Eagle Rock Entertainment Proves ‘Pet Sounds’ Classic Status In Recently Released Doc

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Beach Boys is one of the most iconic acts in American popular music.  That goes without saying.  Through the group’s ups and downs in its career, the group has continued to entertain fans around the world with now 29 full-length studio recordings under its collective belt and shows in every corner of the globe.  In 2016, fans marked an important moment in the group’s history – the 50th anniversary of the release of its 1966 album Pet Sounds.  That album remains today one of the group’s most influential records both for audiences and the mainstream music industry.  Eagle Rock Entertainment joined in the celebration with the release of a documentary focused on Pet Sounds in the form of Classic Albums: Pet Sounds.  The “rock-umentary” is the latest addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s award-winning music documentary series.  Whether one is a casual listener or a more devout fan, audiences who haven’t yet seen this presentation will find it has plenty to appreciate beginning with its main feature.  This will be discussed shortly.  The program’s bonus material is just as important to note here as the discussed songs.  The information that is provided through both the main feature and bonus material rounds out the most important of the program’s most important elements.  Each element plays its own part in this program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make it a music documentary that audiophiles and devout Beach Boys fans will appreciate.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released Beach Boys “rock-umentary” Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is a work that audiophiles and devout Beach Boys fans alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the program’s main feature.  The main feature presents the original 94-minute broadcast version of the program in its entirety.  That means those who might not have been lucky enough to see it when it originally aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation last year finally get to see it any time that they want in this new home release on DVD and Blu-ray.  The main feature includes discussions on a handful of the songs featured on the band’s now landmark 1966 album as well as personal accounts from the band’s members. The discussion on the information shared through those discussions will be touched on later.  Getting back on the subject at hand, this program aired originally overseas, so its release via Eagle Rock Entertainment late last year marks the first time that American audiences got the chance to see it for themselves.  Its availability on separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms adds even more reason for audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans to see it at least once.  It is just one part of what makes this program such a worthwhile watch for said audiences.  The bonus material that is included in the program’s recent home release makes it even more worth the watch.

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds’ 94-minute main feature is in itself plenty of reason for audiophiles and The Beach Boys’ more devout fans to watch this program.  That is thanks to the in-depth discussions on the album’s songs and the band’s own personal experiences that are shared throughout the course of that time.  They will be discussed at more length later.  The program’s availability on both DVD and Blu-ray doesn’t hurt its overall presentation, either.  While all of this is important to note to this program’s presentation, it is only a portion of what makes the program worth the watch.  The bonus material included with the program makes it even more worth the watch.  The bonus material in question is half an hour of interviews that were not included in the program’s original BBC broadcast.  In other words, it gives audiences even more information—enhancing the viewing experience even more. Simply put, having that previously unreleased material included here presents audiences with two separate programs in one.  If they want, audiences could also argue they make one whole program split into two parts for a total of two-hours and four minutes.  That’s all sans commercials, too.  Whether audiences consider the combination of the bonus material and main feature one version or two, the combination of the two elements does plenty to make the program all the more enjoyable for audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans.  Of course as important as having the program available in whole is to its presentation, that means nothing without discussions and information to keep viewers entertained and engaged.  Said discussions and information are plentiful to say the very least.

Having Classic Albums: Pet Sounds available both in its original 94-minute broadcast presentation and its full 124-minute presentation in one setting both on DVD and Blu-ray is in itself quite important to this recording’s presentation.  That is because it provides audiences the program in whole and then some.  While this does plenty to make the program worth the watch, the inclusion of discussions and information that will keep audiences thoroughly engaged and entertained adds even more depth to the program’s presentation, too.  The discussions featured in the program’s main feature don’t cover the whole of Pet Sounds’ 13-song body.  Though, they do paint a relatively vivid picture of what makes the now landmark 1966 recording so important.  The songs that are covered include ‘I Know There’s An Answer,’ ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice,’ ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’ and others. Audiences will be interested to learn of the time that Brian Wilson took arranging the songs so that they wouldn’t be just another group of hot rod and surfing songs.  Wilson explains himself that he wanted to branch out into new territory both lyrically and musically on the album.  It shows, too in the discussions on the songs’ instrumentations and their compositions.  For those who might wonder, the band even touches on the rumor of Wilson’s drug use in the discussion on ‘I Know There’s An Answer.’  It isn’t an in-depth discussion, but the band does touch on the matter.  In terms of the program’s bonus material, audiences will be just as interested to learn of the band members’ desire to have another song included in the album and why they wanted to have it included.  The discussion on said song’s (the song won’t be revealed here for the sake of those who haven’t yet seen this program) instrumentation explains why they wanted it include in the album.  The song includes the standard band instrumentation plus banjo (yes, banjo), electro-theramin, and much more.  The balance of that instrumentation illustrates clearly how much thought went into the song’s creation.  It is just one more of so many discussions and pieces of information that makes this program—both in regards to its main feature and bonus material—such an enjoyable watch.  When the information presented in the program’s main feature and bonus material is included with the very presentation of the program’s 94-minute broadcast and its bonus segments, the whole of the program proves once more why it is a work that audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans alike will appreciate.

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is a work that audiophiles and The Beach Boys’ more devout fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the presentation of the program’s original 94-minute BBC broadcast as its main feature.  The inclusion of half an hour of extra material not included in the program’s original broadcast adds to its enjoyment even more.  That is because it provides audiences what is essentially two programs in one (or one program split into two segments).  The information shared in the program’s featured discussions rounds out its most important elements.  The discussions don’t touch on every one of the album’s 13 songs.  But they still paint a rich, vivid picture of why the album is so important both for the band and the music industry in whole even more than half a century after its initial release.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Classic Albums: Pet Sounds a program that audiophiles and truly devout Beach Boys fans will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

 

 

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“Facing The Music” Is Easy With Townshend’s ‘Face The Face’ Live

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Guitarist Pete Townshend is best known for his role in the legendary rock band The Who.  The British band is one of its country’s greatest rock acts next to The Beatles, Deep Purple, Judas Priest and a select group of others.  While Townshend is best known for his work as a member of The Who, he also had a relatively successful solo career.  This past September Eagle Rock Entertainment released a rare performance from Townshend’s solo career in the form of Face The Face.  This recording is an important artifact of sorts from Townshend’s career, and thus, a piece that fans of The Who will appreciate just as much as Townshend’s fans.  That is due in part to the recording’s companion booklet.  It will be discussed shortly.  The recording’s set list is just as important to note in examining its presentation as its set list.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Face the Face proves in the end to be, again, a recording that The Who’s fans will appreciate just as much as Townshend’s fans.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released performance from classic performance from Pete Townshend and Deep End is a recording that fans of The Who will appreciate just as much as Pete Townshend fans.  It is a very rare live recording from the two acts, as audiences will learn in the recording’s companion booklet.  Speaking of the booklet, it sits at the center of the recording’s presentation.  The booklet presents an in-depth history of how Townshend and Deep End came to work together thanks to writer Matt Kent.  It also notes that the concert presented here almost didn’t happen yet somehow miraculously did happen.  That story in itself makes the recording’s companion booklet well worth the read.  As if that isn’t enough, audiences will also learn that Prince’s beloved album Purple Rain was at least one influence behind Townshend’s solo record White City: A Novel.  Townshend was touring in support of that record when this concert was recorded. That, too is noted in the booklet along with a thorough outlining of the concert’s set list, another of the recording’s key elements. Before touching on that subject, one would be remiss to ignore all of the other key information that Kent includes in the recording’s liner notes.  Between the material noted here and that material not noted here, the information Kent provides audiences in the recording’s companion booklet will engage audiences just as much as the concert’s set list.  Speaking, again, of the show’s set list, it is the next most important piece of the recording’s overall presentation to discuss.

The booklet included in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Pete Townshend/Deep End live recording Face The Face is a key piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  It isn’t the first time that a live recording’s booklet has proven to be the recording’s most important element.  At the same time, though, it is very rare for any recording’s booklet, live or otherwise, to be so critical to its presentation.  Face The Face’s companion booklet is undeniably important to its presentation, but it is also not the recording’s only key element.  The concert’s set list is just as important to note in examining its overall presentation as its companion booklet.  The show’s set list features classics from The Who, songs from White City and hits from other Townshend solo records and even some covers among other songs.  Kent outlines the concert’s set list in relative depth, again, in the recording’s companion booklet.  This, again, shows the importance of the recording’s companion booklet.  That relatively thorough outline also serves as a solid starting point for a musical history lesson of sorts; not just a history lesson on Townshend’s arrangements but in music history overall.  Getting back on the subject at hand, the set list presented in Face to Face presents a wide swath of material and talent on the part of both Townshend and the members of Deep End, among whom included Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.  Considering the breadth of material and talent presented throughout the concert’s set list, it becomes clear why the set list is just as important to Face The Face’s overall presentation as the recording’s companion booklet.  It still is not the last element to note in examining this recording.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.

Matt Kent’s liner notes included in Face The Face’s companion booklet and the recording’s set list are both key pieces of the recording’s overall presentation.  The booklet expertly sets up the concert experience, preparing audiences for the concert.  The set list is just as important to the recording as its booklet because of the wide array of sources for the featured songs.  Kent outlines the show’s set list in relative depth in his liner notes, adding even more to the concert’s viewing experience.  Keeping all of that in mind, both elements are clearly important pieces to the recording’s whole.  They are only two-thirds of the recording’s whole that should be noted.  Its production values are just as important to note here as its companion booklet and set list. The concert looks and sounds far different than concerts recorded today.  For lack of better wording, the concert’s video and audio are rough.  The thing is that said rough presentation creates a certain appreciation for how far recording technology has come since 1986 (the year when this concert was originally recorded).  Between the sometimes airy sound in the audio mix and the at times equally uneasy cuts between cameras, watching the concert is an interesting experience, especially for those who grew up in the 1980s.  Again, it reminds audiences of how far recording tech has come since the days when this concert was captured. So really, it presents its own history lesson of sorts, too.  Keeping that in mind, the recording’s production values are just as important to its presentation as its companion booklet and set list.  Each element is important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, Face The Face proves in the end to be a recording that, again, Pete Townshend’s fans will appreciate just as much as fans of The Who.  It supports even more this critic’s statement that Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leading name in live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released rare performance from Pete Townshend and Deep End is a rare piece that fans of The Who will appreciate just as much as Pete Townshend’s fans.  It proves once again why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leading name in live recordings.  Those statements are supported in part through the recording’s companion booklet.  The booklet features in-depth liner notes by Matt Kent that will engage readers just as much as the recording’s featured concert if not more so.  Speaking of the concert, its set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as its booklet.  The concert’s production values play their own key part in its overall presentation, too.  Each element is important in its own right to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Face The Face proves, once more, to be a recording that The Who fans will appreciate just as much as Pete Townshend’s fans.  Considering the concert’s rarity and everything else noted here, it proves once again why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leading name in live recordings.  Face The Face is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Fall Out Boy Fans Will Enjoy Band’s Latest Live Recording In Every Season

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Late last summer pop punk outfit Fall Out Boy hit the road in support of its latest album American Beauty/American Psycho.  As part of its tour, the band performed a hometown show that was recorded for release.  That recording was released this past October via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings.  For fans of this recording, there is plenty to appreciate beginning with the concert’s set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to note here as the show’s set list.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s packaging might not seem all that important in the grand scheme of things, but even it plays an important part in its presentation. It is hardly the last element that can be noted, too.  The concert’s cinematography and combined video and sound mixing can also be discussed, too, as could the band’s simplistic stage setup.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  That goes without saying.  All things considered, The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago proves to be, again, a recording that will appeal to any of Fall Out Boy’s fans.

Fall Out Boy’s new live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a work that will appeal to any of the veteran pop punk band’s fans.  It is not the band’s first live recording by any means.  Regardless, it will appeal to said fans.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The 17-song set list pulls from all six of the band’s current albums.  American Beauty/American Psycho receives the most nods with five songs.  The band’s 2013 album Save Rock and Roll comes in second with four of its songs featured in the show’s set list.  Infinity on High (2007) comes in third with three songs featured.  From Under A Cork Tree also sees three of its songs included in the set list while Folie a Deux is represented by two songs and Take This To Your Grave with one song.  Needless to say, the fact that the band pulled from each of its current albums makes this concert a career-spanning show for the band.  That being the case, it becomes clear why the concert’s set list is so important to its overall presentation.

The set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums.  That makes it for all intents and purposes a career-spanning performance, even with the band’s career being far from over.  While the show’s set list is clearly an important piece of its presentation, it is just one of the elements that should be noted in examining the concert’s presentation.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list is just as important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s members—Pete Went (bass, vocals), Patrick Stump (guitar, vocals), Joseph Trohman (guitar, vocals) and Andrew Hurley (drums)—have full run of the massive stage.  While they do make use of its wide open space at times, it seems that they opt to use their energies for their performances rather than running around the stage.  Audiences will appreciate that attention to the performance.  That is because it shows through in each song.  The band gives its all in each song.  The end result is that it will pull in home viewers just as much as it did the concert’s attendees.  It should be noted that even in the concert’s semi-acoustic section the band spends plenty of time interacting with the audience between songs in a sort of Storytellers (for anyone who remembers that VH1 program) setting.  It serves to strengthen the band’s connection with audiences even more.  That includes audiences at home, too.  The solid connection that is made between Fall Out Boy’s band members and the band’s audiences translates very well to audiences.  It makes the viewing experience all the more enjoyable for the band’s fans at home, and is still not the last of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s packaging is just as important to note as its set list and the band’s performance thereof.

The career-spanning set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key the this recording’s overall presentation.  They are not its only important elements.  The recording’s packaging is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation, too.  Much like so many of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s other live recordings released this year, this recording has been released in a standard package that will allow it to fit on any fan’s CD rack.  That is even with the recording being presented on separate DVD and Blu-ray platform.  This is important to note because of its ergonomic value.  The concert being packaged in a standard CD packaging—despite being presented on DVD and Blu-ray—saves space on fans’ DVD and BD racks.  Being a very thin package, it also saves space on CD racks, too.  So that end, the recording’s packaging may not seem important on the surface, but ultimately proves to be just as important as the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  It is just important in a different way.  Interestingly enough, it still is not the last of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s video and sound mix (its production values) and the band’s simple stage setup could also be discussed in examining this recording’s overall presentation.  Each element is clearly important in its own right.  All things considered, they show in whole why The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any of Fall Out Boy’s fans will appreciate.

Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate.  Fans will appreciate this recording for a number of reasons beginning with the concert’s set list.  The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums.  While the band’s career is likely far from over, this approach still technically makes the set list a career-spanning set.  The band’s performance is just as important to note as the concert’s set list.  That is due to the fact that the band’s members don’t run around the stage unnecessarily.  Rather, they use their performances of the show’s set list to entertain audiences.  That attention to its performance of each song improves the band members’ endurance and thus enhances each song’s performance even more.  Those enhanced performances in turn make the band’s performance that much more engaging for fans.  The recording’s packaging, production values and the band’s simple stage setup combine to round out the recording’s most important elements. Each element is obviously important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they show why The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is, once more, a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Hayward’s Fans Will Enjoy His New Solo Career Compilation “All The Way”

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Justin Hayward has made quite the name for himself throughout the years as the front man for the legendary rock outfit the Moody Blues.  For all of his success with the veteran outfit, he has gained just as much success and respect for his solo work as for his work with The Moody Blues.  Late this past October, Eagle Rock Entertainment released a new retrospective on Hayward’s solo career in the form of the new compilation record All The Way.  The 15 songs that make up the body of the record are the most important piece of the record’s presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  They are, collectively speaking, not the record’s only important element.  The record’s companion booklet is just as important to note as its songs.  That will be discussed later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Together with the record’s songs and its companion booklet, all three elements come together to make All The Way a compilation that all of Hayward’s fans will enjoy “all the way” through.

Justin Hayward’s new solo career retrospective record All The Way is a record that all of his fans will enjoy “all the way through.”  This includes fans of his work with The Moody Blues and fans of his solo recordings.  That is due in no small part to the 15 songs that make up the body of the record.  Hayward has released nine solo albums to date.  That is a lot of music.  So it goes without saying that yes, each album could have been represented through the record’s songs.  The problem however, is that mathematically speaking there is no way each album could have been equally represented here.  If each album had been represented by at least two songs, that would have pushed the record’s total tracks to 18.  Three tracks each would have pushed the album’s song count to 27.  So no, it wasn’t necessarily a good idea to have included each one of Hayward’s albums covers on this compilation’s cover art.  That aside, the songs included in the record’s body are still a collectively respectable group of songs.  Of course it does serve as even more reason for audiences to order the collection’s new digital presentation, which includes 15 additional songs, bringing the record’s total count to 30 exclusively through that digital release.  On that side note, the record’s digital re-issue can be ordered when more copies are available at https://shop.justinhayward.com/products/justin-hayward-all-the-way.  Keeping in mind all of this information, audiences will agree that for the uninitiated, All The Way’s song listing is a key component of the record’s presentation.  New fans will appreciate the physical record’s 15-song body while more devoted fans will appreciate the limited 2-disc, 30-song presentation.  Regardless of which platform one chooses, everyone will agree the record’s featured songs are collectively its most important element.  The record’s track listing is just one of its key elements, too.  The companion booklet that comes with the record is just as important to note as the record’s track listing.

The track listing featured in Justin Hayward’s new solo retrospective is in its own right, a key component of the record’s presentation.  The recording’s single-disc, 15-song presentation is a good start for those less familiar with Hayward’s solo career.  Its double-disc, 30-song presentation will appeal more to Hayward’s more devout fan base.  At the time of this review, the record’s double-disc presentation is sold out.  Hopefully more copies will become available for those more devout fans.  As important as the record’s track listing is to its overall presentation, it is only one key piece of the record’s presentation.  The companion booklet that comes with the record is just as important to note as the record’s songs.  The booklet is so important to note because of the history lesson that it provides audiences.  The lesson in question begins with Hayward’s beginnings with The Moody Blues in 1966.  From there the story, presented by Mark Howell—a close friend of Hayward’s—follows Hayward’s journey both with The Moody Blues and on his own.  Howell’s narrative touches on some of Hayward’s most well-known albums and at least one of the songs featured in this recording, ‘Blue Guitar.’  The story presented here also discusses how Hayward had to balance working alone and with his band mates in The Moody Blues, and how he managed to do so successfully to this very day.  It would have been nice to have had a discussion on the songs featured in the record.  But the history lesson presented here is still interesting in its own right, again, for fans less familiar with Hayward’s body of work.  Just as with the songs themselves, the history lesson presented here makes for its own good starting point for audiences new to Hayward’s work.  Even with this in mind, the record’s companion booklet is just one more important piece of the record’s presentation and not the last worth noting.  The record’s overall sequencing is just as important to note as its songs and its companion booklet.

The songs featured in Justin Hayward’s new solo compilation and its companion booklet are both key in their own right to the record’s overall presentation.  That is because of the role that they play collectively for audiences less familiar with Hayward’s solo career.  The songs featured in the record’s double-disc, 30-song compilation is more fitting for Hayward’s more devout fan base.  Getting back on topic, the sequencing for the 15-song collection’s body is just as important as the songs themselves and the record’s companion booklet.  The record’s sequencing doesn’t run chronologically in regards to the album’s represented. It opens with ‘Blue Guitar,’ which was included in re-issues of Hayward’s 1975 debut album Blue Jays.  From there though, the record reaches all the way to his fifth album, 1989’s Classic Blue for its second offering, ‘Forever Autumn.’  ‘Broken Dream’ and ‘Troubador’—the record’s third and fourth songs respectively—both come from Hayward’s seventh album, 1996’s The View From The Hill.  Needless to say, there is no specific order to the songs in relations to their albums here.  That means the attention should shift to the energy transfer from one song to the next.  It is visible through the songs’ respective energies (and emotions) that they were more the focus of the album’s sequencing than the song’s respective albums.  The easygoing, laid back feel of ‘Blue Guitar’ is a clear distinction from the more semi-psychedelic vibe of Forever Autumn’ and the more contemplative sound of ‘Broken Dream.’  In the same vein, the moving melodies presented in the record’s closer, ‘The Wind of Heaven’ stands out just as much from the gentle strains of ‘The Western Sky,’ which in themselves paint quite the beautiful picture.  That sound stands out just as starkly against the Beatles-esque arrangement presented in ‘The Story in Your Eyes.’  Needless to say, the contrast in each of the noted songs from one another clearly shows how much thought and time was put into arranging the record’s songs.  The remainder of the songs and their arrangements serve just as clearly to support that statement.  From one song to the next, the record’s energies never stay the same too long.  That in itself will keep listeners just as engaged in the record as the songs themselves and the history lesson provided through the record’s companion booklet.  When all three elements are joined, they present All The Way as a record that both in its single disc and double disc presentation, audiences will appreciate “all the way.”

Justin Hayward’s new solo career retrospective is a work that his fans will appreciate “all the way.”  That is due in no small part to its track listing.  The record’s single-disc presentation features 15 of Hayward’s most important songs from his solo career.  The double-disc collection doubles that number to 30.  It also touches on more of his albums than the 15-song collection.  In other words, the track listing presented in each of the record’s platforms will entertain and educate Hayward’s fans, both those familiar with his work and those less familiar.  The record’s companion booklet is just as important to note as its songs because it presents a solid introduction for Hayward’s less familiar fans.  Even those more familiar with his body of work might benefit from the lesson as they might not be so familiar with the background provided here.  Again, it proves that the record could be beneficial to a wide range of listeners.  The album’s sequencing is just as important to note here as the songs themselves and the record’s companion booklet.  That is because the energy exhibited from one song to the next will keep listeners engaged, too.  It never stays the same too long.  Keeping that in mind, the record’s sequencing proves to be just as important to its presentation as its featured songs and its companion booklet.  Each element is important in its own right to the record’s presentation, as should be clear by now.  All things considered, this record is a work that all of Hayward’s fans will appreciate “all the way.”  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on All The Way is available online now along with all of Justin Hayward’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Heart Fans Everywhere Will Appreciate The Band’s Latest Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Heart is one of the most respected bands in the music industry’s modern era.  The band has performed around the world many times over the course of its four decade plus life.  It has sold millions of records and has earned countless accolades for its talents and accomplishments.  For all that the band has done and earned throughout its life, there is still likely a lot that it hasn’t yet done.  Earlier this summer, though it knocked one item off of its to do list when it performed live at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall for the first time ever.  The performance was a sold out show, exhibiting clearly the place that Heart still holds within the music community’s upper echelon.  This Friday, December 2, audiences will get to own that performance for themselves on separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms as well as CD and digital platform in the form of Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Heart’s fans will find plenty to appreciate about the recording beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list.  The concert’s audio mix rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered, it proves to be a piece that any devout Heart fan will be happy to have in his or her music library regardless of the chosen platform.

Heart’s latest live recording Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a piece that any devout Heart fan will be happy to have in his or her music library.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The seventeen-song set list goes all the way back to the band’s 1976 debut album Dreamboat Annie and even as recent as its latest album Beautiful Broken, which was released this past July.  It also includes a cover of Led Zepplin’s hit song ‘No Quarter’ in its body, and a Lovemongers cover in ‘Sand,’ which was included in Heart’s own 2010 album Red Velvet Car.  Obviously there’s no way that the band could cover every one of its 16 albums so far.  But it still pulls from a healthy number of its albums.  The band’s 2016 album Beautiful Broken is the most heavily represented of the band’s album in this concert with four total songs represented in the set list.  The band’s 1976 debut record Dreamboat Annie comes in second with three songs.  The other albums featured in the concert are: Little Queen (2 songs), Bebe le Strange (2 songs), Heart (2 songs), Bad Animals (1 song) and Fanatic (1 song).  Considering the band pulled from half of its current albums to make the body of this concert is impressive.  It showed the band really put some thought into its set list rather than just tossing a bunch of its songs together.  It wanted to give its audiences and fans the best show possible if only in terms of its set list.  Of course the set list is just one of the elements that makes the show such a welcome addition to fans’ music libraries.  The band’s performance of its set list will entertain audiences just as much as the show’s set list.

The set list that is featured in Heart’s new live recording is by itself a key piece of the concert’s presentation.  It pulls from half of the band’s extensive sixteen-album catalogue.  That is including the band’s holiday album, and no there obviously are no Christmas songs in this set list since the concert was recorded this past June. The show’s set list is just one part of what makes the concert stand out for fans.  The band’s performance of its set list is just as important to note as the set list itself starting with the work of guitarists Nancy Wilson and Craig Bartock.  The pair expertly captures the emotion of every song with their talents. ‘I Jump’ is a prime example of that talent.  The song has its heavier moments, but also has some softer moments.  The attention to the song’s lyrical content makes every moment so powerful just from the pair.  Its handling of the cover of ‘No Quarter’ exhibits that talent just as much.  Stylistically, the song is not the best rendition of the song that has ever been crafted.  But Wilson and Bartock still exhibit such talent here regardless.  In the same vein, the soaring chorus of ‘These Dreams’ shows the duo fully embracing the heartfelt lyrics in that song, too.  Nancy’s sister Ann shows just as much spark even as long as she has been performing. Her vocals are top-notch throughout the concert.  That is exhibited most clearly as she as she soars through the choruses in ‘What About Love’ and in ‘No Quarter.’  She does a respectable job of trying to emulate Robert Plant here.  It doesn’t fully reach Plant’s levels.  But it is still respectable, regardless.  Drummer Ben Smith and bassist Dan Rothchild shine just as much as their fellow musicians throughout the concert, too.  When each musician’s talent is combined with that of his or her band mates, the whole of the collective’s performance shows clearly why the concert was sold out.  That’s because every member of the band gives it his or her all, which will, again, impress any of the band’s fans.  Even as important as this is to note, one can’t talk but so much about it without taking too much time.  There is still at least one more item to discuss in examining this recording.  That item is the recording’s audio mix.

The set list featured in Heart’s new live recording and the band’s performance of that set list are both key to the recording’s presentation.  Both elements will please any devout Heart fan.  They are not its only key elements either.  The concert’s audio mix rounds out its most important elements.  The Royal Albert Hall is a massive venue.  Audiences who have never seen the inside of the building until now will be blown away by its size both in terms of its diameter and its ceiling.  Considering that, handling audio duties for any concert here is a chore to say the least.  The people behind the boards for this concert—both at the venue and in post-production—handled that chore with the utmost expertise.  It is thanks to their efforts that audiences feel like they are right there at the venue with the rest of the audience without feeling like they can’t hear any one part of the performance.  The vocals and instruments are balanced with full precision throughout the performance.  Again, considering the size of the venue, that is its own powerful statement.  It goes without saying that the camera work gives audiences the best seat in the house.  So keeping that in mind, when the camera work and audio engineering are joined with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance of the show’s set list, the whole of this concert proves to be, once again, a work that any devout Heart fan will appreciate.

Heart Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a recording that any devout Heart fan will appreciate.  Being that it was the first time that the band ever performed at the legendary venue, it was a successful first time experience.  Its set list pulls from half of the band’s 16-album catalogue.  The band’s performance of its set list, audiences will agree, is just as impressive.  It shows that even as long as Heart has been along, it is at the top of its game.  The combined audio engineering and its camera work round out its most important elements.  When all three elements are joined together, they make this recording a work that is on one level, more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is still today the leading name in live recordings. On another level, it combines to show that, once more, this recording is a piece that any devout Heart fan will appreciate.  It will be available this Friday, December 2 in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of Heart’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Porter And Company Impress On Their Latest Live Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Jazz artist Gregory Porter released his latest live recording Live in Berlin last week.  The recording, released via Eagle Rock Entertainment is a wonderful experience for any jazz fan regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Porter and his body of work.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  Porter’s performance is just as important to note in the recording’s presentation as is the show’s set list.  Last but hardly least of note in the recording’s presentation are the platforms on which it has been made available.  Each element plays its own important part in the recording’s overall presentation.  Altogether they make Live in Berlin a recording that will entertain Porter’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will his newer audiences.

Gregory Poerter’s new live recording Live in Berlin is a work that will entertain Porter’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will those who are less familiar with him and his body of work.  That is due in no small part to the show’s set list, speaking of his body of work.  The show’s 18-song set list pulls songs from al four of Porter’s current album’s with his latest album Take Me To The Alley showing the heaviest representation with seven songs.  Liquid Spirit (2013) comes second with five songs from that album included in the show’s set list.  There are also some other familiar songs included in the show’s set list, not the least of which being ‘What’s Going On.’  There is also a cover of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ included in the show.  The song was originally composed by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong but made most popular by The Temptations.  If all of this isn’t enough for audiences, the set list’s order is the same in the recording’s CD side as it is in its separate DVD and Blu-ray side.  As has been noted before in other live recordings’ reviews, this is important because there are some recordings out there whose set lists don’t always mirror one another between their CD and DVD/BD platforms.  Speaking of those platforms, they will be discussed later, as they are pivotal to the recording’s presentation, too.  Getting back on topic, the set list presented in this recording shows to have plenty of importance to the recording’s presentation.  It is only one of the recording’s key elements, too.  The stage presence of both Porter and his fellow musicians throughout the concert is just as important to note as the set list.

The set list that makes up the body  of Gregory Porter’s new live recording is in itself a huge part of the recording’s presentation.  That is because it pulls from all four of his current studio recordings and even includes covers of some other well-known hits.  On another level, the show’s set list stays the same from the concert’s CD platform to its DVD and BD platform.  So regardless of which platform one uses to experience this concert, one will get the same experience, in terms of the set list’s order, from one platform to the next.  It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation.  The stage presence presented by Porter and his fellow musicians is just as important to note in examining this presentation as the show’s set list.  Porter oozes confidence as he makes his way through each song’s performance.  Even as he spends time talking to the audience between songs, he exudes a certain humility with that confidence.  That alone is enough to make listeners new and old alike enjoy watching him.  Of course Porter’s fellow musicians—Chip Crawford (piano), Emanuel Harold (drums), Jamal Nichols (bass) and Tivon  Pennicot (saxophone)—exude just as much confidence as they ease their way through each song, too.  That is especially notable in the group’s performance of ‘Take Me To The Alley’ and ‘Hey Laura.’  Harold makes his timekeeping seem so effortless, and Pennicot’s work on sax is just as enjoyable to take in.  Nichols and Crawford offer their own share of enjoyment throughout the show, too.  When all four men join with Porter, the whole of their performances will keep audiences fully engaged from the show’s beginning to its end.  When this is considered alongside the show’s set list, it becomes even clearer why Live in Berlin is such an impressive new live recording from Gregory Porter and company.  These two elements are not the recording’s only notable elements, though.  The platforms on which the concert is available are just as important to note in examining the concert’s recording as its set list and featured performance.

The set list featured in Live in Berlin and performance of said set list by Porter and company are both key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation.  That is because the pair works hand in hand with one another.  As important as both elements are to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The platforms on which the recording has been made available are just as important to note as the previously noted elements.  It might not seem all that important on the surface, but in the grand scheme of things, it is hugely important.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has made Live in Berlin available on two separate combo packs – a DVD/2 CD combo pack and a Blu-ray/2 CD combo pack.  By combining the concert’s audio only presentation (CD) with separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms, Eagle Rock has covered all of its bases, making the concert available for every one of Porter’s fans.  What’s more, by combining the CD platform with DVD and Blu-ray, the company has also given fans the full concert experience, rather than forcing them to choose between platforms. The DVD + 2 CD combo pack averages approximately $28 and the Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack $27.  Considering the closeness in the platforms’ average pricing audiences won’t be left paying an arm and a leg for the concert regardless of which combo pack they choose.  When this is considered alongside the concert’s enjoyable set list and the group’s equally enjoyable performance of that set list, the end result is a recording that every audience will enjoy regardless of familiarity with the group’s work.

Gregory Porter’s new live recording Live in Berlin is a work that every one of Porter’s fans will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with his work and that of his fellow musicians.  From the show’s extensive set list to the completely enjoyable performance put on by Porter and company to the show’s relatively affordable and far-reaching platforms, there is plenty for audiences to appreciate about this recording.  Keeping that in mind, it is a work that every audience will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with Porter’s work and that of his fellow musicians.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Live in Berlin is available now along with Porter’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Mumford & Sons Teams With Eagle Rock Entertainment For New Live Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Mumford & Sons has announced it will open the new year with a brand new live recording.

The band announced this week it will release its new live recording Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder on February 3, 2017.  The recording will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment and will be available on a variety of platforms including DVD, Blu-ray Deluxe and digital formats.

The concert’s main feature was recorded during the band’s 2016 tour of South Africa.  It features a handful of songs from the band’s 2015 recording Wilder Mind and the Johannesburg mini-album ( a collaboration with Baaba Maal).  The concert’s set list is noted in whole below.

TRACKLISTING
ALL FORMATS

1. Snake Eyes
2. I Will Wait
3. Below My Feet
4. Wilder Mind
5. Awake My Soul
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Tompkins Square Park
8. Believe
9. Ghosts That We Knew
10. The Cave
11. Ditmas
12. Dust Bowl Dance
13. Wona
14. Lampenda
15. There Will Be Time
16. Little Lion Man
17. The Wolf

LIVE CD – Available in the deluxe Gentlemen Of The Road editions
1. I Will Wait
2. Below My Feet
3. Wilder Mind
4. Awake My Soul
5. Lover Of The Light
6. Tompkins Square Park
7. Believe
8. Ghosts That We Knew
9. The Cave
10. Dust Bowl Dance
11. There Will Be Time
12. Little Lion Man
13. The Wolf

 

As an added bonus, the concert also features a tour documentary titled We Wrote This Yesterday, which chronicles the band’s tour. Audiences can check out a trailer for the documentary online here.

Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder will be available February 3, 2017. It will be available on standalone DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats and Deluxe “Gentlemen of the Road” Editions.  Audiences can view a trailer for the concert recording here now.

The documentary We Wrote This Yesterday will also be available as its own standalone presentation.

More information on Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder is available online now along with all of Mumford & Sons’ news at:

 

 

 

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