Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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PBS’ Richard Sherman Studio “Concert” Hits All The Right Notes For Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

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Experiencing a live performance by one’s favorite acts is a special experience.  The sights and sounds — from the performance itself to the enjoyment and excitement experienced alongside other fans — come together to make the live experience something almost as magical as it is memorable.  Of course it’s not always that easy to have that experience because of work, family or maybe other items.  Enter the live DVD and Blu-ray.  These recordings are pivotal for audiences the world over because people don’t always get to see their favorite acts.  They also often prove to give audiences an experience that is at least slightly different from that offered in their CD counterparts.  Keeping that in mind, it is fully justifiable for critics to present lists of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays as well as live CDs.  That is exactly what this critic is doing here.

This year, as with so many years past, Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven to have the majority of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, once again proving why it is the leader in live recordings.  Of course it is not the only label represented in this critic’s list this year.  Live recordings from The Winery Dogs, The Dead Daisies, and even famed songwriter Richard Sherman (one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team) are all on the list, too alongside new material from Between The Buried and Me and Michael Schenker.  Those noted recordings are all from other labels.  In other words, this year saw a healthy range of new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  With that in mind, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.  As always, the list includes this critic’s Top 10 choices as well as five additional honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 titles.  Let’s go!

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS/BDs

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Tedeschi Trucks Band — Live From The Fox Oakland
  3. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  4. Mumford & Sons — Live From South Africa
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic
  6. Black Sabbath — The End
  7. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  8. The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. The Who — Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  10. The Winery Dogs — Dog YearsLive in Santiago and Beyond 2013 – 2016
  11. Eagles of Death Metal — I Love You All The Time — Live at the Olympia Paris
  12. Sting — Live at the Olympia Paris
  13. Spock’s Beard — Snow Live
  14. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder
  15. Michael Schenker — Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo International Forum Hall

That’s all for this list and still not all for the live recordings.  Still to consider is the whole of the combo packs and the standalone recordings.  In other words, there is still a list of the year’s top new live recordings overall to consider.  Also still on the way are the year’s top new albums as well as a handful of DVD and Blu-ray lists.  As many as possible will be covered before the year lets out, so stay tuned for all of that.

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

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Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Black Sabbath’s Final Concert Proves Its Legacy Will Never “End”

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Black Sabbath is easily one of the most important and influential acts in the modern history of rock. For almost half a century, the British hard rock outfit entertained audiences the world over and influenced countless other acts. That is even with the band’s numerous lineup change throughout the years. This past February, the band — with 3/4 of its original lineup sans drummer BIll Ward — brought that hugely successful decades-long career to an end when it performed its last live concert ever. Recorded Feb. 4, 2017 in Birmingham, England, the city where the band originally formed in 1968, this concert insures that while Black Sabbath may have finally reached its end, its legacy will never end. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, that concert has been made available to the masses on a number of platforms in the form of Black Sabbath: The End. Released Nov. 17, 2017 — a little more than nine months after the concert was originally recorded (yes, there’s a bad joke there) — this final recording from one of rock’s most important names is a lasting statement from the band. That is due in part to the concert’s set list, which will be discussed shortly. The concert’s collective cinematography and editing play into that statement just as much as the concert’s set list. They will be discussed later. The concert’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s whole. All things considered, Black Sabbath: The End proves to be a powerful and enjoyable final statement from Black Sabbath should it in fact mark the true final end for this landmark band.

Black Sabbath’s last ever concert together (or so the band claims, considering that it has broken up and re-formed so many times over nearly 50 years) is an important piece of music history for Black Sabbath fans and rock fans alike. That is especially the case if in fact it truly does mark “the end” for what is one of the most important and influential acts in rock’s modern history. The recording offers audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its extensive set list. The 19-song set list pulls from the band’s first seven albums. Paranoid, the band’s sophomore album, gets the most nods in this set with six of its songs included in the show. The band’s fourth album, the fittingly titled Vol. 4, gets the second most nods with four songs while Master of Reality and its self-titled 1970 debut are represented with three songs each. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage and Technical Ecstasy each got one nod in this set, again totaling the set list at 19 songs. It’s interesting to note that the band didn’t reach back into its eighth studio album Never Say Die for this set considering it was the last time that the original lineup recorded together and the last time that Ozzy would record with the band until 2013’s 13. That album was iconic if only for those elements, not to mention the songs themselves. Regardless, the set list that is presented here is a solid representation of the original Black Sabbath’s initial run together and is certain to impress audiences of all ages due to that fact alone.

Just as important to note of the set as the songs is their sequencing. Audiences will note in examining the set list a little bit deeper that the band never stays on one album for too long throughout the show. The set list opens by reaching back to the band’s debut album before moving into its second and fourth album for its first four songs. That fourth album (Vol. 4) makes up the set’s third and fourth song. The band goes backward to its third album, Master of Reality for a couple of songs from there before moving back to Vol. 4 again and then back again to Paranoid and Black Sabbath again. The band’s later albums don’t come along until later in the set. Simply put, throughout the course of the show’s set list, the band does an admirable job of keeping things moving instead of just sticking to one album. That constant variety in the songs strengthens the set list even more, and showing even more in turn the importance of the concert’s set list. Of course the set list is only one part of what makes this recording so impressive. The recording’s collective cinematography and editing add another touch to its presentation.

The collective cinematography and editing displayed throughout The End are so important to note in examining the concert’s overall presentation because of how much they add to the experience. Thanks to the work of those behind the cameras and computers, audiences get an experience that is not just another run-of-the-mill concert experience. It truly is a cinematic concert experience complete with triple monitor shots, impressive visual effects — including mix effects that take viewers from one camera to another — and camera angles that take audiences on stage with the band and deep into the crowd. The crowd shots let home viewers see what those in attendance saw, making the experience feel even more real while the on-stage shots take audiences up close and personal with the band. The cuts are handled expertly throughout the show, serving even more to illustrate the songs’ varied energies and in turn, heighten the experience even more. Given, those cuts are at time dizzying in their speed and angles, but they still go a long way toward enhancing the experience even more.

The result of the concert’s editing in post is an audio mix that that sounds just as great with a standard monitor set to “music” as with a home theater system. No one part ever overpowers the other at any point. That includes even the crowd noise. That attention to balance does so much to fully capture the immensity of the venue while also capturing just as well the concert’s sound. As has been noted so many times before, understanding and appreciating that work can only happen when audiences buy this recording and experiencing it for themselves. Audiences who see the show for themselves will agree in noting these elements that the concert’s cinematography and editing go a long way toward making it such an impressive presentation along with the set list. Even as important as both elements are to the concert, they still are not the last of its most important elements. The bonus in-studio footage included in the recording rounds out its most important elements.

The in-studio footage included in the recording’s presentation takes audiences into the intimate setting as Ozzy and company re-record some of the band’s most well-known hits, including the rare b-side ‘Wicked World’ and the beautifully pained ballad ‘Changes,’ which allegedly was about former drummer Bill Ward’s divorce from his first wife. ‘Wicked World’ was a b-side from the band’s 1970 eponymous debut that was only included in the album’s American edition, but not European edition. European fans would eventually get that song though, when the album was re-issued in 1996 and again in 2009. ‘Sweet Leaf,’ which is a pretty self-explanatory song, ‘The Wizard’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ are all enjoyable to experience in-studio, too. When these performances are coupled with the recording’s main feature, they bring the recording’s total song count to 24. So not only do audiences get two dozen Black Sabbath songs in this recording, but they get an extensive live experience (the band’s possibly last ever) and a more intimate in-studio experience. That duality coupled with the extensive overall set list, makes for an experience overall that is a powerful final statement from Black Sabbath. Add in the expert cinematography and editing, and audiences get in this recording, a work that will make certain while Black Sabbath has met its end, it will never fully be the end for this band’s legacy.

Black Sabbath’s last-ever live performance recorded this past February in Birmingham, England marked the end of an era for the rock and music community in whole. The concert’s home release via Eagle Rock Entertainment makes certain though, that the band’s legacy will never end. That is proven through an extensive set list that covers nearly every one of the original Black Sabbath’s original albums. The concert’s expert cinematography and editing strengthen its presentation even more. The bonus in-studio recordings expand the recording’s set list even more while also giving audiences an in-studio experience that is enjoyable in its own right alongside the recording’s live side. One really would be remiss to ignore the recording’s liner notes, written by Rolling Stone magazine writer Kory Grow as the recording’s presentation. Grow’s liner notes add their own special touch to the whole of the recording, too. When all of these items are set alongside one another, the end result is a powerful new recording from Black Sabbath and an equally powerful possibly last statement from one of the music community’s most important acts. It is available now in stores and online. More information on The End is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.blacksabbath.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlackSabbath

Twitter: http://twitter.com/officialsabbath

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Black Sabbath’s Last Live Show Next Month

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Black Sabbath has officially reached the end of its road, but thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the end will no longer be the end for the band’s fans.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has partnered with Black Sabbath to release Black Sabbath’s final live concert.  The End will be released in stores and online on Friday, Nov. 17.  Originally recorded Feb. 4, 2017 at Gentig Arena in Birmingham, England, this concert was the last show on the band’s recent farewell tour.

The concert’s 17-song set list includes a number of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Paranoid,’ ‘War Pigs,’ ‘Iron Man’ and so many others.  The recording will be released on DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD combo packs as well as double CD and vinyl.  Pre-orders are open now.  The concert’s set list is noted below.

FORMATS
DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD

DVD and Blu-ray Tracklisting
01. Black Sabbath
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
04. After Forever
05. Into The Void
06. Snowblind
07. Band Intros
08. War Pigs
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. Bassically / N.I.B.
11. Hand Of Doom
12. Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania
13. Rat Salad / Drum Solo
14. Iron Man
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave
17. Paranoid

EXTRAS
THE ANGELIC SESSIONS
01. The Wizard
02. Wicked World
03. Sweet Leaf
04. Tomorrow’s Dream
05. Changes

CD Tracklisting

THE ANGELIC SESSIONS
01. The Wizard
02. Wicked World
03. Sweet Leaf
04. Tomorrow’s Dream
05. Changes

Double CD and Triple Vinyl tracklisting
01. Black Sabbath
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
04. After Forever
05. Into The Void
06. Snowblind
07. Band Intros
08. War Pigs
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. Bassically / N.I.B.
11. Hand Of Doom
12. Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania
13. Rat Salad / Drum Solo
14. Iron Man
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave
17. Paranoid

More information on The End and all of the latest Black Sabbath news is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.blacksabbath.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlackSabbath

Twitter: http://twitter.com/officialsabbath

 

 

 

More information on The End and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

 

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Rock Legends Reunite For New Tour

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Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have re-united.

More than a decade after the duo went its separate ways, it has reunited for a short string of new live dates.  The musicians are partnering for a short string of live headlining dates this summer and fall beginning July 14.

The performances mark the first time since 2006 that Wylde and Osbourne have performed live together.  The last time the men worked together in the studio was on Osbourne’s 2006 record Black Rain.

The new live dates also mark the first time Osbourne has embarked on a solo U.S. tour since his Ozzy & Friends performance at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA.

Also joining Ozzy and Wylde for the upcoming live dates will be longtime collaborators Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards). Wylde and Osbourne seemed to both be anticipating the upcoming live dates as they talked about hitting the road in recent interviews.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” Osbourne said.  “This is what I do.  This is where I belong, on the road.”

Wylde agreed.

“I’m really looking forward to the hardcore powahlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, benching and deadlifts,” Wylde said.

The current listing for the group’s new headlining dates is noted below.


DATE
                        CITY                 VENUE

 

July

Fri, July 14         Oshkosh, WI       Rock USA Festival

Sun, July 16       Chicago, IL         Chicago Open Air Festival

 

August

Wed, August 9    Sturgis, SD          Buffalo Chip

Mon, August 21   Cartersville, IL    Moonstock Festival

Osbourne was said to be working a new solo record at last report. That album reportedly is scheduled for release sometime in 2018 via Epic Records.

More information on the upcoming dates is available online now along with all of Osbourne’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ozzy.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: http://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

 

 

 

All of Zakk Wylde’s latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zakkwyldebls

 

 

 

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Panton’s 2015 Re-Issue Shows Big Things Can And Do Come In “Little” Packages

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As each day passes this month, Phil’s Picks is presenting its annual “Best of” lists.  That mass of lists launched yesterday with the year’s top new EPs.  Today, we move from EPs to albums.  Today’s list doesn’t focus on new albums, but album re-issues.  Make no bones about it, every year, hundreds of albums are re-issued both on CD and vinyl (as well as digital platforms).  So they are just as valid as being considered in any critic’s year-end lists as anything else.  Keeping that in mind, today Phil’s Picks is offering its list of the year’s Top 10 New CD Re-Issues.  This year’s list is topped by Diana Panton’s 2015 album I Believe in Small Things.  Also included in this year’s list of top re-issues are titles from Rich Robinson, Black Sabbath, Pain of Salvation and others.

As always, the list includes both the Top 10 records and five extra honorable mention titles for a total of 15 records.  Keeping that in mind, here for your consideration are the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 CD Re-Issues

 

1) Diana Panton – I Believe In Small Things

 

2) Rich Robinson – Woodstock Sessions Volume 3

 

3) Rich Robinson – Through A Crooked Sun

 

4) Rich Robinson – Llama Blues

 

5) Allen Stone – Radius

 

6) Junkstars – This Means War

 

7) Faith No More – Album of the Year

 

8) Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

 

9) Black Sabbath – Paranoid

 

10) Black Sabbath – Master of Reality

 

11) Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane: Revisited, Re-Mixed and Re-Lived

 

12) American Hi-Fi – American Hi-Fi

 

13) Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

 

14) Pete Seeger – Pete

 

15) Shooter Jennings & Hierophant – Black Ribbons

 

 

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