The Magpie Salute Announces Debut LP’s Release Date, Tour Dates

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The Black Crowes are coming back…sort of.

Three members of the seminal rock band re-united recently to form a new band dubbed The Magpie Salute.  The band, comprised of Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, and Sven Pipien, will release its self-titled debut full-length this summer.

The record is currently slated to be released Friday, June 9 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It was recorded live in-studio front of an intimate audience at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York except for the full-studio track ‘Omission.’  The album marks the last recorded by ex-Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch, who also handled keyboards on this record.

The Magpie Salute’s lead single ‘Omission’ will impact radio stations nationwide next month.  A companion video for the single is expected to be released soon after.  Also in advance of the album’s release, the band will release a special 10” vinyl 45 single of ‘Comin’ Home’ and ‘Glad and Sorry’ on Record Store Day, April 22.

A headlining tour in support of The Magpie Salute is scheduled to launch July 26 in Indianapolis, IN.  The tour includes three stops in North Carolina on August 15, 16 and 20 in Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville respectively.

Before the band launches its headlining tour, it will also embark on an extensive European spring/summer tour that launches April 12 in London, U.K. and runs through July 13 in Berlin, Germany.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

U.S. and international tour dates for THE MAGPIE SALUTE:
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
4/12 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
4/13 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
4/14 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
4/15 LONDON, U.K. Under The Bridge
6/10 GROLLOO, NETHERLANDS Holland Int. Blues Festival
7/11 FRANKFURT, GERMANY Batschkapp
7/12 MUNICH, GERMANY Tollwood Festival
7/13 BERLIN, GERMANY Huxley’s Neue Welt
7/26 INDIANAPOLIS, IN Vogue
7/28 CHICAGO, IL Metro
7/29 CHICAGO, IL Metro
7/30 DETROIT, MI Saint Andrew’s
8/1 BUFFALO, NY Tralf Music Hall
8/3 BOSTON, MA The Wilbur
8/4 HARTFORD, CT Infinity Hall
8/5 HAMPTON BEACH, NH Casino Ballroom
8/6 PORTLAND, ME Aura
8/8 NEW BEDFORD, MA The Zeiterion Theatre
8/9 RED BANK, NJ Count Basie Theatre
8/11 SCRANTON, PA The Peach Music Festival
8/12 SILVER SPRING, MD The Fillmore
8/13 HUNTINGTON, NY The Paramount
8/15 CHARLOTTE, NC Neighborhood Theatre
8/16 RALEIGH, NC The Ritz
8/18 ATLANTA, GA The Buckhead Theatre
8/19 MYRTLE BEACH, SC Myrtle Beach Speedway
8/20 ASHEVILLE, NC Diana Wortham Theatre
8/22 CINCINNATI, OH Bogart’s
8/24 LOUISVILLE, KY Mercury Ballroom
9/7 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore
9/8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore
9/13 LOS ANGELES, CA The Fonda Theatre
9/15 SAN DIEGOS, CA KAABOO Del Mar
9/15 TELLURIDE, CO Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
9/22 MORRISON, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
(with JJ Grey & Mofro, North Mississippi Allstars,
and Anders Osborne present N.M.O)

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Eagle Rock, Arcade Fire Start 2017 On A High Note With ‘Reflektor Tapes’

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Arcade Fire has become one of the biggest names in the indie rock realm ever since its formation in 2001. In the now 16 years that have passed since the band’s creation, its fame has grown exponentially with millions of records being sold and countless shows being sold out.  One of those shows, the band’s June 6, 2014 concert at Earl’s Court in London, became the focus of the band’s first live recording early this year.  The concert, dubbed Reflektor Tapes, was part of the band’s yearlong “Reflektor Tour,” which ran from 2013 to 2014.  It is available now on DVD and Blu-ray in stores and online. The recording is a work that will appeal both to devoted fans and to those less familiar with the Canada-based outfit.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to examine as the set list itself in considering the recording’s presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s bonus material is also an important piece of its whole to consider and certainly not the last important element to note here.  The concert’s cinematography and its availability on various platforms could just as easily be examined.  All things considered, Reflektor Tapes proves to be, again, a live recording that will appeal to fans new and old alike, and gives it potentially a place on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.

Arcade Fire’s new live recording Reflektor Tapes is a work that will appeal to the band’s most devoted fans and those less familiar with the band’s work.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The 20-song set list pulls from all four of the band’s current albums.  The band’s most recent recording, Reflektor (2013) receives the most nods in the concert’s set list, with a total of eight of the record’s songs being included in the show.  The band’s 2004 debut record Funeral received the second most nods with six of its songs being included in the set list.  2007’s Neon Bible was the least represented of the band’s albums in this show, with only three of its songs featured here.  Though the concert’s set list is made up largely of songs from Reflektor, the fact that the band pulled from all four of its current records is in itself impressive.  It presents audiences with a healthy sampling of the band’s work so far.  To that end, the concert’s set list shows to be an important part of this recording’s whole.  It is just one of the recording’s important elements.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list is important to examine, too.

The set list at the center of Reflektor is a clearly important piece of the recording’s presentation to note.  That is because it makes a valid attempt to represent all four of the band’s albums so far.  That means that it gives audiences a relatively healthy sampling of the band’s work so far regardless of fans’ familiarity with the band and its work.  While clearly an important part of the presentation’s whole, it is not the recording’s only important element to examine.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to examine as the set list itself.  The band’s performance throughout the concert will keep fans at home just as entertained and engaged as the audience that was in attendance at the show’s taping.  Front man Win Butler leads the way with his completely kinetic presence.  Butler moves throughout the massive stage at Earl’s Court and is clearly never afraid to interact with closely with the audience, either.  Band co-founder and keyboardist Regine Chassagne is just as active as Butler even as she maintains her place on-stage.  Her energy and enthusiasm adds even more enjoyment to the band’s overall performance.  Much the same can be said of the rest of the band’s members.  Between the touring musicians and the band’s permanent members, the band’s collective body generates an energy and exuberance that translates just as well on-screen as in person.  Because it translates so well, it adds even more depth to the recording, thus making the recording even more appealing for audiences.  Even as important as the band’s performance proves to be to the recording’s overall presentation, it is still not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The bonus material included with the recording is important to examine, too.

The set list that makes up Reflektor Tapes’ body, and the band’s performance thereof are both key pieces of the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because of the depth that both elements generate in themselves and collectively.  While both elements are obviously important in their own right, they re not its only important elements.  The bonus material included in the recording should be examined, too.  The bonus material featured in the recording includes a handful of music videos and a full-length documentary. The documentary is the centerpiece of the recording’s bonus material.  One part tour documentary, one part behind the scenes making-of presentation and one part commentary, it follows the band on the road while also maintaining the band’s record of bringing attention to the Haitian culture and the plight of the nation’s people.  It also takes audiences behind the scenes, albeit briefly, of the album’s creative process.  There are those who have deeply criticized the documentary since the recording’s release.  The reality is that a close watch shows it is not as fractious as it seems.  The documentary is meant, in whole, to be a glimpse into the band, its life on the road and its influences, not some huge presentation.  Keeping that in mind, the documentary develops a new identity that makes it worth the watch.  In watching it more closely, audiences will find that it is just as important to the whole of Reflektor Tapes as its main feature concert.  When one takes into consideration the new appreciation for the documentary and sets that appreciation alongside the appreciation for the concert and the band’s performance throughout, the whole of these elements makes Reflektor Tapes a recording that will appeal to so many audiences—one that could be considered one of the year’s top new live recordings.

Reflektor Tapes, Arcade Fire’s new live recording, is a valiant new live effort from the Canadian indie rock out.  From a set list that spans the band’s body of work to a performance whose energy expertly translates on screen to a body of bonus material that adds even more depth to the recording and more, the whole of this recording will appeal to the band’s most devout fans and its newest fans alike.  All things considered, those elements noted and not noted combine to make Reflektor Tapes a work that could be considered one of this year’s top new live recordings.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Reflektor Tapes is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date For New Sinatra Collections

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release two more collection of classic Frank Sinatra performances next month.

The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows Volume 1 & 2 will be released Friday, May 19 on DVD and digital platforms.  Volume 1 features Sinatra’s first two Timex-sponsored performances on ABC.  The performances were recorded on Oct. 19, 1959 and Dec. 13, 1959.

Fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin appeared as a special guest on the first of the specials.  Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby also made special appearances along with Jimmy Durante.

Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Los—Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and Elle Fitzgerald all made appearances in the second performance.

Volume 2 features two more of Sinatra’s classic television appearances, the first being “To The Ladies,” recorded on February 15, 1960 on ABC.  The performance was the third of Sinatra’s Timex-sponsored ABC specials.  The variety style broadcast included appearances by Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Welcome Home, Elvis” was the last of Sinatra’s Timex-sponsored ABC broadcast. Originally airing on ABC on May 12, 1960.  The special stood out because it marked the first time Elvis appeared on television since returning from his military service at the time.

Presley joined Sinatra for a stirring performance of ‘Witchcraft’ and ‘Love Me Tender’ in his appearance on the program, and was just one of the celebrities to perform on the program.  Nancy Sinatra and Peter Lawford joined fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis, Jr. and one-time Rat Pack member Joey Bishop throughout the show, too.

The full track listing for the performances is noted below.

FULL TRACKLISTING INFORMATION

‘THE TIMEX SHOWS VOL. 1’

THE FRANK SINATRA TIMEX SHOW
1) High Hopes (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 2) Day In, Day Out (Frank Sinatra) 3) Together, Wherever We Go (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 4) Hurricane (Mitzi Gaynor) 5) Talk To Me (Frank Sinatra/Mitzi Gaynor) 6) Cheek To Cheek (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 7) Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams (Dean Martin 8) Medley: Good Old Songs/Down By The Old Mill Stream/The Old Gray Mare/In Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/That Old Feeling/Down The Old Ox Road/Old Rockin’ Chair/Old Devil Moon/You’re An Old Smoothie/My Old Flame/Ol’ Man River (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 9) High Hopes (Frank Sinatra) 10) Medley: Just One Of Those Things/Angel Eyes/The Lady Is A Tramp (Frank Sinatra) 11) Medley: Start Each Day With A Song/Inka Dinka Doo/Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor/Jimmy Durante)

AN AFTERNOON WITH FRANK SINATRA
1) Spend The Afternoon With Me (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got The World On A String (Frank Sinatra) 3) The Desert Is Calling (The Hi-Lo’s) 4) Comes Love (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford) 5) There’s A Lull In My Life (Ella Fitzgerald) 6) It’s All Right With Me (Frank Sinatra) 7) Juliet Prowse Dance Routine 8) Too Marvelous For Words (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 9) Here Is That Rainy Day (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 10) Just You, Just Me (Ella Fitzgerald) 11) I’ll Never Smile Again (Frank Sinatra/The Hi-Lo’s) 12) Can’t We Be Friends (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald) 13) Puttin’ On The Ritz (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse) 14) He Loves And She Loves (Ella Fitzgerald) 15) Love Walked Right In (The Hi-Lo’s) 16) Our Love Is Here To Stay (Frank Sinatra) 17) Love Is Sweeping The Country (Frank Sinatra/Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse/Ella Fitzgerald)

‘THE TIMEX SHOWS VOL. 2’

TO THE LADIES
1) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra) 3) Ouvre Ton Coeur (Mary Costa) 4) By Strauss (Barbara Heller) 5) Ring The Bell (Lena Horne) 6) Come Cha Cha With Me (Juliet Prowse) 7) It’s A Lonesome Old Town (Frank Sinatra) 8) But Beautiful (Lena Horne) 9) From This Moment On (Lena Horne) 10) Harold Arlen Medley: As Long As I Live/It’s Only A Paper Moon/One For My Baby/Accentuate The Positive/Stormy Weather/Get Happy/Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Frank Sinatra/Lena Horne) 11) My Heart Stood Still (Frank Sinatra) 12) Yours Is My Heart Alone (Mary Costa) 13) Afraid Of Love (Barbara Heller) 14) My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Lena Horne) 15) My Funny Valentine (Juliet Prowse) 16) High Hopes (Eleanor Roosevelt) 17) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra)

WELCOME HOME ELVIS
1) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra) 2) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 3) Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra) 4) Come On Bess (Sammy Davis Jr) 5) Oriental Dance (Leona Irwin & The Tommy Hansen Dancers) 6) Gone With The Wind (Frank Sinatra) 7) Uh Oh! (Nutty Squirrels) 8) All The Way (Sammy Davis Jr) 9) Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jr/Peter Lawford) 10) Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley) 11) Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 12) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 13) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender – Reprise (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 14) You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra) 15) Let’s Dance (Nancy Sinatra)

 

 

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The Rolling Stones To Release New Tour Doc This Spring

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The Rolling Stones will give fans a first-hand look at its 2016 Latin American tour this spring when it releases its new tour documentary Ole! Ole! Ole!

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the new documentary, from Paul Dugdale, on Friday, May 26 on separate standalone DVD and Blu-ray platforms.  Audiences can view a trailer for the documentary online now here.

It made its original theatrical run in theaters across Europe in September 2016.  A broadcast on Channel 4 followed in December 2016.

The band’s 2016 Latin America tour took the band through 10 Latin American cities, including Havana, Cuba—the site of the band’s landmark Havana Moon concert, which was released last year by Eagle Rock Entertainment, too.

The band’s tour is the main focus of its upcoming documentary, but is not all that will engage and entertain audiences.  Also included in the documentary is a handful of performances by the band taken from three of the stops on the band’s tour–Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Lima, Peru.  A handful of bonus features is included with the performances as part of the recording’s whole, too.

The full performance list included in the documentary is noted below.

1) Out Of Control (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

2) Paint It Black (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

3) Honky Tonk Women (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

4) Sympathy For The Devil (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

5) You Got The Silver (Lima, Peru)

6) Midnight Rambler (Lima, Peru)

7) Miss You (Lima, Peru)

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The Who To Release New Live Recording

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Legendary rock band The Who is getting a jump start on the annual summer concert festival season with a new live recording this June.

The band will release its new live recording Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 on Friday, June 2.  The recording will be released on DVD + 2CD, Blu-Ray + 2CD, and digital formats. Audiences can see a clip of the band performing ‘Naked Eye’ here.

The band’s 2004 performance at the festival marked the first time since 1970 that the band had performed at the festival.  The band’s performance was especially important because it was part of the band’s first live UK tour since the death of bassist and founding member John Entwhistle.  Pino Palladino handled bass duties during the performance and the band’s other 2004 UK dates.

The concert’s 21-song set features a variety of The Who’s greatest hits including but not limited to: ‘Baba O’Reily,’ ‘Substitute,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘You Better You Bet,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘My Generation,’ and ‘Magic Bus.’  The concert’s full set list is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1) I Can’t Explain
  • 2) Substitute

    3) Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

    4) Who Are You

    5) Behind Blue Eyes

    6) Bargain

    7) Baba O’Riley

    8) The Punk And The Godfather

    9) 5:15

    10) Love, Reign O’er Me

    11) Eminence Front

    12) Drowned

    13) Naked Eye

    14) Real Good Looking Boy

    15) You Better You Bet

    16) My Generation

    17) Old Red Wine

    18) Won’t Get Fooled Again

    19) Medley: Pinball Wizard / Amazing Journey / Sparks

    20) Medley: See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You

    21) Magic Bus

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $29.98 and the DVD + 2CD combo pack for $24.98.  More information on Live at the Isle of Wight Festival is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Def Leppard Fans Will Enjoy Band’s New Live Recording “Time” And Again

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Def Leppard is one of the biggest bands from rock’s big hair era.  While so many bands from that age have gone by the wayside, this hard-working band has continued to make new music and tour the globe year after year; its 11th album being released in 2015.  The self-titled record proved to be a big hit for the band around the world, reaching #10 on Billboard’s Top 200 New Albums Chart and reaching the top spot on the magazine’s Top Rock Albums Chart, Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and Top Independent Albums Chart.  It also led to a hugely successful global tour in support of the record.  That tour included a performance in Detroit in 2016 that this week was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on multiple formats.  Releasing the recording on multiple formats is standard practice for Eagle Rock Entertainment, so there is little point to noting this as part of its overall presentation.  The concert’s set list sits at the center of the recording’s presentation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance is just as important to note as the show’s set list.  The concert’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, the recording in whole proves to be a presentation that Def Leppard’s most devout fans will enjoy.

Def Leppard’s new live recording And There Will Be A Next Time is a recording that the band’s most devout fans will enjoy “time and again.”  Yes, that awful pun was entirely intended.  While it obviously is not the band’s first ever live recording, it is still a recording that those fans will enjoy.  That is due at least in part to the recording’s set list.  The 17-song set is not wholly career-defining.  That is because it doesn’t pull from every one of the band’s albums.  The most heavily represented album in this concert is the band’s 1987 album Hysteria.  The band pulled six songs from the record. They include the hit songs ‘Love Bites,’ ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ and the record’s title track.  High and Dry (1981) and Pyromania (1983) are the next most prominent records featured in this set with three songs each.  Adrenalize (1992), Yeah (2006) and the band’s 2015 self-titled record are all included in the show’s set list with songs from each record, too.  While X, Euphoria, Slang and Songs From The Sparkle Lounge are all absent from the set list, that doesn’t necessarily take away too much from the concert.  The band might have been limited by time constraints set by the DTE Energy Music Theatre staff.  There are a lot of venues that have time constraints in place.  Considering that, it likely limited the band’s ability to include songs from every one of its albums.  If that was the case, then what the band was able to present will no doubt impress audiences and the band’s most devout fans.  It is just one of the elements of this concert that audiences will appreciate.  The band’s performance of the featured set list is just as worth noting as the songs themselves.

The set list featured in Def Leppard’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  That is because while not necessarily career-defining, it does still present a respectable cross-section of the band’s body of work.  That is just one of the recording’s most important elements.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  Audiences will note in watching this performance that the stage at the DTE Energy Music Theatre is not overly large.  It is not one of those massive arena stages on which the band made its name during its heyday.  It is, in fact, about the same size as most outdoor amphitheatre’s stage.  That being the case, the front man Joe Elliot and company don’t have a lot of room to move around.  The band made up for that lack of space with its own enthusiasm in each song’s performance.  The passion put in by each band member in each song makes it clear why this band is still a fan favorite for such a long time.  From Elliot’s still strong vocal delivery and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell’s concrete playing, the band makes the best of what is clearly a tough situation, making for a performance that is still enjoyable regardless.  Of course one can’t ignore the work of longtime drummer Rick Allen and bassist Rick Savage here, either.  Between their work and that of their band mates, it is clear in watching the whole group that its collective performance will impress fans just as much as the show’s set list.  It is still not the last element to note in examining this recording, either.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.

The set list at the center of Def Leppard’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key to the recording’s presentation.  Audiences—especially the band’s most devout fans—will appreciate both elements in their own way.  While those elements are both clearly important to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The companion booklet included with the recording rounds out its most important elements.  The booklet is so important to note because of the liner notes contained therein.  The liner notes, composed by Rolling Stone magazine writer David Fricke, offer a brief history on the band while also outlining the concert’s highlights and basing them against some of the band’s past performances that Fricke had experienced in its heyday.  It paints an interesting picture of the concert contained in the recording’s DVD (and Blu-ray) presentation.  That picture adds even more depth to the concert’s overall presentation; just enough that it puts the finishing touch on the recording’s presentation.  When it is set alongside the recording’s featured set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of those elements shows why this concert, again, is one that the band’s most devout fans will appreciate.

And There Will Be A Next Time, Def Leppard’s latest full-length live recording is a recording that the band’s most devout fans will appreciate just as much as its more casual fans.  As noted above, that is due to a set list that represents relatively well, the band’s body of work and a performance thereof that makes the best of a seemingly tight setting.  The companion booklet included in the recording’s packaging paints a clear picture of why the band is still such a fan favorite especially in a live setting so many decades after its formation.  Each element is important in its own way to this recording.  All things considered, they make this recording one that audiences will enjoy “time” and again.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Mumford & Sons’ New Live Recording Won’t Collect Any “Dust” In Audiences’ Collections

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Mumford & Sons is one of the biggest bands in the world right now.  Ever since its inception in 2007, the London-based neo-folk outfit has released three albums, selling millions of copies of each along the way.  Even with only three records under its members’ collective belts, the band has gained just as many fans around the world as it has sold albums if not more. Now a decade after the band first formed, it has added to its already impressive resume with its latest full-length live recording–a recording that all audiences will appreciate—in the form of Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder.  This latest live offering from Mumford & Sons—it’s last live recording was included in the 2010 re-issue of its 2009 debut album Sigh No More—will impress audiences first and foremost in its presented set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to note in this recording as the set list itself.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s collective cinematography and editing round out its most important elements.  That is not to say it isn’t the last element to note in examining its presentation.  The various platforms on which it has been made available can easily be examined, too.  When this is set alongside the concert’s collective cinematography and editing, the band’s performance, and the show’s set list, the whole of this recording proves to be a work that all audiences will appreciate.

Mumford & Sons’s new live recording Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder is a recording that all audiences will appreciate.  This includes fans and fans in passing.  That is made evident through the time and effort that was clearly put into the recording’s presentation beginning with its set list.  The concert’s 17-song, 94-minute set list pulls from all three of the band’s albums almost equally. It pulls four songs from the band’s debut and sophomore record while its third record is only slightly more heavily represented with six songs.  There is also a pair of performances with veteran Senegalese artist Baaba Maal included in the set list.  One of that pair—that of ‘Lampenda’—pulls from Maal’s 2016 album Traveller.  The other song that the two acts perform together—‘Wonda’—comes from the groups’ 2016 collaborative record Johannesburg.  The five-song recording was released June 17, 2016 via Glassnote.  Keeping this in mind, it is clear that a lot of thought was put into this concert’s set list.  The set list does technically favor the band’s latest recording the most.  But even with that in mind, it doesn’t favor that album too much more than the band’s first two recordings.  The addition of the set’s additional songs from Baaba Maal adds even more depth to the set list.  All things considered, the songs that are featured in this recording’s set list make clear why the set list is so important to the recording’s presentation.  The set list is just one of the most important elements to note of the recording’s overall presentation, too.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself in examining the recording’s presentation.

The set list at the center of Mumford & Sons’ new live recording is in itself a pivotal piece of the recording’s presentation.  That is because it balances representation of each of the band’s albums so well.  While it is clearly an important part of the recording’s presentation, it is only one important part of that presentation.  The band’s performance of the featured set list is just as important to note in examining the recording’s presentation as the set list itself.  The most notable aspect of the band’s performance here is that it really lets the music do the talking for its members.  Front man Marcus Mumford spend the better part of the concert getting the audience worked into a frenzy with the energy and enthusiasm put into every one of the show’s songs.  Mumford and company give each performance its all, and the audience shows its appreciation for that effort with its own energy from start to finish.  It isn’t until late in the concert that Mumford starts to really get into the show and start interacting with the audience more actively.  When he does, that serves to work the audience even more into a frenzy.  That is especially noticeable late in the concert as Mumford joins the audience during one performance.  He doesn’t just walk the safe aisle areas of the audience, either.  He actually mixes in with the audience, becoming one with the concertgoers.  Between that moment and the overall performance put on by the band throughout the course of the 94-minute show, the band’s performance overall will keep audiences engaged and entertained just as much as the show’s set list if not more so.  The band members’ performances—both alone and collectively—display such energy and enthusiasm.  Those performances show that a band doesn’t always need pyro and other special effects to entertain audiences.  Sometimes all an act needs is talent and heart, and that is exactly what the band presents throughout its performance of each song, showing in whole why the band’s overall performance is just as important to note in examining this concert’s presentation as the show’s set list.  It still is not the recording’s last important element.  The recording’s collective cinematography and editing round out its most important elements.

Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder’s set list and the band’s performance thereof are both key pieces of the recording’s overall presentation. As important as they are to the recording’s overall presentation, they are not its only key elements.  Its collective cinematography and editing are just as important as those elements to the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s cinematography and editing are so pivotal to the recording’s presentation because they make this concert feel like so much more than just another run-of-the-mill concert recording.  Audiences will note a very specific frame rate was used in capturing the concert.  The recording’s bonus insert (at least in its Blu-ray presentation) does not note the cameras’ frame rates in their shooting.  But it is obvious it was not a standard shooting rate.  The angles and shot transitions were just as expertly handled in post production.  The wide shots captured from high above the stage that expertly capture the immensity of the audience in attendance of the concert will leave audiences in awe.  The same can be said of the dolly shots from just below the stage and the wide shots from amidst the audience.  The transitions between these and so many other angles and shots add even more depth to the work of those behind the lens (and editing stations).  From one song to the next, the transitions just as expertly capture the songs’ energy, the energy in the band’s performance and the audience’s appreciation for the band’s efforts.  Between those expert transitions developed in the recording’s post production, the shots captured by the camera crew at the concert and even the concert’s sound engineers (speaking of which this concert’s audio is another that absolutely begs for a surround sound home theater system for optimum experience), the recording’s camera work and associated editing proves to be just as important to its presentation as its set list and the band’s performance thereof.  When all three elements are set alongside one another, they make this concert an experience that all audiences will appreciate.  That includes audiences who might just be casual fans.  Add in the multiple platforms on which the recording has been made available, and audiences have in this recording what is one of the year’s first great new live recordings.

Mumford & Sons’ new live recording Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder is one of 2017’s first great new live recordings.  A thorough examination of the recording’s set list, the band’s performance thereof, the recording’s collective production values (both in production and in post production) and its platforms supports that statement.  That has already been noted above.  Each element is clearly important in its own right.  All things considered, Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder proves to be one of this year’s first great live recordings.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder is available online now along with all of Mumford & Sons’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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