‘Voodoo Lounge Uncut’ Re-Issue Is Another Success For Eagle Rock, The Rolling Stones

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Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Rolling Stones have been quite busy in recent years, releasing a variety of live recordings from the veteran rock band.  The two sides together, have released no fewer than 10 live recordings from the band’s years on the road.  Late last month, the two sides partnered to release yet another live recording, this time from the band’s 1994 North American tour in support of its then brand new album Voodoo Lounge.  The second new live recording from the two sides so far this year, – the first was the band’s recording No Security: San Jose ’99Voodoo Lounge Uncut is yet another wonderful addition to the collection of any Rolling Stones fan and rock music lover in general.  This is proven in part through the concert’s set list (and the band’s performance thereof), which will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s production is also important to note in examining the recording, and will be addressed a little later.  The companion booklet that is included with the recording rounds out the set’s most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Voodoo Lounge Uncut.  All things considered, they make Voodoo Lounge Uncut yet another must have for any fan of The Rolling Stones fan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge, aptly titled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, is a welcome new pressing of the recording, which was previously released in edited fashion on laser disc, DVD and VHS.  That is due in no small part to the concert’s set list.  The extensive 27-song set list is the complete presentation of the band’s classic concert, performed at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.  As is noted on the rear of the set’s packaging and in its companion booklet (again, that booklet will be discussed later), this release marks the first time that the expansive set list has been presented in whole.  The concert’s previous pressings featured significantly shortened set lists, which removed a total of 10 songs from the recordings.  In other words, audiences get in this set, the band’s entire show for the first time ever.  While not necessarily career-spanning, the set list featured here still pulls from a respectable portion of The Rolling Stones’ catalog.  Specifically speaking, it pulls from no less than a dozen of the band’s releases, including the band’s 1964 U.S. debut record The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers), its then latest album Voodoo Lounge and other albums, such as 12 X 5, Out Of Our Heads and Exile on Main StreetExile on Main Street is the most heavily represented of the albums featured in the set list, with four nods.  The bonus five-song set, which was recorded at Giants Stadium in New Jersey as part of the Voodoo Lounge tour, features two more songs from that album, bringing the total count there to six songs. Voodoo Lounge got a grand total of five nods between the two sets while Let It Bleed was represented by three songs.  The numbers vary from here, but simply put, the band reaches well back into its back catalog for this show, which is well-deserving of applause.

While the set list itself does a respectable job of representing The Rolling Stones’ catalog, it is just one part of the set list that deserves to be noted.  The set list’s actual order is just as important to the concert experience here as the set list itself.  Audiences will note that the set’s first seven songs are high-energy pieces.  From there, the band slows things down gradually, starting with ‘Beast of Burden.’  The band goes from there, to a short acoustic set that helps relax the concert’s mood.  The band’s performances of ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Who Do You Love?’ – which features the one and only Bo Diddley joining the band for the performance – gradually pick up the concert’s set list again.  The show’s energy gradually increases more and more from there until guitarist Keith Richards takes the lead with performances of ‘Before They Make Me Run’ and ‘The Worst.’  That pullback is only brief, as things gradually pick back up again starting with the laid back vibe of ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’  Each song from there sees the show’s energy rise yet again right to the bombastic finale of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’  Simply put, the energy in the show’s set shows that a lot of thought and time was put into its sequencing.  The band wanted to make sure that audiences got the most bang for their buck, and it goes without saying that they got that and more, over the course of more than two-and-a-half hours.

While the expansive set list featured in Voodoo Lounge Uncut gives audiences to enjoy and appreciate from this recording, it is only one part of what makes the recording so enjoyable.  The band’s performance – including that of the touring musicians – builds on the foundation formed through the set list to make the recording even more enjoyable.  Front man Mick Jagger has all of the swagger in his performance here that he has had at every other moment in his career while drummer Charlie Watts’ time keeping is just as solid as ever.  Guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood show throughout the course of the show that, like Jagger, they can still hold their own easily against their younger counterparts, working through every single riff and every single song with ease.  At the same time, the pair’s smiles and swagger as they make their way across the stage from song to song exude their own share of energy on which audiences will feed. Touring bassist Darryl Jones, who according to the recording’s notes joined the band for the first time in the Voodoo Lounge tour, adds his own interest as he shares some light-hearted moments with his fellow musicians as do touring vocalists Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler.  Horn players Kent Smith, Bobby Keys, Andy Snitzer and Michael Davis join with keyboardist Chuck Leavell to give each song even more energy thanks to the energy that they put into each performance.  Between their performances and those of the rest of the group, the whole of the musicians’ performances proves just as entertaining as any other performance that The Rolling Stones has presented to audiences in its previous live recordings because of the energy and effort put into entertaining the group’s audiences.  When the collective’s performance is considered along with the set recording’s featured set list the two related items come together to give audiences quite a bit to appreciate in this set.  They are only a portion of what makes Voodoo Lounge Uncut so enjoyable, too.  The concert’s production is just as important to examine as the show’s set and the band’s performance thereof.

The production involved with this recording is important to examine because of its general effect for home viewers.  It is noted in the recording’s companion booklet that this recording was originally presented on pay-per-view in its very first presentation almost 25 years ago.  Taking in the recording here, the production is impressive.  Given there are some shots that are perhaps a little too short, leading to some feelings of dizziness.  Those shots are not enough to make the concert unwatchable, though.  The aerial shots at the concert’s end and the overhead shots from the crane cams give viewers a full sense of just how many people attended the concert.  The various angles from the stage and the crowd do just as much to keep audiences engaged and entertained as they make audiences feel as if they are right there with the rest of the audience.  At times, those behind the cameras even take viewers into the crowd, giving audiences a glimpse into what the audience saw and heard.  On yet another level, the timing of many of the shots even timed almost perfectly with the songs themselves, adding even more impact to each performance, and in turn ensuring even more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  Adding even more interest is the attention given to the concert’s audio mix.  The Joe Robbie stadium is a massively open venue, as any National Football League fan knows.  That means that a lot of work had to have been done and time taken to balance every single line.  That work and attention clearly paid off, as did the work and time put in by those who edited down the concert for its presentation here.  No one line overpowers that other at any point throughout the show.  Kudos are in order for all involved, considering this.  This positive joins with the positives in the show’s set and the band’s performance to strengthen the recording’s presentation even more.  It is still not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The companion booklet, which has previously been noted rounds out the set’s most important items.

The recording’s companion booklet is important in part because of its liner notes.  Composed by Paul Sexton, the liner notes point out that the Voodoo Lounge tour marked the first time that Darryl Jones joined The Rolling Stones as the band’s bassist.  This is important to note because as previously noted, this concert took place almost 25 years ago.  That is a long time for him to have been with the band.  Sexton’s liner notes also point out Jagger’s interest in artist Santiago Calatrava played a part in the look of the set for the band’s show.  As if these notes are not enough, Sexton also highlights thoughts from Sheryl Crow, who joins the band on-stage for one of the show’s three guest appearances.  He quotes Crow as saying how frightened she was to perform with the band because of her respect for the band.  There is even mention of Richard’s time in the limelight and much more.  Between all of that extra and the items noted here, Sexton’s liner notes give audiences a solid, clear introduction to this concert, setting the scene for the performance quite well.  It offers its own enlightenment and entertainment for audiences.  When this positive is considered along with the positives exhibited in the recording’s set list, the band’s performance thereof and the recording’s production, the whole of the recording proves to be yet another standout live offering from The Rolling Stones and Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It continues that positive tradition that was started so long ago from the two sides, ensuring once again that audiences and Rolling Stones fans alike will have plenty to appreciate from beginning to end.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Rolling Stones’ latest live recording Voodoo Lounge Uncut is another successful live offering from the two sides in what is a long-running partnership between the two groups.  It is an offering that fans of The Rolling Stones will enjoy just as much as rock fans in general.  This is proven in part through the recording’s extensive 27-song (technically 32-song) set that lifts from a healthy section of the band’s catalog.  The band’s performance of said set list builds on the foundation formed via that list as does the show’s production.  The companion booklet that comes with the recording puts the finishing touch to its presentation, cementing its positive presentation.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of Voodoo Lounge Uncut.  All things considered, they make this recording yet another wonderful addition to the collection of any Rolling Stones fan.  More information on Voodoo Lounge Uncut is available online now along with all of the Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock’s New Joni Mitchell Concert/Doc Is An Engaging New Profile Of The Veteran Singer-Songwriter

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Famed singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell marked a major milestone this week as she marked her 75th birthday, and she celebrated in style with a star-studded event to mark the occasion.  Thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, fans of the veteran singer-songwriter can celebrate Mitchell and her legacy in their own way with a recently released live recording.  Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is a memorable presentation that Mitchell’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The documentary film that is woven into the concert adds just as much interest for audiences as the set list.  It will be discussed a little bit later.  The recording’s average price point rounds out is most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.  All things considered, they make this recording a piece that will appeal largely to the most devout fans of Mitchell and her work.

Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is an interesting presentation from Eagle Rock Entertainment and veteran singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.  That is because the recording, released Sept. 14 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents a very interesting portrait of the then very young and still up-and-coming performer.  At the time of her performance, Mitchell had only released four full-length studio recordings – Song to a Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies of the Canyon (1970) and Blue (1971) – making her still a very young performer, despite her experience.  Her 11-song set list featured in this performance lifts liberally from the latter trio of albums.  Clouds gets four nods while Ladies of the Canyon and Blue each get three nods.  ‘Hunter,’ which apparently was a b-side from Blue that never made the album’s final cut, is also included in here.  Interestingly enough, her 1968 debut record Song to a Seagull is nowhere to be seen in this set list.  Either way, audiences at the time still got a relatively well-balanced representation of her catalog at that point due to that clear focus that was put on the set list.  What’s more, a whole new generation of audiences now get a glimpse into who Joni Mitchell was at that time thanks to this new recording.  To that end, the set list proves itself to be a critical part of the recording’s whole.  It is just one of the important pieces of the presentation’s whole.  The documentary that is interwoven into the concert adds even more interest to the recording’s overall presentation.

The documentary that is coupled with Mitchell’s performance is important to note because it is really a dual story line of sorts.  On one side, the story shows Mitchell growing both as a person and as an artist, as she is forced to face a crowd that was not expecting her so early; a crowd that was likely expecting a more lively act than her.  Over the course of her rescheduled performance, audiences see the crowd slowly turn and accept her, almost making her an underdog figure of sorts.  Mitchell’s interviews, originally recorded in 2003, add their own depth to this story, making her even more of an endearing figure.

The other story included in the documentary is that of the unrest throughout the festival.  Audiences are introduced to a group of people within the audience that was protesting the festival and its managers.  That is because they were not being allowed inside the venue.  That led to some unexpected moments in which some of those protestors actually made their way on stage to make their protests heard loud and clear.  Simply put, the protestors were people who were a little bit too enthusiastic about the festival. Interestingly enough, this ties back into Mitchell’s story because it was her performance and her music that seemed to help quell the problems with the protestors.  That ability to calm the crowd – and win over the audience in the process – helped her overcome the nerves that she noted having in her 2003 interview segments.  The result is a performance that audiences will agree improved with each song.  Keeping all of this in mind, the combined performance and documentary presentation of Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 makes for a work that Mitchell’s most devoted audiences will appreciate just as much as those perhaps less familiar with her and her work.  Staying on that note, the Blu-ray offers audiences the choice to watch the concert by itself and to watch it coupled with the doc.  This critic’s own interpretation is to watch the two presentations as one.  It makes for a much richer experience than watching the concert by itself.  Having noted all of this, the content that makes up the whole of Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight gives audiences plenty to appreciate here.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more item for audiences to appreciate.  That item is the Blu-ray’s average price point.

Using prices listed at Amazon, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble, the set’s average price point comes to $18.79.  Research on the set finds that it is not listed at the websites of Walmart, Target or at Books-A-Million.  Considering the depth of the recording’s overall presentation and the pacing of the more than two-hour program (the exact run time is listed at two hours, 12 minutes), that average price of less than $20 is relatively affordable and money well-spent.  When this is all considered together, it makes Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 another positive offering from Eagle Rock Entertainment, and one that any of Joni Mitchell’s fans will appreciate.

Both Sides Now:  Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is a good addition to the collections of Joni Mitchell’s most devoted fans.  It is also a welcome watch for today’s younger audiences who might be getting their first taste of the veteran singer-songwriter.  As noted above, that is due in part to the recording’s set list.  It shows Mitchell at a point in which she was growing in popularity, but still young enough that she was showing her personal and artistic development.  The documentary that is tied into the doc adds to that story while also presenting an equally interesting story about the festival itself.  The Blu-ray’s average price point is relatively affordable.  When it is considered along with the recording’s overall content, it proves the Blu-ray to be money well-spent, and a recording that, again, Mitchell’s most devoted audiences will appreciate as much as a whole new generation of audiences.  Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is available now.  More information on this recording is available online along with all of Joni Mitchell’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment’s New Lennon, ‘Imagine’ Retrospective Will Appeal To Lennon, Beatles Fans Alike

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John Lennon’s Imagine is one of the most important albums in music history.  Whether one is a fan of Lennon, The Beatles or just an audiophile in general, the stylistic change in this record from his work with Lennon’s former Beatles band mates showed a dramatic change of pace for the late, great musician. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the most devout Beatles and Lennon fans finally get to see for themselves how Imagine was created while also taking in the album complete with visualizations in the form of the recently released presentation, Imagine & Gimme Some Truth.  The two-part presentation offers plenty for the noted audiences to appreciate, beginning with that noted dual presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The companion booklet that comes with the presentation is just as important to discuss in examining the Blu-ray’s presentation as the primary content.  It will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content included in the Blu-ray rounds out its most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  All things considered, Imagine & Gimme Some Truth proves to be a presentation that the most devoted fans of John Lennon and The Beatles will find appealing.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released John Lennon doc Imagine & Gimme Some Truth is a presentation that the most devoted fans of Lennon and The Beatles will find appealing.  As noted already, that is due in part to the primary content presented in the program.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented here a vintage presentation that follows the creation of his landmark album Imagine as well as a full presentation of the album complete with home videos of Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono.  The doc presents the original in-studio footage of Lennon and his then band mates at work figuring out how to make each song the best that it can be as part of the presentation.  What makes this interesting is that audiences get to see Lennon not just as a performer, but as an artist and a real person.  It’s not always the smiling John Lennon that so many people might remember.  Audiences see that happy guy, but also someone who was human and got frustrated at times, too.  Some might ask why is this important, especially considering that John Lennon is no longer with us.  What is important is that it serves as another reminder that celebrities are not super humans.  They are ordinary people, just like everyone else.  What’s more, audiences get to hear some raw mixes of the songs that would end up on the record while also getting that fly on the wall vantage point of the creative process.  Getting to hear a raw, demo session of ‘Imagine’ itself presents a completely different vocal approach from Lennon than what is heard on record, for example, as well as a slightly different arrangement.  Audiences also get to take in the in-studio recording of ‘Gimme Some Truth,’ which stylistically harkens back to the likes of ‘Helter Skelter.’  Again, here is another important point for the documentary portion of the presentation.  Between all of this and so much more, the documentary proves to be a work that will please, again, the most devoted fans of John Lennon and The Beatles.

The full musical presentation of ‘Imagine’ is a bonus for those fans as it is the original presentation recorded by Yoko Ono and John Lennon together.  The companion booklet that comes with this presentation explains the history behind the film, which is interesting, even for those who might not be as devout as others in their fandom.  As is noted in the booklet, making the film was alien territory for Lennon, but apparently not so much for Ono, which led to some of its more intriguing moments.  Audiences get in the film, home video footage of Lennon and Ono, as well as more artsy type of footage, such as Lennon and Ono sitting at an art display with human-like figures at a table, and the couple walking around in a forest apparently looking for one another just to note a couple of instances.  The home video footage includes footage of the couple at their home together, and with a number of celebs, such as Miles Davis, Andy Warhol and Jack Palance.  Again, the most devout fans of The Beatles and John Lennon will find it all appealing.  Those who might be more casual listeners will at least appreciate getting to hear Imagine in its whole after going through the making of documentary that itself is vintage footage.  That vintage footage in both presentations adds even more appeal for fans as it wasn’t tweaked for the presentation here.  It is exactly the same footage presented in its original presentation.  To that end, the two-part presentation that forms the foundation of Imagine & Gimme Some Truth makes that foundation strong to say the least.  The companion booklet that came with that primary content strengthens that foundation even more.

As noted already, the companion booklet that joins the Blu-ray’s primary content is so important because of what it adds to the Blu-ray’s presentation.  It presents the words of Lennon and Ono themselves instead of the typical liner notes written by a journalist, biographer or other personality.  The notes, obviously written around the same time as the Imagine film, clearly show the time and thought put into the film’s creation so many years ago.  Ono discusses Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton movies in her notes as inspiration for the film’s stylistic approach at one point.  At another point, Lennon talks about the cameras following him and his fellow musicians around the studio as the album was being made.  He also writes jokingly about the man in the bag who walked around London in one point of Imagine.  At yet another point, Lennon talks about Ono’s apparent talent with film making, how that led to the film’s outcome and his feeling on the outcome.  It’s just one more commentary that, again, truly devout fans of Lennon and the Beatles will appreciate.  Between all of this and the rest of the commentary featured throughout the booklet, the whole of that content builds on the foundation formed by the program’s two-part primary content to give the noted audiences even more reason to view this presentation.  Even as much as this content offers audiences, it is not all that audiences have to appreciate here.  The bonus material included in the program rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material features bonus outtakes of performances from Gimme Some Truth not included in the final presentation of that studio presentation.  Audiences get as bonuses, outtakes of the sessions for ‘Jealous Guy,’ ‘How?’ and ‘Gimme Some Truth.’  Again, the bonus features show Lennon and company hard at work in a setting that audiences might not be so commonly seen in other Lennon and Beatles presentations.  As an additional bonus, audiences also get to see a photoshoot of Lennon in studio that is used to create pictures to promote Imagine.  Again, it’s one more display of the creative process for the record.  It’s one more item for Beatles and John Lennon fans to appreciate.  When it is considered along with the bonus studio outtakes, the breadth of information shared by Ono and Lennon themselves in the presentation’s companion booklet and the primary two-part program that forms the program’s foundation, the whole proves to be a work that the most devout Lennon and The Beatles fans will find appealing.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released profile of John Lennon’s landmark album Imagine is a work that the most devout fans of The Beatles and John Lennon will find appealing.  That is due in part to the two-part primary content that forms the presentation’s foundation.  The rich background that is provided through the Blu-ray’s companion booklet strengthens that foundation even more.  The bonus studio outtakes put the finishing touch to the Blu-ray’s presentation.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of this Blu-ray.  All things considered, they make this a work that, once again, the most devout fans of The Beatles and John Lennon will appreciate.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

 

 

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Steven Wilson Partners With Eagle Rock Entertainment For New Live Recording

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Steven Wilson will release his latest live recording this fall.

The Porcupine Tree front man’s new live recording, Home InvasionIn Concert at the Royal Albert Hall is scheduled to be released Nov. 2 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It will be available on separate DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, digital video and audio platforms. A separate limited edition deluxe vinyl pressing of the recording is currently scheduled to be released March 22, 2019.

Home InvasionIn Concert at the Royal Albert Hall was originally captured late in March as Wilson was touring in support of his most recent solo recording, To The Bone, and was recorded at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. The concert presented in Wilson’s new recording captures the last night of a three-night residency by Wilson and his band at the Royal Albert Hall and features a 21-song set that pulls from To The Bone and other favorites from Wilson.

The forthcoming recording also features a trio of songs recorded during the band’s sound check as part of the recordings’ bonus material. The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting: 
1. Intro “Truth” 
2. Nowhere Now 
3. Pariah 
4. Home Invasion / Regret #9 
5. The Creator Has A Mastertape 
6. Refuge 
7. People Who Eat Darkness 
8. Ancestral 
9. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here 
10. Permanating 
11. Song Of I 
12. Lazarus 
13. Detonation 
14. The Same Asylum As Before 
15. Song Of Unborn 
16. Vermillioncore 
17. Sleep Together 
18. Even Less 
19. Blank Tapes 
20. The Sound Of Muzak 
21. The Raven That Refused to Sing

Bonus material: 
• Interview with Steven recorded during the run of shows. 
• Three tracks recorded in rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall:

1. Routine
2. Hand Cannot Erase
3. Heartattack In A Layby

Pre-orders are open now. A trailer for the recording is streaming online now. Along with releasing his new recording next month, Wilson will also launch the Canadian/North American leg of his tour in support of To The Bone starting Nov. 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The current schedule for the tour is noted below.

STEVEN WILSON US / CANADIAN TOUR DATES:

11/15 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue

11/17 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater

11/18 – Edmonton, ALB – Union Hall

11/19 – Calgary, ALB – The Palace Theatre

11/22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre

11/24 – Hamilton, ON – The Studio @ 1st Ontario

11/25 – London, ON – London Music Hall

11/27 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

11/28 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

11/30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

12/1 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

12/2 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

12/4 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

12/5 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

12/7 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

12/8 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

12/9 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

12/10 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

12/11 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

12/13 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz

12/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

12/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

12/16 – Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

12/19 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

12/20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

12/21 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

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Eagle Rock Releasing Another Rolling Stones Live Recording This Fall

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The Rolling Stones has another live recording on the way.

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Tuesday that it will release Voodoo Lounge Uncut Nov. 16.  Originally filmed November 25, 1994 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida during the band’s Voodoo Lounge Tour, the extensive performance featured guest performances from Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley.

It will be available on DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP vinyl, digital video, digital audio, HD digital audio and limited edition triple red vinyl combo pack with Voodoo Lounge Uncut t-shirt. The recording’s a/v presentations feature five extra performances originally recorded at Giants Stadium in New Jersey as bonuses. The extra performances were not included in the band’s Miami show.

Pre-orders for the standard platforms are open here. Pre-orders for the limited edition release are open here.  A trailer for the recording is streaming online now via YouTube.

Many of the band’s biggest hits are featured throughout the recording. They are joined by songs, such as ‘Rocks Off,’ ‘Sparks Will Fly’ and ‘Before They Make Me Run,’ that are much rarer to previous Rolling Stones recordings.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

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The Rolling Stones’ year-long “Voodoo Lounge Tour’ launched in Aug. 1994 and featured 134 shows spread across six of the world’s seven continents. The tour was the biggest grossing tour ever at the time.  6.5 million people saw the band over the course of the tour.

The band’s tour help make Voodoo Lounge a #1 record for The Rolling Stones.  It went on to win the Grammy award in 1995 for “Best Rock Album.”  The album (and its associated tour) was also the band’s first without Bill Wyman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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