Every Deep Purple Fan Will Welcome ‘Live At The NEC’

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This coming Friday, August 26th, Deep Purple will release its latest live recording Live at the NEC.  Originally recorded September 14th, 2002 at The NEC in Birmingham, England, the DVD recording comes about a year after the release of the band’s 2015 dual live recordings From The Setting Sunin Wacken and To The Rising Sunin Tokyo. Being that so little time has passed between those records and this recording’s upcoming release one might wonder what makes it stand out from its predecessors.  The first element that makes it stand out is its set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage presence over the course of the show’s nearly two-hour run time is just as important to note as the set list. The bonus interviews that are included with the recording round out the recording’s most important elements.  Each element is important in making this live recording stand out from Deep Purple’s previous live recordings. All things considered they make this latest offering another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.

Deep Purple’s new live recording Live at the NEC is another welcome offering in any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  This is the case even with the recording coming only a little more than a year after the release of the band’s most recent dual live recording set—From The Setting Sun…in Wacken and To The Rising Sun…in Tokyo.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  The sixteen (technically fourteen not counting the show’s keyboard solo from then new keyboardist Don Airey and guitarist Steve Morse) song set pulls largely from the band’s early years. It even goes all the way back to the band’s 1968 debut album Shades of Deep Purple with the inclusion of its cover of ‘Hush’ and all the way to 1996’s Perpendicular with the inclusion of ‘Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic’ in the show’s set list.  The band even went so far as to include some slightly lesser-known pieces in the recording in the form of ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ and ‘Black Night.’  The prior was the b-side to the song ‘Never Before,’ which was itself originally included in 1984’s Perfect Strangers.  The latter was included as a b-side for ‘Speed King, from the band’s 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.  Those songs couple with the band’s much bigger hits—‘Highway Star,’ ‘Space Truckin’,’ ‘Smoke on the Water,’ ‘Woman From Tokyo’—and the rest of the set’s featured songs to make the set in whole one that will keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout the course of the concert’s near two-hour run time.

The set list that is featured in this recording is undeniably important to the recording’s presentation. That is because while it does feature some of the band’s biggest hits, it also features some lesser known songs.  It comes across as a very focused set list.  Even with the show being the last at the time for founding member and keyboardist Jon Lord, Lord did not play a creative role in every one of the featured songs.  This leads to plenty of discussion on the reasoning behind the set list.  Even with that in mind the show’s set list is just one part of what makes the recording in whole welcome in any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note as the songs that the band performs.  The songs that make up the concert’s set are largely upbeat.  They have plenty of energy.  Of course there are some slower, more reserved moments.  Through it all the band’s members keep the audience completely entertained.  The band shows that an act doesn’t necessarily have to rely on pyrotechnics and other gimmicks in order to entertain audiences.  Rather, the band shows in whole that sometimes all a band needs to keep audiences entertained in a live setting is that presence.  And presence is exactly what the band has here.  Front man Ian Gillan commands the stage with ease as guitarist Steve Morse and drummer Ian Paice drive each song.  Speaking of Morse, his interaction with his band mates during his extended guitar solo shows the chemistry between the musicians.  Keyboardists Don Airey and Jon Lord are just as entertaining to watch as they perform both solo and in tandem.  Airey shows his vast musical background with some playful pieces and even some equally impressive classical snippets in his keyboard solo.  Lord is just as entertaining to watch as he works his way through the second half of the set list.  All things considered each man does his own part to entertain audiences throughout the concert.  Home viewers will agree with this when they see the concert for themselves.  Their presence, when considered together, makes the concert’s overall experience just as enjoyable to watch as the show’s set list.  When both element are set against one another, they come together to show even more clearly why this concert is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  They are not the only elements to consider in the concert’s new home release.  The bonus interviews that are included in the concert are just as important to note here as the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list.

The set list that is featured in Live at the NEC and the band’s performance of said set list are both key elements in the recording’s overall presentation.  As important as they prove to be to the recording’s presentation, they are hardly its only positives.  The interviews that are included in the recording are just as important to its presentation as the set list and the band’s performance thereof.  One of the interviews—with Gillan and Glover—is included as bonus companion material that stands separate from the concert.  It is an extensive interview that touches on a number of topics including the story behind ‘Smoke on the Water.’ Roger Glover’s thoughts on rock versus metal, his thoughts on rock versus pop, and how famed veteran guitarist Joe Satriani came to work with Deep Purple for a period of time among much more.  The main concert feature includes a post concert interview with Jon Lord in which Lord talks about his feelings of performing for the last time.  Audiences will be moved both to smiles and tears as Lord talks about discovering after the show that he had broken down crying after leaving the stage and hadn’t even realized it at first.  His ruminations will keep audiences just as engaged as his performance on stage.  When it’s all said and done, audiences will agree that the two interview segments prove to be just as invaluable to this recording as the recording’s main feature and the band’s performance of the set list.  All things considered there is a lot to say to the positive for Live at the NEC; so much so that the recording proves with full clarity why it is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.

Live at the NEC is hardly Deep Purple’s first live recording.  It is though, a completely welcome new live recording to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  That is proven through the show’s focused, sixteen-song set list.  The set list, which comes in at just under two hours features a collection of songs that come largely from the band’s early days.  The band’s performance of that set is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the set list itself.  The band keeps audiences completely engaged and entertained just with its own performance.  It shows through its performance that a band doesn’t always need big showy elements and other gimmicks in order to entertain audiences.  It just needs good music and good stage presence.  The interviews that are included in the recording play just as much of a part in its presentation as the band’s performance and the concert’s set list.  That is because of the insight and entertainment that they offer in their own right.  As if all of this isn’t enough, one can’t (and shouldn’t) ignore the recording’s packaging.  Audiences will notice that the recording is packaged in what is essentially a Blu-ray box.  It is not the first time that Eagle Rock has packaged its live DVDs in such packaging.  It is good to see this packaging used yet again, too.  It shows that DVD packaging can be the exact same size as Blu-ray packaging, thus saving even more space on audiences’ DVD racks.  It is an approach that sets Eagle Rock Entertainment ahead of every other home entertainment company, and in turn shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the lading name in live recordings.  With any luck the rest of the home entertainment realm will use this packaging as a model and eventually catch up to Eagle Rock Entertainment in this avenue.  Regardless of whether or not that ever happens, this element couples with all of the previously noted elements to, again, show why Live at the NEC is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

Live at the NEC will be available this Friday, August 26th.  More information on Live at the NEC is available online now along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Everly Brothers Documentary

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment has a new Everly Brothers documentary on the way.

Everly Brothers: Harmonies From Heaven will be released Friday, September 9th, 2016.  It will be available on separate 2DVD, DVD + Blu-ray, combo pack, and digital platforms.  The documentary was originally aired earlier this year on BBC4.  Its new home releases includes not just the original documentary but a handful on bonuses, too.  The bonuses in question includes: never-before-seen bonus interview footage and a complete DVD featuring a previously unreleased live 1968 performance recorded for Australian TV at Chequers Night Club.

The live recording features rare performances of ‘Bye Bye Love,’ ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ ‘Bird Dog,’ ‘(Til) I Kissed You.’ ‘So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad),’ ‘Let It Be Me,’ and many other Everly Brothers hits.

Along with all of its rare footage, Harmonies From Heaven also features interviews with the people who inspired The Everly Brothers.  Among those influences are: Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards, Graham Nash, Dave Edmunds, Tim Rice, Albert Lee, an Waddy Wachtel.  It also features interviews with the acts that have come since and themselves called The Everly Brothers their inspirations.  The complete track listing for the recording’s bonus DVD is noted below.

TRACK LISTING (DISC TWO)

Live At Chequers Nightclub, Sydney:

1) Lucille

2) Walk Right Back

3) Susie Q

4) Wake Up Little Susie

5) Cathy’s Clown

6) All I Have To Do Is Dream

7) Bye Bye Love

8) So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

9) Bowling Green

10) (Til) I Kissed You

11) Bird Dog

12) Let It Be Me

13) Be-Bop-A-Lula

14) Kentucky

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Nina Simone Doc This Summer

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Eagle Rock Entertainment has another new music documentary on the way this summer.

On Friday, September 2nd Eagle Rock Entertainment will release its new music documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?  The documentary focuses on legendary performer Nina Simone.  It will be released on separate DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack and digital formats.  The story at the center of the new documentary presents Simone in all of her highs and lows.  It follows Simone’s life and career from young piano prodigy to student at The Julliard School of Music, to jazz and blues great and civil rights activist, to her later years.  The story is told through archived interviews, concert performance footage, and interviews with Simone’s family, friends, and colleagues.  The documentary, presented on DVD and Blu-ray is coupled with a compilation of Simone’s greatest songs on CD.  The songs in question include both studio recordings and live performances. The full track listing for the documentary’s companion CD is noted below.

 

MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? CD TRACK LISTING:

1) I Loves You Porgy

2) Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

3) I Put A Spell On You

4) Strange Fruit (Live in New York, 1965)

5) Sinnerman

6) Mississippi Goddam (Live In New York, 1964)

7) Little Girl Blue (Live In New York, 1964)

8) Don’t Smoke In Bed (Live In New York, 1964)

9) My Baby Just Cares For Me

10) Lilac Wine

11) Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair

12) Night Song

13) Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Live in New York, 1965)

14) Feeling Good

15) Ne Me Quitte Pas

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 2nd on DVD + CD combo pack and Blu-ray + CD combo pack.  The DVD + CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $21.98 and the Blu-ray + CD combo pack for $26.98.  The DVD + CD combo pack can be pre-ordered online now here and the Blu-ray + CD combo pack here.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces New Deep Purple Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing yet another new live Deep Purple recording this summer.

Deep Purple: Live at the NEC will be released Friday, August 26th.  It will be available on DVD ($14.99) and digital formats.  Originally recorded on September 14th, 2002 the hour and forty-nine minute concert was meant to pay tribute to founding member and keyboardist Jon Lord.  That is because earlier the same year, Lord had announced his retirement from the band.  After his announcement the band enlisted the help of Don Airey, who also joined the band at the concert along with Lord.  Airey served as principal keyboardist throughout the course of the concert.  Though, Lord made a very special appearance on ‘Perfect Strangers.’  The concert featured the lineup of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, and Don Airey.  The set list features a number of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Highway Star,’ ‘Smoke on the Water,’ ‘Woman From Tokyo,’ ‘Space Truckin’,’ ‘Speed King,’ ‘Lazy,’ ‘Hush,’ and many others.  The concert’s full set list is noted below.  Along with its main feature, the DVD also features interviews with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover as bonus material.

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Fireball

2) Woman From Tokyo

3) Mary Long

4) Ted The Mechanic

5) Lazy

6) The Well Dressed Guitar

7) When A Blind Man Cries

8) Space Truckin’

9) Keyboard Solo

10) Perfect Strangers

11) Speed King

12) Guitar Solo

13) Smoke On The Water

14) Hush

15) Black Night

16) Highway Star

 

Along with the release of Live at the NEC, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release two other Deep Purple concerts—Total Abandon and Bombay Calling—exclusively in digital platforms the same day.  More information on Live at the NEC is available online now along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Re-Issuing Journey Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is teaming with Journey to release the band’s latest live recording.

Journey: Live in Manila will be released Friday, September 9th via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The concert presented in this recording was originally recorded on March 14th, 2009 at SM Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines.  It would go on to be released on DVD only months later.  Now, seven years later, it is being re-issued on separate DVD + 2CD combo pack ($34.98), Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack ($39.98), and digital platforms by Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The twenty-seven song, two-hour-plus set was recorded in 4K utilizing RED technology for the best possible visual and audio experience for fans.  That set features many of the band’s biggest hits and some of its lesser-known pieces including but not limited to: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ‘Be Good To Yourself,’ ‘Stone In Love,’ ‘Open Arms,’ ‘Faithfully, ‘Still They Ride,’ ‘When You Love A Woman,’ ‘Any Way You Want It,’ ‘Lovin’, Touchin’,’ Squeezin’,’ and a number of others.  The concert’s complete set list is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Intro Medley: The Journey (Revelation) / Majestic

2) Never Walk Away

3) Only The Young

4) Ask The Lonely

5) Stone In Love

6) Keep On Runnin’

7) After All These Years

8) Change For The Better

9) Wheel In The Sky

10) Lights

11) Still They Ride

12) Open Arms

13) Mother, Father

14) Wildest Dream

15) When You Love A Woman

16) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

17) What I Needed

18) Edge Of The Blade

19) Where Did I Lose Your Love

20) Escape

21) Faithfully

22) Don’t Stop Believin’

23) Any Way You Want It

24) Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

25) Turn Down The World Tonight

26) Be Good To Yourself

27) Credits: The Journey (Revelation)

 

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KISS To Release New Live Recording Next Month

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

KISS is coming home yet again this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the veteran rock band’s new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas on Friday, August 26th.  It will be available on multiple platforms including: DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, Deluxe Edition DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD.  The Deluxe Edition is presented as a hardcover package complete with 12 X 12 book that features photos from the band’s performance as well as a bonus CD.  The concert presented here was originally recorded in November 2014, during the band’s residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The band’s residency was part of its 40th anniversary World Tour.  It features the band’s trademark performance complete with pyrotechnics, full-on stage presence, and much more.

The show’s extensive set list features a total of 23 songs, 7 of which are performed in their own acoustic set.  It features a number of the band’s biggest songs including but not limited to: ‘Rock and Roll All Night,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ ‘Love Gun’ and many others.  The full set list featured in this recording is noted below.

 

 

     TRACK LISTING:

 

  1. DETROIT ROCK CITY

 

  1. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

 

  1. PSYCHO CIRCUS

 

  1. PARASITE

 

  1. WAR MACHINE

 

  1. TEARS ARE FALLING

 

  1. DEUCE

 

  1. LICK IT UP

 

  1. I LOVE IT LOUD

 

  1. HELL OR HALLELUJA & TOMMY SOLO

 

  1. GOD OF THUNDER

 

  1. DO YOU LOVE ME

 

  1. LOVE GUN

 

  1. BLACK DIAMOND

 

  1. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD

 

  1. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT

 

 

       ACOUSTIC SET:

 

  1. COMING HOME
  2. PLASTER CASTER
  3. HARD LUCK WOMAN
  4. CHRISTINE SIXTEEN
  5. GOIN’ BLIND
  6. LOVE HER ALL I CAN
  7. BETH

 

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Toto Releasing New Live Concert Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds have partnered to release another classic concert from the legendary music festival’s archives.

Toto: Live at Montreux 1991 will be released in stores and online on Friday, September 16th.  It will be released on separate DVD/CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, and digital video.  The concert is a very special recording for fans to have in their home music libraries.  That is because it is one of the performances from what would be the band’s final tour with Jeff and Mike Porcaro alongside original members Steve Lukather and David Paich.  Jeff Porcaro sadly passed away only a year later.  The tour that included this performance was in support of its then new album Kingdom of Desire.  As an additional bonus for fans, the recording presented here was personally mixed by Steve Lukather alongside legendary engineer Niko Bolas (Boz Scaggs, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, etc.)  The full track listing for Toto: Live at Montreux 1991 is noted below.

 

Track Listing:

1.)  On The Run

2.)  Kingdom of Desire

3.)  I’ll Be Over You

4.)  Africa

5.)  Jake To The Bone

6.)  Red House

7.)  Rosanna

8 )   I Want To Take You Higher

 

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