Styx Fans Will “Sing” The Praises Of Shaw’s New Live Recording, Despite Its Audio Issues

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Almost 50 years ago, the British hard rock band Deep Purple broke new ground for the rock industry when it partnered with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the band’s now landmark Concerto for Group and Orchestra recording.  In the near half-century that has passed since that groundbreaking performance and recording, rock bands performing with professional orchestral groups has become an increasingly commonplace occurrence.  Other great names such as Eric Clapton, Yes, Metallica, KISS and others have since gone on to perform with such groups in a live setting.  Styx is one of the most recent of those others, having performed live in 2006 with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for its live recording, One With Everything.  In 2016, Styx vocalist Tommy Shaw returned to Ohio to mark the 10th anniversary of that performance with a new performance with the same group (made up by then of a new group of young musicians).  That performance with the high school orchestra and chorus was released June 29 of this year through Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of the new recording Sing for the Day.  Released separately on Blu-ray and CD, the recording is a positive offering despite having one notable problem – its audio.  This problem will be discussed a little later.  That’s because it also boasts its share of positives, beginning with its set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The group’s performance is another of the recording’s most notable positives.  When it is coupled with the set list, the two positives prove the recording to be one that Styx fans will still welcome in their home music libraries.

Styx vocalist Tommy Shaw’s new live recording Sing For The Day is a recording that any Styx fan will welcome in his or her music library.  That is due in part through the recording’s set list.  Composed of 13 songs (and 4 bonus audio tracks), the set list takes audiences through Shaw’s career including his work with Styx, his solo work and even his time as a member of Damn Yankees.  Counting the bonus audio tracks – included only in the recording’s Blu-ray presentation – the set list focuses largely on Shaw’s work with Styx, with eight total Styx songs presented in the set.  Shaw’s solo work is represented with four songs.  That’s including the bonus audio tracks.  The Damn Yankees tracks come in at a count of just two songs while Shaw’s classic tracks with fellow Damn Yankees member Jack Blades sits at the same number.  In all, the set list totals 14 songs and lifts from some of the most notable of Shaw’s works.  In other words, it paints a relatively rich picture of Shaw’s career, which his most devout fans are certain to appreciate.  Something that audiences will really appreciate in taking in the set (at least the audio-visual portion) is that each song is noted specifically on screen with what is known as a “super” to distinctly present each song’s title.  It makes following the show that much easier and more enjoyable.  The performance of those songs is coupled with short interview segments at certain points throughout the concert to add their own interest and insight to the overall experience, thus making the experience that much more enjoyable.  However, they also lead to the discussion of the recording’s one glaring negative – its audio.

As the interview segments and concert segments go back and forth throughout the presentation, the audio level consistently rises and falls between the two elements.  The result is that audiences are forced to constantly adjust the volume on their TVs.  This applies even for audiences watching on home theater systems, but should not be a factor.  It’s a rare instance in which an Eagle Rock recording has suffered from an audio issue.  Even within the concert segments themselves, there are moments in which audiences will find themselves having to make minor, yet constant, adjustments to the volume.  While it doesn’t make the recording in whole unwatchable, it can’t be denied that this issue does detract from the overall viewing experience in this instance.  Again, while it is an undeniable problem for the recording, it is not so bad that it makes the recording unwatchable.  Keeping that in mind, there is at least one more positive to discuss here – the group’s overall performance.

The energy in the group’s performance, which is addressed in one of the concert’s companion interview segments, is evident throughout the concert both from Shaw and his teen counterparts.  That applies both as the kids play and as they add visuals to songs such as ‘Boat on the River’ and ‘Renegade.’  The smiles on the young musicians’ faces, and the power in each song shows that the group in whole truly enjoyed taking part in the performance.  Even with the recording’s audio issues, that enjoyment could be heard just as well as it could be seen.  It translates that well overall on screen from the highest moments, such as at the end of ‘Renegade,’ when Shaw is joined on stage by a young violin soloist for a riveting conclusion to that song and in a more emotional moment such as the whole of ‘Boat on the River.’  Between those notable moments and so many others throughout this concert, the performance put in by the group in whole offers just as much to appreciate as the show’s rich set list.  When those two elements are coupled, they make the recording in whole well worth the watch, even with the constant up and down of the audio between the concert and interview segments.  Keeping this in mind, the recording in whole still proves to be another welcome addition to any Styx fan’s home music library.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Styx/Tommy Shaw live recording Sing for the Day is a live recording that any Styx fan will appreciate.  That is proven in part through a set list that reaches deep into vocalist Tommy Shaw’s rich career, including his time with Styx, Damn Yankees and even his solo work.  Counting the four bonus audio-only tracks, the recording’s total set list equals out to 14 songs from that rich catalog.  Shaw’s performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra is one that is full of energy and emotion from start to end.  That energy and emotion is certain to keep audiences just as engaged as the concert’s set list.  The one negative to the whole thing is the constant up and down of the volume between the concert and interview segments.  Audiences should not have to have remote in hand so as to constantly increase and decrease the volume throughout the recording.  It isn’t enough to make the recording unwatchable, but does detract from the recording’s overall presentation.  Even with that in mind, the combination of the group’s performance and the show’s set list is still just enough to make the recording a welcome addition to any Styx fan’s home music library.  It is available now on separate Blu-ray and CD platforms.  More information on Sing for the Day is available online now along with all of the latest Styx and Tommy Shaw news at:

 

 

 

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Rolling Stones Fans Will Feel “Secure” In Buying The Rolling Stones’ Latest Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment has pulled another classic archived Rolling Stones concert from the vaults.  This latest live recording from what is one of the music industry’s greatest acts (not just one of rock’s greatest names) –  From The Vault: No Security San Jose 99 is another enjoyable jaunt back into the 1990s, but much later than the band’s last recording from the 90s, Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990.  That recording was released October 30, 2015.  This time, Eagle Rock is taking audiences back to the band’s 1999 performance in San Jose, California, the city that originally hosted the band way back in 1965.  The recording’s 20-song set, which is split between a DVD and CD (and on separate platform Blu-ray and CD), sets the recording’s foundation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important as the set list itself, and will, in turn, be discussed a little bit later.  The recording’s production values round out its most important elements.  Each element is key in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, the noted elements make From The Vault: No Security No Security99 yet another must have live recording for any and every Rolling Stones fan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest entry in its ongoing Rolling Stones From The Vault series is another impressive offering that any Rolling Stones devotee will feel “secure” adding to his or her music library.  Yes, that awful pun was fully intended.  It proves to be such a strong effort in part through its set list.  This extensive 20-song set list is split between the recording’s CD and its DVD/BD (depending on which platform one purchases).  The set list stands out because it doesn’t just play it safe and offer all of the same songs that have been presented in each of the band’s previous entries in the From The Vault series.  Rather, it goes off the proverbial beaten path this time and offers performances of some far lesser performed tunes including the title track from the band’s 1978 album Some Girls, the band’s take on songwriter Bobby Troup’s timeless song ‘Route 66,’ which was included in the Stones’ self-titled 1964 album, ‘Get Off My Cloud,’ which is taken from the band’s 1965 album December’s Children and so many other rarities.  Yes, there are some familiar tunes included in this set list such as ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman,’ ‘Midnight Rambler’ and of course ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ but by and large, this time the concert’s set list gives listeners a certain amount of variety in comparison to the set lists of the band’s previous live recordings.  It’s a nice change of pace this time out.  On top of that, the very fact that the band’s original performance presented here was split between two days, odds are that the split presented here between the recording’s CD and DVD/BD sides likely mirrors that two-day run that the band had in San Jose.  That adds even more reason to appreciate this set list and its division.  Keeping this in mind, the set list presented here creates a strong foundation for the recording, and is certainly not the only item that makes the recording worth experiencing. The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to this recording’s presentation as its set list.

The performance put on by Mick Jagger and company in this latest archived recording from The Rolling Stones will keep audiences just as engaged as the set list itself.  This is exemplified at least in part in the band’s performance of ‘Saint of Me,’  This performance features not only Jagger and company, but all of the familiar backing musicians, too right down to the backing vocalists.  What’s really great in the group’s collective performance here is that no one really has to do much other than just play the song to so effectively keep audiences entertained and engaged.  The energy in Jagger’s vocal delivery, both as he stands before the audience, playing his guitar and as he makes his way across the stage, delivers such energy in itself.  Meanwhile the backing vocalists add their own power to the performance as they sway and sing.  Even Jagger’s band mates, Ron Wood and Keith Richards don’t have to do much to make their performances enjoyable as they make their way through the song.  The same can be said of drummer Charlie Watts as he keeps time through it all.  It’s amazing to see someone of his age (at that time) still able to do what he does with so much energy.  It’s a testament, perhaps, to just good, clean living.  What’s more, the fact that the song was the seventh of the set’s 20 total songs, yet the band still had so much in them collectively, says plenty in itself.  One of the most interesting moments of the band’s performance comes early on – just before the band launches into ‘You Got Me Rocking’ – as Jagger apologizes to the audiences for what he called “a change of plans.”  He notes something about something happening to him at some point.  It seems to hint that maybe the concert was split into two nights because something happened to him physically in the first night, leading to a cancellation and re-scheduling for a second night.  Again, it’s such a brief moment, but does a lot to explain why the concert is spread across two nights.  Even more notable is Jagger’s sincerity in his apology to the audience.  One can tell that he really appreciated the audience coming back for a second night with the band.  It shows a real appreciation for the fans, and is just one more way in which the performance stands out here, even as brief as it is.  The band’s performance of the decidedly reserved ‘I Got The Blues’ is another wonderful example of the importance of the band’s performance overall in this recording.  Considering all of the energy that is exuded throughout the course of the concert, this rare moment is a huge departure for the band.  The whole band (including the backing musicians) fully embraces the song’s emotion from start to end.  Jagger’s vocal delivery is a clear example of that embrace.  There is such a pained sound in his delivery as he sings, and the depth of emotion in the song’s instrumental portion on every part, adds its own depth with all of the crescendos, decrescendos and dynamics in general.  It makes this song another of the concert’s most standout moments and key moments that shows the importance of the band’s performance of the show’s set list.  When these moments are taken into consideration along with the rest of the performance – including especially the powerhouse performance of ‘Paint It Black’ — the whole of the performance makes the concert just as fun to take in at home as it must have been at its original recording.  When this is considered along with the show’s set list the whole of those two elements does more than enough to make this recording a welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s home music and video library.  It still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements to discuss.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.

In considering the fact that the concert presented in San Jose ’99 was recorded in 1999, right at the turn of the century, the major advancements in recording technology that are available today were not available at that time, including high-definition and 4K.  Despite that, the audio and video mix exhibited here are surprisingly positive.  The video isn’t the crystal clear of so many of today’s concerts, but it still is clear enough in its own right.  The sound meanwhile is just as impressive as is in any live recording that has been released since.  The vocals and music are expertly balanced throughout the show.  As has been noted so many times before, this is key because – believe it or not – it has and does happen where concert audio has been anything but expertly mixed.  Luckily such instance has always been extremely rare for Eagle Rock Entertainment live recordings.  This recording is no exception to that rule either.  Simply put, the audio and video mix are top-notch again, giving audiences an experience that is just as enjoyable at home as it was in its original presentation, if not better.  In other words, it gives audiences the best seat in the house and then some.  That is especially the case when this element is considered along with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  It makes both elements that much more worth experiencing.  That being the case, the recording in whole proves to be a recording that is not only a great Rolling Stones live experience, but one that every Rolling Stones fan will want to own.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest addition to its Rolling Stones From The Vault series, No Security — San Jose ’99 is a welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s home music and video library.  That is due in no small part to a set list that stands out distinctly from the set lists in the series’ previous entries.  While there are some familiar tunes included here, the roughly two-hour, 20-song set list is made up largely of songs not presented in the series’ previous offerings.  The band’s performance of that set list is everything that audiences have come to expect of Mick Jagger and company.  Much the same can be said of the recording’s production values.  Once again, the production values give home viewers the best seat in the house.  Each element is critical in its own right to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make No Security — San Jose ’99 one of this year’s top new live recordings, one of the year’s top new live CDs and live DVDs/BDs.  It will be available next Friday, July 13.  It can be pre-ordered on DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD, 3LP and digital video now.

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Styx Announces ‘The Mission’ Re-Issue, Tommy Shaw Live Release Dates

Styx has a bunch of news for its fans this summer.

The band is currently on the road on a co-headlining tour with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  The tour includes a stop in North Carolina’s capitol city, Raleigh next week at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.  Fellow veteran rock act Tesla is also on the bill as support.  Tickets for that show are available now here.

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Styx’s latest tour run is in support of its latest album, The Mission, which was released June 16, 2017 via UMe.  This summer, the band will have two more reasons for its tour as it re-issues The Mission and as vocalist Tommy Shaw prepares to release his new album.

The Mission is currently scheduled to be re-issued July 27 via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe.  The new re-issue is expected to include a bonus DVD with bonus videos, “making of’ documentary interviews with Tommy Shaw and producer Will Evankovich, music videos for ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ and ‘Radio Silence,’ and three hi-res playback modes and more.  Pre-orders are open now.

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On June 29, Shaw will release his new live recording Sing For The Day via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Shaw was joined by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for the 13-song performance.  Originally recorded in 2016 at the Waetjen Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohhio, the concert — which will be available on CD, Blu-ray and digital platforms — features unique takes on classic Styx and Tommy Shaw songs such as ‘Blue Collar Man,’ ‘Girls With Guns,’ and ‘Too Much Time on My Hands.’

Along with presenting some familiar songs in a new format, the concert also marks the 10th anniversary of Styx’s original 2006 performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.  That performance was captured in the band’s live recording One With EverythingSing For The Day!‘s set list is noted below.  Pre-orders are open now.

SING FOR THE DAY! Track Listing:
1. Overture
2. Girls With Guns
3. Too Much Time On My Hands
4. Fooling Yourself
5. Diamond
6. Crystal Ball
7. Boat On The River
8. Sing For The Day
9. Renegade
10. Man In The Wilderness
11. Come Again
12. High Enough
13. Blue Collar Man
Blu-ray Bonus songs:
Down That Highway
The Great Divide
I’ll Be Coming Home
The Night Goes On

Along with the noted releases, AXS TV will present on June 30, a “Saturday Styx Lineup.”  The broadcast, which starts at 1 p.m. ET, will feature conversations and classic Styx performances.  Shaw and band mates Jame “Jy” Young and Lawrence Gowan will sit down with legendary news man Dan Rather to talk about the band’s history, the writing process an more in “The Big Interview.”

The celebration continues at 2 p.m. as the band joins none other than Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, Chickenfoot, ex-Ronnie Montrose) for a special session backstage at The Venetian in Las Vegas on “Rock and Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar.”

At 2:30, AXS TV will air the band’s 2015 recording Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas.  The 18-song set was originally recorded during a performance by the band at said venue in 2014 during its “Soundtrack of Summer” tour.  The recording was released in stores and online September 2, 2016 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Shaw’s previously noted upcoming performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra continues the network’s afternoon-long schedule at 3 p.m. ET.  It all starts over at 5 p.m. ET.

More information on Styx’s forthcoming recordings, its AXS TV schedule, its latest news and more is available online now at:

 

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Mellencamp’s New Live Recording Is Available Now

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John Mellencamp has a new live recording in stores.

The veteran musician released his new recording Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre May 11.  The recording, which was originally broadcast online via Netflix, is available now on DVD/CD combo pack, Blu-ray/CD combo pack and digital download.

The original presentation included the concert along with audio commentary from Mellencamp, in which he reflects on his life and career.  This new home release includes not only that take on the concert, but also a concert sans commentary along with bonus CD.  The 16-song set list pulls from various points in Mellencamp’s career and includes hits such as ‘Rain on the Scarecrow,’ ‘Paper in Fire,’ ‘My Soul’s Got Wings’ and others.

The concert’s full set list is noted below

  1. Lawless Times
  2. Troubled Man
  3. Minutes To Memories
  4. Small Town
  5. Stones In My Passway
  6. Pop Singer
  7. Check It Out
  8. Longest Days
  9. The Full Catastrophe
  10. My Soul’s Got Wings
  11. Overture
  12. Rain On The Scarecrow
  13. Paper in Fire
  14. Authority Song
  15. Pink House
  16. Cherry Bomb

Audiences can get a preview of the concert online now as Mellencamp’s performance of ‘My Soul’s Got Wings’ (ft. Carlene Carter) is streaming online now here.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date, Specs For New Norah Jones Live Recording

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Norah Jones has a new live recording on the way.

The veteran performer is scheduled to release her new recording Live at Ronnie Scott’s June 15 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It will be available on separate DVD, Blu-ray and digital presentations. Pre-orders are available now.

Recorded over the course of a 4-night stint at London’s famed Ronnie Scott’s club this past September, the 16-song set lifts liberally from Jones’ most recent album, Daybreak.  The show’s full set list is noted below.

Live at Ronnie Scott’s track listing:

1. Sleeping Wild
2. Don’t Be Denied
3. After The Fall
4. Sinkin’ Soon
5. Out On The Road
6. And Then There Was You
7. It’s A Wonderful Time For Love
8. Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)
9. Flipside
10. Day Breaks
11. Nightingale
12. Tragedy
13. Little Broken Hearts
14. Carry On
15. Don’t Know Why
16. I’ve Got To See You Again

Along with the extensive set list, the concert also includes a handful of bonuses including an in-depth pre-show interview with Jones and the bonus song, ‘Burn.’

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Continuing Its Rolling Stones ‘From The Vault’ Series With Another New Recording

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Eagle Rock is pulling another Rolling Stones concert from its vaults.

From The Vault: No Security — San Jose 1999 is scheduled to be released July 13 in stores and online.  It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD combo pack, 3LP and digital platforms.  Pre-orders are open now.

Originally recorded during the final leg of The Rolling Stones’ American tour from 1999, the concert saw the band play to a crowd of an estimated 33,000 people over the course of two nights.  It was not the band’s first time playing in San Jose.  The city first hosted The Rolling Stones in 1965.

The recording’s 20-song set includes hits from the band’s earliest days, going all the way back to 1965 and at the time as recent as 1997’s Bridges To Babylon.  It includes hit singles such as ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘Out Of Control,’ ‘Saint Of Me,’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman,’ ‘Midnight Rambler’ and more.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Track listing:

1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
2. Bitch
3. You Got Me Rocking
4. Respectable
5. Honky Tonk Woman
6. I Got The Blues
7. Saint Of Me
8. Some Girls
9. Paint It Black
10. You Got The Silver
11. Before They Make Me Run
12. Out Of Control
13. Route 66
14. Get Off Of My Cloud
15. Midnight Rambler
16. Tumbling Dice
17. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
18. Start Me Up
19. Brown Sugar
20. Sympathy For The Devil

Audiences can view a trailer for the recording online now here.

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‘Days Of Future Passed Live’ Is A Welcome Addition To Any Moody Blues Fan’s Collection

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The wait for new live material from The Moody Blues is finally over.  After a long eight-year wait, the band finally released a new live recording for its fans in the form of Days of Future Passed Live.  Originally recorded during the veteran band’s two-night stint at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada on July 6 and 7, 2017, this recording is one that is certain to appeal easily to the band’s most devoted fans.  That is due in no small part to the history behind the tour from which this recording was taken.  It will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s overall set list is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation, and in turn, will be discussed a little bit later.  The band’s performance rounds out the most important of the recording’s whole.  When it is considered along with the recording’s set list and the tour’s back story, the whole of the elements makes this recording one that is certain to appeal in one way or another to any fan of The Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues’ new live recording – its first in eight years – Days of Future Passed Live is a presentation that is certain to appeal one way or another to any fan of The Moody Blues.  That applies both in the case of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  The recordings appeal is due at least in part to the back story behind the tour from which the recording was taken.  The tour, which ran from June 3, 2017 to July 23, 2017 marked the first time ever that the band had ever performed its seminal album Days of Future Passed in its entirety in a live setting.  The decision to do that happened as the tour was a celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary.  One should keep in mind that DOFP was not the band’s debut album.  Rather, it was the band’s sophomore album, originally released in 1967.  Add in the clearly overwhelmingly positive reaction from the band’s fans, and the album’s longevity of sorts, its relevance and that of the band in general all these years later becomes quite clear.  In other words, it shows that the album and the band both have a clear place in the musical universe to this day.  In keeping this in mind, the story behind the concert’s recording proves a solid starting point for the recording.  That is thanks to the interest and discussion that it is certain to generate.  Even with this in mind, the recording’s back story is only one of its key elements.  The concert’s set list plays its own part in the recording’s overall appeal.

As has just been noted of this recording, it was one of many first time performances of Days of Future Passed live included in the band’s bigger tour celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary.  Audiences get to take in the album in whole and in its original sequence no less.  That’s not all that audiences get to enjoy, either.  Also included in the recording is an extensive look through the band’s career with nine songs from the band’s past.  As a little bit of history for those who might be less familiar than others with The Moody Blues’ body of work, the band has a total of 16 (yes, 16) full-length studio recordings.  This is important to note in that there’s no way – in celebrating Days of Future Passed – and the band’s overall body of work that its whole catalog could be represented here.  To the band’s defense, those tracks – plus the two bonus songs – make up representation of more than half of the band’s albums.  To be more precise, they represent a total of nine of the band’s albums.  That the whole of Days of Future Passed is here, too brings that count to 10.  While Days of Future Passed is the farthest back that the band reaches in this set list, it does go as far forward as 1991’s Keys of the Kingdom with the inclusion of ‘Say It With Love.’  All things considered, the whole of the recording’s set list gives audiences new and old alike a relatively vivid picture of the band’s body of work.  When this is considered along with the importance of the story behind the concert(s), both elements join to make even more clear why this recording will appeal to fans of The Moody Blues.  They are not the only items that make the recording stand out.  The band’s performance plays its own key part, too.

The band’s performance, as with any act’s performance, is critical to the recording because of its part in the recording’s general effects department so to speak.  Fans new and old alike will appreciate the ease in each song’s performance.  It’s obvious through those performances that no one member of the band is phoning it in, but that he is giving his best.  That’s the case even as the band seems so relaxed.  Front man/guitarist Justin Hayward exemplifies that relaxation as he works through each song and even occasionally interacts with the audience.  Bassist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge are just as enjoyable to hear as they breeze through their parts, too.  Each musician does his own part to make the concert enjoyable.  That is especially noted in the recording’s DVD and BD presentation.  All things considered, the band’s performance here does just as much to impress audiences as the show’s set list and the story behind the tour’s creation.  Each element is obviously important in its own right.  All things considered, they make Days of Future Passed Live a recording that – again – is certain to appeal to any truly devout Moody Blues fan.

The Moody Blues’ latest live recording Days of Future Passed Live is a recording that both on CD and DVD/BD is certain to appeal to the veteran rock band’s most devout fan base.  It may even impress audiences that might be less familiar with the band’s body of work.  That is due in part to the story behind the recording’s birth.  Obviously this is not the first time that a band has ever hit the road to mark the anniversary of an album’s release.  As a matter of fact, it seems like it’s becoming somewhat commonplace nowadays across the musical universe.  That aside, for the band to present the record in whole, in its original order and to couple it with a healthy does of its other albums strengthens its presentation even more.  Add in performances by the band’s members throughout and audiences get a recording that will appeal to Moody Blues fans of all ages.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Days of Future Passed Live is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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