‘Days Of Future Passed Live’ Is A Welcome Addition To Any Moody Blues Fan’s Collection

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The wait for new live material from The Moody Blues is finally over.  After a long eight-year wait, the band finally released a new live recording for its fans in the form of Days of Future Passed Live.  Originally recorded during the veteran band’s two-night stint at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada on July 6 and 7, 2017, this recording is one that is certain to appeal easily to the band’s most devoted fans.  That is due in no small part to the history behind the tour from which this recording was taken.  It will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s overall set list is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation, and in turn, will be discussed a little bit later.  The band’s performance rounds out the most important of the recording’s whole.  When it is considered along with the recording’s set list and the tour’s back story, the whole of the elements makes this recording one that is certain to appeal in one way or another to any fan of The Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues’ new live recording – its first in eight years – Days of Future Passed Live is a presentation that is certain to appeal one way or another to any fan of The Moody Blues.  That applies both in the case of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  The recordings appeal is due at least in part to the back story behind the tour from which the recording was taken.  The tour, which ran from June 3, 2017 to July 23, 2017 marked the first time ever that the band had ever performed its seminal album Days of Future Passed in its entirety in a live setting.  The decision to do that happened as the tour was a celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary.  One should keep in mind that DOFP was not the band’s debut album.  Rather, it was the band’s sophomore album, originally released in 1967.  Add in the clearly overwhelmingly positive reaction from the band’s fans, and the album’s longevity of sorts, its relevance and that of the band in general all these years later becomes quite clear.  In other words, it shows that the album and the band both have a clear place in the musical universe to this day.  In keeping this in mind, the story behind the concert’s recording proves a solid starting point for the recording.  That is thanks to the interest and discussion that it is certain to generate.  Even with this in mind, the recording’s back story is only one of its key elements.  The concert’s set list plays its own part in the recording’s overall appeal.

As has just been noted of this recording, it was one of many first time performances of Days of Future Passed live included in the band’s bigger tour celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary.  Audiences get to take in the album in whole and in its original sequence no less.  That’s not all that audiences get to enjoy, either.  Also included in the recording is an extensive look through the band’s career with nine songs from the band’s past.  As a little bit of history for those who might be less familiar than others with The Moody Blues’ body of work, the band has a total of 16 (yes, 16) full-length studio recordings.  This is important to note in that there’s no way – in celebrating Days of Future Passed – and the band’s overall body of work that its whole catalog could be represented here.  To the band’s defense, those tracks – plus the two bonus songs – make up representation of more than half of the band’s albums.  To be more precise, they represent a total of nine of the band’s albums.  That the whole of Days of Future Passed is here, too brings that count to 10.  While Days of Future Passed is the farthest back that the band reaches in this set list, it does go as far forward as 1991’s Keys of the Kingdom with the inclusion of ‘Say It With Love.’  All things considered, the whole of the recording’s set list gives audiences new and old alike a relatively vivid picture of the band’s body of work.  When this is considered along with the importance of the story behind the concert(s), both elements join to make even more clear why this recording will appeal to fans of The Moody Blues.  They are not the only items that make the recording stand out.  The band’s performance plays its own key part, too.

The band’s performance, as with any act’s performance, is critical to the recording because of its part in the recording’s general effects department so to speak.  Fans new and old alike will appreciate the ease in each song’s performance.  It’s obvious through those performances that no one member of the band is phoning it in, but that he is giving his best.  That’s the case even as the band seems so relaxed.  Front man/guitarist Justin Hayward exemplifies that relaxation as he works through each song and even occasionally interacts with the audience.  Bassist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge are just as enjoyable to hear as they breeze through their parts, too.  Each musician does his own part to make the concert enjoyable.  That is especially noted in the recording’s DVD and BD presentation.  All things considered, the band’s performance here does just as much to impress audiences as the show’s set list and the story behind the tour’s creation.  Each element is obviously important in its own right.  All things considered, they make Days of Future Passed Live a recording that – again – is certain to appeal to any truly devout Moody Blues fan.

The Moody Blues’ latest live recording Days of Future Passed Live is a recording that both on CD and DVD/BD is certain to appeal to the veteran rock band’s most devout fan base.  It may even impress audiences that might be less familiar with the band’s body of work.  That is due in part to the story behind the recording’s birth.  Obviously this is not the first time that a band has ever hit the road to mark the anniversary of an album’s release.  As a matter of fact, it seems like it’s becoming somewhat commonplace nowadays across the musical universe.  That aside, for the band to present the record in whole, in its original order and to couple it with a healthy does of its other albums strengthens its presentation even more.  Add in performances by the band’s members throughout and audiences get a recording that will appeal to Moody Blues fans of all ages.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Days of Future Passed Live is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock To Release New Clapton Retrospective This Summer

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Universal Music Group and Eagle Vision, the video branch of Eagle Rock Entertainment, have partnered to release a new retrospective on the career of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton.

Eric ClaptonLife in 12 Bars is scheduled to be released June 8, 2018.  The documentary tells the story of Clapton’s hugely successful career through the use of archived footage and interviews.  Clapton is brutally honest as he talks about the highs and lows of his career and personal life throughout.

The profile will come with a complimentary soundtrack on 2-CD, 4-LP and digital platform.  The 4-LP soundtrack is scheduled for release on July 20.  The 32-track compilation will feature recordings by The Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, George Harrison, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters and Clapton himself.  Five of those 32 tracks are previously unreleased, including a full-length recording of ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, which was recorded during the 461 Ocean Boulevard sessions.

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‘RGE: Live’ Gives Audiences An Eclectic, One-Of-A-Kind Experience

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Robert Glasper Experiment is, without doubt, one of the most key acts in the music industry today. His work on both sides of the glass has made him a household name in countless circles within the music industry. Late last month, Glasper showed even more why he has become such a respected figure throughout the industry with the release of his latest live recording, Robert Glasper Experiment: Live. This 11-song, 81-minute performance compilation takes audiences around the world, showing the literal reach of his (and his band’s) influence while also giving audiences a relatively healthy cross-section of the group’s body of work. Those two elements alone do plenty to make this recording worth seeing. The editing puts the finishing touch to the whole of the recording. It will also be discussed later. All things considered, Robert Glasper Experiment : Live proves in the end to be a live recording that will appeal to fans of Glasper’s jazz side as much as it will to modern jazz fans.

Robert Glasper Experiment’s latest live recording, simply titled Live, is an interesting new offering from the famed producer/musician and his fellow musicians. It is a work that is certain to appeal to fans of Glasper’s jazz work as much as modern jazz fans in general. That is due in part to the compositions that make up the body of the recording. The songs, by and large come from Glasper’s more jazz oriented albums, Black Radio and Black Radio 2. There is a throwback to his 2005 sophomore album Canvas in ‘Rise and Shine.’ There is also a nod to his 2009 album Double Booked right off the top in a performance of ‘All Matters’ and a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box’ included in the sequence. This composition is such a stunning work in the way that it balances its R&B elements with equal parts modern jazz. It is a great start to the recording’s presentation, whose foundation is strengthened even more as the recording progresses. That is thanks both to the work of vocalist Bilal Oliver and the Metropole Orchestra. Wayne Brady’s freestyle rap (yes, the same Wayne Brady who currently hosts CBS’ hit game show Let’s Make A Deal, and yes, he raps) is one of the high points that really serves to build on that foundation. That’s because he shows he has real flow. Lalah (pronounced Layla) Hathaway’s performances add their own touch to the presentation, too. Between her performances, those of Glasper and his band mates, the performances, and the very directed nature of the song selections, the song selections chosen for this recording are themselves more than enough reason for audiences to watch this offering. It is only one part of what makes the recording an interesting viewing experience. The very range of the performance venues in itself is its own statement.

From start to finish, Eagle Rock Entertainment takes audiences around the world with Glasper and company for their performances, starting with a performance in The Netherlands. From there, audiences go along with the group to Shanghai, China before coming back to the U.S. and a performance at the Troubador in West Hollywood, California. From there, it’s off to Harlem, New York, back to the Troubador again before going back to the Netherlands yet again and then back once more to Harlem. Now, on the surface, this back and forth seems like something of a head scratcher. Those questions are valid. On a deeper level though, presenting performances from basically four major regions from such major nations shows the reach of the group’s stardom. It is, in itself, quite a statement here. It says without saying that Robert Glasper Experiment appeals to a much wider range of audience than one might think. It’s a telling statement, too. From the U.S. to Europe and even to the far East, it shows this Robert Glasper Experiment’s music truly is a universal language. Of course, it is just one more of the elements that makes this recording such an interesting watch. The recording’s editing puts the final touch to the presentation’s whole.

The editing incorporated into RGE: Live is critical because of its general effect impact. This includes the audio and video editing. The transitions from one performance to the next create a fluid progression throughout the course of the program’s nearly 90-minute run time. This fluid progression in itself insures viewers’ engagement. At the same time, the editing of the footage itself gives viewers the best seat in the house in each performance. That is due to the time and effort put into the video and sound editing. Some of the performances actually sound like one is right there, without losing the quality of the sound, and look like it, too. That’s important to note because in essence, what this does is actually make viewers feel like they are there, rather than presenting a spit-shined, finished product. It’s more raw, for lack of better wording, but in a good way. It shows that it is possible for a concert recording to be enjoyable without that perfect finish. At the same time, other performances included in the recording are much more streamlined, yet are just as enjoyable as the more raw clips. Again, that is thanks to the time and effort put into the video and sound editing. Their work makes the final product a positive visual and auditory experience just as much as the featured songs create their own interest along with the featured venues. All three elements together make RGE: Live a presentation that, again, will appeal just as much to fans of Glasper’s jazz work as modern jazz fans in general.

Robert Glasper Experiment: Live is an intriguing new live offering from Glasper and his fellow musicians. It is a work that because of its clearly directed and focused set list, will appeal to a very specific audience. That audience in question is those people who are more appealed to his jazz work than his R&B compositions. Keeping this in mind, it is certain to appeal to modern jazz fans, too. Those same fans are clearly not limited only to American audiences, as the chosen performance sites shows, another important part of the recording’s whole. The program’s editing puts the finishing touch to its presentation, giving home audiences the best seat in the house. Each element noted is important in its own right to the whole of this recording. All things considered, they make it a program that modern jazz fans and fans of Glasper’s jazz work will agree is worth at least one watch. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Robert Glasper Experiment: Live is available online now along with all of Robert Glasper’s latest news and more at:

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Pre-Orders Now Open For Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ Recording

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Pre-orders are officially open for Madonna’s next new live recording Rebel Heart Tour.

The veteran pop performer’s latest live recording will be released Sept. 15 in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, 2CD, and digital download.  The DVD and Blu-ray platforms also come with an audio CD featuring highlights from the tour.  It features performances recorded throughout the tour, which saw Madonna perform 82 shows in 55 cities worldwide on four continents over seven months.

The extensive set list varies from one platform to the next, though each platform includes performances of a number of Madonna’s hits including ‘Living For Love,’ ‘Burning Up,’ ‘Holiday’ and others.  The full track listing for each platform is noted below.  Those who pre-order the recording now will receive the recording with exclusive merchandise bundles.

DVD / Blu-ray Tracklisting CD Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic 02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna 03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up 04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue 05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray 06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude) 07. Deeper and Deeper
08. Body Shop 08. HeartBreakCity
09. True Blue 09. Living For Love
10. Deeper and Deeper 10. La Isla Bonita
11. HeartBreakCity 11. Rebel Heart
12. Like A Virgin 12. Candy Shop
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude) 13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Living For Love 14. Holiday
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer
DOUBLE CD / DIGITAL AUDIO
CD1 Tracklisting CD2 Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 01. Living For Love
02. Iconic 02. La Isla Bonita
03. Bitch I’m Madonna 03. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
04. Burning Up 04. Rebel Heart
05. Holy Water / Vogue 05. Music
06. Devil Pray 06. Candy Shop
07. Body Shop 07. Material Girl
08. True Blue 08. La Vie En Rose
09. Deeper and Deeper 09. Unapologetic Bitch
10. HeartBreakCity 10. Holiday
11. Like A Virgin 11. BONUS TRACK: Like A Prayer
DIGITAL VIDEO
Digital Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
iTUNES ONLY EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer

Along with the extensive set lists, the DVD and Blu-ray platforms will also include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and unreleased footage including a performance from her fan club show in Melbourne, Australia.  The show marked Madonna’s first time performing in Melbourne in 23 years.

The Rebel Heart Tour was produced by Live Nation Global Touring.  The upcoming live recording was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (with band keyboardist Ric’key Pagot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards).  Choreography was directed by Megan Lawson.

Andy LeCompte handled hair while Aaron Henrikson was in charge of makeup.  Arianne Phillips led the tour’s costume design department.

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Fall Out Boy Fans Will Enjoy Band’s Latest Live Recording In Every Season

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Late last summer pop punk outfit Fall Out Boy hit the road in support of its latest album American Beauty/American Psycho.  As part of its tour, the band performed a hometown show that was recorded for release.  That recording was released this past October via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings.  For fans of this recording, there is plenty to appreciate beginning with the concert’s set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to note here as the show’s set list.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s packaging might not seem all that important in the grand scheme of things, but even it plays an important part in its presentation. It is hardly the last element that can be noted, too.  The concert’s cinematography and combined video and sound mixing can also be discussed, too, as could the band’s simplistic stage setup.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  That goes without saying.  All things considered, The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago proves to be, again, a recording that will appeal to any of Fall Out Boy’s fans.

Fall Out Boy’s new live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a work that will appeal to any of the veteran pop punk band’s fans.  It is not the band’s first live recording by any means.  Regardless, it will appeal to said fans.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The 17-song set list pulls from all six of the band’s current albums.  American Beauty/American Psycho receives the most nods with five songs.  The band’s 2013 album Save Rock and Roll comes in second with four of its songs featured in the show’s set list.  Infinity on High (2007) comes in third with three songs featured.  From Under A Cork Tree also sees three of its songs included in the set list while Folie a Deux is represented by two songs and Take This To Your Grave with one song.  Needless to say, the fact that the band pulled from each of its current albums makes this concert a career-spanning show for the band.  That being the case, it becomes clear why the concert’s set list is so important to its overall presentation.

The set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums.  That makes it for all intents and purposes a career-spanning performance, even with the band’s career being far from over.  While the show’s set list is clearly an important piece of its presentation, it is just one of the elements that should be noted in examining the concert’s presentation.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list is just as important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s members—Pete Went (bass, vocals), Patrick Stump (guitar, vocals), Joseph Trohman (guitar, vocals) and Andrew Hurley (drums)—have full run of the massive stage.  While they do make use of its wide open space at times, it seems that they opt to use their energies for their performances rather than running around the stage.  Audiences will appreciate that attention to the performance.  That is because it shows through in each song.  The band gives its all in each song.  The end result is that it will pull in home viewers just as much as it did the concert’s attendees.  It should be noted that even in the concert’s semi-acoustic section the band spends plenty of time interacting with the audience between songs in a sort of Storytellers (for anyone who remembers that VH1 program) setting.  It serves to strengthen the band’s connection with audiences even more.  That includes audiences at home, too.  The solid connection that is made between Fall Out Boy’s band members and the band’s audiences translates very well to audiences.  It makes the viewing experience all the more enjoyable for the band’s fans at home, and is still not the last of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s packaging is just as important to note as its set list and the band’s performance thereof.

The career-spanning set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key the this recording’s overall presentation.  They are not its only important elements.  The recording’s packaging is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation, too.  Much like so many of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s other live recordings released this year, this recording has been released in a standard package that will allow it to fit on any fan’s CD rack.  That is even with the recording being presented on separate DVD and Blu-ray platform.  This is important to note because of its ergonomic value.  The concert being packaged in a standard CD packaging—despite being presented on DVD and Blu-ray—saves space on fans’ DVD and BD racks.  Being a very thin package, it also saves space on CD racks, too.  So that end, the recording’s packaging may not seem important on the surface, but ultimately proves to be just as important as the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  It is just important in a different way.  Interestingly enough, it still is not the last of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s video and sound mix (its production values) and the band’s simple stage setup could also be discussed in examining this recording’s overall presentation.  Each element is clearly important in its own right.  All things considered, they show in whole why The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any of Fall Out Boy’s fans will appreciate.

Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate.  Fans will appreciate this recording for a number of reasons beginning with the concert’s set list.  The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums.  While the band’s career is likely far from over, this approach still technically makes the set list a career-spanning set.  The band’s performance is just as important to note as the concert’s set list.  That is due to the fact that the band’s members don’t run around the stage unnecessarily.  Rather, they use their performances of the show’s set list to entertain audiences.  That attention to its performance of each song improves the band members’ endurance and thus enhances each song’s performance even more.  Those enhanced performances in turn make the band’s performance that much more engaging for fans.  The recording’s packaging, production values and the band’s simple stage setup combine to round out the recording’s most important elements. Each element is obviously important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they show why The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is, once more, a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Paco And John’ Is Another Impressive Entry In Eagle Rock’s Montreux Live Series

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Fans of John McLaughlin have new reason to be excited this week.  That is because Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds have released a new archived performance by the veteran guitarist.  Paco An John Live at Montreux 1987 was released this Friday, June 24th.  The triple-disc set is not the first of McLaughlin’s Montreux performances to be released by the companies.  Five years ago, they released McLaughlin’s performance alongside fellow guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana at the 2011 Montreux Festival on Blu-ray.  This latest recording takes fans even farther back in time and presents him with another guitarist—Paco de Lucia.  There is plenty for fans of both musicians to appreciate in this new recording beginning with its set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The duo’s stage presence is just as important to note.  It will be discussed later.  Last and most definitely not least of note in this set’s presentation is its companion booklet.  It brings everything full circle with this presentation and shows together with the previously noted elements why this recording is one more must have for any John McLaughlin fan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds’ new archived concert recording Paco and John Live at Montreux 1987 is a new must have for any fan of Paco de Lucia.  It is just as much of a must have for any fan of John McLaughlin.  It is not the first of McLaughlin’s Montreux performances to be released by Eagle Rock and Montreux Sounds.  But it is unlike his previous released performances.  That is evident in the first of the set’s most important elements—its set list.  This concert’s set list features a mix of Mclaughlin and de Lucia’s own originals, and a number of covers, too.  McLaughlin makes note of this in the set’s companion booklet.  That will be discussed at more length later.  In all, the nine songs (technically ten since the set’s opener is a two-song medley of sorts) that make up the body of the concert total ninety-one minutes.  What’s important to note is that while nine (or ten) songs might not seem like much, each song’s arrangement is so in depth that each one must be truly experienced in order to be fully understood and appreciated.  In other words, the set list presented here is not one that one can just have on in the background when experiencing it.  It is one that requires full attention from one song to the next in order to be fully appreciated.  It is just one of the recording’s most important elements.  McLaughlin and de Lucia’s stage presence is just as important to note here as the show’s set list.

The set list featured in Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin’s new live recording is an important part of the recording’s presentation in its own right.  That is made clear simply by listening through the entirety of its ninety-one minute run time.  It is just one of the recording’s most important elements.  McLaughlin and de Lucia’s stage presence is just as important to note in this recording as the concert’s set list.  The duo’s stage presence is so important to note because of how little the pair does throughout the course of its performance.  Both men spend the length of their performance sitting down while they perform.  There’s no walking around on stage, pacing back and forth.  Even with this being the case, both men still manage to keep audiences entertained and engaged.  That is done primarily through each musician’s display of musical talents.  The precision and expertise exhibited in each man’s performance is impressive to say the very least.  Actually getting to see that expertise in the set’s DVD reveals just how impressive their talents are.  The pair’s facial gestures do just as much for their stage presence as their performance of the set’s featured songs.  This includes the moments when each is alone on stage and when the pair is performing together.  The sly little smiles that the pair share with one another as they perform speak volumes.  Those motions do just as much to entertain as do those of any performer’s more active behavior on stage.  That is a true testament to the power of the simplicity in the pair’s stage presence.  It shows that just as the old adage states, big things sometimes do indeed come in small packages.  Now, keeping this in mind, it should be clear why de Lucia an McLaughlin’s stage presence is so important to note in the overall presentation of this recording.  Their stage presence is so simple.  Yet it does so much for the experience even in (and perhaps thanks to) its simplicity.  When that simple and so entertaining stage presence is set against the recording’s set list, both elements prove even more their importance to this recording.  They are not its only important elements, either.  The companion booklet that is included in the recording is just as important to its presentation as the recording’s set list and its performers’ stage presence.

The set list featured in Paco and John Live at Montreux 1987 is its own important element in the set’s overall presentation.  The same can be said of de Lucia and McLaughlin’s stage presence.  Both elements are each important in their own way to the recording’s presentation.  They are, however, not its only important elements.  The companion booklet that comes with the set is just as important to the set’s presentation as those other noted elements.  The companion booklet should be noted in large part because of its liner notes.  The notes in question were written by John McLaughlin.  McLaughlin discusses in the notes the show’s set list and his friendship with de Lucia.  There is even a very small music theory lesson of sorts in the liner notes as he discusses Bulerias, which he states are “one of the pillars of the Flamenco musical traditions.”  The liner notes are brief, but also concise.  In the end, it brings the presentation full circle.  It rounds out the recording’s overall experience, proving once and for all why Paco and John Live at Montreux 1987 is one more must have for fans of both de Lucia and McLaughlin.

Paco and John Live at Montreux 1987 is a must have for any fan of Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin.  It is one of those rare presentations that does so much with so little.  This is evident in the show’s set list, which runs a total of ninety-one minutes.  It features compositions from McLaughlin and de Lucia but from their counterparts, too.  Those that listen closely will note the difference in sound and style between each song, too.  The duo’s performance on stage is so simple throughout.  As odd as it may seem, that simplicity actually makes a big impact on the experience.  The show’s liner notes are just as simple yet add their own depth to the experience, too.  Each element proves in the end to be important in its own right to the whole of this recording.  Altogether they make Paco and John Live at Montreux 1987, again, a live recording (and recording in general) that every one of de Lucia and McLaughlin’s fans should have in their own home music collections.  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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Audiences Of All Musical Tastes Will Enjoy Enjoy Eagle Rock Entertainment’s New Dylan Documentary

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new music documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued is an interesting new presentation. Regardless of whether audiences are fans of Bob Dylan and his body of work or fans of the artists recruited to resurrect Dylan’s “long lost” there is plenty for audiences of all ages and tastes to like throughout the program beginning fittingly with its virtual music history lesson. The program’s very presentation style is another element of the documentary that audiences will appreciate. Despite essentially being a standard “making of” feature, it doesn’t come across like so many other guerilla style making of peices thrown together by so many other acts just to sell records. And then of course there is the bonus material. In the case of this Blu-ray, the bonus material lives up to its name as it brings the whole presentation full circle. It doesn’t present the finished product of each song rehearsed in the main feature. But it does give audiences a look at the finished product of half of the noted songs. And that’s only the beginning of what makes the bonus material a true bonus. That will be discussed later. Taking into consideration everything noted here, Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued proves itself a music documentary well worth the watch by audiences of any musical taste.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new music documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued is an interesting work that audiences of any musical taste should see. It should be noted right off the top that it is not a piece that audiences of any age should see. that is because there is some language older audiences might find questionable for some younger viewers. There is also one scene from some vintage 1960s film that shows a topless woman dancing with a group of other people. None of this seems to be noted anywhere on the documentariy’s casing. So it would be irresponsible if this critic didn’t note these issues right off the bat. Having gotten that out of the way, this program is still one that older audiences of any musical taste will want to see. The central reason for that is that it is within itself a virtual music history lesson. The lesson is centered on a group of previously “undiscovered” writings from none other than legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Audiences get a glimpse into where the writings came from, how they originally came into being so many decades ago and even their original intent. Some of this information is provided by Dylan himself even though the only time that Dylan actually appears on camera is in vintage footage of Dylan with his band mates collected for the documentary. Audiences will be surprised to learn that many of the writings if not all of them were never even intended for mass consumtion by fans. Audiences will be just as interested to learn why Dylan and company opted to record the original songs literally in the basement of a house instead of the sterility of a studio as they watch. That little factoid is in itself quite enlightening. there is even more information thrown out throughout the program that audiences will find interesting. So that will be left to viewers to discover for themselves. That information coupled with the information noted here shows clearly to be a history lesson that intended or not serves as one of the most important elements of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued in its enjoyment. It is only part of the program that makes it a joy for fans. The documentary’s overall shooting and presentation style make for their own enjoyment in this case, too.

The overall shooting style and manner of presentation in Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued make for just as much reason for audiences to check out the program as its virtual music history lesson. “Making of documentaries” are all too commonplace in today’s music industry. The problem with all of the “documentaries” is that few prove to be memorable in any form or fashion. More often than not they are throwaway extras used to convince audiences to purchase already overpriced albums that are themselves forgettable. They are typically shot in guerilla, home-video style and presented as such, too. Thankfully none of this applies to Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. What audiences get in this program is a piece that fully lives up to the title of music documentary. It is an expertly shot and edited program that ties together music’s past and present and will in turn keep audiences engaged from beginning to end. There are no fast moving pans or tilts from the camera crew. And the music being rehearsed makes the presentation emotionally moving and powerful both as the recruited artists–who are themselves some of the music world’s biggest names today–work together and by themselves. There are no jump cuts. And while some special effects are used, they are used sparingly throughout, making the presentation all the more worth the watch.

Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued more than lives up to the title of music documentary. It is the total antithesis of the largely forgettable throwaway pieces out there that masquerade as making of documentaries. This includes the standalone pieces and the ones that are thrown in with albums that are themselves largely forgettable. It stands out from those presentations thanks in large part to its professional production values and its virtual music history lesson. Both elements play their own important part in the success and enjoyment of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. As important as each element proves in the long run, there is one more element to note that brings the presentation full circle. That element is the documentary’s collective bonus material. The bonus material in this case is a presentation of some of the songs featured in the main feature in their entirety. While not all twelve of the featured songs are included as bonus material. No fewer than half of the songs are featured, though. Having gone through the rehersals and creative process presented in the program’s main feature, the half dozen songs featured as bonus material are essentially a reward for audiences that watched the creative process that led to the songs. Again, while not all twelve songs presented in the main feature are included with the bonus material, the half dozen that are featured bring the presentation in whole full circle.

The full song “performances” featured in the bonus features of Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued are themselves bonus for audiences. They are bonuses in large part because they finally let audiences hear at least some of the presented songs in their identity. That isn’t the only reason that they are bonuses, though. They are bonuses also because of the fact that each song features one of the recruited artists leading the given songs in his or her own style. Because each of the recruited artists gets to lead at least one song included in the bonus features, not one of the noted songs sounds like the other. Each comopsition has a sound and style completely separate from the others. It shows each artist’s own musical roots and influences thus deepening the program in whole even more. It is within itself a bonus of the bonus material and one more reason that audiences will want to watch Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.

Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued is one of the more interesting music documentaries that has been released so far this year. For that matter, it is one of the only presentations released so far this year that rightfully deserves to be called a documentary. That is thanks in large part to its virtual music history lesson. Whether or not the history lesson was intended, it is there. The program’s production values set it apart from all of thoe throwaway pieces that try to pretend to be documentaries, too. And the bonus material rewards audiences that stayed and watched Bob Dylan’s “long lost” slowly come to life in more than one way. All three elements together show why audiences of all musical tastes, if not ages, will want to watch this documentary. Together, they show that while Eagle Rock is known largely as the leader in live recordings, it holds its own in the world of music documentaries, too. Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued will be available in stores and online Tuesday, May 26th. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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