2013 is almost over. But that doesn’t mean that the good people over at Eagle Rock Entertainment are done given audiences more live releases. Eagle Rock has proven once again why it continues to be the leader in live recordings in the release of Mike and the Mechanics & Paul Carrack Live at Shepherd’s Bush London. This new live recording from the band best known for its work during the 80s gives audiences plenty of reason to be happy. Eagle Rock has proven why live recordings can be just as good as being there if not better with this latest live recording. That is because not only do audiences get the main concert, but they get some interesting bonuses that those in attendance at the show didn’t get. Along with the primary show, audiences get in this recording a healthy compliment of the band’s original music videos from its heyday and an extensive interview. These bonuses alongside the main concert feature make this recording a special experience for any fan of Mike and the Mechanics.
The main concert feature contained on this new live recording will impress any fan of Mike and the Mechanics. As with so many other live recordings already released via Eagle Rock, the video and audio were expertly mixed. The concert looks and sounds just as impressive whether one has just an HDTV or a full surround sound home theater system. The band’s overall performance is just as impressive. Considering that nearly three decades have passed since the band released its very first full length record, it’s impressive that the band still presents such a powerful on-stage presence. Audiences at home will see that just as much as those that were in attendance at the show’s taping. Even more worthy of note is the band’s set list. The positive energy and lyrics of songs such as ‘Get Up’ and ‘Whenever I Stop’ are sure to have viewers at home singing and dancing along happily in their own living rooms and bedrooms. Just as impressive is the energy shared between the audience and the band during the band’s performance of ‘The Living Years.’ Even in such a small venue, it has so much impact. One can only imagine what that scene would look like on an arena level. It’s just one more shining moment that audiences will want to watch again and again in this recording. And it’s just one more part of what makes the recording as a whole another impressive release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The set list and overall performance of the band in the main concert feature are impressive to say the very least. But they’re just the beginning of what makes this recording another impressive release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Audiences will appreciate just as much as the performance and set list, the music videos included as bonus content. The performance of ‘The Living Years’ was powerful. That goes without saying. So suffice it to say that it was just as necessary to include the original music video for the song, too. It’s accompanied by the original music videos for: ‘Silent Running’, ‘Word of Mouth’, ‘One Left Standing’ and a handful of others. One might wonder why this is important to the overall presentation. It is something important in that the only place to see music videos on television today is on VH1 every weekend on the network’s Top 20 Countdown. Other than that, the only venue for music videos today is via YouTube. So including them on this Blu-ray makes them true bonus content. Rather than having to hunt around online for them, fans can just pop this disc into their DVD or Blu-ray player and watch them any time they want. For that, those behind this recording are to be commended once more.
The bonus music videos are a nice addition to the overall presentation of the new live recording from Mike and the Mechanics. The commendations don’t stop with the music videos, though. The final touch to the overall presentation of this recording is the inclusion of a bonus interview with the band members. Whether one is new to the band or a more seasoned fan, audiences will appreciate the bonus interview. The history of the band is discussed at some length through the interview. Also discussed is how the band came to decide on making this recording come to life among other topics. It’s another nice touch and an equally nice final touch to an already enjoyable presentation for anyone that is a fan of Mike and the Mechanics. The DVD and Blu-ray are available now in stores and online. More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.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.