Every Rolling Stones Fan Should Own Live At The Tokyo Dome

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

The Rolling Stones is the greatest rock band in the world. Period. That might be something of a subjective statement from this critic. But it is this critic’s own view. The band has spent the better part of half a century and then some proving its greatness. It has done so through the release of nearly thirty albums, at least thirteen live albums, and countless live performances throughout its life. One of those live recordings–Live at The Tokyo Dome–was released late last month as part of the band’s “From The Vault” series of recordings. This recording is one of the most important in the band’s extensive catalogue of live recordings. The main reason for this is the span of time that had passed between this show and the band’s most recent tour at the time, which had ended in Leeds in 1982. That is a span of seven years. While the band’s show at the Tokyo Dome wasn’t the lead off for the band’s Steel Wheels Tour, it still remains an important piece of the band’s history considering that span of time. Staying in that pattern of thought, the band’s stage presence throughout the course of the roughly two-hour performance lies at the center of the recording. That will be discussed shortly. In the same vein, the show’s featured set list is just as important to the presented concert as the band’s performance. Audiences will be interested to learn that of the concert’s twenty-four song set, the majority of its songs were lifted from the band’s older, more familiar albums than the band’s then latest album Steel Wheels. That will be discussed later as it plays its own important role in the whole of this recording. Last but hardly least of note in Live at The Tokyo Dome’s overall presentation is the presentation’s collective production values. The concert’s audio mix is surprisingly impressive. The video portion is just as interesting. That is because it shows just how far video recording technology has come since the concert’s recording. It is one more reason that this concert recording proves to be so important to the band’s history. Together with the band’s performance and its featured set list, the concert in whole shows in the end to be yet another great addition to The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” series.

The latest addition to The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” series, Live at The Tokyo Dome is one of the most important pieces of the band’s history to be released in recent history. That is because the concert presented here is part of a tour (The “Steel Wheels Tour”) that was the first for the band in seven years at the time. Before the band embarked on the “Steel Wheels Tour” in August 1989, its members had not been out on the road together since having performed in Leeds in 1982. That concert will be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment later this month. Now having noted this, the band’s stage presence in its Valentines Day 1990 concert is the concert’s most important element to note. Core members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed like they had never been away from the road. Mick strutted and danced all over the stage from start to finish, giving his all. Just as interesting (if not more so) to note of Jagger’s performance is his interaction with the audience. He spent a fair share of time talking to the audience and even going out into the audience at one point in the show. That’s just one part of what makes his interaction with the audience so intriguing. Most intriguing is that he seemed to speak to the audience in Japanese in more than just a couple of sentences. He really came across as being fluent in the language considering just how much he spoke in the audience’s home language. This is key to note because of just how many performers are trained in just a couple of phrases here in there for their respective foreign audiences even today. Jagger didn’t go that route. He really came across as being quite familiar with the language. It’s refreshing to hear. Moving on, lead guitarist Keith Richards was just as entertaining both as the band’s lead guitarist and in his time on the mic. That’s right. Richards even got his own time on the mic as he had written a pair of songs–‘Can’t Be Seen’ and ‘Happy’–for Steel Wheels. By comparison, bassist Bill Wyman showed nearly no emotion at all throughout the evening’s performance. Of course after the tour wrapped up later that year in Europe, Wyman and the band parted ways. Considering the well publicized issues among the band during its time away from the road prior to the “Steel Wheels Tour,” one becomes less surprised by Wyman’s apparent lack of interest and energy throughout the show. By comparison drummer Charlie Watts looked right at home behind the drum kit from beginning to end. He played his part like it was old hat yet still presented an air of truly enjoying being on stage again. One could also go into the performance provided by the band’s backup singers and musicians. But it goes without saying that their energy was just as positive, leading in turn to a show that audiences watching the show at home today will enjoy just as much as those audiences that were in attendance at the original performance. That is because the band in whole (including the backup performers) performed here as if it had never been away from the road. It’s just one part of the concert’s presentation that makes the recording so enjoyable. The show’s set list is just as important to the recording as the band’s performance.

The Rolling Stones’ stage presence (and that of the band’s backing performers) is central to the overall presentation of Live at The Tokyo Dome. It showed a group of performers that had obviously not lost a step in all of its years off the road and despite its own internal issues. While the musicians’ stage presence is important to the recording’s presentation in its own right, it is only one part of the presentation that should be noted. The show’s featured set list is just as important to the whole of the concert as the band’s stage presence. This is especially the case considering that while the band was touring in support of its then new album Steel Wheels, only five of the show’s twenty-four songs were pulled from that album. The other nineteen songs were older, more familiar tunes. It reaches all the way back to the band’s 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request. That album is represented through the song ‘2000 Light Years From Home.’ Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers (which was just recently re-issued), Exile on Main Street, It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll, Tattoo You, and Dirty Work are all represented in the show’s set list. The U.S. release of Between The Buttons is represented, too thanks to the inclusion of ‘Ruby Tuesday.’ Simply put the band included songs from a pretty wide swath of its catalogue up to that point in this show’s set list. This is important to note be cause it shows the band had taken into direct consideration the fact that so much time had passed since it had last toured. So those older songs were likely what audiences really wanted to hear since it’s what those audiences knew. It shows a deep respect for the audience. Considering this, it had to have made audiences respect the band even more in turn. That mutual respect between the band and audience ultimately makes the concert’s set list that much more important of an element in the whole of Live at The Tokyo Dome. And together with the band’s stage presence throughout each song, the two elements together show even more why Live at The Tokyo Dome such an important piece of The Rolling Stones’ history.

The Rolling Stones’ stage presence in Live at The Tokyo Dome and the concert’s set list are both of equal importance to the concert’s overall presentation. While both elements are important in their own right to the whole of this recording, they would be of no consequence without mention of the recording’s collective production values, or its audio and video. Audiences must go into this recording understanding that the concert was recorded in 1990. That was well before the advent of high-definition capabilities. That being the case, the audio mix at least proves to be relatively impressive. That is especially considering the size of the Tokyo Dome. Audiences will note in watching the performance just how open the concert hall is inside. It has very high ceilings and is just as open from wall to wall. That means an increased ability of the sound to echo throughout the hall. Luckily, all involved both at the concert and in preparing this recording handled their duties with the utmost precision. The result is a concert that sounds just as good on Blu-ray (and CD) as it did in the original performance if not better. The video quality is just as interesting. While some of the shots are clear others are at the opposite end of that spectrum. More specifically, there are some shots that are not quite in focus despite the best efforts of those behind the cameras. But they are luckily not enough to really ruin the concert’s overall viewing experience. If anything the combination of those shots and the concert’s re-mastered audio serves to show just how far recording technology has come since this concert was recorded. In its own way it actually makes the overall experience of this concert that much more enjoyable. Because it does, it makes the band’s performance that much more engaging and the show’s set list just as impressive. All things considered, Live at The Tokyo Dome shows in the end to be another welcome addition to The Rolling Stones’ ongoing “From The Vault” series.

The Rolling Stones’ Live at The Tokyo Dome is yet another welcome addition to the band’s ongoing “From The Vault” series. The band’s stage presence exhibits a band in general that had not lost a step despite having been off the road for roughly seven years before it embarked on its “Steel Wheels Tour.” The set list shows a certain amount of respect for fans considering that most of the show’s twenty-four-song set list was pulled from the band’s already extensive catalogue of albums at the time. And the recording’s overall production values show just how far recording technology has come since the concert’s original presentation even as impressive as those values are in their own right. One would be remiss to ignore the recording’s companion booklet and double gatefold packaging. The companion booklet adds even more enjoyment to the overall experience as it presents extra tidbits such as the revelation that the band’s stage setup was so big that it took eighty (yes, eighty) trucks to haul it from venue to venue. The crew required to assemble and break down the set was just as expansive, according to Richard Havers’ notes. It’s tough to figure out conversion rates, but the revelation of tickets to the Tokyo Dome show costing 10,000 Yen is just as eye-opening. These are just a couple of interesting extras that are noted in the companion booklet. And while it might be more bulky than the standard multi-disc setup, the double gatefold packaging of the SD Blu-ray/2-CD combo pack actually protects the discs more than that standard slim packaging. Whether for that packaging, the bonuses added by the companion booklet or for any of the centrally noted elements, it can be said of Live at The Tokyo Dome that the recording in whole is, again, one of the most important pieces of the band’s history and one that any Rolling Stones fan will want to have in his or her own music (and Rolling Stones) library. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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The Who Partnering With Eagle Rock For Band’s 50th Anniversary Finale Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Legendary rock act The Who marked a big anniversary this year. Core members Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend marked the band’s fiftieth anniversary. In celebration of the anniversary the duo released its hits compilation The Who Hits 50 late last year. From there, the band embarked on a worldwide tour, bringing its hits to its legions of fans. There were a couple of bumps on that road recently. But the band has overcome said bumps and now later this month the celebration will continue when the band released its new live recording Live in Hyde Park.

The Who has teamed up with Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings, to release Live in Hyde Park. The concert, originally recorded June 26th, 2015 at London’s Hyde Park, will be released Friday, November 20th. It will be released on DVD + 2CD combo pack, Blu-ray + 2CD combo set, DVD + 3 LP combo set and digital formats. It was the band’s final stop on its 50th anniversary tour and includes a number of the band’s hits. Those hits include the likes of ‘My Generation,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘Baba O’Reily,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘You Better You Bet,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Join Together,’ ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ ‘I Can See For Miles’ and a number of others. Along with its main feature, the recording also includes a bonus performance of ‘The Seeker’ in both the package’s DVD and Blu-ray presentations. A Deluxe Blu-ray + DVD + 2CD set will also be released on Friday, December 4th. The complete set list for the 19-song show is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) I Can’t Explain
2) The Seeker*
3) Who Are You
4) The Kids Are Alright
5) Pictures Of Lily
6) I Can See For Miles
7) My Generation
8) Behind Blue Eyes
9) Bargain
10) Join Together
11) You Better You Bet
12) I’m One
13) Love Reign O’er Me
14) Eminence Front
15) Amazing Journey / Sparks
16) Pinball Wizard
17) See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You
18) Baba O’Riley
19) Won’t Get Fooled Again

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Kravitz’s Fans Won’t Want To Let Go Of His New Tour Documentary

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Rocker Lenny Kravitz has made quit the name for himself over the course of his career. For more than twenty-five years he has churned out ten albums (many of which have gone gold and even platinum and not just once either), numerous singles, a handful of compilations and has also lent his talents to other projects all while touring the world just as many times over. Speaking of his touring Eagle Rock Entertainment recently gave audiences yet another chance to experience Kravitz’s live show last month in the form of the new rockumentary Lenny Kravitz Live: Just Let Go. As noted, Just Let Go is a music documentary, not a pure concert presentation. It is not the first of its kind either. That is not a bad thing, though. As a matter of fact the fashion in which the program was presented is at the core of its success. that will be discussed in more depth shortly. In the same vein the feature’s editing is just as noteworthy. Last but hardly least worth noting of the program’s overall presentation is its combined set list and stage presence of Kravitz and company. All three noted elements together are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in the documentary’s presentation. There is also a handful of bonus live performances included in the presentation worth noting and the overall look of the program in whole just to name a couple more elements that could be discussed. Whether for those elements or any of those more directly noted, the presentation in whole proves in the end to be one that any of Lenny Kravitz’s fans will enjoy.

Lennny Kravitz’s new rockumentary Just Let Go is a presentation that none of the rocker’s fans will *ahem* want to let go. This extensive tour documentary is one that every one of his fans will enjoy. The main reason for this is the fashion in which the program is presented. It is not the first of its kind to ever be released by any act. However in viewing audiences will note that it doesn’t come across like so many of those aforementioned pieces. The noted programs are typically composed of short live segments coupled with guerilla-style off-stage segments showing acts going here, there and everywhere. This program, while not the polar opposite of those presentations, is close to it. Rather than the typical guerilla-style off-stage segments, audiences are instead treated to a series of deeply insightful interviews with Kravitz and his fellow musicians. Some of the interviews in question are deep, single-person sit down segments while others such as those featuring Kravitz’s horn players sees them relaxing, playing a game of pool while they discuss life with Kravitz and their fellow musicians. Viewers will be interested to learn about Kravitz’s apparently devotion to giving audiences the absolute best show possible yet his gentility with his band mates. There are also some light-hearted moments shared throughout, too such as the interview with Kravitz’s backup vocalists. Audiences will laugh uproariously as they discuss their first meeting with him and their apparent……appreciation for him for lack of better wording. Audiences will get that joking reference when they see the program for themselves. Those are just a few examples of how Just Let Go’s overall presentation makes it stand out so clearly from other rockumentaries. The concert segments are just as important to note.

The interview segments that are included in the body of Just Let Go are key in their own way to the program’s overall presentation. While they are clearly important to the program’s overall presentation, they are just a tiny portion of what makes it worth the watch. The live segments that are mixed in with the interviews are just as important as the interviews in themselves. That is because they aren’t just short performance segments. Rather they are full song performances. Some of those performances are even tied in to small segments of the band behind-the-scenes. The catch is that said performances are still complete. They don’t cut off and cut to the noted behind-the-scenes segments. Said segments are used along with the songs to add even more impact to the overall presentation. The approach taken here makes the live segments that much more enjoyable. While the recording in whole has been presented via Eagle Rock Entertainment, it serves to illustrate even more Kravitz’s dedication to giving fans the best presentation possible. And when coupled with the program’s live segments the overall audio and visual presentation that lies at the center of Just Let Go shows itself to be one of the program’s most important elements if not the single most important. Of course it is not the only important element worth noting. The program’s editing is just as worth noting as the overall presentation.

The combination of on-stage and off-stage elements presented over the course of Just Let Go shows in itself to be one of the program’s most important elements if not the single most important of the program’s elements. That’s because they are the elements that draw in audiences. Of course without the work of those charged with editing the video for its presentation, none of the noted video would be of any consequence. Luckily those individuals handled their duties with the utmost prevision and expertise. The audio levels rarely if ever have to be adjusted over the course of the program. And the vintage grainy effect used from beginning to end really does give the presentation in whole a special feeling that in itself stands apart from so many other music documentaries out there. On another level, little things like cuts between the on-stage and off-stage segments are clean. At some points the connection between specific songs and interview segments is perfectly timed and cut. It’s little things like that attention to detail that make this presentation one that every one of Kravitz’s fans will enjoy. It also once again mirrors Kravitz’s statement in regards to wanting to give audiences the best experience possible. It’s even more reason that audiences will enjoy the program, but once more not the last. The combined set list and stage presence presented in the program’s live segments rounds out the primary ways in which Just Let Go proves to be a program fans won’t want to let go.

The set list featured throughout Just Let Go’s live segments combined with the stage presence of Kravitz and his fellow musicians round out the core ways in which the program shows itself to be one that Kravitz’s fans will thoroughly enjoy. It would be a lie to say that the set list featured in this presentation is career-spanning or even defining. However, it is true that of the presentation’s eighteen total performances they cover quite a wide swath of his now ten total albums. It includes songs from Strut, his most recent album, 5, Are You Gonna Go My Way, and even his 1989 debut record Let Love Rule among others. The band’s stage presence throughout each performance makes the whole thing all the more enjoyable. Watching Kravitz and company perform, it is clear that a Lenny Kravitz concert is more than just a concert. It is in fact a full experience in every sense of the word. It is something from which audiences walk away from knowing that they will never forget. From the sheer power of the songs to the band’s own energy in delivering said songs, the concert in whole is one of those things that makes a person understand the importance of taking in a live show. And it translates quite well in the case of these performances. That solid translation couples with the expert work of those charged with editing the presentation to make Just Let Go quite the enjoyable tour documentary. The on and off-stage segments that lie at the center of the program solidify that argument. All things considered, Just Let Go shows in the end to be a piece of which no fan will want to let go.

Lenny Kravitz Live: Just Let Go is a fittingly titled new presentation from the veteran rocker. It stands out solidly from so many other run-of-the-mill tour documentaries that are out there today. The presentation’s editing is just as worth noting in its success. Last but not least worth noting is the combined set list and stage presence on display throughout the presentation. All three elements show in their own way why none of Kravitz’s fans will want to let go of his new tour documentary. And they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg here, too. The bonus performances and overall look of the presentation are worth noting, too. One would be remiss to ignore them. And if there were time enough to cover them, too this critic would touch on them, too. Regardless, it can be said of each element that in whole they make, again, Just Let Go a presentation that none of Kravitz’s fans will want to let go. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Eagle Rock Marks Queen Anniversary With New Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This past Saturday marked a very special anniversary in the annals of rock and music history in whole. It was on October 31st, 1975 that legendary rock band Queen released its timeless hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ In honor of the song’s debut forty years ago and its lasting impact, the band’s remaining members were awarded the Classic Single Award at the Q Awards last week. It is just one way in which the song and the band are being honored.

The classic tune will be released on a special edition 12-inch black vinyl with the song’s original B-side ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ on Friday, November 27th. Also on November 20th, the special edition vinyl will be accompanied by the separate release of Queen: A Night at the Odeon—Live at Hammersmith ’75. Queen: A Night at the Odeon—Live at Hammersmith ’75 will be released on CD via Hollywood Records and on standalone DVD and SD Blu-ray platforms via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The concert presented in the recording was the finale of the band’s twenty-six date “Queen Invite You To a Night at the Opera” UK tour. It was the first tour in which the band had performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ live.

All three presentations of the concert feature the band’s complete performance at the Hammersmith including the never-before-heard “second encore” of ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ and ‘See What a Fool I’ve Been.’ The concert’s DVD and SD Blu-ray presentation will each feature a pair of bonuses for fans, the first of which is a twenty-two minute retrospective documentary titled “Looking Back at the Odeon.” The second is the rarely-seen Live at Budokan—a three-song set filmed during the band’s 1975 performance from Japan. The songs in question that are presented are ‘Now I’m Here,’ ‘Killer Queen,’ and ‘In The Lap of the Gods…Revisited.’ The documentary includes previously unseen interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show. The complete track listing for the DVD and SD Blu-ray recording of Queen: A Night at the Odeon—Live at Hammersmith ’75 is noted below.

Queen – A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75 released November 20th

Full Tracklisting (CD/Vinyl/Digital)

  1. Now I’m Here
  2. Ogre Battle
  3. White Queen (As It Began)
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Killer Queen
  6. The March Of The Black Queen
  7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
  8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  9. Brighton Rock
  10. Guitar Solo
  11. Son And Daughter
  12. Keep Yourself Alive
  13. Liar
  14. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited
  15. Big Spender
  16. Jailhouse Rock Medley
  17. Seven Seas Of Rhye
  18. See What A Fool I’ve Been
  19. God Save The Queen

 

*DVD and SD Blu-ray formats do not include Seven Seas Of Rhye or See What A Fool I’ve Been.

 

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Audiences Will Want Seconds, Thirds, And More Of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s New Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

A little more than four decades ago, a little band named Lynyrd Skynyrd released its debut album (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd). At the time of its release, no one would have known that said album would go on to become one of the band’s biggest and most beloved. Surprise, surprise. That album has long since gone platinum at least twice over if not more, and has produced some of the band’s biggest hits of all time including: ‘Tuesday’s Gone,’ ‘Gimme Three Steps,’ ‘Simple Man,’ and perhaps its biggest hit of all ‘Freebird.’ With the quick success that that album saw, the band followed it up the very next year in 1974 with the release of Second Helping. That album proved to be just as successful if not more so. Earlier this year, the current Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup celebrated the ongoing success of both albums when it performed both albums in their entirety over the course of two nights at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida. Now thanks to the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, audiences can see both performances in one package in the band’s new live recording Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre. There is a lot for audiences to appreciate about this presentation beginning with the noted two-album set list. It’s just one part of what makes te recording so impressive. The band’s stage presence throughout both sets is just as important as the complete album set lists. Last but hardly least of note is the shows’ production values. Considering the venue’s high ceilings and open space, balancing acoustics was obviously quite the task. But both the band’s production crew and those behind the mics did a superb job of balancing the concerts’ levels from start to finish. The camera work is just as impressive with shots from multiple angles, capturing the theater’s surprising size. The shows’ variety of shots and their equally impressive audio mixes partner with the band’s stage presence and the shows’ complete album set lists to make Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre a show that every Lynyrd Skynyrd fan will want to have in his or her own home DVD/Blu-ray library and Lynyrd Skynyrd collection.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s brand new live recording Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre is one that every Lynyrd Skynyrd fan will want to have in his or her own home DVD/Blu-ray library and Lynyrd Skynyrd collection. The main reason for this is its sixteen song set list. The set list in question comes from the band’s 1973 debut album (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd) and its followup, 1974’s Second Helping. Both albums are presented in their entirety over the course of a two-night stint at the Florida Theatre in the band’s hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. This means that not only are all of the album’s major hits there, so are the lesser known yet still enjoyable songs such as ‘Mississippi Kid,’ ‘Poison Whiskey,’ ‘The Needle and the Spoon’ and ‘I Need You.’ Front man Johnny Van Zant even points out ahead of ‘I Need You’ that the band very rarely performs that song in a live setting. That makes its inclusion in this performance all the more special. It is a truly touching work, too; one that will move any viewer regardless of his or her familiarity with the song. It is more proof–along with the inclusion of the other lesser known songs–why this live two night recording is so special and why the “hits” are not always the only hits. Just because a record label says “X” or “Y” song is a hit doesn’t mean that fans will agree. On another level, the presentation of both albums in whole gives audiences of all ages a much richer picture of Lynyrd Skynnyrd in more than one way. The performance of both albums presents a full picture of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original lineup creatively. The performance of those albums by the band’s current lineup is almost a side-by-side portrait in a manner of speaking. It’s like experiencing the “old” Lynyrd Skynyrd and the current Lynyrd Skynyrd all at the same time for lack of better wording. All things considered here, the dual set list that makes up the body of the recording shows in full why it is such an important part of the recording’s whole. it is just one part of what makes Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre such a proud success. The band’s stage presence over the course of both nights’ sets adds even more enjoyment to the recording.

The dual album set list that makes up the body of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s new live recording is in itself plenty of reason for fans to add it to their home DVD/Blu-ray libraries and Lynyrd Skynyrd collections. It is just one part of the recording’s whole that makes it so impressive. The band’s stage presence adds even more enjoyment to the concert in whole. That is because the band shows throughout both performances that the k.i.s.s. formula still works perfectly to this day. There was no need for on-stage antics, pyro or anything else. The band let the music do the talking. And it talked loud and clear, too. The energy exhibited by the band in each night’s set proves that. It showed that the band wasn’t just phoning it in at any point. Rather, it showed that the band intended to give its audiences the best show that it possibly could on both nights. Even when Van Zant did take some time between songs to interact with the audience, he didn’t just say a couple of things and go into the next song. He really interacted with the audience and made them feel that they were part of the show. As minor of an element as it may seem to be, it is just as important as the songs themselves. Together with the band’s overall stage presence and the set lists, both the set lists and the band’s presence together make for even more enjoyment for fans throughout the band’s shows. Even with their importance they are still not all that make this pair of performances so impressive. The concerts’ production values are just as important as the set lists and the band’s performance of said set lists.

The set lists that make up the body of Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre, when combined with the band’s performance of both set lists makes for plenty of enjoyment throughout the course of the recording. While both elements are of equal importance to the overall viewing experience here, they are not the only important elements worth noting. The shows’ overall production values are just as important to note as anything else. Without proper production values none of the recorded material would be worth the watch. Luckily for fans the production values incorporated into this concert are of the highest caliber. Of course that is to be expected from Eagle Rock Entertainment being that the label is the leader in live recordings. Those that have never been inside the Florida Theatre will be surprised to see the concert hall’s immensity. This critic is among those masses. Its ceilings come across as being quite high. And the overall space feels just as open. This means that sound will spread out everywhere. It also means more space for echoing. That can be a very bad thing when recording an indoor performance. Those that handled the mics and the boards for the shows’ original recordings did so with the utmost expertise. Thanks to their work audiences really get the full feel of the theatre’s size without getting any of the echoing, feedback or other issues. It shows the talents of those charged with handling the concerts’ audio and makes those individuals all the more deserving of praise. The same can be said of those behind the cameras. The venue being so large and open, the camera crew was given plenty of options for camera shots. And they used every one of those options, too providing audiences at home not only great footage of the band’s performance but of the theatre and the audience in attendance. Those shots include shots from the theatre’s upper balcony, looking up at said balcony from the stage, looking at the stage from amidst the audience and so much more. In whole the work of those behind the cameras gives audiences the best seat in the house and the fullest experience. It rounds out the ways in which Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre proves itself such an impressive experience for any Lynyrd Skynyrd fan and shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains once more the leading name in live recordings.

Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre is yet another impressive live recording released by Eagle Rock Entertainment. It is just as much a must have for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans of all ages. That is thanks in large part to the set lists which present the band’s first two albums in whole. The band’s performance of each set list adds even more enjoyment to the recording’s whole. And thanks to the work of those behind the cameras and audio boards, both concerts look and sound great. Each element is important in its own right to the whole of the recording. That goes without saying. When combined, they make Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin nerd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre a must have for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans of all ages and more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leading name in live recordings. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Eagle Rock To Release New Sinatra Retrospective Collection Next Month

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Legendary crooner Frank Sinatra is one of the greatest figures to ever grace the entertainment world with his talents on the mic and on camera. He released any number of studio records over the course of his career and starred in at least sixty-four total collective TV shows and movies. Whether for his work as a recording artist, as an actor or for both, it can be said that Sinatra’s body of work and its longevity makes him a legend in every sense of the word. Now thanks to the efforts of the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, fans of Old Blue Eyes will get to add the most extensive record of Sinatra’s life and legacy to their home musical and DVD/BD libraries when it releases Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All on Friday, November 20th. The recording will be released on 2-DVD, 2-Blu-ray, Deluxe Edition and digital formats. The collection includes clips of a number of classic Sinatra tunes such as ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ ‘All Or Nothing At All,’ ‘The Lady Is A Tramp,’ ‘Nancy (With The Laughing Face),’ ‘That’s Life,’ ‘Luck Be A Lady Tonight, ‘New York, New York,’ ‘(Love Is) The Tender Trap,’ ‘Love and Marriage,’ ‘Night And Day, ‘ ‘Stardust,’ ‘Young At Heart,’ ‘Angel Eyes’ and a number of other timeless classics.

The songs featured in Eagle Rock’s new box set are just part of what makes this new collection such an important addition to Sinatra’s legacy. It also features first hand interviews with Frank Sinatra that were collected from vintage, archived footage. There is also footage from Sinatra’s rarely seen 1971 “Retirement Concert” included in the package. The presentation in whole was assembled with the help of archivists, Sinatra’s family members, and those that run his estate. It traces Sinatra’s life and impact on American popular culture beginning with his birth in Hoboken, New Jersey and his surprise rise to stardom early in his young adult life all the way to his international fame. The story is told through concert performances, interviews with those that were closest to Sinatra, and even never-before-seen home movies recorded during Sinatra’s life. The whole presentation was directed and produced by Oscar-winning Alex Gibney. Five-time Oscar nominated producer Frank Marshall served as one of the production’s EPs alongside Charles Pignone, Sharon Hall, and Alcon Television Group’s Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All will be released Friday, November 20th. it will be available on 2-DVD, 2-Blu-ray, Deluxe Edition and digital formats. The 2-DVD and 2-Blu-ray presentation will both retail for MSRP of $29.98 while the Deluxe Edition will retail for MSRP of $69.99. That is because of the expansive amount of material included in the Deluxe Edition. It will feature the All or Nothing At All Documentary on two DVDs, Sinatra’s complete 1971 “Retirement Concert” on both DVD and CD platform, a one-on-one interview between Sinatra and famed newsman Walter Cronkite originally recorded in 1965 (on one DVD), a reproduction of the 1971 Life Magazine article discussing Sinatra’s “Retirement Concert,” a separate bonus booklet, and six art cards housed in their own envelope.

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Live At Finsbury Park Is One Of RATM’s Most Powerful Performances Yet

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Rage Against The Machine is one of the most influential bands in the modern history of rock.  Over the short course of its roughly nine years together, the band—Zach de la Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (guitar, vocals), Tim Commerford (bass, vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums)—released a total of three full-length studio recordings, a covers album and a handful of live recordings all while moving its fans to stand up and make their voices heard.  It would be fair to say that considering that influence, Rage Against The Machine is to its generation as Bob Dylan and others of that era were to their audiences.  Now the band’s influence has been put on display once again thanks to the release of its 2010 performance at London’s Finsbury Park.  The concert was the result of one man’s effort to dethrone X-Factor in the race for the UK’s annual top Christmas single only some months prior.  The concert was released via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings, last Friday, October 16th.  And there is plenty to like about this latest live Rage recording beginning with the show’s set list.  The twelve-song set list features songs pulled from all three of the band’s albums released throughout its almost decade-long run together.  The band’s stage presence is, in relation, just as important.  Not too much time had passed between the band’s breakup in 2006 and its short-lived reunion and tour in 2008 and its performance at Finsbury Park in 2010.  So the band’s performance here is the image of a band that felt completely refreshed, energetic, and fiery as it was in its earliest days.  Together with the featured set list, the band’s performance of those songs makes for a show that every RATM fan will enjoy from start to finish.  Rounding out the whole thing is the show’s collective production values (I.E. its camera work and audio mix).  It goes without saying that having a well-known director helming the show’s recording paid off in spades.  The shots presented throughout the show expertly capture the full energy of the show both from the stage and the audience.  The end result is a performance that blurs that border of putting audiences right in the middle of the action and giving them the best seat in the house.  The audio mix is just as impressive especially considering that this is an outdoor show.  Both elements together round out the whole of the concert experience presented in this recording.  They work alongside the show’s set list and the band’s performance to make the recording in whole one more of the best of this year’s new crop of live DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rage Against The Machine’s latest live recording Live at Finsbury Park is one of the best of this year’s crop of new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  This latest live offering from RATM and Eagle Rock Entertainment proves to be a piece that every one of the band’s fans will want to have in his or her own music library and DVD/Blu-ray collection.  It proves this first through its set list.  The twelve-song set features songs pulled from all three of the albums turned out by the band over its near decade-long run together.  It opens with a powerhouse performance of ‘Testify’ that will have fans watching at home just as fired up as those that had the pleasure of seeing the band in person at the show’s recording.  Also included in the show’s set list are other career-spanning hits such as: ‘Know Your Enemy,’ ‘Bulls On Parade,’ ‘Freedom’ and of course the very song that set things in motion for this concert ‘Killing in The Name’ among so many other songs.  Regardless of which song or album fans enjoy most, all three albums are well represented with the band’s self-titled 1992 album getting the most love with six songs.  Evil Empire was represented through two of the set’s songs and The Battle of Los Angeles through three.  There is also a cover of The Clash’s ‘White Riot,’ which was not included in any of the band’s albums, including its covers compilation Renegades (2000).  It makes sense that the band’s debut got the most attention figuring that the song that sparked the concert’s birth came from that album.  Sure, it would have been nice to see ‘Voice of the Voiceless,’ ‘War Within a Breath,’ ‘Born of a Broken Man,’ ‘Vietnow,’ ‘Roll Right’ and ‘Wake Up’ included in the show’s set list.  But the set list featured here is still just as entertaining in its own right.  So that in mind, it is still a solid reason for any real RATM fan to check out this concert.  It is only part of what makes this concert recording so enjoyable for the band’s legions of fans around the world.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is another reason that the recording proves so enjoyable.

The set list featured in RATM’s 2010 Finsbury Park, while focusing largely on the band’s self-titled 1992 debut, is a clear reason for fans to pick up this new recording.  The likely reason for that album being so heavily represented here is the fact that ‘Killing in The Name’ came from that album.  The song in question sparked what would eventually become the Live at Finsbury Park performance.  That is not to say that the band’s other two albums are not represented here.  They are represented.  But it is just fitting that the album in which ‘Killing In The Name’ was originally included be the one that gets the most attention.  It doesn’t hurt that that album was a landmark recording both for the band and for the rock community in whole either.  That having been noted, the band’s stage presence throughout the course of its nearly ninety-minute concert is just as important as the songs themselves.  The band’s energy throughout its performance is incredible.  Roughly eighteen years had passed between the band’s formation and its performance at Finsbury Park.  Yet watching the band absolutely own the stage here is like seeing the band in its early days.  Front man Zach de la Rocha commands the audience of thousands while Tom Morello’s work on guitar is just as powerful.  Morello’s energy as he makes his way through each song is just as fiery as de la Rocha’s performance.  And the teaming of Wilk and Commerford on drums and bas respectively generates just as much energy.  Watching Wilk, audiences see so much focus on the music yet a certain amount of enjoyment in his face as he drives his band mates forward in each song.  Commerford complements Wilk’s work behind the kit, rounding out the whole presentation.  He doesn’t just stand around in one spot at any given point in the show, either.  He is just as active as his band mates, churning out the songs’ low end and harmonies all while keeping audiences engaged with his own personal energy.  The combination of the band members’ own energies throughout the show makes for a performance from beginning to end that will have audiences at home just as engaged as those that that were in attendance at the show’s taping.  That is because those energies combined make each of the show’s songs so powerful.  It shows that the band isn’t just going through the motions.  Rather the band is all in from beginning to end.  It makes the concert yet another fully memorable performance from one of rock’s most influential acts.  It is one more reason that this concert is such an impressive new release from RATM and Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It is not all that makes this concert so memorable, either.  The concert’s collective production values round out the experience.

The set list featured in RATM’s Finsbury Park performance and the band’s performance of said set list are both equally important in their own right to the recording’s overall viewing experience. Both elements combine to make said viewing experience quite impressive to say the least. That in mind, the final element that is fully worth noting in regards to the concert’s overall viewing experience is its collective production values (I.E. its audio and video mix). Jeff Cronenworth, the concert’s director of Photography is to be commended for his work capturing the concert as is famed producer Andy Johns in regards to his work handling the concert’s boards. Cronenworth is actually interviewed in the concert’s bonus behind-the-scenes featurette. He discusses in this extra his dedication to showing the full reach and impact of the concert and how he achieved that goal with various cameras and angles. His discussion definitely puts things into perspective especially for those that watch the concert first. The aerials and crowd shots do an extraordinary job of capturing the sheer magnitude of the audience and its reaction to the band’s performance. On the other side, the shots of the band on stage both from the stage and right in the front row are just as impressive. One of the best of the on-stage shots is the close up of Wilk captured from what feels like right on his drum kit. It is a shot that has to be seen to be understood in regards to its impact in the whole of the show. The wide shots of the band are just as powerful as they serve to capture the full energy of the band as it makes its way through the show. There is plenty more that could be noted here in regards to the show’s camera work. But it goes without saying that these examples and those not noted work in unison to make the concert’s camera work in whole a hugely important and successful part of the concert’s viewing experience in whole.

The work of the camera crew in capturing RATM’s concert for its presentation here is just as important as the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said songs. Of course what would any of that be without solid handling of the show’s audio boards. Andy Johns is hardly a stranger to working an audio board having produced albums from The Rolling Stones, van Halen, Joe Satriani, Bon Jovi, Ill Nino and countless others. His years of experience show clearly in this recording just as much in every recording that he has handled (studio and live) before. Being such an expansive venue, Johns had quite the job on his hands. Yet he handled his duties with the utmost expertise keeping the band members’ levels equal to one another and balancing those levels with the crowd noise. Audiences will find that thanks to Johns’ efforts, there is rarely a single point throughout the concert in which they have to adjust the volume on their televisions in either direction. That is a telling statement. And together with the work of Cronenworth and his camera crew, the overall production values presented in Live at Finsbury Park make the show in whole yet another impressive recording from RATM as well as potentially one more of the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays.

Live at Finsbury Park is not Rage Against The Machine’s first live recording. It likely isn’t the last from the band even considering its relatively short time together. Regardless, it can be said that the combination of the show’s set list, the band’s performance of that set list, and the concert’s overall production values lead it to be yet another impressive live recording for fans and one of the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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