Porter And Company Impress On Their Latest Live Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Jazz artist Gregory Porter released his latest live recording Live in Berlin last week.  The recording, released via Eagle Rock Entertainment is a wonderful experience for any jazz fan regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Porter and his body of work.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  Porter’s performance is just as important to note in the recording’s presentation as is the show’s set list.  Last but hardly least of note in the recording’s presentation are the platforms on which it has been made available.  Each element plays its own important part in the recording’s overall presentation.  Altogether they make Live in Berlin a recording that will entertain Porter’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will his newer audiences.

Gregory Poerter’s new live recording Live in Berlin is a work that will entertain Porter’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will those who are less familiar with him and his body of work.  That is due in no small part to the show’s set list, speaking of his body of work.  The show’s 18-song set list pulls songs from al four of Porter’s current album’s with his latest album Take Me To The Alley showing the heaviest representation with seven songs.  Liquid Spirit (2013) comes second with five songs from that album included in the show’s set list.  There are also some other familiar songs included in the show’s set list, not the least of which being ‘What’s Going On.’  There is also a cover of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ included in the show.  The song was originally composed by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong but made most popular by The Temptations.  If all of this isn’t enough for audiences, the set list’s order is the same in the recording’s CD side as it is in its separate DVD and Blu-ray side.  As has been noted before in other live recordings’ reviews, this is important because there are some recordings out there whose set lists don’t always mirror one another between their CD and DVD/BD platforms.  Speaking of those platforms, they will be discussed later, as they are pivotal to the recording’s presentation, too.  Getting back on topic, the set list presented in this recording shows to have plenty of importance to the recording’s presentation.  It is only one of the recording’s key elements, too.  The stage presence of both Porter and his fellow musicians throughout the concert is just as important to note as the set list.

The set list that makes up the body  of Gregory Porter’s new live recording is in itself a huge part of the recording’s presentation.  That is because it pulls from all four of his current studio recordings and even includes covers of some other well-known hits.  On another level, the show’s set list stays the same from the concert’s CD platform to its DVD and BD platform.  So regardless of which platform one uses to experience this concert, one will get the same experience, in terms of the set list’s order, from one platform to the next.  It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation.  The stage presence presented by Porter and his fellow musicians is just as important to note in examining this presentation as the show’s set list.  Porter oozes confidence as he makes his way through each song’s performance.  Even as he spends time talking to the audience between songs, he exudes a certain humility with that confidence.  That alone is enough to make listeners new and old alike enjoy watching him.  Of course Porter’s fellow musicians—Chip Crawford (piano), Emanuel Harold (drums), Jamal Nichols (bass) and Tivon  Pennicot (saxophone)—exude just as much confidence as they ease their way through each song, too.  That is especially notable in the group’s performance of ‘Take Me To The Alley’ and ‘Hey Laura.’  Harold makes his timekeeping seem so effortless, and Pennicot’s work on sax is just as enjoyable to take in.  Nichols and Crawford offer their own share of enjoyment throughout the show, too.  When all four men join with Porter, the whole of their performances will keep audiences fully engaged from the show’s beginning to its end.  When this is considered alongside the show’s set list, it becomes even clearer why Live in Berlin is such an impressive new live recording from Gregory Porter and company.  These two elements are not the recording’s only notable elements, though.  The platforms on which the concert is available are just as important to note in examining the concert’s recording as its set list and featured performance.

The set list featured in Live in Berlin and performance of said set list by Porter and company are both key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation.  That is because the pair works hand in hand with one another.  As important as both elements are to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The platforms on which the recording has been made available are just as important to note as the previously noted elements.  It might not seem all that important on the surface, but in the grand scheme of things, it is hugely important.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has made Live in Berlin available on two separate combo packs – a DVD/2 CD combo pack and a Blu-ray/2 CD combo pack.  By combining the concert’s audio only presentation (CD) with separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms, Eagle Rock has covered all of its bases, making the concert available for every one of Porter’s fans.  What’s more, by combining the CD platform with DVD and Blu-ray, the company has also given fans the full concert experience, rather than forcing them to choose between platforms. The DVD + 2 CD combo pack averages approximately $28 and the Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack $27.  Considering the closeness in the platforms’ average pricing audiences won’t be left paying an arm and a leg for the concert regardless of which combo pack they choose.  When this is considered alongside the concert’s enjoyable set list and the group’s equally enjoyable performance of that set list, the end result is a recording that every audience will enjoy regardless of familiarity with the group’s work.

Gregory Porter’s new live recording Live in Berlin is a work that every one of Porter’s fans will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with his work and that of his fellow musicians.  From the show’s extensive set list to the completely enjoyable performance put on by Porter and company to the show’s relatively affordable and far-reaching platforms, there is plenty for audiences to appreciate about this recording.  Keeping that in mind, it is a work that every audience will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with Porter’s work and that of his fellow musicians.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Live in Berlin is available now along with Porter’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Mumford & Sons Teams With Eagle Rock Entertainment For New Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Mumford & Sons has announced it will open the new year with a brand new live recording.

The band announced this week it will release its new live recording Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder on February 3, 2017.  The recording will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment and will be available on a variety of platforms including DVD, Blu-ray Deluxe and digital formats.

The concert’s main feature was recorded during the band’s 2016 tour of South Africa.  It features a handful of songs from the band’s 2015 recording Wilder Mind and the Johannesburg mini-album ( a collaboration with Baaba Maal).  The concert’s set list is noted in whole below.

TRACKLISTING
ALL FORMATS

1. Snake Eyes
2. I Will Wait
3. Below My Feet
4. Wilder Mind
5. Awake My Soul
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Tompkins Square Park
8. Believe
9. Ghosts That We Knew
10. The Cave
11. Ditmas
12. Dust Bowl Dance
13. Wona
14. Lampenda
15. There Will Be Time
16. Little Lion Man
17. The Wolf

LIVE CD – Available in the deluxe Gentlemen Of The Road editions
1. I Will Wait
2. Below My Feet
3. Wilder Mind
4. Awake My Soul
5. Lover Of The Light
6. Tompkins Square Park
7. Believe
8. Ghosts That We Knew
9. The Cave
10. Dust Bowl Dance
11. There Will Be Time
12. Little Lion Man
13. The Wolf

 

As an added bonus, the concert also features a tour documentary titled We Wrote This Yesterday, which chronicles the band’s tour. Audiences can check out a trailer for the documentary online here.

Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder will be available February 3, 2017. It will be available on standalone DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats and Deluxe “Gentlemen of the Road” Editions.  Audiences can view a trailer for the concert recording here now.

The documentary We Wrote This Yesterday will also be available as its own standalone presentation.

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Def Leppard, Eagle Rock Partner For Band’s Latest Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Def Leppard has partnered with Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings, to release the band’s next new live recording.

And There Will Be A Next TimeLive in Detroit will be released February 10, 2017.  The veteran rock act’s latest live recording, it will feature a set list that includes 18 of the band’s biggest hits spread across two discs.

The concert’s set list, noted below, includes the likes of ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ ‘Love Bites,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Dangerous,’ and Let’s Go’ among many others.  The concert presented here was recorded at the band’s performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI during its 55+ date 2016 North American tour.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
Let’s Go
Animal
Let It Go
Dangerous
Foolin’
Love Bites
Armaggeddon It
Rock On
Man Enough

Disc 2:
Rocket
Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Switch 625
Medley: Hysteria / Heroes
Let’s Get Rocked
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Rock of Ages
Photograph

Audiences can see the band’s performance of ‘Let’s Go’ online now via Billboard.com.

And There Will Be A Next Time Live in Detroit will be available on DVD + 2CD combo pack, Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack and digital video.  The concert’s DVD + 2CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $21.98 and Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack for $26.98.

Along with the main feature, the band’s new live recording will also include bonus material in the form of the music videos for ‘Let’s Go,’ ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Man Enough.’

To celebrate the album’s upcoming release, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Def Leppard have launched a special PledgeMusic pre-order.  Fans who take advantage of the pre-order now will get early access to a handful of tracks including ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Rock On’ as well as exclusive Def Leppard merchandise.

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‘Havana Moon’ Is A Shining Beacon In The Rolling Stones’ Extensive Live Catalogue

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Rolling Stones have held countless concerts in nearly every corner of the world over the course of its nearly 55-year life.  From the UK to Asia and across the Americas, the British rock outfit has been there and done that plenty of times. For all of the concerts that the band has held throughout its life, few have held or hold the importance of the concert that the band held on March 25, 2016.  It was on that night that The Rolling Stones became the first rock band in the country’s history to play a free concert in Havana.  The concert came only days after President Barack Obama became the first American President in 88 years to pay a visit to the island nation.  It was one of the most momentous occasions in the band’s history, and this Friday audiences around the world will be able to see the concert for themselves when Havana Moon is released in stores and online.  The concert boasts plenty of positives, beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of its set list is just as important to note as the songs in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the concert’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Havana Moon a shining beacon in The Rolling Stones’ extensive live catalogue.

Havana Moon, The Rolling Stones’ new live recording, is a shining beacon in the band’s extensive live catalogue.  It is a landmark concert because there is no telling if the band will ever perform on the island nation again.  It boasts plenty of positives, beginning with the show’s set list.  The show’s 18-song set list features a favorable sampling of the band’s most beloved songs including ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Brown Sugar’ and so many others.  There are also some lesser known pieces included in the set list such as ‘Angie,’ ‘You Got The Silver’ and ‘Out Of Control.’  Audiences that pick up this record will find the show’s musical mix relatively familiar due to that set list.  While the set list may not necessarily break any new ground for the band, it was new ground for the audiences in attendance.  Their appreciation for hearing the classic compositions shows throughout the concert.  That appreciation by the audiences will make audiences more familiar with the set list that much more appreciative of the set list even despite already knowing said song.  The familiar set list and the audience’s appreciation of said set list do plenty to make Havana Moon an enjoyable recording.  The band’s performance of each song is just as important to note here as the songs themselves.

The songs that make up the body of Havana Moon are important in their own right to the recording’s presentation.  That is because while the songs are familiar to most audiences, they clearly were not so familiar to the Stones’ Cuban audience.  The audience’s appreciation for the songs will generate a whole new appreciation for the songs among audiences who are more familiar with the songs.  That is because seeing their reaction allows more seasoned audiences to experience the songs in a whole new light.  While the songs and the audience’s appreciation thereof are clearly important to the recording’s presentation, they are not, collectively, the only important pieces of the recording’s presentation.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  That is because many of the renditions presented in this concert are unlike any that the band has done before.  The band’s take of ‘Pained Black’ is just one of those unexpected performances.  Most people know this song as being a rather powerful composition thanks to drummer Charlie Watts’ work at the base of the song.  Keith Richards’ guitar line sits atop Watts’ timekeeping and solidifies the song’s instrumentation even more. The band’s performance of the song in Havana is anything but what one would expect of the song.  The band’s performance of the song here is much more reserved than in its normal presentation.  If the band has ever performed the song in the style presented here, then said instances are very rare.  That makes this performance all the more important.  The band’s rendition of ‘Honkey Tonk Women’ stands out just as much here as that of ‘Painted Black.’  It is a little bit slower than the band’s normal renditions, but not by too much; just enough to make it noticeable without taking anything away from the song in this case.  Of course one cannot ignore the extended take of ‘Midnight Rambler’ here.  The band’s performance feels so organic even as it runs more than 15 minutes.  It is one more example of how the band’s performance stands out in this recording just as much as the songs chosen for the concert.  There are plenty of other performances throughout the show that stand as examples of what makes the band’s overall performance just as important to the recording’s presentation as the songs themselves.  All in all, they join with the performances noted here to show in whole why the band’s performance of its set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the show’s set list.  It still is not the last important element to discuss.  The recording’s companion booklet is just as important to note in its presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.

The set list that is featured in Havana Moon and the band’s performance thereof are both important in their own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  Audiences who are familiar with the featured songs will gain a whole new appreciation for them as they see the Cuban audience—many of whom were experiencing the songs for the first time ever—show their own appreciation for getting to hear them.  The band’s performance is just as important to note here because in many cases, the band’s performances of certain songs are completely unlike those in any other live setting.  They give said songs brand new identities.  Both elements are clearly important in their own right.  Yet they are not the recording’s only important elements.  The recording’s companion booklet is just as important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s performance.  That is because it presents a rich background picture of the concert courtesy of Jonathan Watts.  Watts starts the concert’s story with a mention of President Obama making his own historic visit to Cuba only days before The Rolling Stones.  From there, he highlights all of the work that went in to making the “Concert For Amity” a reality.  It then transitions into the story of the concert.  That story includes the reaction of both the band and the audience to one another.  By the time Watts reaches the story’s end, the importance of the concert becomes crystal clear.  He shows through his story why this concert is an important part of not only The Rolling Stones’ history but also of Cuba’s history and that of the entire world.  That understanding creates even more appreciation for the concert, and in turn, leaves audiences understanding that this is truly a special recording that Rolling Stones fans and music lovers alike should have in their music libraries.

Havana Moon is an important piece of Cuba’s history.  It is also an important part of The Rolling Stones’ history and that of the whole world.  The band isn’t the first-ever band to perform in Cuba.  But it is the first band to hold a free concert in the island nation’s capital.  From its set list to the band’s performance to the recording’s companion booklet, there is so much included here that serves to illustrate the importance of the concert.  One could also cite the recording’s editing, varied platforms on which it is available and much more to show why it is such an important performance.  All things considered, Havana Moon shows itself in the end to be a recording that Rolling Stones fans and music lovers alike should have in his or her own music library.  Havana Moon will be available Friday, November 11th in stores and online.  More information on Havana Moon is available online along with all of The Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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‘The End’ Is An Outstanding Farewell From One Of Rock’s Greatest Acts

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This past January legendary rock band Motley Crue officially called it a career when it wrapped up its farewell tour in its hometown of Los Angeles, California.  The concert, which started on New Year’s Eve 2015 and ended on New Year’s Day on January 1, 2016 was a big event for the band and its fans, needless to say.  Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, fans and audiences around the world can experience the band’s final live show for themselves in the form of the band’s new live recording The End.  It is difficult to know where to begin analyzing this recording because there is so much to say to the positive about its presentation.  A safe starting point would be the concert’s set list.  The 17-song set features some of the band’s most beloved compositions and runs just over two hours long.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s collective performance and stage show are just as important to note here as the show’s set list.  The recording’s editing rounds out the most important of its elements, but is hardly the last of its positives.  One could also discuss the varied platforms on which the concert is available and its packaging in examining the recording’s positives, too.  All things considered, this concert is an outstanding farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts.

Motley Crue’s new live recording The End is an outstanding final farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts.  While it may be the final farewell from the legendary rock band, it is a recording that will make Motley Crue live on for fans around the world.  That is due in no small part to the show’s set list.  The set list features 16 of the band’s most beloved songs including ‘Kickstart My Heart,’ ‘Girls, Girls, Girls,’ ‘Shout At The Devil,’ and a cover of Gary Glitter’s ‘Rock and Roll Part II.’  The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1981 debut record Too Fast For Love and all the way up to its 2008 album Saints of Los Angeles.  Interestingly enough To Fast For Love is represented with only one song, ‘Live Wire.’ The band’s most heavily represented album is its 1989 album Dr. Feelgood.  It is represented by five songs.  The Gary Glitter cover included in the band’s set is none other than the world-renowned ‘Rock and Roll Part II’ (a.k.a ‘The Hey Song’). Not every one of the band’s nine studio recordings is represented in this record.  Even with that in mind, the set list that is featured in this show keeps the energy flowing from beginning to end and will keep home viewers just as entertained as those who were in attendance at the concert during its recording.  While the concert’s set list is clearly important to the recording’s overall presentation, it is not the only element that should be discussed in examining said presentation.  The band’s collective performance and stage show are just as important to discuss as the songs that the band performs.

The set list that was chosen for Motley Crue’s last-ever live performance is a key element to the concert’s presentation.  Given it isn’t necessarily career-spanning since not every one of its albums are represented in that list. Regardless, the set list that is featured here keep the energy flowing from beginning to end.  Considering that, it is clear that it is still quite important to the concert’s overall presentation. It isn’t the only important element to discuss, though.  The band’s collective performance and its stage show are just as important to discuss as the songs that the band performs.  From front man Vince Neil’s nonstop energy and rapport with the audience and his band mates is incredible to see.  He makes it clear that he is putting his heart into every single song as do his band mates.  Tommy Lee is just as enjoyable to watch as he keeps time.  Audiences will enjoy seeing Lee’s reaction as his drum rig gets stuck at the end of its run across the Staples Arena. Rather than get angry and react negatively, he just goes with the flow and makes plenty of proverbial lemonade out of the lemon that was that situation.  Bassist Nikki Sixx captures everything that has always made Motley Crue a fan favorite both as he works his way through each song and as he discusses chasing one’s dreams with the audience in an equally powerful moment.  Then there’s guitarist Mick Mars.  Mars looks like he could play Dracula, the way that the light hits him throughout the show.  Yet even as unassuming as he seems throughout the show, he still presents so much power in his playing.  It is quite the juxtaposition to note.  Neil’s tears at the show’s end (not to give away too much, by the way) are real.  Those are not crocodile tears.  The passion that he presents as the band’s last-ever show comes to an end is a beautiful and powerful final statement.  It’s one more way in which the band shows the importance of its performance throughout this concert and hardly the last way in which said performance proves important, too.  Considering that, the band’s stage show should not be ignored here.  It is just as important to the concert as the band’s performance.

While the band gives its all to its audience (and vice versa) its performance only goes so far for audiences.  The band’s stage show works hand-in-hand with its performance to make the concert even more outstanding and memorable.  There’s pyro.  There are lights.  There is Tommy Lee’s arena-spanning drum rig and so much more.  Each element of the band’s stage show plays its own important part to the band’s stage show.  What makes them really stand out is the timing of their use.  Audiences will note the timing in the use of each element. The pyro isn’t used in every song nor are the fast-paced flashing lights or other elements.  It is obvious that a lot of thought and time was put into each element’s use.  Because so much time and thought was put into each element’s use, those elements couple with the band’s performance to give the concert experience in whole a very positive aesthetic.  Keeping all of this in mind, the band’s performance and stage show–while clearly just as important to this recording’s presentation as the songs that are performed–are collectively only part of the recording’s presentation.  The editing that was used in the program’s presentation is just as important to note as the previously discussed elements.

The set list featured in The End and the band’s collective performance and stage show are both important elements in the recording’s presentation.  That has already been made clear.  As important as those elements are to the recording’s presentation, they are not its only important elements to discuss.  The recording’s editing is just as important to discuss as those elements.  That is because, as audiences will see, the editing makes this not just another run-of-the-mill live recording.  There are moments throughout the show where the cameras’ frame rates are slowed to fully capture the emotion of the moments.  The editing of the camera crew’s shots fully captures the immensity of the moment.  From the close up shots of the band on-stage to the views from high above the arena to all the shots in-between, the end result of the editing gives viewers at home the best seat in the house.  The sound editing is just as important to note here as the video editing.  Those behind the mixing boards are to be commended for fully capturing the size of the Staples Center. The sound is not some spit-shined production here.  Audiences actually feel, in watching the concert’s Blu-ray recording that they are actually there without it sounding like some bootleg recorded on a smartphone.  There is a lot to be said of that.  On a side note, audiences would do well to watch the recording on DVD and Blu-ray before listening to it on CD.  That is because watching it before hearing it will create more appreciation for it on its CD presentation.  When the overall editing of this concert is joined with the band’s performance and stage show, and the show’s set list, all three elements make wholly clear together that while The End may mark the end of Motley Crue as a band, the band will live on in the annals of rock forever.  They show also why this recording is a moving farewell for one of rock’s greatest acts.  It is a recording that every Motley Crue fans should have in his or her music library.

Motley Crue’s new live recording The End is an outstanding final farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts.  While it may be the final farewell from the legendary rock band, it is a recording that will make Motley Crue live on for fans around the world.  That is evidenced through the concert’s extensive set list.  While not necessarily career-spanning (since not every one of the band’s nine albums are represented here), a good portion of the band’s body of work is represented here.  What’s more, the songs that are featured are some of the band’s most beloved hits.  The band’s collective performance and stage show are just as important to note.  They work quite well in themselves, and even better together.  The concert’s editing rounds out its most important elements.  It makes the recording a work that is anything but another run-of-the-mill live recording.  That is because of the amount of time and thought that was put into the concert’s editing.  It makes this concert a truly full experience for audiences and fans alike, yet still is not the last of the recording’s positives.  One could also argue that the varied platforms on which the recording is available could be discussed as well as the packaging for each physical platform. The bonus material that is included in the recording is just as notable, too.  All things considered, it is safe to say that while The End may mark the end for Motley Crue, it is, again, a recording that will make this legendary band live on forever.  It is a recording that is a moving and fitting farewell from one of rock’s greatest acts and 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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Every Music Lover Should See Eagle Rock’s New Everly Brothers Profile

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Phil and Don Everly are two of the most respected names in the music industry.  That goes completely without saying.  So it only makes sense that the leading name in live recordings would release a profile of the groundbreaking duo in its own presentation.  The presentation in question is titled Harmonies From Heaven, and was released September 9th.  This new profile of the Everly Brothers boasts quite a bit for audiences to appreciate beginning with its very presentation.  That will be discussed shortly. The documentary portion of the presentation is notable in its own right. It will be discussed later. The concert recording included in the program rounds out the most notable of its presentation.  Each portion of the program is important in its own right. All things considered, Harmonies From Heaven proves to be a profile that creates a whole new appreciation for two music legends.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Everly Brothers profile Harmonies From Heaven is an outstanding look at two music legends. It is a work that creates a whole new appreciation for the duo even among audiences who might not call The Everly Brothers their favorite act.  That is due in no small part to the program’s overall presentation.  Unlike so many other releases from Eagle Rock in recent years, this program is not just a documentary or just a concert recording.  It is in fact a pairing of the two. This is a big plus for the program because of the rich picture that is painted of the brothers and their influence on the music industry.  That picture is painted through the interviews featured in the documentary and the pair’s stage presence in the vintage live recording.  Audiences will see in watching both segments that there are plenty of direct connections between the segments that serves to paint that picture.  The connection will be discussed in a more in-depth discussion of each portion.

The overall presentation of Harmonies From Heaven is in itself an important piece of the program’s whole.  That is because it doesn’t limit audiences to just a documentary or a concert recording.  It combines both for a presentation that is in essence a musical documentary that gives audiences a full experience.  As important as the program’s overall presentation is to its whole, it is just one part of what makes the program stand out.  The separate segments presented in the program are each important in their own right to the program’s whole.  The documentary included in the program is just one of the program’s segments.  This portion of the program’s presentation features interviews with Don Everly—one half of The Everly Brothers—as well as Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards, and a number of others.  Audiences will be surprised to hear the interviewees discuss the credit that the Everly Brothers deserved for their influence on the likes of The Beatles and so many other acts that followed.  Art Garfunkel even admits that he and former performing partner Paul Simon tried to be in each others families because they wanted to be like Don and Phil Everly.  Just as interesting to learn is that Phil Everly actually had a purpose in raising his guitar to the air as he performed.  It is revealed that he did that to make sure that his guitar would be picked up on mics in live settings.  So it wasn’t necessarily just a performance thing. Rather, it was functional.  Audiences get to see Phil do just that more than once in the live recording that is included in the program.  AS if that isn’t interesting enough, audiences also learn in the program’s documentary segment that allegedly Phil and Don didn’t get along too well off stage.  So in watching the program’s live recording, one can’t help but wonder if the verbal barbs that were thrown out weren’t so light-hearted.  It is just one more of the interesting revelations included in the program’s documentary segment.  There is plenty more that will catch audiences attention.  Considering just how much information is shared through the documentary’s interviews, audiences will agree that it in itself gives them plenty to appreciate.  Even as important as the program’s documentary segment proves to be to its whole, it is not the only segment that should be mentioned here.  The live recording segment included in the program is just as important as the documentary segment.

The documentary segment included in Harmonies From Heaven is in itself a key piece of the program’s presentation.  That is because it presents so much information about the brothers; some of which audiences might not have even known before.  It paints its own rich picture of the legendary duo, and as rich as that picture proves to be it is just one of the enjoyable pictures that is painted.  The live recording segment that is included in the program is just as rich as that painted in the program’s documentary segment.  The live recording runs just 48 minutes, but shows what made Phil and Don such favorites both live and in person.  The duo jokes with the audience and even with the other musicians on stage, comparing one member of the group to Gomer Pyle.  The men keep audiences completely engaged both through its more upbeat songs and its more moving, emotional works.  Throughout each song, Don and Phil (and their band mates) expertly capture the emotion of the songs’ lyrics and arrangements, making for a performance that flies by all too quickly.  Between that engaging performance and the men’s general presence, what audiences get in this segment is a prime example of what made The Everly Brothers so enjoyable to experience live.  It paints its own rich picture that, when set alongside that painted in the program’s documentary segment, creates a whole picture that Everly Brothers fans and music lovers alike should experience.

Harmonies From Heaven is a presentation that Everly Brothers fans and music lovers alike should experience.  That is because on the surface, it is a stunning portrait of two true music legends.  On a deeper level, it is a history lesson of sorts that music lovers of all ages will appreciate thanks to its documentary segment and its live segment.  The two segments together create a picture that proves why music lovers of all ages should appreciate The Everly Brothers.  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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‘Santana IV Live’ Is One Of 2016’s Top New Live Recordings If Not The Year’s Best

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Earlier this year, veteran guitarist Carlos Santana and his fellow musicians released what is one of the most anticipated albums of the past forty years in the form of Santana IV.  The album, released April 15th, it more than lived up to its expectations.  And now the band has followed up the album’s release with what is an equally impressive live recording supporting that album in the form of Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas. This new live recording is available now in stores and online.  It is a wonderful experience for those who were not able to experience the group’s live show during its most recent tour.  That is due in no small part to the show’s extensive 24-song set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the two and a half hour concert is just as important to note of its presentation. Last but most hardly least of note in its presentation is the companion booklet included with the recording.  Of course one could even argue that the recording’s variety of platforms and its related packaging in said platforms are both important, too.  Considering all of these positions it is safe to say that Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas is one of this year’s top new live recordings if not the year’s top new live recording.

Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas is one of this year’s top new live recordings if not the year’s top new live recording.  That is because of the number of positives that it boasts.  Those positives begin with the concert’s set list.  The 24-song set list lifts liberally from Santana’s latest full-length studio recording and from all three of the band’s original albums.  A little more than half of the set list is made up of songs from Santana IV to be precise.  Simply put, all but three songs featured in Santana IV are included in this set list.  All three classic Santana albums represented in the show’s set list are equally represented too, with the band’s debut album being represented by no fewer than three songs and the next two records—Abraxas and Santana III—getting no fewer than four nods each.  As if that isn’t enough, Eagle Rock Entertainment made perfectly clear on the recording’s packaging how the set list was divided up – at least to a point.  Even as minor as that might be to the recording’s presentation even it is important to note, because of the time that it saves audiences in trying to find out which albums were represented here.  That is just one way in which the set list proves to be so important to the recording’s set list.  The songs that are featured here could easily be argued to be a way to introduce and re-introduce fans to the band.  For more seasoned fans, it serves as a great way to re-introduce them to this incredible act.  For younger fans who are less familiar with the band’s body of work, representing those three albums right next to its latest album serves to exhibit the band’s roots and to educate those fans about the band’s history at the same time.  Keeping this in mind it becomes especially clear why the set list presented here is so important to the recording’s presentation.  Even with all of its importance, the concert’s set list is not its only key element.  The band’s stage presence throughout its two and a half hour concert is just as important to note here as the songs that the group performs.

The songs that make up the body of this recording’s set list are important in their own right to the recording’s presentation.  That is due to the fact that the set list serves at least a dual purpose.  Even as important as the show’s set list is to its presentation it is not the presentation’s only key element.  The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note as the show’s set list.  From beginning to end, Santana and his fellow musicians let their performances do the talking for them.  The ease with which drummer Michael Schrieve switches between traditional and matched grip in each song is incredible to behold.  The man misses not a single beat at any point.  The passion exhibited by both Carlos Santana and Neal Schon as they make their way through each song, regardless of who takes the lead, is just as inspiring to see.  The duo of Michael Carabello and Karl Perazo on backing percussion adds its own flare to the group’s presence throughout.  The pair’s love for its craft translates just as well on screen as that presented by the rest of the musicians on stage.  That is due to the energy that is displayed by each man as he drives each song forward.  From one musician to the next, every member of this organization displays such a solid presence throughout the performance.  Its presence is so solid that it feels that there is nothing left to give by the show’s end.  That will leave home audiences feeling just as fulfilled as the audience that was in attendance at the show’s recording.  It should be obvious by now why the band’s stage presence is just as important to note in examining this recording’s presentation as the show’s set list.  It still is not the recording’s last notable element.  The companion booklet is just as important to note here as the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.

The set list that makes up the body of Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas and the band’s performance of that set list are both key elements to note in examining the recording’s presentation. Each element proves equal to the other in its importance to the recording’s presentation.  While each element is important in its own way to the recording, there are still plenty of other elements that can be noted, not the least of which is the companion booklet included in the recording.  The booklet is so important to note due to the liner notes presented therein.  The liner notes, composed by Hal Miller, outline the band’s history and lead up to the band’s performance at The House of Blues Las Vegas.  Miller’s notes are thorough to say the least in regards to the band’s history.  They serve as yet another wonderful way to teach young audiences about the band.  The closing remarks about the band’s performance are just as enlightening as those that outline the band’s history.  That is because it really brings the band’s story full circle.  If any one thing can be said to the negative about the liner notes, it is that it would have been great to see even more notes about the concert itself in place of the performance photos that are also included in the booklet.  That aside, Miller’s notes are still a wonderful addition to the overall concert experience for audiences in this presentation regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Santana.  Keeping that in mind, the liner notes presented in the recording’s companion booklet couple with the show’s set list and the band’s performance of that set list to paint a picture that exhibits vividly why this recording is so enjoyable.  Even with all of this in mind, these three elements are still not all that one could note. The varied platforms on which the concert is available and the packaging of each platform is just as important to note.  All things considered, Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas proves to be one of this year’s best new live recordings, if not the year’s best.

Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues is one of 2016’s top new live recordings if not the year’s best new live recording.  That is because there is so much to say to the positive about this recording’s presentation.  Its set list entertains and educates all at the same time.  The band’s performance will keep audiences of all ages completely enthralled and engaged from beginning to end.  That is because of the passion displayed by each musician for his craft and his love for performing with his band mates.  Hal Miller’s liner notes presented in the concert’s companion booklet serve as a secondary education of sorts right next to the show’s set list.  That adds even more to the concert’s overall experience for home audiences.  When one adds in the varied platforms on which the concert is made available and their respective packaging, the concert’s overall presentation is solidified in whole.  Each element is important in its own right.  That should be obvious by now.  All things considered, Santana IV: Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas proves wholly to be one of this year’s top new live recordings if not the year’s best.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of Carlos Santana’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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