2013 has been another banner year for Eagle Rock Entertainment. The leader in Love Recordings has run the gamut once more this year, releasing live recordings after live recording that audiences of every age will appreciate. Among some of the year’s best from Eagle Rock are: The Rolling Stones’ Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live, Caro Emerald: In Concert, and Miles Davis’ Live 1991 Montreux set just to name a few. Now as the days become shorter and the year winds down, Eagle Rock has shown that it still has no plans of slowing down with its release of Move Me Brightly. This live recording is truly a concert film in every sense. It’s one that any and every classic rock fan will appreciate. Classic rock fans will appreciate this recording first and foremost because it is a celebration of Jerry Garcia and his music. It is a visual and musical tribute to a music legend. The thing is that it isn’t Garcia. Rather it is a collection of his fellow musicians paying homage to him and his music. The lineup of artists included in this recording is one more reason for music lovers to check it out. And unlike so many of the recordings released by Eagle Rock this year, it isn’t a massive arena show. It is a much more intimate performance. Along with the performance are short vignettes from Garcia’s fellow musicians expressing in their own words what Jerry Garcia and his music means to them personally. Their thoughts are enlightening and moving. The thoughts of said musicians works in conjunction with the performance itself and the list of performers to make Move Me Brightly yet another impressive live recording from Eagle Rock. It collectively makes this a recording that any classic rock fan will want to watch at least once.
Former Grateful Dead front man and music legend Jerry Garcia would have been seventy-one years young this past August if he were still with us. Sadly, almost two decades have passed since he left us. Thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, Garcia’s legions around the world can still celebrate his memory and music thanks to the new live recording, Move Me Brightly. This isn’t like so many of the live recordings released by Eagle Rock so far this year. It is a much more intimate performance recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studio. That intimacy of the venue sets the tone for the concert contained on the show’s Blu-ray and DVD presentation. The recording’s run time totals just over three hours counting the bonus performances. Over the course of that time, fans are presented with a total of sixteen songs. It all opens with a performance of ‘Cumberland Blues’ and proceeds into so many other greats including: ‘Shakedown Street’, ‘Days Between’, ‘U.S. Blues’ and quite a few more fan favorites. ‘Days Between’ is one of the most moving of the recording’s moments. That is because it comes after a recollection of the day that Jerry Garcia died. The song’s somber, subdued sounds take on a whole new meaning, having taken in the moving story shared by just one of Garcia’s fellow musicians. The gentle strains of a piano set against Bob Weir’s strained singing will bring a tear to any pure blooded Garcia fan’s eye. It is but one of so many incredible moments shared in this recording. Of course fans and audiences will find their own favorite moment(s) when they purchase or order this new live recording for themselves.
The primary concert feature included in Move Me Brightly is the most important part of the overall recording contained on this new DVD and Blu-ray. Adding to the overall enjoyment factor is the concert’s lineup of performers. As already noted, this isn’t just another Jerry Garcia recording or even Grateful Dead recording. It is a tribute concert that pays respect to the memory and music of a great man. Bob Weir is there, obviously. Phish’s own Phil Lesh is, too along with Donna Jean Godchaux among so many others. There are so many names from music’s past and present (and even from different rock subgenres) that it would be impossible to name them all. But that so many different artists of so many ages and background came together in one intimate setting just goes to show the impact that Garcia and his music had and continues to have to this day. That is a bold and wholly justified statement. And it’s just one more reason for Dead Heads the world over to check out this recording.
Jerry Garcia’s music has had a lasting influence on the music world as a whole to this very day. That is crystal clear by the collection of artists joined together in this recording to pay respect to his life and work. If the amalgam of artists joined together for this concert isn’t enough for fans, then maybe the bonus interview segments will help fans make their decision on this recording. Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), John Doe (X), and Carlos Santana are all interviewed and asked to share their thoughts on what Jerry Garcia and his music means to them today. They may not be performing on stage. But their thoughts are heartfelt, thoughtful and loving. His own former manager from the Jerry Garcia Band days even jokes warmly about keeping one of Jerry’s picks with him to this day. He joke that he keeps it because when he finally meets Jerry again, he knows that’ll be the very first thing that Jerry asks for. It could almost be argued to be a playful eulogistic sort of statement. And it’s just one of so many great thoughts and memories shared by his friends and family in those vignettes. Together with the set list, the venue, and the performers tapped to perform his songs, Move Me Brightly easily becomes a recording that every Dead Head and classic rock fan will want to see at least once. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.comEagleRockEnt. 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.