Eagle Rock Entertainment Releasing Another Installment Of Its “From The Vault” Series This Summer

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Eagle Rock Entertainment continues its “From The Vault” series this summer with yet another new archived live recording from legendary rock band The Rolling Stones.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee — Live in 1971 on June 23rd. The classic concert recording documents The Rolling Stones’ concert at London’s famed Marquee Club. It is the first time in nearly twenty years that the recording has seen the light of day in any format. The concert was originally recorded for U.S. television just after The Rolling Stones had wrapped its Farewell Tour of the UK and came just ahead of the release of the band’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Even more interesting about this concert recording is that it marks the first time that the The Rolling Stones had ever performed hits its hit songs ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Dead Flowers,’ ‘Bitch,’ and ‘I Got The Blues’ in a live setting. Speaking of those songs, which are all taken from Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee–Live in 1971 coincides with the June 9th re-issue of Sticky Fingers. That re-issue features alternative takes of ‘I Got The Blues’ and ‘Bitch.’ There is also a bonus “Top of the Pops” performance of ‘Brown Sugar’ from 1971.

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee–Live in 1971 will be released on DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD+CD combo pack and DVD+LP combo pack. The track listing for The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee–Live in 1971 is note below.

TRACKLISTING:
Live With Me
Dead Flowers
I Got The Blues
Let It Rock
Midnight Rambler
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Bitch
Brown Sugar

BONUS TRACKS:
I Got The Blues – Take 1
I Got The Blues – Take 2
Bitch – Take 1
Bitch – take 2
Brown Sugar (Top Of The Pops, 1971)

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Twain’s New Live Recording Will Make Her Still The One For Fans Even After Her “Farewell Tour”

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Earlier this year, country music superstar Shania Twain announced to the world that she will embark on what she is calling her “Farewell Tour” beginning June 5th. Despite calling it her “Farewell Tour,” Twain has also been quick to say that she is not necessarily calling it a career once the tour wraps. In fact, the Canadian-born singer has said herself that after the tour wraps later this fall, she still plans to keep making new music. So that being the case Twain almost sounds as if she is saying without saying that she will keep making new music but has no plans to hit the road again anytime soon in the near future. If that is indeed the case then Eagle Rock Entertainment’s newly released recording Still The One: Live From Vegas is a good replacement for Twain’s fans that might never get to see her live in person again. The main way that it proves itself so enjoyable is through its extensive set list. The show, recorded live at The Colosseum at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, boasts twenty-three songs and a twenty-fourth set against the show’s closing credits. It includes some of her biggest country and pop-country crossover hits as well as some of her lesser-known material. Of course what’s a show without a show? Twain’s own performance coupled with the show’s massive production make this show just as enjoyable for her fans as the set list itself. And then there are the show’s production values. The show’s presentation on DVD and Blu-ray is just as top-notch as every one of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s previously released live recordings through the years. It is a standard that Eagle Rock has held for years, proving without a doubt once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is, again, the leader in live recordings. All three elements of Shania Twain’s new concert recording noted here each present their own importance to the recording in whole. All combined they make Still The One: Live From Vegas a live recording that any Shania Twain fan will agree never loses its luster no matter how many times they watch it. And they also make this recording more proof, once more, of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

Shania Twain’s new live recording Still The One: Live From Vegas may very well be the last time that Twain’s fans get to see her perform live for a long time if reports are to be believed. If it is the last time they see her live for the foreseeable future, then it is a great way for her to go out, even if she isn’t officially “retiring” per se. It proves this first and foremost with its extensive set list. The show’s set list boasts a total of twenty-four songs. The final of those songs is actually used against the show’s credits and was recorded live in Canada rather than during her stint in Vegas. That aside, Twain’s fans will fully appreciate the breadth of the show’s set list. it includes some of her biggest country hits as well as some of her biggest pop-country crossover hits along with a number of her lesser-known songs, too. Those major hits include the likes of: ‘Any Man of Mine,’ ‘Come On Over,’ ‘You’re Still The One, ‘From This Moment On,’ and what is perhaps her biggest hit of all ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman.’ Among her lesser-known songs included in this performance are songs such as ‘I Ain’t No Quitter,’ ‘Carrie Anne,’ ‘No One Needs To Know,’ and ‘Love Gets Me Every Time.’ There are plenty of other songs included in the show that could be noted. These are just some of the pieces included in the show’s extensive set list that make it so enjoyable for Twain’s fans. The mix of those major hits and her lesser-known material is so extensive that it really serves as a clear cross-section of her career. One could almost say it’s like having a greatest hits album wrapped into one giant, extravagant concert that fans will love to watch again and again. Speaking of the show, Twain’s own performance coupled with the show’s production in general is another reason that fans will enjoy this recording so much.

The set list that makes up the body of Still The One: Live From Vegas makes for plenty of reasons for Shania Twain’s fans to pick up this recording. That’s especially the case considering that it could be the last time for a long time that fans get to see her live in any setting. It isn’t the only reason that fans will enjoy this record, either. Twain’s performance coupled with the concert’s overall production makes the set list all the more enthralling for fans. Twain herself keeps the energy flowing from beginning to end even in the show’s few slower moments. There is even plenty of fan interaction throughout the show. She even goes so far as to go out into the crowd in attendance during her performance of ‘Honey, I’m Home,’ and spends time taking selfies with fans, letting fans sing along with her, and give her hugs. All the while there is no security hindering her. It really is an interesting sight to see. And it is one of those moments that shows why she is still such a fan favorite today. In getting out into the audience and even bringing audience members on stage, she doesn’t just perform for the audience. Rather she literally brings the show to the audience. The production of the show itself coupled with her performance makes the concert even more enjoyable for fans. There are large sets used throughout the concert’s various numbers including a wild west town, a camping set, and early on in the show what looks like rocks that one would find out in the desert southwest on which Twain’s backup band performs. The massive video wall behind Twain and company is even incorporated into the production from start to finish. It is used for the songs and for interludes that give Twain time to change her outfits throughout the concert. As if that’s not enough, the standard smoke machines, lasers are there. There are even horses and some horsepower on cables thrown in for good measure, too. And every bit of it feels completely rehearsed with the fullest of precision, too. It shows yet again why the coupling of the show’s production and Twain’s performance (I.E. her stage presence) makes another reason that Still The One: Live From Vegas is a hit for Shania Twain fans of all ages.

The set list featured in Still The One: Live From Vegas partnered with Twain’s stage presence and the show’s overall production make for plenty of reason for Twain’s fans to pick up this newly released live recording. There is still one more aspect of the recording to examine, and it is the same element that deserves examination in any live recording. That element is the concert’s production values (I.E. its audio and video mix). Yet again, Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in Still The One: Live From Vegas a recording with only the best possible production values. Considering the sheer size of The Colosseum, handling the audio and video–especially the camera angles–had to have presented its own challenges. Because The Colosseum is such a large venue on the inside, the challenge of handling acoustic balance had to have been its own challenge. With a venue of such size, it is so easy for sound to bounce off of everything because of all of the room. This is the case even when the venue is packed with people on and off-stage. Both those charged with handling the live sound and post-production are to be commended for their painstaking efforts. That is because the end product sounds great. Every note is clear from beginning to end. And as massive as The Colosseum is, at no one point do any of the parts–from Twain’s vocals to the instrumental parts–overlap the other. It is all expertly balanced for a sound that is just as great as being there in person if not better than being there.

In regards to the concert’s video mix, having such a large venue is just as challenging as putting cameras in a smaller venue such as perhaps The Ryman Theater in Nashville or the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. The challenge with such a large venue for the camera crew comes in having so many options yet so few. Camera crews still have to navigate the massive stage production that is Twain’s show and the massive number of people in attendance for the show. Those behind the cameras did their own impressive job in placement of the cameras and in the effects used to heighten the concert’s energy or draw it back in the proper moments. The cameras were placed just off stage, in strategic points in the audience and at other points high above the stage and audience. The zooms, pans and other effects are used tastefully throughout the show. And even the pacing and diversity of the shots is worth mentioning, too. Even these aspects are handled with the utmost expertise. The effect of such precision will have fans in awe especially when the concert’s audio levels are added to the mix. The end result of the camera work and that of the concert’s audio operator(s) is a concert that both looks and sounds great. And because it looks and sounds so great, it makes both the set list and the concert’s overall production completely worth the purchase for any Shania Twain fan. It also potentially makes this concert a candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings as well as one more example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leader in live recordings.

Whether for its production values, Twain’s performance coupled with the show’s overall production, or for the set list, audiences that watch Still The One: Live From Vegas on DVD and Blu-ray will find plenty of reason to enjoy this concert. All three elements together make this recording one that Shania’s fans will agree is an excellent replacement for her live shows that may or may not be done for the foreseeable future. All things considered, the noted elements also justifiably make this concert a viable candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings and more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to date the leader in live recordings. It is available now in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray and CD. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Live In Dublin Impresses Just As Much On CD As On DVD, Blu-ray

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Veteran music duo Daryl Hall and John Oates officially released its new live recording Live in Dublin this week. The recording features Hall & Oates’ July 15, 2014 performance at the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. The concert marked the first time ever the Hall and Oates had ever performed as a duo at the venue. That is itself truly an incredible statement considering the fact that the duo released its debut album some forty-three years ago in 1972 and has toured the world together multiple times over since then. So it goes without saying that being the pair’s first-ever performance together at the Olympia Theater is an important event for both men and for their fans around the world. The recording is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and 2-CD. The Blu-ray and DVD presentation of the concert are both great pieces for any Hall & Oates fans. The double-disc CD presentation deserves just as much mention. There is plenty to like about the 2-CD set beginning with the set list presented across the discs. The set list is presented in exactly the same order as it is on the DVD and Blu-ray platforms. As minute as this may seem to many, it is actually very important. The reason for that importance will be discussed shortly. Another positive element of the 2-CD set is its audio mix. Thanks to the efforts of those charged with handling the audio boards and the post production, the audio is just as impressive here as it is on the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation. Last of note is the band’s stage presence throughout the concert. It’s difficult to translate stage presence in an audio-only presentation. So those that pick up the 2-CD concert recording of Live in Dublin are recommended to purchase either the DVD or Blu-ray so as to fully understand and appreciate the band’s stage presence throughout the show. Fans that purchase both will agree that in seeing the band, its stage presence plays just as much a role in the success and enjoyment of the concert as the set list itself. Each element on its own plays a pivotal role in the success and enjoyment of Live in Dublin’s 2-CD. All three together prove it to be one part of a whole that not only will fans thoroughly enjoy but that proves once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

Hall & Oates’ new live recording Live in Dublin marks the first time ever that Hall & Oates have ever performed live together in Dublin. And as audiences will discover in listening to the concert even in its 2-CD format, it is a concert that was well worth the wait. The primary way in which it proves it was worth that wait is through its set list. As noted in this critic’s review of the concert’s Blu-ray presentation, the show’s set list is not necessarily what one might call a career-defining set list. However, it does handle a good amount of Hall & Oates’ career. The show’s set list takes fans all the way back to the duo’s 1973 sophomore record Abandoned Luncheonette and all the way up to its 194 record Big Bam Boom. That presents a rather large swath of material from what is one of the music world’s most well-known and beloved acts. The broad spectrum of material presented by Hall & Oates in the CD portion of its new record is just part of what makes the set list just as important in its CD presentation as in its DVD or Blu-ray presentation. The set list presented in the concert’s 2-CD presentation includes each song included in the concert presented in the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray. Just as key is that the set list presented in the concert’s 2-CD format is in the exact same order as in the DVD and Blu-ray presentation. People take this element for granted far too often with live recordings. The reality is that in many cases, record labels will actually omit songs from a concert’s audio recording (CD) and keep them in the DVD and Blu-ray presentation. In other cases, the order of the set list is shifted around between the a/v portion and the audio-only portion. The reason for omitting songs in one format and not another is obvious. That is just a ploy by record labels to make more money as DVDs and Blu-rays typically run at a higher price than their audio-only counterparts. It this illegal? No. is it ethical? Hardly. Luckily for fans of Hall & Oates, Eagle Rock didn’t use such nefarious measures for this recording. On the side of labels shifting set list orders around, it’s anyone’s guess as to why labels would do this. There’s no reason to do it. And while it happens far less than the omitting of songs, it does still happen. It doesn’t happen here, though. It’s even more proof of why the CD side of Hall & Oates’ new concert recording is just as enjoyable as its a/v side. That Eagle Rock Entertainment would maintain such a high standard also shows once more why Eagle Rock remains the leader in live recordings.

The 2-CD side of Hall & Oates’ new live recording is a key element in its success. That is because it is presented in its entirety just as in the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation. The fact that no song is omitted in the concert’s audio-only portion is just part of what makes the set list so important to the whole of this recording. That the concert is presented in exactly the same order in its 2-CD presentation as in its DVD and Blu-ray presentation shows even more the importance of the set list to the recording’s success. As important as the set list is to the whole of Live in Dublin in its 2-CD presentation, the concert’s audio mix is just as key to its success. And as with the audio mix in the concert’s a/v presentations, the audio mix was handled just as expertly here. Sometimes, things are lost in translation when a live show is transferred over to an audio-only presentation because of compression, etc. Luckily that didn’t happen here. The concert’s audio mix is expertly balanced throughout the show with each part perfectly balancing the other. Such quality audio is yet another standard maintained by Eagle Rock Entertainment for some time. It is yet another reason that Hall & Oates fans will enjoy this portion of the duo’s latest concert recording as much as its DVD and Blu-ray presentations. It is also another way in which Eagle Rock Entertainment continues to prove itself the leader in live recordings.

The set list that makes up Live In Dublin’s body and the concert’s audio mix are equally important elements of the whole of the recording. The set list will take long-time fans on a trip through most of Hall & Oates’ career. What’s more, those that might perhaps purchase the 2-CD presentation over the DVD and Blu-ray (although that is anything but recommended) will not feel shorted as the set list in the concert’s audio-only presentation is exactly the same as that of its a/v presentations. It is also presented in exactly the same order as those presentations. The audio mix of the 2-CD presentation makes that set list all the more enjoyable as every song included in the concert’s a/v presentations is also included here. The two elements together do plenty to make the 2-CD presentation of Live in Dublin fully enjoyable for Hall & Oates’ fans. As important as each element proves to be to the whole of Live in Dublin’s audio-only format, an understanding of the band’s stage presence makes the concert even more enjoyable and complete. The issue at hand with understanding the band’s stage presence is that it is difficult to fully comprehend or appreciate an act’s stage presence in an audio-only format. This is exactly why it is recommended that those that purchase the concert’s 2-CD set also purchase the DVD or Blu-ray. In watching the concert’s a/v side, audiences will see for themselves the band’s stage presence. The band in whole exudes such energy in its performance of ‘Family Man.’ While it holds the original song in the performance, the band has noticeably stepped up in this performance. And the funky vibes of ‘It’s Uncanny’ will take audiences back to another age as the band launches into this piece. The band’s live take of ‘It’s Uncanny’ is just as good as its original studio recording if not better than said composition. And the band’s performance of its biggest hit of all, ‘You Make My Dreams,’ is a solid performance in its own right. Interestingly enough, one would think the band’s performance of one of its biggest singles of all would be a big production. But the band opts instead for a performance that while not subdued per se is not the massive production that one would expect. Interestingly enough, because the band saves its energy for the last bars of the song, it makes this moment all the more special and memorable. Whether for that memorable moment or for the band’s performances of ‘Family Man,’ ‘It’s Uncanny’ or any of the moments not noted here, it can be said with ease that the stage presence of Daryl Hall, John Oates, and the duo’s fellow musicians throughout the concert presented here makes the set list and in turn the performance in whole all the more enjoyable for fans.

As one can hopefully see by now, the 2-CD presentation of Hall & Oates’ new live recording Live in Dublin offers just as much to appreciate as its a/v counterparts. Whether for the complete and completely in order set list to the expert audio mix to the band’s stage presence and more, Live in Dublin proves itself as welcome in any fan’s home music library as the concert’s a/v side. Though, it would be recommended that any real fans add both the a/v and audio-only recordings to their library. Both together will give fans the full concert experience here and will lead fans to agree once more that Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven itself the leader in live recordings. Live in Dublin’s 2-CD set is available in stores and online now along with the concert’s DVD and Blu-ray. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Going Back To Ronnie Scott’s With Jeff Beck In June

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release another new archived performance from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck this summer.

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that the label will release Performing This Week…Live at Ronnnie Scott’s–Special Edition on Tuesday, June 2nd. The concert, originally recorded in 2007, comes on the heels of its 2009 release on DVD and Blu-ray, and the 2014 release of Live in Tokyo. It features some of Beck’s biggest hits including: ‘Beck’s Bolero,’ ‘Led Boots,’ ‘Scatterbrain,’ ‘Where Were You,’ ‘Angels (Footsteps),’ ‘Cause We Ended As Lovers,’ and what has become one of his most famous takes of ‘A Day in the Life’ among a number of others. Along wth the extensive set list, the appearance of guest musicians Imogen Heap, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, and Big Town Playboys makes the show even greater. The Big Town Playboys make a special appearance for a 7-song set with Beck in the second of the recording’s two discs. The full track listing for the upcoming double-disc recording is noted below:

TRACK LISTING:

Disc One:

1) Beck’s Bolero

2) Eternity’s Breath

3) Stratus

4) Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers

5) Behind The Veil

6) You Never Know

7) Nadia

8) Blast From The East

9) Led Boots

10) Angels (Footsteps)

11) Scatterbrain

12) Medley: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues

13) Space Boogie

14) Big Block

15) Day In The Life

16) Where Were You

Disc Two:

1) People Get Ready (w/ Joss Stone)

2) Blanket (w/ Imogen Heap)

3) Little Brown Bird (w/ Eric Clapton)

4) You Need Love (w/ Eric Clapton)

5) Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (w/ Imogen Heap)

Jeff Beck & The Big Town Playboys Set:

6) Race With The Devil

7) Crazy Legs

8) Train Kept A Rollin’

9) My Baby Left Me

10) Matchbox

11) Baby Blue

12) Honky Tonk

The Jeff Beck Band will hit the road next month ahead of the release of Performing This Week…Live at Ronnnie Scott’s–Special Edition beginning with a performance at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY on Monday, April 13th. From there the band will hit ten other cities on its own tour before joining up with ZZ Top in Cedar Park, Texas on Thursday, April 30th. The bands’ joint tour includes a total of eight dates and winds down on Sunday, May 10th in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Jeff Beck Band’s full upcoming spring tour schedule is listed below:

Tour Dates:

                                                          The Jeff Beck Band:

April 13 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theater

April 15 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

April 16 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

April 17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

April 18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theater

April 19 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

April 21 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center

April 22 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center

April 24 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre

April 25 – York, PA – The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center

April 26 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre

with ZZ Top:

April 30 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center

May 1 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino

May 2 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

May 3 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street

May 7 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater

May 8 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater

May 9 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

May 10 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Performing This Week…Live at Ronnnie Scott’s–Special Edition will be released on Tuesday, June 2nd via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It will retail for MSRP of $17.98. A special three-LP is expected to follow soon after the concert’s double-disc CD release. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Hall And Oates Impress Again In Their First Time Together In Dublin

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Next Tuesday, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release its latest live recording Daryl Hall & John Oates Live in Dublin. The concert, recorded live at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on July 15th, 2014, is yet another example of why to this day Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings. For a number of years, Eagle Rock Entertainment has released some of the best live recordings out there for audiences. From rock (Stone Temple Pilots, BTO, Slipknot) to rap (Cee Lo Green) to jazz (Stan Getz) and points in-between, Eagle Rock has spanned the musical globe bringing some of the biggest names and best quality concerts to audiences right in their own living rooms. Now early in 2015 it continues to hold its reputation strong with the upcoming release of Hall & Oates’ new live recording. Being the very first time that the duo had ever performed together live in Dublin, the concert instantly becomes something special for long-time fans of this hugely popular pop duo. While not necessarily what one might call a career-defining concert, the show’s set list covers a healthy range of the duo’s seventeen albums. It even pulls from the pair’s 1977 compilation record No Goodbyes. Keeping that in consideration, the set list chosen for this first-ever concert for Hall & Oates becomes the first key element of its success. The stage presence not only of Hall & Oates, but also of the pair’s backing band is just as important to the whole experience. Audiences will not be disappointed in that avenue, either. And last but hardly least worth noting of the recording is its production values (I.E. the audio and video mix). Considering what looks like a relatively small venue in the Olympia Theatre, the camera crew and audio operators must have faced quite the challenge in setting up the cameras and setting audio levels. Their efforts paid off in spades as the concert looks and sounds just as impressive as any previously released live recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment. By itself, the concert’s production values are what make the concert worth the experience. What’s the use of taking in a concert whose production values are muddy and rough? Exactly. That being the case, it shows why this show’s production values are as important as with any concert. Together with the show’s set list and the band’s stage presence, all three elements prove why Hall & Oates fans will enjoy this concert. It also shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Hall & Oates live recording is a piece that any of the duo’s long-time fans will appreciate. It also proves itself in the long run to be another example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings. One key reason for this is the concert’s set list. While not necessarily what would be dubbed a career-defining set list, fans will be impressed with the mix of material chosen for the first-ever concert. The show’s set list goes all the way back to Hall & Oates’ sophomore album Abandoned Luncheonette (1973) and as recent as its 1984 album Big Bam Boom. pulling some of the duo’s biggest hits along the way. There is even one number included in the set that was released only on the duo’s 1977 compilation record No Goodbyes in the form of ‘It’s Uncanny’ and another taken from the 1983 compilation Rock ‘n Soul Part 1 in the form of ‘Say It Isn’t So.’ It all starts with a pair of the duo’s more recent hits in ‘Maneater’ and ‘Out of Touch,’taken from H2O and Big Bam Boom respectively. From there, H&O and company start going back in time beginning with that 1983 hit single ‘Say It Isn’t So.’ From there, the show’s set list hits on some of the biggest hits of Hall & Oates’ career including the likes of ‘Family Man,’ ‘Las Vegas Turnaround’ and perhaps the group’s biggest hit of all time, ‘You Make My Dreams’ among a number of others. The set list reaches fifteen songs, the last two of which are encores. The total run time (trt) comes in at just under the two-hour mark. And while it comes in at just under that mark, it doesn’t feel the least bit short. The concert keeps audiences engaged, singing and dancing along in their own living rooms from start to finish. And the reason for that is also the second reason that this concert will impress any long-time H&O fan, the band’s stage presence.

The set list chosen for Hall & Oates’ first-ever performance together in Dublin is itself reason enough for long-time fans to pick up this new live recording. As with any live performance, a set list is just that without a quality show on the part of the performer(s). In the case of Hall & Oates (and the duo’s backing band), the performance put on by the group makes the set list all the more enjoyable. One of the most memorable of moments that defines that stage presence is a very simple moment in which drummer Brian Dunne is introduced to the audience in attendance. He is apparently wearing a soccer jersey that the audience recognizes. As soon as he stands up in his introduction, the crowd starts chanting and Dunne smiles, pointing to his jersey. Who would have thought such a simple moment would be so memorable and powerful? Yet it helped the band make a connection with the crowd. On the musical side of things, the band in whole exudes such energy in its performance of ‘Family Man.’ While it holds the original song in the performance, the band has noticeably stepped up in this performance. And the funky vibes of ‘It’s Uncanny’ will take audiences back to another age as the band launches into this piece. The band’s live take of ‘It’s Uncanny’ is just as good as its original studio recording if not better than said composition. And the band’s performance of its biggest hit of all, ‘You Make My Dreams,’ is a solid performance in its own right. Interestingly enough, one would think the band’s performance of one of its biggest singles of all would be a big production. But the band opts instead for a performance that while not subdued per se is not the massive production that one would expect. Interestingly enough, because the band saves its energy for the last bars of the song, it makes this moment all the more special and memorable. Whether for that memorable moment or for the band’s performances of ‘Family Man,’ ‘It’s Uncanny’ or any of the moments not noted here, it can be said with ease that the stage presence of Daryl Hall, John Oates, and the duo’s fellow musicians throughout the concert presented here makes the set list and in turn the performance in whole all the more enjoyable for fans.

The set list and performance of said set list in Hall & Oates’ new live recording go hand in hand in making this yet another impressive recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Of course without quality production values none of that would matter. But being another Eagle Rock release, it goes without saying that the production values incorporated into this concert are of the highest quality. This is especially important to note considering the fact that the Olympia Theatre doesn’t exactly look like the largest venue out there. Being a seemingly quaint venue, it had to have presented quite the challenge for the show’s camera crew and those handling the show’s audio. The challenge for the camera crew would include placement of the cameras for the best angles and shots without risking damaging any equipment. In terms of the audio management, such a seemingly small venue means having to work even harder to handle every single little nuance of the concert’s sound. The smaller the venue, the easier it is for sound to bounce everywhere and in turn make the overall quality of the audio rather muddled. Luckily, everyone involved was obviously more than up to the challenges put before them. The end result is a concert that sounds just as good as it looks, making the concert in whole even more another proverbial feather in the cap of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The production values incorporated into Daryl Hall & John Oates Live in Dublin by themselves make this recording well worth the watch by any Hall & Oates fan. If not for the high quality of the production values, neither the show’s set list nor the band’s performance of said set list would be worth anything. Luckily, the audio and video mix proves in the long run to be of the highest quality,which is of course the standard for Eagle Rock’s releases. And because of those high quality production values, the set list and the band’s performance manage to prove their importance to the presentation overall. All three elements taken into consideration, Daryl Hall & John Oates Live in Dublin shows exactly why in the end every Hall & Oates fan will enjoy this recording and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leader in live recordings. Daryl Hall & John Oates Live in Dublin will be available next Tuesday, March 31st in stores and online. Fans may even be able to purchase it at the duo’s upcoming live dates. Speaking of those dates, Hall & Oates’ latest tour dates and news are available online now at:

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Lynyrd Skynyrd To Release Classic Concert Recording This Summer

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This summer, veteran southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will release a new archived live recording to its fans via the leader in live recordings, Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will release Sweet Home Alabama on Tuesday, June 2nd.  The double-disc CD set features the band’s classic Rockpalast concert from 1996.  It marks the first time that the recording has ever been released for purchase.  The show’s set list includes some of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Freebird,’ ‘Working For MCA,’ ‘Saturday Night Special, ‘Gimme Three Steps,’ ‘I Ain’t The One,’ and of course the recording’s title track and fan favorite ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ among many other songs.

The show’s set list is a big part of this recording’s success.  But it isn’t all that make the recording great.  As a bonus for true fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment has included a handful of rare performances featuring the original Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup of Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Ed King, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Owen Hale, and Bob Burns.  The lineup for the 1996 show features Ronnie’s brother Johnny on vocals.  He is joined by many of Ronnie’s old band mates and some new members including: Rickey Medlocke, Hughie Thomasson, Dale Krantz-Rossington, and Carol Chase.  The complete track listing for Sweet Home Alabama is listed below.

TRACK LISTING:
Disc 1: 
  1.  Workin’ For MCA
  2.  I Ain’t The One
  3.  Down South Junkin’
  4.  Double Trouble
  5.  I Know A Little   
  6.  Saturday Night Special**   
  7.  Swamp Music   
  8.  What’s Your Name   
  9. That Smell   
  10. Simple Man***   
  11. Gimme Three Steps   
  12. Call Me The Breeze
Disc 2:
  1. Sweet Home Alabama****   
  2. Free Bird
CD Bonus Tracks From Hamburg 1974: 
3) Workin’ For MCA
4) Free Bird
5) Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama will be available Tuesday, June 2nd in a double-disc presentation and will retail for MSRP of $17.98. A 2-LP is also scheduled for release later this year. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Twain Teams With Eagle Rock For New Live Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Country music superstar Shania Twain recently announced that she will embark on a farewell tour this year as she has decided to officially call it a career. The news took many by surprise. While the Canadian-born singer is starts counting down to the close of her career in country music, Eagle Rock Entertainment made an announcement this week that will soften the blow for her fans. The leader in live recordings, Eagle Rock Entertainment announced this week that it will release a new live recording from Twain this spring.

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced Thursday that it will release Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 7th. The recording documents Twain’s three-year, 105-performance stint at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. It boasts twenty-five hits from Twain’s extensive career including: ‘Rock This Country!,’ ‘Come On Over,’ ‘You’re Still The One,’ ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ and plenty of others. Twain was joined on-stage by a complete 13-piece band, dancers, trained horses, a flying motorcycle and even more Vegas glitz and glamour. The recording was produced by Shania and directed by Raj Kapoor. The complete set list for the recording is noted below:

SHANIA: Still the One Live from Vegas Track Listing:

  1. Opening
  2. I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
  3. You Win My Love
  4. Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
  5. Up!
  6. Good, Bad And Sexy (Interlude)
  7. I Ain’t No Quitter
  8. No One Needs To Know
  9. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  10. Any Man of Mine
  11. Shania Style (Interlude)
  12. That Don’t Impress Me Much
  13. Honey, I’m Home
  14. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here
  15. Carrie Anne
  16. Come On Over
  17. Love Gets Me Every Time
  18. Rock This Country!
  19. Today Is Your Day
  20. Black Horse, White Horse (Interlude)
  21. You’re Still The One
  22. From This Moment On
  23. Red Storm (Interlude)
  24. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
  25. Rock This Country!  (Live From Calgary) – Credits

Along with the extensive set list, Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas also includes over an hour of never-before-seen footage in the bonus documentary “Backstage Pass.” “Backstage Pass” takes fans behind the scenes of Twain’s live show from the early preparations and planning to training and rehearsals to costume design and much more. Being that she had a direct hand in her upcoming live recording, Twain was understandably optimistic about the final product stating, “This show has been my labor of love for over three years.” She added, “It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!”

Fans that didn’t get the chance to see Twain live during her stint in Vegas need not worry as she will hit the road this summer in support of her new release beginning June 5th in Seattle, Washington. The tour runs through August 23rd in Fresno, California and even includes a stop in North Carolina on July 19th at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The complete tour schedule is listed below:

“Rock This Country” Tour Dates:

June 5 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena

June 7 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

June 9 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

June 11 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

June 12 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

June 14 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre

June 15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

June 19 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

June 20 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

June 22 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre

June 24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

June 25 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Wesley Clover Field

June 28 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

June 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

July 1 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum

July 3 – Uncasville, UT – Mohegan Sun

July 7 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

July 8 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

July 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

July 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

July 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

July 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial

July 16 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

July 18 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

July 19 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena

July 21 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center

July 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

July 25 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

July 26 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center

July 28 – Minneapolis, MS – Target Center

July 29 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena

July 31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

August 1 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

August 3 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

August 4 – Saint Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

August 6 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

August 7 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

August 9 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center

August 10 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

August 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena

August 14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

August 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena

August 17 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center

August 19 – Anaheim, CA – The Honda Center

August 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

August 22 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center

August 23 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center

Shania Twain has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide over the course of her career. U.S. sales of her albums have topped $34.5 million. This makes her the top-selling female country artists of all time. Her 1997 album Come On Over remains her best-selling album today, bringing in more than $15.6 million to date. This also makes it the best-selling country album to date and puts it among the Top 10 all-genre best sellers of all time.

More information on Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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