Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Jarreau’s ’93 Montreux Performance Next Month

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds have teamed up to release yet another classic performance from its rich history.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds will release Al Jarreau: Live at Montreux 1993 next month.  The concert, originally recorded July 6th, 1993, will be available in stores and online on Friday, April 15th.  It will be available exclusively on CD.  The concert was the fifth of his now eleven performances at the famed music festival.  The performance was part of Jarreau’s efforts to promote his then upcoming album Tenderness, which would be released nearly a year and a half later on December 6th, 1994. The concert’s complete set list is noted below.

 

Track Listing

  • We’re In This Love Together
  • Try A Little Tenderness
  • Summertime
  • We Got By
  • Mas Que Nada
  • She’s Leaving Home
  • You Don’t See Me
  • Save Your Love For Me
  • Your Song
  • Alonzo
  • Puddit (Put It Where You Want It)

 

Al Jarreau: Live at Montreux 1993 will be available in stores and online Friday, April 15th.  It will be exclusively on CD for MSRP of $13.98.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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More information on this and other recordings from Al Jarreau is available online along with all of the Grammy Award®–winning artist’s news at:

 

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Melody Gardot’s Debut Live Recording On The Way

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Melody Gardot will release her first-ever full-length live recording this spring.

Gardot, who first came to the fore in 2006 with her debut album Worrisome Heart, will release her first full-length live recording on Friday, May 6th.  The recording, Melody Gardot: Live at the Olympia Paris will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It was originally recorded in October of 2015.  It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats.  The eleven-song set features songs lifted largely from her most recent album Currency of Man (2015).  Though, her 2009 album My One and Only Thrill is also represented in this concert recording with a trio of songs.  The set list includes the likes of ‘Les Etoiles,’ ‘Preacherman,’ ‘Bad News,’ and others.  The concert’s complete set list is noted below.

 

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Don’t Misunderstand

2) Same To You

3) She Don’t Know

4) Bad News

5) March For Mingus

6) Morning Sun

7) Les Etoiles

8) Baby I’m A Fool

9) Who Will Comfort Me

10) Preacherman

11) It Gonna Come

 

 

Live at the Olympia Paris will be released in stores and online on Friday, May 6th.  It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats.  The DVD presentation will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and the Blu-ray for $19.98.  Pricing information on its digital platforms will be announced soon.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Archived Rainbow Concert This Spring

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

On Saturday, August 16th, 1980 the classic Rainbow lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Don Airey, Graham Bonnett, Roger Glover, and Cozy Powell played their last live concert together under the Rainbow name. That performance was also part of the first ever rock festival to be held at England’s famed Castle Donington. Now this spring audiences can enjoy the concert in the comfort of their own home thanks to the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: Monsters of Rock Live at Donington 1980 one Friday, April 22nd. The concert, which marked the end of an era for that incarnation of Rainbow, will be released on DVD/CD combo pack and on digital platforms. It features all of the concert’s surviving video footage and marks the first time ever that the concert’s audio has been available as a full-length standalone CD. Not only was it the last time that that incarnation of Rainbow would play together live, but it was also the final show of the band’s tour in support of its 1979 album Down To Earth. The band’s set features a number of songs from that album and material that at the time was considered older. Those songs include the likes of: ‘Since You Been Gone,’ ‘All Night Long,’ ‘Stargazer,’ ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ ‘Catch The Rainbow, ‘Eyes of the World,’ and a number of others. The band’s complete set list for the concert is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING:

DVD:

  • Lazy

2) All Night Long

3) Catch The Rainbow

4) Eyes Of The World

5) Guitar Solo

6) Difficult To Cure

7) Will You Love Me Tomorrow

8) Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

CD:

1) Intro / Eyes Of The World

2) Since You Been Gone

3) Stargazer

4) Catch The Rainbow

5) Lost In Hollywood / Guitar Solo

6) Difficult To Cure / Keyboard Solo

7) Drum Solo / Lost In Hollywood (reprise)

8) Lazy

9) All Night Long

10) Blues

11) Will You Love Me Tomorrow

12) Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

Rainbow: Monsters of Rock Live at Donington 1980 will be released Friday, April 22nd. It will be released on DVD/CD combo pack and on digital platforms. The DVD/CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $19.98. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment, Alan Jackson Partner For New Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Country legend Alan Jackson has a new live recording due out this spring.

Alan Jackson will release his new live recording Keepin’ It Country: Live at Red Rocks this spring.  The concert will be released in stores and online Friday, May 6th.  It will be released on DVD and digital outlets.  The concert was originally recorded at Jackson’s performance at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on May 17th, 2015 and features a twenty-six song set from the veteran performer.  The set list features a number of Jackson’s biggest hits including but not limited to: ‘Don’t Rock The Jukebox,’ ‘Chattahoochee,’ ‘Gone Country,’ ‘Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),’ and a number of others.  The concert’s full set list is noted below.

Track Listing:

1.)    Gone Country

2.)    I Don’t Even Know Your Name

3.)    Livin’ On Love

4.)    Good Time

5.)    Small Town Southern Man

6.)    The Blues Man

7.)    Who’s Cheatin’ Who

8.)    Little Bitty

9.)    Country Boy

10.) Drive (For Daddy Gene)

11.) Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)

12.) Don’t Rock The Jukebox

13.) Here In The Real World

14.) Wanted

15.) Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow

16.) It Must Be Love

17.) Song For The Life

18.) Pop A Top

19.) Angels and Alcohol

20.) You Never Know

21.) As She’s Walking Away

22.) Remember When

23.) It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

24.) Chattahoochee

25.) Where I Come From

26.) Mercury Blues

 

Over the course of his now twenty-three year career, Alan Jackson has sold nearly sixty-million albums worldwide.  He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has received more than 150 industry awards, including 18 ACM awards, 16 CMA Awards, 2 Grammys, and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.  In 2014 he became the first person to be awarded ASCAP’s Heritage Award.  This made him the most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first century.  He has also released more than sixty singles.  Fifty of those singles have gone on to be Top 10 singles.  Thirty five of said singles have gone on to become #1 songs.  That puts him in very elite company alongside the likes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.  More than twenty of their songs have gone on to become #1 songs.

 

Keepin’ It Country: Live at Red Rocks will be released Friday, May 6th in stores and online.  It will be available on DVD and digital video.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

 

More information on the recording is available now along with all of Jackson’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.alanjackson.com

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/OfficialJackson

 

 

 

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Robinson’s Re-Issues Are Must Haves For His Fans And Black Crowes Fans

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/UMG

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/UMG

Early last year the Black Crowes announced that after more than two decades making music together the seminal Georgia-based rock band was calling it quits.  For some the split came as a surprise.  For others it was less of a surprise.  That is because brothers Chris and Rich—the band’s core—had been busy with their own projects in the years leading up to the band’s breakup.  There had also been some not so hidden tensions between members of the band in the years leading up to its finale.  Considering all of those factors, the band’s split becomes even less of a shock.     Even with the Black Crowes officially rock history the brothers Robinson are anything but done making and releasing music.  Just last year Chris released his latest album under the Chris Robinson Brotherhood moniker Betty’s Blends Volume 2.  And last month Rich Robinson re-issued two of his classic recordings in the form of Paper and Llama Blues.  Whether one is a fan of the Black Crowes or of Rich both of these vinyl re-issues prove to be items that audiophiles on both sides of specific aisle will appreciate.  That is thanks in large part to the recordings’ featured songs.  That will be discussed at more length shortly.  The recordings’ sound and packaging are just as important to their presentations as their featured songs.  Each recording comes complete with a card for a digital download of the recordings.  That element rounds out the recordings and brings everything full circle.  All things considered Rich Robinson’s new vinyl re-issues are great pieces for any Black Crowes fan.

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/UMG

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/UMG+

Rich Robinson’s new vinyl re-issues of Paper and Llama Blues are both great pieces for any Black Crowes fan.  This is thanks in large part to the songs featured on each of the recordings.  This is especially the case with Robinson’s double-LP recording Paper.  Richardson notes in the album’s liner notes the full story behind Paper’s creation and near loss thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  Luckily, as he goes on to note, he was able to save the album’s basic tracks, thus allowing them to be re-recorded last year along with some bonus songs that went on to be included here.  The end result is a seventeen-song, double-LP album full of great songs for Black Crowes fans and classic rock fans alike.  That is because the songs mix both elements together from start to finish in this record for an experience that will keep listeners engaged all the way through.  The very story behind the songs is in itself more than enough reason to note the importance of the album’s songs.  The songs, when coupled with the story, make them all the more important.  In regards to Llama Blues this recording is a re-issue in a purer sense of the term.  This four-song EP was originally released on December 5th, 2011.  Its songs are another great collection of compositions for audiences with their blues-infused sound.  They are exactly the same numbers included in the EP’s original release.  While there are only four songs here, their total run time tops the sixteen minute mark.  Sixteen minutes of classic twelve-bar blues-infused rock is sixteen minutes worth of music that is well worth having regardless of whether or not listeners already own this EP.  Keeping all of this in mind, the songs that are featured throughout Rich Robinson’s new vinyl recordings show in their own way why they are important to the overall presentation of these vinyl re-issues.  Whether one is experiencing them for the first time (as most will be in the case of Paper) or for the fiftieth (or more) audiences will agree that the records’ songs are an extremely important part of the records.  They are just one part of what makes them such a joy for fans of the Black Crowes and the Robinson brothers.  The records’ collective sound and packaging are just as important to their presentation as their songs.

The songs that are featured on both of Rich Robinson’s new vinyl recordings are important in themselves to the records’ overall presentation.  In the case of Paper that is especially the case because the album almost never even got released after the events of Superstorm Sandy.  That vinyl’s release marks the first time that any of Robinson’s fans and fans of the Black Crowes have ever gotten to hear the songs in question.  In the case of Llama Blues the songs are just as enjoyable for fans that already own the EP as for those that might be less familiar with Robinson’s solo work or even that of the Black Crowes.  As important as the records’ songs are to their presentation they are not the only important element of the records.  The records’ collective packaging and sound are just as important to their presentation as the records’ songs.  The records sound great on vinyl; especially Llama Blues.  There is something magical about hearing that classic blues-infused sound and the static sound of the vinyl especially considering how recently the EP was released.  The record’s packaging adds even positive vibes to the listening experience here with the picture of the mixing board on the cover and the picture of Rich recording the EP on the back of the package.  It may not seem all that important.  But there is something about the two elements that enhances the overall listening experience with the songs’ vintage sound.  Paper’s single gatefold packaging is highlighted by an original painting created by Robinson.  There is no notation inside the album’s package in regards to its title.  But there is something about the painting’s rich, warm colors and the fluidity of the picture’s brush strokes that works quite well with this album’s songs.  There are even elements of his painting inside the gatefold package.  They are combined with pictures of Robinson performing.  It continues that fluidity, which again flows into the album’s songs.  Listeners will hear and feel that fluidity for themselves when they listen to this double-LP vinyl set.  It is just one more way in which the packaging for these vinyl re-issues proves to be just as important to their presentation as their featured songs.  Of course the packaging and songs are only a collective portion of what makes Robinson’s new re-issues so important for his fans and fans of the Black Crowes.  Each re-issue comes with a card for a digital download of said records.  That rounds out their overall presentations.

The songs featured in each of Rich Robinson’s new re-issues and the records’ packaging are both equally important to their overall presentations.  While they play directly into one another they are only a portion of what makes these re-issues so important for Robinson’s fans and those of the Black Crowes.  Both re-issues come complete with a card for a digital download of said recording.  The downloads are provided courtesy of soundtrax.com and Noiseland.  This inclusion means that whether one is more a fan of vinyl or of CDs or even digital fans can now own both recordings in all three formats thanks to the noted companies and to Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group.  It also means that audiences can take the recordings with them wherever they go whether it be at home or out and about.  So for all intents and purposes it could be argued that that download cards are in fact bonuses for fans that purchase the re-issues.  Keeping that in mind, the bonus download cards come together with the records’ songs and their packaging to complete their presentations and show in whole why they are pieces that Robinson’s fans and fans of the Black Crowes should have in their own home music libraries.

Rich Robinson’s re-released recordings of Llama Blues and Paper are both available now in their new vinyl presentations.  They are both pieces that Robinson’s fans should have in their music libraries just as much as fans of the Black Crowes.  This is proven primarily through the recordings’ songs and their packaging, which ties directly into the music.  The download cards that come with each record serve as great bonuses for fans.  They allow fans to enjoy the recordings not just in their new vinyl presentations but in digital form and even on CD when they burn the files to disc.  They round out the re-issues’ presentations.  Keeping this in mind both re-issues prove, once again, why they are pieces that fans of both Rich Robinson and the Black Crowes will want to have in their own home music libraries.  They are available now in stores and online and can b ordered online direct via Rich Robinson’s online store at http://richrobinson.net/store.  More information on these and other recordings from Rich Robinson is available online along with all of Robinson’s latest news at:

 

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A Life In Song Will Resonate Loud And Clear With Bacharach’s Fans

Burt Bacharach A Life in Song BD Box ArtBurt Bacharach is one of the most revered figures in the music industry today.  Over the course of his more than three-decade long career, Bacharach composed some of the industry’s most popular songs.  Those songs include the likes of: ‘What The World Needs Now,’ ‘What’s New Pussycat,’ ‘Alfie,’ and so many others.  His songs have been featured on the radio, in movies, and even on Broadway.  Needless to say that considering all of this, his successes are far more than could potentially be listed in one sitting.  Last year Bacharach was honored for his numerous contributions to the world with a special tribute concert on the BBC.  The concert featured artists such as Joss Stone, Justin Hayward, Rebecca Ferguson, and others performing Bacharach’s biggest hits and some slightly lesser-known pieces all while Bacharach watched.  It was a momentous occasion that Bacharach’s fans will get to enjoy for themselves thanks to the BBC and Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of the new live recording Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song.  The performance of Bacharach’s hit songs is by itself just one part of what makes this recording a must have for his fans.  It is just one part of what makes this recording so interesting.  Between songs, Bacharach is interviewed by the BBC’s Michael Grade.  So not only do audiences get to hear some of Bacharach’s greatest hits but they also get to hear from Bacharach as he discusses the inspiration behind his songs and other topics.  Last but hardly least of note with this concert is its production values.  The concert looks and sounds wonderful especially considering the size of the venue.  Each element plays its own important part in the recording’s overall presentation.  Altogether they make Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song a recording that anyone familiar with Bacharach’s songs should experience at least once.

Burt Bacharach: A Life In Song is one of the most complete collections of songs from the legendary songwriter to be presented in any format in recent memory.  The twenty-four song set (that is including its two bonus songs) is a recording that anyone familiar with Bacharach’s work should experience at least once.  The performances that are featured throughout the recording make up the central reason for it being worth the watch.  Moody Blues front man Justin Hayward and famed singer Joss Stone are joined by the likes of Alfie Bow, Rebecca Ferguson, Michael Kiwanuka, and a number of others as they perform Bacharach’s beloved compositions.  Those songs include the likes of: ‘That’s What Friends Are For,’ ‘What The World Needs Now,’ ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,’ and so many others.  Staying on the topic of the performers, most American audiences likely will only recognize Stone and Hayward whereas audiences overseas will likely be more familiar with the other noted performers.  This is a good thing all the way around.  Audiences that are familiar with the noted artists will appreciate their inclusion in the concert and their performances.  Those that are less familiar with the featured artists will appreciate their performances because they serve as an introduction to those artists, and an impressive introduction at that.  The performance on the part of the featured artists is just as much to note.  In watching each of the concert’s featured artists, their reverence and respect for Bacharach’s work is obvious.  It shows in turn a real reverence and respect for Bacharach and for his legacy.  It is a respect that translates so well on screen and in turn makes the experience all the more enjoyable for audiences at home.

The performances that are presented in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Burt Bacharach tribute concert are in themselves hugely important to the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because the artists that present each performance are likely more well-known among UK audiences than American audiences.  Though, Joss Stone and Justin Hayward are relatively known by American audiences.  That means that American audiences will be introduced to these artists that they otherwise would not have known about all while even being introduced to some of the most beloved compositions in the American songbook.  While this proves to be of the utmost importance to the recording it is just one element that is worth noting in the recording’s overall presentation.  The interviews conducted by host Michael Grade are just as important to the recording’s presentation as its performances.  That is because audiences are treated to Bacharach’s own insights into the songs and other topics throughout the concert.  Audiences learn early on that had Bacharach not given up playing soccer (football) he might never have taken on becoming a songwriter.  It’s a heck of a change.  But as popular and respected as he has become throughout his career it goes without saying that he made the right choice.  Audiences also learn that the inspiration behind another of the concert’s featured songs was in fact from a personal experience with a young lady in his younger years.  The song’s inspiration is actually rather funny to be honest.  Even Bacharach himself laughs as he recalls what led to the song’s creation.  There is even a technical discussion of sorts in which Bacharach discusses the structure of another song in regards to it being played in one key versus another.  That discussion leads Bacharach to take to the piano and play said song himself.  The song won’t be revealed here so as to not spoil the experience for those that have yet to see the concert.  It’s just one more way in which the discussions held between Bacharach and Grade make the overall experience in Bacharach’s new live recording so enjoyable for his fans. It makes the concert not just a concert but a clinic of sorts, too. It all makes for an experience that will keep Bacharach’s fans fully engaged from beginning to end. It still is not the last element worth noting in this recording. The recording’s production values are just as important to its presentation as any of its other elements.

Both the performances presented in Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song and Bacharach’s interview segments are key in their own way to the recording’s overall presentation. While both elements are equally important to the recording they would not be worth mentioning without mention of the recording’s production values—its video and audio mix. Those that perhaps have never had the pleasure of visiting London’s Royal Festival Hall will be amazed at the venue’s spaciousness. While not as immensely large as say the Royal Albert Hall it is still a rather large venue in its own right. Being such a spacious concert hall it would have been easy for the sound to echo quite a bit. This is even with the featured songs being so soft and gentle. Yet those behind the audio boards and in post-production handled their duties with the utmost expertise. They captured the full emotion of each song as it fills the hall. The echoes are there but they are fully controlled from start to finish. The video mix is just as impressive as the concert’s audio mix. That is because it captures just as expertly the juxtaposition of the performers on stage to the size of the venue. Seeing that juxtaposition it makes for even more appreciation for the work put in to balancing the concert’s audio. It also creates a certain appreciation of the construction of the Royal Festival Hall and by direct connection the control that each of the invited artists exhibit in the concert. It all ties together in one complete presentation that in whole will impress any of Bacharach’s fans. All things considered Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song proves in the end to be a concert that any of the legendary songwriter’s fans should experience at least once if not more times.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new BBC tribute to Burt Bacharach is a recording that any of Bacharach’s fans should experience at least once if not more times. That is proven through a variety of elements not the least of which being the performances presented by the concert’s featured artists. Bacharach’s one-on-one interview segments with host Michael Grade are just as important to the recording as its performances. That is because it allows Bacharach to explain in his own right the inspiration behind many of his biggest hits and other topics. The expert work done in the concert’s recording and its post-production round out the recording’s presentation. It ties the presentation together. Each element is important in its own right. Altogether they make Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song a presentation that Bacharach’s fans should experience at least once if not more times. It will be available Friday, February 26th in stores and online. It will be presented on DVD and Blu-ray. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Detour Is A Musical Side Trip That Any Of Costello’s Fans Will Want To Take

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

“The most prodigious writer of fine songs in British history.”  That is the title given to veteran performer Elvis Costello last year by a writer with the British newspaper The Independent following Costello’s 2015 tour.  It is quite the title considering the number of outstanding acts that have come from Great Britain and the United Kingdom.  Those acts include the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Richard Thompson, and so many others.  And that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  Regardless of whether or not audiences agree with the honor bestowed upon Costello by that writer, one thing on which audiences can agree about Costello is that he is quite the accomplished musician and showman.  Now thanks to the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment audiences that haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Costello perform live will get to see just what makes him such a prolific performer and musician in his new live recording Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe.  The recording presents one of the performances included in Costello’s 2015 “Detour Tour.”  Costello’s performance here is in itself proof of why he is one of the most prodigious performers in the industry today.  It will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s extensive set list also shows what makes him so respected.  It features a total of twenty-seven songs composed over the course of his more than four decades of making music.  The show’s production values help to show what makes Costello such a prolific performer and his shows fan favorites.  Each element is important in its own right in showing what makes Elvis Costello such a respected musician and performer.  They also serve to show here what makes his live shows so impressive.  Altogether they make this snapshot of Elvis Costello’s live shows a welcome addition to any of his fans’ music libraries.

Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall featuring Larkin Poe is a welcome addition to any of his fans’ personal music libraries.  That is because whether or not fans have had the pleasure of seeing him live, it serves as a good snapshot of what makes the veteran musician and performer one of the industry’s most prodigious and respected figures.  That is shown primarily through his stage presence throughout the concert.  For the most part audiences get in this concert Costello performing by himself.  There are no other guitars, drums or anything.  It is just him, his guitar, and the audience.  Throughout the course of the concert there is a certain sense of intimacy for lack of better wording because of that one-on-one approach.  He takes time not only to sing a number of his most well-known hits but also to share some stories and jokes with the audience along the way. He also shares the stage with fellow musician Larkin Poe on a handful of songs. Some of the songs in question were pieces on which the pair collaborated for the “New Basement Tapes” 2014 project Lost on the River. Those performances are just as organic and real as those by Costello by himself. The pair shows that the chemistry developed in the recording of that album was very real and was also still very much there in their performance here. It’s the kind of performance overall that will put a smile on any viewer’s face as said audiences tap their toes in time. His time on stage with Poe along with his own time on stage alone shows why he is such a prolific performer and why that performance makes this recording in whole so impressive for Costello’s fans. It is just one of the ways in which both are exhibited here. The concert’s set list does just as much in that respect.

Elvis Costello’s performance both by himself and with Larkin Poe in his new recording collectively show in their own clear way why he is such a prolific performer. They also serve to show just one way in which his ability to entertain audiences makes the recording in whole so impressive for his fans. Of course there is more to note here than just his stage presence. The show’s extensive set list also serves to show what makes him such a prolific artist/performer and in turn another way in which the recording in whole exhibits this. The set list consists of twenty-seven total songs. And not all of those songs featured in this concert are taken from his own works. As already noted, Larkin Poe makes a special appearance to perform some of the songs that the pair collaborated on for the Bob Dylan “tribute” album Lost on the River. She also shares time on stage with him on the likes of ‘Blame It On Cain,’ ‘That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving,’ and ‘A Good Year For The Roses’ just to name a few. Speaking of those songs, audiences will note that while not all of the songs featured in this performance come from Costello’s own albums, a fair share do. They include the noted compositions as well as ‘Accidents Will Happen,’ ‘Shipbuilding,’ ’45,’ ‘Red Shoes’ and a number of other classics. It would have been interesting to see Costello try to represent every one of his albums. But that would have extended his performance well past its roughly two hour mark. Of course real diehard fans would likely not complain. What is presented is worth the mention, though. He makes a valid attempt to cover as much of his career as possible with songs lifted from no fewer than a dozen of his albums. National Ransom, which he released in 2010, gets the most representation with three songs. His 1977 debut album My Aim Is True received four mentions in this concert. Get Happy (1980) and When I Was Cruel (2002) each get two nods. Also represented here are songs from Armed Forces (1979), Trust (1981), Almost Blue (1981), Punch The Clock (1983), Goodbye Cruel World (1984), King of America (1986), Spike (1989), and The Delivery Man (2004). His 2006 collaboration with Allen Toussaint The River in Reverse is represented, too in the song ‘Ascension Day.’ Again, not every one of Costello’s albums is represented in this recording. But it is safe to say that a relatively healthy offering of his albums is featured here. That being the case, the fact that he would make such a concerted effort to focus on so much of his catalogue shows yet again why he is indeed one of the industry’s most prolific performers. By connection the extensive set list serves to show why the recording in whole exemplifies what makes him so prolific.

The performance put on by Elvis Costello in his latest live recording is in itself proof of why he is one of the music industry’s most prolific performers. The set list contained in the concert recording exhibits this even more. Both also show why the recording is a good example in itself of why he is so respected. The show’s production values round out the ways in which the recording proves not only why he is so respected but why the recording is such a good example of why he is held to such a high standard. The show is a very intimate presentation. And those behind the cameras and mics do their own applause-worthy job of capturing the essence of a live Elvis Costello show and of who Costello is, too. The Philharmonic Hall isn’t the biggest venue out there. But it is large enough yet small enough at the same time to make for an intimate get together of performer and fan. The camera crew and director did an excellent job of keeping a clear and clean line in each shot that also didn’t intrude on the experience for the audiences. Thanks to the work of those behind the show’s audio both in concert and in post-production, the warmth and emotion of Costello’s vocals come through with so much power and clarity. Said individuals are to be applauded just as much as those behind the cameras. Their combined efforts result in a show that expertly captures a performer who seems like no other. He comes across as being completely genuine especially in this case. Keeping that in mind, it completes the recording and shows once more exactly why Costello is such a revered figure in the music industry and why the recording serves as such a clear example of why he is so acclaimed. Together with the show’s set list and Costello’s performance, it can be said of the recording in whole that it is one that just as with a turn on a detour, fans won’t want to miss this new live recording.

Elvis Costello’s new live recording is a presentation that none of his fans will want to miss, just as with a turn in a detour. That is because through Costello’s own performance and set list, he exhibits true professionalism and love for his fans. The work put in to recording the performance serves to expertly capture that professionalism and love for his fans. Each element is important in its own right in showing why Elvis Costello is one of the most prodigious and prolific performers not just from the UK but in the music industry in whole. Altogether, they prove this recording to be a clear example of why he deserving of such titles. They combine to make this recording a piece that none of his fans will want to miss. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now along with all of the latest news from Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

 

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