Eagle Rock Entertainment Releasing Classic All-Star Benefit Concert This Spring

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release what is one of its biggest recordings to date this spring when it releases on SD Blu-ray Live at Knebworth.

Billed as “The Best British Concert Of All Time,” Live at Knebworth will be released Tuesday, March 17th on SD Blu-ray. It is presented in upscaled standard definition with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio. The concert was originally recorded on June 30th, 1990. It was held as a benefit concert for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and The Brit School for Performing Arts. Its lineup included some of the most well-known and respected musicians and acts from the UK. Many if not all of the acts in question had each themselves received the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award. They included: Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Elton John, Phil Collins, Genesis, Dire Straits, Tears for Fears, Cliff Richards and the Shadows, and Status Quo. Most incredible of all was that of these performers, each one performed free of charge to support the cause.

McCartney offered up renditions of ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Birthday,’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ for his performance. When Clapton took to the stage, he gave audiences ‘Tearin’ Us Apart’ and ‘before You Accuse Me.’ Elton John moved audiences in his own way with performances of ‘Sad Songs (Say So Much’ and ‘Sacrifice.’ Genesis gave one of the most interesting performances of the concert with a medley of ‘Somebody to Love,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ and ‘Turn It On Again.’ Robert Plant was joined on-stage by his Led Zeppelin band mate Jimmy Page for performances of ‘Wearin’ and Tearin,’ and ‘Rock and Roll.’ Pink Floyd’s performances of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and ‘Run Like Hell’ were some of the concert’s most memorable moments. And they were just some of the key moments that make up the concert’s thirty-two song concert. The concert’s complete track listing is noted below.

TRACK LISTING

Tears For Fears:

1) Change

2) Badman’s Song

3) Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Cliff Richard & The Shadows:

4) On The Beach

5) Good Golly Miss Molly

6) We Don’t Talk Anymore

Phil Collins & The Serious Band:

7) In The Air Tonight

8) Sussudio

Paul McCartney:

9) Coming Up

10) Birthday

11) Hey Jude

12) Can’t Buy Me Love

Status Quo:

13) Whatever You Want

14) Rockin’ All Over The World

15) Dirty Water

16) In The Army Now

Eric Clapton:

17) Before You Accuse Me

18) Tearin’ Us Apart

Dire Straits:

19) Solid Rock

20) Think I Love You Too Much

21) Money For Nothing

Elton John:

22) Sacrifice

23) Sad Songs (Say So Much)

Robert Plant:

24) Hurting Kind

25) Tall Cool One

26) Wearing And Tearing (with Jimmy Page)

27) Rock And Roll (with Jimmy Page)

Genesis:

28) Mama

29) Throwing It All Away

30) Turn It On Again Medley: Turn It On Again / Somebody To Love /  Reach Out, I’ll Be There / Pinball Wizard / In The Midnight Hour / Turn It On Again (reprise)

Pink Floyd:

31) Shine On You Crazy Diamond

32) Run Like Hell

 

Proceeds from the sale of Live at Knebworth will continue to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins Therapy and the Brit School for Performing Arts. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

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Daryl Hall And John Oates Announce First Live Recording In Seven Years Is Coming

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release its second new live recording of the year this spring.

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced that the label will release Daryl Hall & John Oates Live in Dublin this spring. The concert, originally recorded on July 15, 2014 at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, is the duo’s first live recording in seven years. It will be released on Tuesday, March 31st on Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, and via digital formats. It marked the first time ever that the Hall of Fame inductees had performed in Dublin. The concert’s set list consists of fifteen songs from its four-decade plus career. It includes: ‘Sara Smile,’ ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),’ ‘Out Of Touch,’ ‘Kiss On My List,’ ‘Private Eyes,’ ‘Rich Girl,’ ‘Maneater’ and a number of others. The concert’s complete set list is noted below.

TRACK LISTING

  • Maneater

  • Out Of Touch

  • Say It Isn’t So

  • Family Man

  • It’s Uncanny

  • Back Together Again

  • Las Vegas Turnaround

  • She’s Gone

  • Sara Smile

  • Do What You Want, Be What You Are

  • I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

  • Rich Girl

  • You Make My Dreams

  • Kiss On My List

  • Private Eyes

 

The concert’s DVD presentation includes an interview with Daryl Hall and John Oates as an added bonus feature.

Daryl Hall and John Oates is the number one selling duo in music history. The pair has to its collective name seven platinum albums, a number of gold records, and a lengthy list of hit singles including six U.S. #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Fathom Events, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Cinema 1 Partnering For New Theatrical Concert Series

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Courtesy: MSO PR

Fathom Events, Cinema 1, and Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Monday that they have partnered to bring audiences a new “Classic Music Series” to theaters across America. The series kicks off next month with a showing of “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.” The one-night only concert showing will be held in select theaters nationwide on Thursday, February 26th.

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

“Aerosmith Rocks Donington” features a 19-song set list that includes some of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Janie’s Got A Gun,’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,’ ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady,’ ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘Sweet Emotion,’ and lots more. Tickets for next month’s series-opening concert are available at the box offices of the select theaters and online at http://www.FathomEvents.com. The complete list of participating theaters is available online at http://www.fathomevents.com/event/aerosmith-rocks-donington-2014/more-info/theater-locations. North Carolina will see five theaters participating in the event. Those theaters are in Cary, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, and Wilmington. Theaters and participants are subject to change.

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, guitarist Joe Perry, and bassist Tom Hamilton all discussed the concert and its inclusion in the new theatrical concert series. “It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” said Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.” [Joe] Perry added to Tyler’s thoughts, saying, “We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best.” He went on to thank fans for their part in the concert, stating, “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember.  We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.” Hamilton expanded even more on those thoughts noting, “We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014. It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it.” He also commented on the dedication of the fans in attendance saying of their support, “Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

Cinema 1 CEO Ray Carolin cited Aerosmith’s status within the music community as one of the central reasons for the band being chosen to open the “Classic Music Series” in talking to the media about the concert series. He also echoed the band members’ sentiment regarding the band’s fans and their expectations of the concert. “Aerosmith are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band’s live concert performance to theaters across America,” he said. “I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’.” Fathom Events VP of Events Kymberli also noted what audiences have to expect in next month’s concert event and the “Classic Music Series” in whole saying, “Aerosmith fans won’t ‘wanna miss a thing’ with ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.’ Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the ‘Classic Music Series’ is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015.”

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Adkins, Eagle Rock A Perfect Pairing On Live Country

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Eagle Rock Entertainment released country music star Trace Adkins’ new live recording Live Country this week. Being that Adkins is one of the leading names in the world of country music and that Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leading name in live recordings, it only made sense for the pair to partner for Adkins’ new live recording. Live Country is one more notch in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s proverbial belt, showing yet again why it maintains the mantle of the leading name in live recordings. It also exhibits why Adkins is one of the leading names in country music today. The main reason for this is the concert’s extensive set list. The twenty-song, ninety-minute concert covers a relatively large swath of Adkins’ career at least up to this point. The band’s stage presence adds even more enjoyment to the concert. There is a certain unassuming nature about Adkins and his band mates throughout the concert that actually makes the show all the more enjoyable. They let the music do the talking for them, thus adding more substance to the show interestingly enough. Last of note that makes Live Country so enjoyable for Adkins’ fans is Adkins’ interview added as a bonus. It goes without saying that this recording being an Eagle Rock release, the audio and video are of the best possible quality. So there is no reason to bring that up again and again. That is just an understood constant. Thus the focus on the bonus interview. The interview runs just under the half hour mark. Adkins discusses his rise to fame in his interview, hearing himself for the first time on the radio, his uneasiness at performing a certain song in his hometown in front of his mother, and much more during the course of that time. Long-time fans will find plenty of enlightening discussion and even some entertaining moments, too. Whether it be for those discussions or discussions on other topics, the collective body of Adkins’ interview fully lives up to its title of a bonus. And together with the noted elements of the concert recording itself, all three elements together make Live Country a recording that any of Trace Adkins’ fans will enjoy.

Typically when one thinks of Louisiana, one doesn’t normally associate the boot-shaped Gulf Coast state with country music. More often, it is associated with zydeco and the blues. It is associated with the NFL’s Saints. And most of all, it is associated with one of America’s biggest annual parties, Mardi Gras. So when Louisiana native Trace Adkins first broke out in 1996 with his debut album Dreamin’ Out Loud, it came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of people. Fast forward nearly two decades and more than a dozen albums later, and Trace Adkins has more than proven that his rise from the tiny town of Serepta was anything but a fluke. Audiences will see and hear that for themselves when they pick up Live Country for themselves thanks to the show’s set list. The show’s set list is in fact the center point of the recording’s enjoyment. Adkins takes audiences all the way back to his debut album in this recording as he included ‘I Left Something Turned on at Home,’ ‘There’s a Girl in Texas,’ and ‘This Ain’t No Love Song.’ He also included in the concert’s set list ‘This Ain’t Not Thinkin’ Thing’ as the concert’s opening number. His 1997 album Big Time is represented with its title track. All of his albums from the early 2000s are represented throughout the concert as is his 2010 album Cowboy’s Back in Town. Obviously Adkins wasn’t able to pull music from every one of his albums. Otherwise the concert would have been much longer. Maybe those albums not represented here will be saved for Adkins’ next live recording. Regardless, the fact that so much of Adkins’ body of work is represented here justifies the use of the term career-defining for the performance. Far too often that term is tossed around for performers’ concerts and far too little do said performances live up to said mantle. In this case, the concert’s set list definitely does live up to the term, proving without a shadow of a doubt why its set list sits solidly as the center of Live Country’s enjoyment.

The set list that makes up Live Country more than lives up to the mantle of being career-defining. That is because it covers nearly every one of the albums that comprise Adkins’ body of work. Those songs are collectively more than enough reason for Adkins’ fans to add Live Country to their personal collections regardles of whether or not they already have his previously released live recordings in their libraries. As important as the show’s set list proves to be to this recording’s enjoyment, the band’s stage presence proves to be just as important. There are no over the top antics, no big showy moves or anything else. Rather, Adkins and his band mates–John Coleman (keyboards, vocals), Brian Wooten (guitar), Mark Gillespie (guitar, vocals), Wayne Addleman (steel, dobro, guitar, vocals), Mike Brignardello (bass, vocals), and Johnny Richardson (drums)–maintain a certain almost unassuming demeanor throughout the concert. They make the music the star of the show instead of themselves. The same can be said of backing vocalists Kate Rapier and Jill Pickering. That unassuming demeanor and focus on the music actually adds a certain depth and substance to the concert. It shows that a concert can be enjoyable with little more than a bare bones approach. That simplistic yet so smart approach coupled with the show’s set list makes for even more reason for Adkins’ fans to add Live Country to their personal collection. What’s more it proves even more so both why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings and Trace Adkins one of the leading names in country music.

Both the songs that make up Live Country’s set list and the stage presence of Adkins and his band mates through the course of the concert play important roles in the enjoyment of this recording. They are in fact the most important aspects of the concert that make it so watchable and enjoyable. It goes without saying that being an Eagle Rock Entertainment release, the concert’s audio and video mix are of the highest quality. So making note of those high quality production values yet again would be redundant from this critic. That being the case, the reasons for Live Country’s enjoyment are rounded out by the bonus interview with Trace Adkins himself. Adkins sat down with a member of the media before the concert to discuss a number of topics for the interview. Those topics included hearing himself on the radio for the first time early in his career, performing in front of his mother, his rise to fame, and much more throughout the course of the interview. His rather matter-of-fact demeanor throughout the interview is interesting to say the least. When he talks about hearing himself on the radio for the first time, there is no feeling of shock. It’s obvious he is recalling the memory. But he is just as unassuming here as on stage. He maintains that approach throughout the rest of the interview, too. It shows someone that obviously hasn’t let celebrity go to his head, even being the first ever winner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. It’s just one more reason that any Trace Adkins fan will want to add this recording to their personal collection now that it is available in stores and online. It is also another way in which both Eagle Rock Entertainment and Trace Adkins prove again to be leaders in their respective fields.

Live Country is not Trace Adkins’ first ever live recording. However, it is a fine example of why he is one of the leading names in country music. It is just as fine an example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leader in live recordings. The show’s extensive set list and the band’s on-stage presence collectively make this concert just as enjoyable as any of Adkins’ previously released recordings. The companion interview with Adkins that is included with the concert adds even more enjoyment for fans. That is thanks both to the interview itself and his humble approach to the interview. All three aspects by themselves make for plenty of enjoyment in Live Country. Collectively, they make Live Country another big win both for Eagle Rock Entertainment and for Adkins himself. Together, they show why both parties remain today leaders in their respective fields. Live Country is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Live In Tokyo Presents A Master Musician At His Finest

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The term master is a word that is generally used for someone who has spent many years honing one’s talents. And not only that, but someone whose time honing his or her talents have paid off in the most positive ways possible both for himself/herself and for others. There are masters in every profession. There are master carpenters. There are master chefs. There are even master electricians and martial artists. So what makes a musician a master at his or her own craft? The answer is much the same as those people who spend their own lives honing their crafts. It leads to yet another question: Who are the masters in the music industry today? Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Queen are just a few acts that come to mind. Another master that comes to mind is the hugely talented and so humble guitarist Jeff Beck. His latest live recording Live in Tokyo is proof positive of why Beck is deserving and has been deserving of the title of master for many years. That s evident throughout the hour and a half-long set. Beck shows so much talent and humility throughout the show, handling his own tunes and covering songs from other masters, too. Along the way, Beck lets his band mates keep the center stage while he does his own thing. Staying on that line of thought, Beck’s own on-stage presence in this concert shows even more why he is considered one of the masters. He shows that he doesn’t need big antics or even big riffs to make an impact on his audiences. And last but not least worth noting as proof of his position is the fact that Beck didn’t need to spend any time between songs killing time. He let his music (and that of his band mates) speaks so loudly in its beauty and impact that it speaks perfectly for itself. It left no need to waste any time between songs, thus making the performance presented here so enjoyable. And in the end, it leaves not even a shadow of a doubt as to why Jeff Beck is one of the true masters in his field.

Jeff Beck is a master of his field. He has far more than proven this throughout the course of his decades-long career. From his earliest days as a member of the famed Yardbirds up to his current solo career. His latest live recording Live in Tokyo shows without a shadow of a doubt why some five-plus decades since he first started making a name for himself he is considered one of the industry’s true masters. Beck proves why he is one of the industry’s masters on Live in Tokyo first and foremost through the concert’s set list. He breezes through his own compositions and those of other masters from across the music industry. Those masters include: Jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and even John Lennon and Paul McCartney among others. The fact that Beck handles such variety of music with equal ease shows great talent. It also shows a great knowledge and respect for the history built by said masters as audiences will hear for themselves throughout the concert. He performs with such ease. Yet it’s obvious he never takes for granted his craft nor the talents of those to whom he pays tribute. Such great talent and respect for his fellow musicians in this form proves without a shadow of a doubt why Jeff Beck is considered a master. It’s definitely not the only way he proves it here (as if he really needed to do so). He also proves himself a master through his humility, which could be included in his on-stage presence.

While Jeff Beck’s name graces the cover of his new live recording, his on-stage presence proves to be a total counter to that billing. He shows so much humility throughout the course of the concert, letting his band mates–Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicholas Meier (guitar), and Rhonda Smith (bass)–take the center stage most of the time. He doesn’t just fade into the background by any means. But he also doesn’t show himself to be like other well-known musicians who try to covertly hog the limelight while their band mates try to shine. He shows quite the level of humility, allowing Joseph, Meier, and Smith to display their talents just as much as himself if not more. It’s really something rare to behold especially in the current era of the music industry. It’s also quite refreshing. That humility coupled with Beck’s own talents show here even more why Beck is justifiably considered a master.

Staying on the matter of Beck’s talents, He shows with his talents that he doesn’t need huge riffs, pyro, crazy antics (  without his guitar) or other extras to entertain audiences. He doesn’t show the need to speed through any of the songs, either. He more than lives up to the adage that it takes a real musician to play slow and with control. What’s more he lives up to that adage more than once throughout the course of the concert. That casual approach oddly enough actually makes the performance even more enjoyable. In turn it proves yet more why Jeff Beck is one of the greatest of the music industry’s masters.

Jeff Beck proves in so many ways throughout Live in Tokyo why decades after he first broke out he is considered one of the best in the game. He shows why through his humility, his knowledge and respect for the history of music, and through his own ability to entertain audiences without really having to try. One more way that he proves his place in the music industry’s upper echelons is through the fact that he didn’t even need to spend any time killing time between songs to entertain audiences. His talents (and  his band mates) prove so substantial throughout the concert that audiences won’t feel like they are losing anything in that lack of interaction. Audiences will be so entertained that all they will feel and hear is the music. By the time the show ends, audiences won’t even realize that it all passed without even the slightest break for conversation. That is how loudly and how solidly the talents of both Beck and his band mates spoke throughout this concert. It truly says something about an entertainer when he or she doesn’t need to rely on such extra in order to entertain audiences and fill time at the same time. Considering this, it is one more way in which Jeff Beck proves that now in his 70s, he is only coming into his prime and yet is justifiably considered one of the greatest of the masters in the music industry. Together with all of the aforementioned aspects of this concert, audiences will see with crystal clear vision just why Jeff Beck is one of the greatest in his business. It also shows why Eagle Rock is the greatest in its business.

Jeff Beck has made quite the name for himself over the course of his decades-long career. That career includes time with other greats and with those that are perhaps not so well-known. Through it all, Beck has persevered and risen throughout those decades to become today one of the true masters of the music industry. Whether it be through his stage presence, his very display of talent, or his knowledge of and respect for the history of music, Jeff Beck shows throughout Live in Tokyo without a doubt why he is a master musician. Audiences will agree with this sentiment when they purchase this concert for themselves on DVD and Blu-ray. It is available in stores and online now. More information on this and other recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Colt Ford Impresses On His First-Ever Live DVD

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group/Average Joes

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group/Average Joes

Late last year this critic covered veteran country music act Alabama’s then brand new live recording Alabama & Friends Live at the Ryman. In covering that recording, this critic made mention that Eagle Rock Entertainment had presented such an impressive release in that recording that it should take a chance and handle recordings from more country acts.  Audiences can check out that review right here. Interestingly enough it was not long after that recommendation that Eagle Rock announced it would release Colt Ford’s new recording Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures. It might be little more than coincedence (more than likely) or it could be that someone at Eagle Rock paid attention to this critic’s recommendation. But to see that Eagle Rock has released another new country recording in this release is quite impressive. It is impressive not just in that Eagle Rock took that chance but that Eagle Rock took that chance and released what proves in the end to be another impressive live recording from another well-known country act. The most impressive factor in Colt Ford’s Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is the show’s set list. Regardless of one’s familiarity with Ford’s material, every viewer will find something to like in the concert’s set list. That’s because the music is catchy and the songs simple and straightforward. What’s more, they aren’t the stereotypical “oh-woe-is-me” style songs that so many people associate with country music. Rather they celebrate all the positives of country music and the lifestyle of those that celebrate the music. In direct correlation to the set list, the concert’s twenty total songs run for nearly ninety minutes. That is a lot of music crammed into a relatively small space. But it doesn’t feel jam packed. It is one more way in which Colt Ford’s new live recording shines. Last but obviously not least of all to note of this recording is its collective production values. Those values are comprised mainly of the concert’s audio and video mix. As with every previous live recording released by Eagle Rock Entertainment in recent years, this concert’s production values live up to the standards set by the company’s previous releases. The end result of that high quality audio and video mix is a concert that is well worth the watch because of the ease in both seeing and hearing it. And in considering this, it proves to be a concert that any Colt Ford fan will enjoy.

Colt Ford’s latest live recording Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Aventures is a piece that any of Ford’s fans will enjoy. Regardless of those fans’ familiarity with Ford’s work, it proves to be quite the enjoyable concert all the way around. The primary reason for that enjoyment is the show’s set list. The set list that makes up this concert is comprised of twenty-songs. They make for a good introduction for those that might not be so familiar with Colt Ford’s body of work. Audiences that aren’t so familiar with the music crafted by Ford and his band mates will be impressed to hear that every one of those twenty total songs breaks the stereotype that some still have today of country music. There is no “oh-woe-is-me” style song to speak of anywhere in this show’s set list. From the joys of something as simple as listening to crickets with a pretty girl at night to something as simple as driving around in a pickup truck to simply celebrating real southern girls and more, the songs compiled for this concert are lyircally simple. They celebrate the simple life associated with country music, thus leaving audiences feeling goodat the same time as entertaining audiences. Because the concert’s set list leaves audiences with such a positive vibe, it makes audiences want to go back and listen to this concert any time that they have had a rough day. And because the set list has that ability to connect with audiences no matter how many times they take in the concert, it shows by itself plenty of reason for any Colt Ford fan and country music fan to check out this new live recording from Colt Ford.

The set list that makes up Colt Ford’s new live recording is in itself plenty of reason for audiences to pick it up in stores or order it online. The show’s run time and pacing are just as important to that ability to reach and engage audiences time and again. The disc’s primary feature–the concert–runs just under the ninety minute mark. Interestingly enough, over the course of that near hour and a half performance, audiences never once feel rushed. This even with Ford and his band mates performing a total of twenty songs. Some might shrug and ask why this is significant. It is significant in that there are other acts out there that can make twenty songs feel like either an eternity or a performance that is way too rushed. Ford and company do neither. Instead they balance the show’s relatively long set list with the song’s energy to leave audiences feeling entirely fulfilled by the show’s end. It is yet another way in which Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures wins over audiences and proves yet again why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leader in live recordings.

The set list that makes up the body of Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is a solid foundation for the concert. The show’s coleltive run time and pacing sitatop that foundation and make it all the stronger, thus making the concert all the more enjoyable for audiences. As important as these elements are to the success and enjoyment of the recording, they would be nothing without the concert’s collective production values–its audio and video mix. As with every concert that Eagle Rock Entertainment has released before, the audio and video mix at the center of Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures are the best possible quality. Even being an outdoor show, rain coming down at points, director Potsy Ponciroli and the camera crew worked expertly in tandem with the show’s audio techs to give audiences the best product possible. Every element of the show’s audio and video mix comes together to prove once more why Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is one more top notch release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Crank It Up!: Live at Wild Adventures is available now in stores and online. Audiences can check out a trailer for the DVD now online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j34Cq9MhYMg. More information on this and other recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Feast Of Friends Is Truly A Feast For The Eyes And Ears Of Any Doors Fan

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The tour documentary is, in the music industry’s current era, one of the most overused recordings released by record labels and their roster of acts each year.  Next to those “making of the record documentaries” and singles collections that so many acts and labels like to call “greatest hits” records, the tour documentary has over the years become overly abundant that it has largely lost any importance that it might have previously had within the music industry.  The end result of so many labels and acts releasing tour documentaries is that the documentaries in question have become relatively bland and useless.  This is especially the case being that the world now lives in an era in which social media dominates almost every avenue of everyday life.  By comparison, bands that laid the groundwork for today’s music industry didn’t have any of today’s technology.  So the only glimpse that audiences had at said acts was the occasional live show that audiences could attend when said acts came to their towns.  That makes the rare documentaries released today on said acts all the more valuable for audiences.  Eagle Rock Entertainment released one of those important and valuable rarities late last month in the form of The Doors’ Feat of FriendsFeast of Friends was produced by and about The Doors.  It was also the only tour documentary ever produced by the band itself.  The catch is that it was never actually fully completed.  Until now, Feast of Friends has never been officially released to the public for purchase.  That within itself is a major reason for audiences to pick up this documentary.  It’s just one reason for audiences to check it out, too.  The amount of material presented to audiences within the documentary is just as important to the whole.  And last but not least of all is the quality of the footage itself throughout the presentation.  Considering how many decades have passed since the video presented in Feast of Friends was originally recorded.  But it looks surprisingly clean in its transfer from its masters.  Together with the documentary’s content and the fact that it has never before been released, it becomes a presentation that any fan of The Doors and any music historian will want to add to their collection.

One of the main reasons that today’s tour documentaries and making of presentations have become so annoying and useless is the fact that there are so many of them.  More often than not, many of the pieces that make up that mass are “documentaries” that have been released more than once over the years.  Given some might not have been.  But there are those that have been released and re-issued more than once.  Eagle Rock Entertainment’s release of The Doors’ Feast of Friends is the first time ever that this documentary has seen the light of day since its original recording during the band’s 1968 tour.  That means that at least the primary feature material contained within this Blu-ray is material that has not been seen before.  Given, there is one piece that looks like it was taken from the band’s 1968 show at the Hollywood Bowl. And “The Doors Are Open” has been previously released, too. It was released on DVD in 2002.  But other than that, the material presented in this documentary is material that has not been seen before by audiences.  That means that there is nothing to which this release can be compared in terms of The Doors’ previous releases.  That in itself is plenty of reason for any music historian and fan of The Doors to pick up this recording.  It also leads to another reason that audiences will appreciate Feast of Friends.  That second reason that audiences will appreciate Feast of Friends is its very breadth of material.

The fact that Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent release of Feast of Friends marks the first time that the documentary has been released to the public for purchase is reason enough for any music historian or Doors fan to pick up this recording.  The amount of never before seen material that is shared throughout the recording is even more reason for audiences to check it out.  Audiences get to see the primary presentation after which the Blu-ray is titled for the first time.  Audiences get to see another side of Jim Morrison especially through the course of this feature.  They get to see his more well-known enigmatic side.  But they also get to see a more laid back Jim Morrison, playing a piano backstage at one of the band’s gigs.  They get to see him with his band mates and all of their friends and family at a lake, just enjoying time together.  They also see early on a man who was obviously a reluctant celebrity despite his ability to connect with the band’s fans on and off stage.  It is truly an interesting juxtaposition to see.  And it’s not all that audiences will enjoy seeing, either in this presentation.   Also included with Eagle Rock’s new release of Feast of Friends is a rather interesting look at the band from across the pond in the feature “The Doors Are Open.” This feature does has actually been released before. It does quite the job of juxtaposing the band’s concert footage against all of the unrest running through America at the time. There is also an impressive concert feature in the presentation’s closer “The End.” It shows the band’s performance of what is one of its greatest songs of all time in ‘The End.’ It is complemented by the inclusion of interviews with John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, and Danny Sugerman. Whether or not audiences are familiar with the Doors, the collective material featured throughout this Blu-ray is material that will enlighten and entertain anyone with any interest in classic rock and the foundations of today’s rock world. It is most definitely a collection of material that makes the presentation in whole well worth the watch.

 

The material culled for Feast of Friends will definitely enlighten and entertain audiences regardless of their familiarity with the Doors or even the history of classic rock in general. That Feast of Friends has never been released before, and that over ten years have passed since “The Doors Are Open” was last released makes this collection even more worth the watch for any true fan of The Doors and any music historian. As important as all of this is to the success and enjoyment of The Doors: Feast of Friends none of it would mean anything without the work of those charged with restoring the footage for its presentation here. In watching the Blu-ray in whole, it is obvious that while some of the material has been previously released, painstaking efforts were taken to ensure that Feast Of Friends maintained the high standard set by Eagle Rock with each and every one of its releases, whether it be a live concert recording or documentary. There are those Blu-rays out there that present classic concerts and movies in which the footage obviously hasn’t been touched. And those releases look awful to say the least. This Blu-ray however, is not on that level, thankfully. It maintains Eagle Rock’s high standard quite well. And because of that, it leaves no doubt in any viewer’s mind that Feast of Friends is indeed a feast for the eyes and ears of any Doors fan and music historian.

 

The Doors: Feast of Friends is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

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