://twitter.com/eltonjohndotcom. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Toto’s 35th Anniversary Concert Its Best Live Recording Yet

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Veteran rock band Toto released its self-titled debut album on October 15, 1978. That was almost thirty-six years ago. The band has released twelve full length studio albums since then with a thirteenth due out in 2015. While fans wait for that new album, Eagle Rock Entertainment has a new live offering from the band to tide them over. The live offering in question is Toto: 35th AnniversaryLive in Poland. The band recorded the show on June 25th, 2013 as part of its 2013 World Tour. It was released to the world on April 29th, 2014 through a variety of formats. One of the best formats for fans is the concert’s Blu-ray presentation. Toto’s fans will appreciate this recording for a number of reasons, the first of which being the show’s set list. The concert itself runs over two hours. Another reason that fans will appreciate the show is the band’s performance. And the production values of the concert are above par. This includes not just the cinematography and the audio mix, but the effects that were used throughout the concert. All of these factors together make Toto: 35th AnniversaryLive in Poland a concert recording that any fan of this veteran rock band will enjoy time and again.

The set list chosen for any band’s live show is one of the main reasons that any fan attends a show or even buys the band’s recording. Fans of Toto will definitely appreciate the set list chosen for this concert. The songs chosen for this concert cover a relatively large part of Toto’s catalogue. Not every album is represented here. But in order to do that, the band would have had to lengthen its concert thus making for a second disc. True Toto fans would like that. But for what it is, the set list presented here will impress fans regardless. It goes all the way back to the band’s self-titled 1978 debut and all the way up to its most recent release, Falling In Between (2006). That extensive set list runs roughly two hours. The bonus behind the scenes featurette adds even more enjoyment for the band’s fans. It brings the presentation’s total time to nearly three hours of content. That is a lot for fans to applaud. Just as worthy of applause is the band’s overall performance. That’s the next factor to consider in this recording.

Guitarist Steve Lukather told the audience in attendance for the taping of this concert that Toto’s members had been making music together for thirty-five years, and that many of its members had known each other for forty years. One might ask what this has to do with anything. The answer is simple. As viewers will see in watching this recording, Toto obviously hasn’t lost any steam over the course of thirty-five years. Even those that might not be so familiar with Toto will be surprised at the band’s stage presence and the energy that it exudes in its more up-tempo songs. On the other hand, audiences will be just as impressed by the band’s control and gentility in its more reserved moments, too. There are other far more well-known bands than Toto out there that are pale shadows of themselves thirty plus years after they first broke out. The members of Toto—Steve Lukather (Lead vocals/guitars), David Raich (Lead Vocals/Keyboards), Joseph Williams (Lead Vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Simon Phillips (drums), Nathan East (bass/backing vocals), Amy Keys and Mabvuto Carpenter (backing vocals)—show here that their proverbial tanks are as full in this performance as they were in the band’s younger days. And the energy exuded by the packed house before which the band performed mirrored that energy, too making the performance all the more worth watching.

The band’s performance and its set list are of equal importance to Toto’s latest live recording. While both factors are equally important, there is one more factor to examine in this recording. That factor is the show’s production values. The production values in question include the cinematography, the audio mix and the special effects used throughout the show. The auditorium in which the band’s show was recorded was rather large. That’s obvious thanks to the expert work of the camera crew that recorded the show. Adrian Van Nelson did quite the job of getting the audio levels equalized. Not one member of the band steps on the other at any one point in the performance in terms of sound levels. And even the camera crew, helmed by Blue Leach fully captures the emotion and energy of each song with ease. The more up-tempo songs are leveled with equally fast paced shots of the band and the audience. The slower, more reserved moments are given even more depth and emotion as the camera crew gently and slowly transitions from shot to shot. The wheeled camera that sits right at the front of the stage slowly pans across the band as it slides along its rails, making for so much emotion in the show’s slower songs. And the accompanying occasional black and white effect that is also incorporated into said moments adds yet another layer to said songs. And then there is the split screen effect used at various points in the show that showcase every member of the band. Within the context of those shots, viewers actually get more up close and personal with the band than in most live recordings. Viewers actually get to see drummer Simon Phillips play from waist level in one shot. They will actually see his hands moving swiftly across his set. Whether or not one is a drummer, every viewer will be equally amazed at the level of his talent. And in other moments, audiences get to see keyboardists Steve Porcaro and David Raich just as close-up. These are just a few examples of why the audio mix and production values in whole make Toto: 35th AnniversaryLive in Poland all the more worth checking out by audiences whether they be new to the band’s body of work or are more familiar with said collection of music. Those production values together with the band’s performance and its set list all come together to make this recording one more extremely impressive release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.