Hyde Park Live 1969 Is One Of Eagle Rock’s Most Intriguing Live Stones Shows

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest entry in its Rolling Stones From The Vault series is one of its most intriguing installments yet.  That is thanks in large part to its stylistic approach.  The overall presentation of this recording is more along the lines of a hybrid concert documentary than a pure concert presentation unlike its predecessors.  The concert’s set list is also of note in the concert’s interest.  The set list presented here is relatively short, boasting only a total of eight songs at a total run time of fifty-five minutes.  That’s relatively short in comparison to other Rolling Stones concerts and concerts from other bands and artists in general.  It could be a reflection of the band having lost one of its founding members only days prior to the show.  Regardless, it still stands as an important element of the show that makes it such an intriguing watch.  The production values of the concert are also of note.  The efforts of those charged with restoring the concert’s audio and video for its presentation here are to be commended.  On another level, audiences will note a distinctly different shooting style here than that typically expected in a concert recording.  It is a more guerilla style presentation.  Interestingly enough that very style of shooting gives the recording a feeling that makes it stand out even more.  And that is just scratching the surface of this recording.  The band’s stage presence is notably unlike what audiences are used to seeing from its members.  The recording’s companion booklet generates even more interest to the concert.  All things considered, From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 proves in the end exactly why it is the most interesting of Eagle Rock’s live Rolling Stones recordings.  Audiences that recognize all of the noted elements will agree with this critic’s sentiment and in turn will note its importance to the whole of Eagle Rock’s From The Vault series thus making it that much more worth the watch.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest entry in its Rolling Stones From The Vault series is one of its most intriguing installments yet.  That is thanks in large part to its stylistic approach.  More simply put, it is not presented as a standard concert recording.  Rather it is more along the lines of a hybrid concert documentary feature.  That argument is made as audiences get more than just a concert here.  Rather, audiences get a concert as well as commentary from front man Mick Jagger at various points throughout the show.  The commentary in question hits on the economics of touring, his personal thoughts on having to soldier on without Brian Jones, and much more.  Some of the commentary is first-hand with Jagger on camera as he discusses the noted subjects while other pieces are edited together with footage of the band performing and of people taking in the concert in various ways.  Those various ways in which the audience takes in the concert includes singing, dancing, and even sailing (yes, sailing) sailboats near the stage as they take in the concert.  Given the use of such an approach is not exactly anything new in the world of concert recordings and tour documentaries.  But it is also not an overly common practice among directors tapped to head up the projects.  This includes even more recent recordings from much less experienced bands and performers.  To that extent, the fact that it is not so overly common of an approach makes it a rather important element worth noting in this recording.  It is not the only element worth noting, either.  The concert’s set list should be noted as another key element to the concert.

The set list that makes up the body of The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park show is just as important to its interest as is the stylistic approach taken in the concert’s overall presentation.  The set list presented in this concert is relatively short in comparison both to other, previously released Rolling Stones concerts and those of other bands past and present. That is because the concert presented here is what audiences saw in the concert’s original television broadcast.  It is noted in the concert’s companion booklet that the set list, which actually consists of fourteen songs rather than eight, was altered quite a bit for television.  That would explain why six of the set’s songs are not included here and why the show is out of order from the actual set list, which is listed in the booklet.  Considering this Eagle Rock is not to be held responsible for what is and isn’t presented especially if those remaining six songs might not be available right now. One can only hope that with this knowledge, Eagle Rock will manage to get hold of said songs somewhere down the road and eventually assemble them together for the full concert as it was meant to be seen by the band’s legions of fans around the world. This aside even presenting the concert’s original TV broadcast, the set list makes for its own share of enjoyment. Audiences get to hear in this set list the band’s first-ever live performance of its hit song ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ and of ‘I’m Yours & I’m Hers.’ The band’s take on ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ here is quite different from what was laid down on its studio version. That version is considerably more upbeat versus this much slower take. Being slower takes nothing away from the song by any means. Rather it makes it just as interesting. Keeping that in mind it is a good thing that it was left in this presentation to say the least. It is just one more way in which the show’s set list proves to be so integral to the overall interest of Hyde Park Live 1969. The set list having been noted, it still is not the last reason that Hyde Park Live 1969 proves to be such an intriguing recording. The production values presented in the “broadcast” are also worth noting.

Both the approach taken by those at Granada TV for its broadcast of Hyde Park Live 1969 and the set list chosen by those same individuals do quite a bit to make this recording intriguing. For all of the interest that both elements generate together, they are hardly all that is worth noting. The production values exhibited in the recording are just as worth noting. The efforts of those charged with re-mastering the recording for its presentation here are to be applauded for their efforts. Considering the recording technology available at the time of the concert’s original recording both the audio and video have stood the test of time quite well. And those that brought it back to life made it look and sound just as good if not better. Thanks to their efforts a certain sense of nostalgia is established in watching the concert. On another level, the guerilla-style approach taken by the camera crew and associated editing makes the presentation even more interesting. It really catches the show’s energy especially when the camera operators start using the quick zoom in and out on some of the crowd shots later in the show. The shots of the crowd in its various activities throughout the concert do just as much to heighten the concert’s energy. These are just a couple of ways in which the work of the camera crew and editors make the production values even more important in the grand scheme of Hyde Park Live 1969. Together with the work of those that restored the concert for its presentation here, the production values in whole prove in the end to be just as important as any other element of the recording in making it such an interesting watch. The collective production values of the recording partnered with the show’s abbreviated set list and the overall approach to the concert make wholly clear why Hyde Park live 1969 is such an intriguing recording. Being such an intriguing presentation it becomes a piece that every Rolling Stones fan should see.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s newly released Rolling Stones concert From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 is the most intriguing of the series’ recordings to be released so far. That is thanks to the stylistic approach taken by the people at Granada TV to the presentation in whole. The show’s abbreviated set list adds even more interest. It makes one wonder if the songs that were cut from the band’s concert are available for a full concert experience. The work of those that originally recorded the concert and of those that resurrected it for its presentation here make it even more worth the watch. All three elements come together to prove why From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 is a piece that every Rolling Stones fan should see. That is not to ignore the band’s stage presence throughout the broadcast which is notably reserved and the concert’s companion booklet, which adds even more insight into the concert. It isn’t just some random booklet tossed in to be added. It gives an in-depth history of the concert and the significance of the concert presented here. The band’s somewhat reserved presence on stage is likely linked to the fact that the band had lost one of its own only days before the concert. Such a loss would have a tough impact on any performer, especially knowing that the show must go on. Whether for this factor, for the companion booklet or for any of the other noted elements, From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 shows in the end to be quite the interesting watch regardless of audiences’ fandom. From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 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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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Taste’s Final Live Show This Fall

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Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that it will release a “delectable” new archived live concert recording from the famed rock band Taste this fall.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release What’s Going On – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 on Friday, September 18th. The concert recording, originally shot by Academy Award® winner Murray Lerner, was restored from its original 16mm film and even had its sound remixed for its upcoming presentation. It will be available on a number of platforms including: DVD, Blu-Ray, double-disc LP set for vinyl fans, and digital formats. The DVD wil retail for MSRP of $14.98, Blu-ray for $19.98, CD for $13.98, and double-disc vinyl LP set for $34.98.

The concert presented in What’s Going On – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 presents the story of the famed Irish band, formed in 1966 by equally noted multi-talented musician and songwriter Rory Gallagher. The recording is especially important as it would be the last time that the band would perform together in its short time together. Before performing at the festival, Taste released only two full-length albums—its self-titled debut release in 1969 and its follow-up On The Boards (1970). Those albums are being included in a companion box set titled I’ll Remember, which will be released via Universal Music Group on August 28th. Both albums have been re-mastered and include their own bonus tracks. Also included in the box set will be previously unreleased live concert recordings from Stockholm’s Konserthuset, The BBC and Woburn Abbey Festival and demos of both the band’s previously released and un-released material.

The track listing for What’s Going On – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 includes all of the songs featured in the concert’s original 1971 Polydor LP as well as bonus tracks for true hardcore fans of Taste. There will also be a trio of songs from the German TV series Beat Club. Those songs are: ‘If The Day Was Any Longer,’ ‘It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again,’ and ‘Morning Sun.’ If that isn’t enough for fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment has also included music videos for the songs ‘I’ll Remember,’ ‘What’s Going On,’ and ‘Born on the Wrong Side of Time.’ Audiences can check out the band’s performance of ‘What’s Going On’ right now online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOo_Zi1W2iE&feature=youtu.be.   It is just one of the performances included in the recording. Speaking of those performances, the complete track listing for the concert in each of its platforms is noted below.

TRACK LISTING DVD / Blu-Ray

1) What’s Going On

2) Sugar Mama

3) Morning Sun

4) Gambling Blues

5) Sinner Boy

6) Same Old Story

7) Catfish Blues

8) I Feel So Good

TRACK LISTING CD / 2LP

1) What’s Going On

2) Sugar Mama

3) Morning Sun

4) Gambling Blues

5) Sinner Boy

6) I’ll Remember

7) I Feel So Good

8) Catfish Blues

9) Same Old Story

10) Blister On The Moon

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date, Specs For New George Strait Live Recording

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The King of Country returns this summer with a brand new live recording courtesy of the leader in live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that it will release George Strait’s new live recording The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium on Friday, August 28th. The recording comes right at the end of the annual summer concert season, just in time to give fans one more concert before summer starts winding down and the weather slowly begins to turn. It will be available on DVD and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98. Details for digital pricing will be announced soon.

Originally filmed on June 7, 2014 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium features performances from not only one of country’s most respected names but also from some of the greatest names in country both past and present including: Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and even Strait’s own son, George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. Between Strait’s own performances and those of his guests, the show’s set list comes to a total of forty songs that span Strait’s storied career. Among that massive list of hits featured in this recording are the likes of: ‘Unwound,’ ‘The Chair,’ ‘Amarillo By Morning,’ ‘Check Yes Or No,’ ‘Give It Away,’ ‘Troubador,’ All My Exes Live in Texas,’ and plenty of others. The track listing for the concert is listed below.

Track Listing:

  1. Check Yes Or No
  2. A Fire I Can’t Put Out
  3. Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
  4. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (with Vince Gill)
  5. River Of Love
  6. Lead On
  7. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
  8. Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her (with Jason Aldean)
  9. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
  10. I Saw God Today
  11. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
  12. Easy Come, Easy Go (with Eric Church)
  13. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
  14. Marina Del Rey
  15. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
  16. When Did You Stop Loving Me (with Sheryl Crow)
  17. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
  18. Drinkin’ Man
  19. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
  20. Golden Ring (with Martina McBride)
  21. Give It Away
  22. I Got A Car
  23. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
  24. Let’s Fall To Pieces Together (with Faith Hill)
  25. I Believe
  26. Blame It On Mexico
  27. Amarillo By Morning (with Alan Jackson)
  28. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
  29. The Chair
  30. Give It All We Got Tonight
  31. How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls (with Miranda Lambert)
  32. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
  33. You Look So Good In Love
  34. I’ll Always Remember You
  35. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
  36. The Fireman (with Kenny Chesney)
  37. Troubadour
  38. Unwound
  39. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
  40. The Cowboy Rides Away

Along with its massive set list, Eagle Rock Entertainment has also included bonus commentary from Strait himself and the concert as well as interviews with many of the guests that appeared for the concert as additional content.

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will be released on Friday, August 28th in stores and online on DVD and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98. Details for its digital release’s pricing will be announced soon. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Smith’s Fans Will Adore Eagle Rock’s New Video Documentary On Smith’s Life And Career

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Eagle Rock Entertainment officially releases its latest music documentary Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About The Life & Music Of Elliott Smith today. The documentary, available on both DVD and Blu-ray is a piece that any of Smith’s fan’s will want to have in their personal home libraries. This is regardless of whether or not said audiences have already seen it in its previous theatrical release. The main reason that Smith’s fans will want to add Heaven Adores You to their personal collections is the story presented within the documentary. The story that is presented within the documentary is a classic story that has been told countless times before of many other celebrities. It is the story of a reluctant celebrity whose life was cut short allegedly of his own doing. It is believed that the pressures of celebrity just weighed too heavily on him leading to his untimely death. On another level, audiences Smith’s fans old and new alike will find that the larger discussion of Smith’s impact on the music community plays its own part in the documentary’s success. The project’s editing rounds out the presentation. The mix of Smith’s own voice during radio interviews that he conducted set against various footage of the Portland, Oregon countryside and other footage makes for quite the emotional depth. There is also footage of Smith himself in interviews and performances held before his passing. The look on his face and the tone in his voice within itself presents a man (and a musician) who held so much inside emotionally. Those pieces set against the rest of the footage create so much more depth within the whole of the presentation. When set alongside both the documentary’s central presentation and its much deeper human story, all three elements together combine to make Heaven Adores You a piece that, again, any Elliott Smith fan will welcome in their own personal home collection.

Heaven Adores You proves in a number of ways to be a documentary that any Elliott Smith will welcome in their own personal home collection. The main way in which it proves this is the deeply moving human drama that is the story of Smith’s rise to fame and his reluctance to wear the proverbial crown thrust upon his head. No disrespect is meant towards the legacy of the late great Kurt Cobain or so many other music legends here but it could almost be argued here that the story in question mirrors that of those artists in so many ways. It is so similar in that it presents the story of a man (and a musician) whose fame built faster than perhaps could be handled by the individual. The end result is one that has been heard, read, and reported on so many times over the course of music’s history. The weight became so great that Smith, like so many others before him, became dependent on drugs and alcohol. The end result of that dependency was Smith cutting himself off from everybody that cared about him and eventually. It isn’t all bad, though. From his death have come numerous benefit concerts that pay homage to Smith and the musical legacy that he has left behind. To that extent, the story in whole isn’t entirely bittersweet. However, both the deeper moments of Smith’s life and career set against those happier moments that have stemmed from his life and career make the story in whole well worth the watch. That taken into consideration, the story of Elliott Smith’s life, career, and death and his lasting legacy makes this story reason in itself for Smith’s fans to check out this new documentary. It is but one reason that his fans will want to see this work, too.

The story of Elliott Smith’s life, career, death, and legacy is plenty of reason for Smith’s fans to check out this new documentary. It is only one part of what makes this documentary worth the watch among Smith’s fans. The bigger picture of the documentary is just as important to its whole as its central story. Audiences get first-hand insight from Smith’s family and friends on who he was both on stage and off. What’s more audiences also get insight into Smith’s roots, his gradual rise to fame and their own thoughts on the effect of that fame on Smith both as a person and performer. In regards to the effect of fame on Smith, audiences will be interested to learn that it was that very fame that drove him to change his sound and even how it led him to become the somewhat introverted individual that he became over time. Watching his interviews it is clear. He doesn’t make a lot of eye contact with either the camera or even with his interviewer. That within itself is very telling. Those segments set against the interviews with Smith’s family and friends paint a vivid picture of an individual that was definitely a tortured soul. He was someone that simply wasn’t ready for the limelight and didn’t know how to handle it. It makes one feel even more sympathy for him. The fact that even the more objective story presented through this documentary can elicit such strong emotions shows even more why Heaven Adores You will connect with Smith’s fans when they add it to their own personal libraries.

Both the objective and subjective stories presented in Heaven Adores You are pivotal in their own right to fans’ enjoyment of the documentary. On their own, they bring plenty of interest to the documentary for Smith’s fans. Collectively, they make the presentation one that will both move and inform fans. As important as they are to the whole of the program, they are not all that fans will appreciate about it. The work of those that edited Heaven Adores You deserve their own share of credit here, too. Smith’s reserved tone as he discusses his songs and his life set against the program’s stunning footage of Portland generates just as much of an emotional impact. It is difficult to put a finger on whatever it is that makes the connection so hard-hitting. Whatever it is, it is to be highly applauded. Much the same can be said of the use of Smith’s songs overtop of the footage and even as a backing for the interviews with his friends and family. The inclusion of footage from Smith’s early career partnered with those same interviews adds even more interest to the documentary. The pairing serves to help illustrate the story of Smith’s rise to fame. It does its own impressive job here, too. Together with the other noted elements of the documentary’s editing, and those not noted, the visual aspect of the documentary shows in the end to be just as pivotal to its success and enjoyment as the stories that are presented throughout the program. All things considered, Heaven Adores You shows itself to be in the end a presentation that Elliott Smith’s fans will adore.

Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About The Life & Music Of Elliott Smith is an interesting look at the life and career of its title subject. The incorporation of two separate stories–one subjective and the other objective–makes it well worth the watch by Smith’s fans in and of themselves. The work of those that edited the documentary is just as noteworthy. Thanks to their efforts, the documentary in whole connects with fans in a way that will both move them emotionally and inform them at the same time all the while keeping fans fully engaged. Whether for the noted stories or for the editing, the presentation in whole proves in the end to be a documentary that any of Elliott Smith’s fans will themselves adore. Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About The Life & Music Of Elliott Smith 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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Eagle Rock, Pat Metheny Team Up Again For Metheny’s Latest Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment announced recently that they have teamed up to release Metheny’s latest live recording this fall.

Eagle Rock Recording will release Pat Metheny’s latest live recording The Unity Sessions on Friday, September 18th. It is not the first time that Metheny and Eagle Rock have worked together on his ive recordings. Recordings including: Speaking of Now Live (2003), The Way Up Live (2006), The Orchestrion Project (2012), and We Live Here Live in Japan (2013) have all been released via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Now Metheny has added The Unity Sessions to that list. Originally recorded at 5 Angels Theater in New York in 2014, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms and features performances from Metheny’s Grammy Award-winning recording Unity Band, 2014’s KIN (<– –>) recording, and other hits from Metheny’s storied career. The complete track listing for the recording is listed below.

Track Listing:
1) Genealogy
2) On Day One
3) This Belongs To You
4) Roofdogs
5) Come And See
6) Kin
7) Born
8) Rise Up
9) Adagia
10) Sign Of The Season
11) Go Get It
12) Cherokee
13) Police People
14) Two Folk Songs (1st)
15) Medley

As an added bonus, Eagle Rock Entertainment has also included with this recording an in-depth interview filmed with Metheny and his fellow musicians before they took the stage for their performance. Pricing information for the recording will be announced in the days to come. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Alive And Burning Is A Good First Live Effort From Alive And Burning

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Glam/Goth metal act Black Veil Brides will release its first-ever live recording this week. The recording, dubbed Alive and Burning, will be released tomorrow, July 10th on DVD and Blu-ray. For those that are fans of the Hollywood, CA-based band its debut live recording proves to be a good first effort. The main element of the recording that fans will appreciate in this concert is its set list. The seventeen song set list lifts from all four of the albums that the band has released since it first formed roughly nine years ago in Ohio’s Queen City. The band’s stage presence is also of note in regards to what fans will like about it. Last but not least worth noting is the concert’s collective audio and video mix. The audio mix by itself is slightly problematic. It is not perfect but still bearable. On the other hand, the work of the camera crew does an expert job of capturing the band’s energy and the effect of that energy of the audience in attendance. The end result of their work is a concert that translates quite well not only that combined energy but also captures the very essence of a BVB live show. For those that are not able to attend a live BVB show for one reason or another, this is very important. So, kudos to the camera crew for that. That having been noted, it is one more reason that BVB fans will enjoy this recording. All things considered, Alive and Burning is not a perfect first live outing for Black Veil Brides. But it is a good one nonetheless. It is one that any of the band’s fans will want to have in their own collections.

Alive and Burning is a good first live effort from Black Veil Brides. The seventeen-song, eighty-two minute concert will entertain any fan of the glam/goth rock band. The set list in question is the primary reason that BVB’s fans will enjoy this recording. The show’s set, which was recorded during a stop on the “Black Mass Tour 2014,” covers all four of the albums that the band has released since originally forming roughly nine years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio. Examining the set list even more closely, fans will be interested to know that not one of the band’s albums is featured more so than any of its others over the course of the concert. All four albums are equally represented throughout the course of the concert. The band even included its cover of Billy Idol’s hit ‘Rebel Yell’ and its original composition ‘Coffins’ that were both included in its 2011 EP Rebels in te show. Simply put BVB fans get a set list in this concert that is both full and fully representative of the band’s career so far. It’s just one reason that BVB’s fans will enjoy this recording. The band’s stage presence throughout the show is another reason that fans will enjoy the show.

The set list pulled for Alive and Burning is in itself plenty of reason for BVB’s fans to check out the band’s new live recording. It covers a relatively healthy swath of the band’s career so far, covering equally all four of its albums and even its currently lone EP. While the set list is pivotal in its own right to fans’ enjoyment of Alive and Burning, one would be thoughtless to ignore the band’s stage presence as part of the recording’s success and enjoyment by fans, too. Fans that weren’t lucky enough to be at the band’s hometown show will be happy to know that the band’s stage presence will keep them rapt. Front man Andy Biersack takes every opportunity to interact with the audience both during and between songs. This includes climbing giant stacks of amps among other things. Guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinx throw back to rhe days of big riffs and even bigger hair with their work on their instruments and teased hair. The pair’s performance, complete with old school glam metal motions, instantly conjures thoughts of Motley Crue, Poison and other well-known names of the 80s. The same applies to bassist Ashley Purdy’s presence. Even drummer Christian “CC” Coma keeps audiences happy with his work behind the kit. All five members’ performances are full of energy and combined they make for a stage presence that translates quite well even to fans watching at home. Being that the band members’ performances translate so well, they show in their own way why they are important in their own right to the success and enjoyment of the recording among BVB’s fans.

Both the set list featured in Alive and Burning and BVB’s stage presence play their own part in making it a recording that the band’s fans will enjoy. While both elements play their own important part in the enjoyment of the show, neither would be worth mentioning without a mention of the recording’s production values. This is where things get just a little bit dicey. The production values, while good, are not perfect. The camera crew is to be highly commended for its work capturing the band’s performance. However, the audio mix is a bit troublesome. Those behind the lenses capture every possible angle of the show both from the stage and from the vantage point of the audience. It is thanks to their painstaking efforts that fans watching the concert in their own homes will find that they have the best seat in the house. What’s more, it is thanks to the camera crew that the energy of the band in its stage presence translates so well. That is because of the pacing and angle of the shots. For all of the quality work put out by the concert’s camera crew, those charged with handling the concert’s audio came up a little bit short. The issue at hand here is that at many points throughout the concert, Biersack is seemingly overpowered by his band mates. There are times at which it even sounds like his mic isn’t even on and he is being picked up by one of his band mates’ mics. It could of course just be this critic’s own take. On the good side, Biersack’s interaction with the audience between songs is much clearer. So why the audio at least seems unbalanced during the songs in comparison to between them is anyone’s guess. Luckily the imbalance isn’t so bad that it ruins the concert. It is bearable. Because it is bearable, it serves to heighten the intensity of the band’s stage presence and the work of the camera crew. The efforts of all involved coupled with the show’s set list more than make up for the seeming issues with the concert’s audio mix and in turn keep Alive and Burning a good first effort from BVB.

Alive and Burning is a good first live effort from BVB. Its career-spanning set list of sorts in itself makes it worth the watch among the band’s fans. The band’s stage presence and the work of the camera crew in capturing the band’s presence work together to provide fans with a show that they will agree makes up for not being there. Even with what seems like some issues of balance in the show’s audio mix, the rest of the concert’s positives more than make up for that one issue. Because they do, they show once more why BVB’s fans shoud see this concert at least once. Alive and Burning will be available in stores and online both on DVD and Blu-ray. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Live At Shea Stadium Another Candidate For This Year’s List Of Best New Live DVDs and Blu-rays

The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 Box Art

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In 2014, the legendary rock band The Who marked a major milestone as it reached its fiftieth anniversary. In honor of the anniversary, the veteran British band has been making its way around the world, sharing its decades of music with generations of fans. While it is currently in the midst of that tour, not every city has been or will be lucky enough to see the band as it shares its timeless tunes with the masses. Thankfully for the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leader in live recordings, audiences have been treated with one of The Who’s most classic concerts in the form of Live at Shea Stadium 1982. Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is a pivotal point in The Who’s career as it would be the last time that the band would be joined by Kenney Jones on drums. It would also mark the last time that the band would perform live until 1989. That is a span of some seven years. In the music world, seven years is an eternity. Until now, this concert had never been released in its entirety on one platform. Being the first time ever that the concert–the second of The Who’s shows from its 2-night stand at Shea Stadium in October, 1982–it is a wonderful debut. It proves itself so impressive primarily through its set list. The main set list featured in this concert runs twenty-five songs and just over two hours. The songs included in that list solidly represent the band’s career up to that point. The quartet’s performance of said songs is just as enjoyable as the songs themselves. Considering that it would be the last time that the band would perform live for a span of seven years, the band definitely went out on a high note albeit temporarily. Last but not least to note is the concert’s collective production values. Being that the concert contained in Live at Shea Stadium was originally recorded nearly thirty-three years ago, the footage has stood the test of time quite well. Even more impressive is the work of those that resurrected its footage and re-mastered it for its presentation here. Thanks to the work of those individuals, the concert maintains the look that it boasted in its original recording yet boasts a sound that is just as clear as any show recorded today. The combination of all three noted elements shows clearly why Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is a great replacement for those that won’t get to see The Who on its current tour. It shows just as clearly why this recording is one more of the year’s best new live DVD and Blu-ray recordings.

Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is a defining moment for The Who. It marked the last time that audiences would get to see the band live for another seven years after its completion. It would also be the last time that the band’s then drummer Kenney Jones would perform with the band. And until now, it has never been released in its entirety on one platform. Considering this and the fact that the band’s current tour may be the last for the band, it becomes an even more important recording for fans of The Who to own. It shows itself to be such a lasting concert for audiences first and foremost through its extensive set list. The set list presented here runs twenty-five songs deep and just over two hours long. That is not even counting the five performances included as bonuses. Added to the main set list, they push the overall run time of the recording to a little more than two hours and twenty-five minutes. That’s a lot of music to say the least. And that’s a lot of live for fans that won’t get to see the band on its current tour. On a related note, the songs that make up the show’s set list represent a relatively healthy cross-section of the band’s section up to that point. It reaches all the way back to the band’s third studio release, 1967’s The Who Sell Out and even includes hits such as ‘Pinball Wizard,’ from the band’s hugely popular 1969 album Tommy, ‘Baba O’Reily’ and ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ both from 1971’s Who’s Next as well as ‘I’m One,’ ‘The Punk and the Godfather,’ ‘5:15,’ and ‘Drowned’ all from another of the band’s biggest releases of all time, 1973’s Quadrophenia among so many other major hits. For all of the importance of the noted hits, their sequencing is just as important to the enjoyment of the show. The first five songs offer up a solid, driving energy that is soon followed up by a slightly more reserved vibe in ‘It’s Hard.’ That is followed up by the ‘Sledgehammer’-esque vibe of ‘Eminence Front’ before the band really pulls back on ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ another of its biggest hits. That is just the first six of the show’s twenty-five song set. The remainder of the show’s songs exhibit just as much balance right up to the show’s finale. That balance of energy and drive from one song to the next coupled with the show’s overall set list shows clearly why as with any live show, the set list in whole is central to its enjoyment and overall success.

Live at Shea Stadium 1982’s set list and its overall arrangement give audiences plenty to like about the recording. The balance of energy and drive from one song to the mix coupled with an equally solid mix of the band’s hits up to that point will keep audiences’ attention from beginning to end. Much the same can be said of the band’s stage performance throughout the course of the two-hour plus concert. Front man Roger Daltry shows time and again why he is one of the greatest front men in rock’s modern history with his balance of charisma and energy from one song to the next and even in-between as audiences will see for themselves. When the crowd gets too close to the stage, Daltry very calmly and politely asks the audience to back up and make room. Even having to do this more than once he never loses his cool. As minor as it seems, it goes a long way toward showing the type of person that he is. It is truly impressive to see such demeanor. That demeanor coupled with his minimal yet still energetic performance is a clear example of why the band’s performance in this show is so impotrant to its enjoyment and success. Daltry’s band mates John Entwhistle, Pete Townshend, and Kelley Jones each provide their own entertainment throughout the show. Guitarist Pete Townshend’s classic airplane playing is there. Jones’ drumming generates its own energy throughout each song. Even Entwhistle’s own unassuming demeanor as he provides the songs’ low end is entertaining in its own right. Whether in the concert’s biggest moments or its more reserved moments, none of the band members really seem to exert that much energy, rather letting the music exert most of the energy for them. That energy translates perfectly to the audience and will translate just as well to home viewers. In turn, it will lead audiences to appreciate the band members’ talents both as musicians and song writers. That appreciation reveals in one more way why Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is such an enjoyable and successful new recording from one of rock’s greatest acts.

The set list that makes up the body of Live at Shea Stadium 1982 and the band’s performance of said songs do plenty to show why this concert is so enjoyable. They are only two parts of the presentation that makes it whole. The concert’s collective production values round out the ways in which it proves itself so enjoyable. Considering the fact that the concert was originally recorded some thirty-two years ago, it can be said that the footage has stood the test of time rather well. Of course the work of those charged with re-mastering the concert’s audio and video is just as much to credit for how well it looks and sounds. It maintains the look that it boasted in its original standard def recording. Even with that look it is clear that it has been cleaned up and brought back to life. Through it all the fact that it still maintains that look is deserving of praise. It shows the high quality results of the painstaking efforts of those individuals charged with handling the footage. The same can be said in regards to the concert’s audio mix. It is obvious that just as much work was put into remastering the concert’s audio. That is because it sounds clearer than most concerts recorded so long ago. Thanks to the work done on both ends, the band’s performance and the show’s set list both become that much more enjoyable. In conjunction with the work of those that resurrected and re-worked the footage, all three elements show together just why Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is another entirely enjoyable and successful from one of rock’s biggest bands and why it is also one of this year’s best new live DVD and Blu-ray recordings.

Live at Shea Stadium 1982 shows in plenty of ways to be another entirely enjoyable and successful recordings from a group that is one of rock’s biggest and most respected acts. It shows just as much why it is one of the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. It is available now in a variety of formats both in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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More information on The Who’s current tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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