The Who: Live in Hyde Park Is One More Of 2015’s Top New Live Recordings

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Who is one of the most iconic bands in the modern history of the music industry. The band, originally composed of front man Roger Daltry, guitarist Pete Townshend, drummer Keith Moon, and bassist John Entwhistle, has seen its lineup change a number of times over the course of its now fifty years plus making music. Through it all Daltry and Townshend have both remained at the core of the band. And late last year the duo, along with its current roster of backing musicians, marked The Who’s fiftieth anniversary with an extensive global tour. While there were some bumps along the way, the band finally wrapped its tour this past June at London’s famed Hyde Park. The concert was recorded and last month was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group in a triple-disc Blu-ray/2 CD combo pack. The experience presented throughout the course of the set’s discs make this recording one more of the year’s best new live overall recordings. The main reason for that is the show’s set list. The twenty-plus song set takes listeners of all ages throughout the band’s expansive catalogue of hits. There is a lot to say here. It will be noted shortly. On a related note, there are some differences between the concert’s CD presentation and Blu-ray presentation that set the two apart from each other. This is another important element of the recording that makes its presentation so important to note. Last but not least of note here is the band’s stage presence throughout the 109-minute (one hour and forty-nine minutes) concert. Daltry and Townshend may be up there in age. But the pair definitely doesn’t show it even despite Townshend’s joke in one interview about how easily he and Daltry getting easily winded. Each element is important in its own right to the overall presentation that is The Who: Live in Hyde Park. Altogether, they make this recording one more of the year’s best new live recordings.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park is one of this year’s top new live recordings. The main reason for the recording earning such acclaim is its set list. The show’s set list runs nearly two hours. Among that massive collection of hits featured in this show’s set list are: ‘My Generation,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘Baba O’Reily,’ ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘You Better You Bet,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Join Together,’ ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ ‘I Can See For Miles’ and a number of others. Simply put the show includes songs that audiences of all ages know and love. And depending on how one counts the total number of songs, it could be argued that the set list features a total of twenty-two songs. Some of those songs are included as part of a couple of medleys. So the total number of songs could be argued. Regardless of which side one takes on that discussion, the fact that so much of the band’s extensive catalogue of hits is featured in this concert is plenty of reason for audiences to check out the recording. It isn’t the only reason that audiences will want to check out The Who: Live in Hyde Park. Believe it or not the concert’s Blu-ray presentation is actually different in at least a couple of ways from its CD presentation. That is another important element to note in its overall presentation.

The set list that is presented in The Who: Live in Hyde Park is in itself an important reason for audiences to check out this latest live recording from The Who. It is just one part of what makes this recording such an interesting experience for audiences. Between its Blu-ray and CD presentations The Who: Live in Hyde Park audiences actually get two largely different presentations. That is just as important to note of this recording as the show’s set list. Audiences will note in comparing in both its Blu-ray and CD presentations that the Blu-ray presentation includes one-on-one interviews with the band members, fans, and even the band’s counterparts. One of those counterparts is veteran punk rocker Iggy Pop. Pop discusses the band’s mega-hit ‘My Generation’ and its importance in the rock community’s modern history. Townshend–as previously noted–jokes about how easily he and Daltry can get winded in live performances in one interview. And Daltry shares his thoughts on the band’s place in rock’s history among many other topics throughout the show. The fans that are interviewed at the concert show exactly why The Who remains one of rock’s (and music’s) elite acts today. The fans in question come from a number of age groups and are both male and female. That wide sample of fans and their views on the band shows that the band remains just as relevant today. That relevance and continued ability to entertain masses of all ages is the argument as to why The Who remains one of rock’s (and music’s) elite acts. The interviews with the band members (those interviews include not just Daltry and Townshend but the duo’s backing musicians as well) and the band’s counterparts strengthen said argument even more. On the other side of the recording, audiences get in the recording’s CD side the band’s interactions with the audience between songs at the concert. Those interactions are replaced in the Blu-ray presentation with the previously noted interviews. On the surface this is a little bit problematic. That is because it would have been nice to have those moments included both on the concert’s CD and Blu-ray presentation. But in the bigger picture of the recording, audiences still get the whole concert experience between the two presentations. So to that extent the two separate presentations are in whole an important part of The Who: Live in Hyde Park in terms of its overall presentation despite the Blu-ray slightly short-changing audiences. Even with this issue being noted it still isn’t enough to doom the recording in whole. That is because audiences do still get the full concert experience here. Said experience is just spread across three discs. And when combined with the concert’s extensive set list both elements together make The Who: Live in Hyde Park even more of an important recording especially being that of the final show on the band’s worldwide 50th anniversary tour. Even together they are not all that makes this recording such an interesting and important recording. The band’s stage presence throughout the show is just as important to note as the set list and the two distinctly different presentations that make up the body of the recording.

 

The set list and separate CD and Blu-ray presentations that make up the body of The Who: Live in Hyde Park are both important elements in the recording’s overall presentation. AS important as each element is to the recording’s whole, they are not the only elements that should be discussed in examining the recording. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the nearly two-hour concert is just as important to discuss as those previously noted elements. It has already been mentioned that Pete Townshend jokingly mentions in one of the one-on-one interviews included in the recording’s Blu-ray presentation, that it doesn’t take much for he and long-time band mate Roger Daltry to get winded. Yet watching the duo on stage here, one wouldn’t know that. That is because the duo (and the other musicians on stage) comes across as giving it their all throughout the show. Townshend’s arm swings in that propeller motion with just as much power as in his younger days. And while Daltry can’t swing his mic with the same power as he used to decades ago, he still has some power. What’s more, the pair still surprisingly has just as much fire in its performance of each song as in its younger days. On a related note in regards to the band’s stage presence, there is no parental advisory sticker on this recording. But there is a certain amount of foul language throughout the recording. Maybe it isn’t enough for whatever parties to consider it deserving of such notice. But there is at least some language throughout that some audiences might find objectionable beginning right off the top as Townshend drops an “F”-bomb as he tells the audience that the band will reach the audience no matter how far away audiences are in the expansive venue. It’s just one moment that audiences should note. So listener discretion should be advised. Even noting the discretion that should be taken in taking in the recording in whole, it still isn’t enough to ruin the overall experience presented in this recording in either its Blu-ray or CD side. Keeping that in mind, the band’s stage presence, when coupled with the concert’s set list and the separate elements included and omitted in the Blu-ray and CD portion of the recording, rounds out the recording’s most important elements. Altogether, all three elements make The Who: Live in Hyde Park a concert recording that is one more of the year’s best overall live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new recording from The Who is a good addition to the personal music library of any of the band’s fans. That is thanks in large part to the extensive career-spanning set list that makes up the main body of the recording. In examining both the recording’s Blu-ray and CD presentations, audiences will note that there are some noticeable differences between the two presentations. The audience interactions included in the recording’s CD presentation have been largely replaced in the Blu-ray presentation with one-on-one interviews with the band members, audience members that were at the show, and some of the band’s counterparts. It would be interesting to find out why the choice was made to go in that direction in this recording. Regardless, audiences still get the full concert experience in the Blu-ray/2 CD presentation of The Who: Live in Hyde Park even if it is spread across the entire presentation. So it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The band’s stage presence is another positive throughout the concert. Even though they aren’t as young as they once were, Daltry and Townshend still own the stage alongside their younger counterparts from beginning to end. That energy is certain to keep audiences fully engaged throughout the course of the concert’s nearly two-hour run time. All three elements combined, they make The Who: Live in Hyde Park, again, one of this year’s best new live recordings and one more welcome addition to the personal music library of any of the band’s fans around the world. The Who: Live in Hyde Park is available now in stores and online.   More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

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

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

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

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From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 Is One Of 2015’s Marquee Live Recordings

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This past June, Eagle Rock Entertainment continued its “From The Vault” series with the first of two more archived Rolling Stones concerts with it released From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971. The classic recording is yet another impressive release in the ongoing series of concert recordings. And there are a number of reasons that this recent release proves itself such an impressive new archived recording not the least of which being its multiple formats. It is available on a number of platforms including: DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD + CD combo pack, SD Blu-ray + CD combo pack, and even DVD + LP combo pack. Having so many options in terms of its platforms, audiences will all be on the same level regardless of which option they choose. The set list chosen for this recording is just as important to its success as its availability on multiple platforms. And last but hardly least worth mentioning is the recording’s companion booklet. Richard Havers’ liner notes and the additional notes included in the booklet add an additional insight into the recording that makes for even more enjoyment for audiences. All three elements taken together make From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 yet another impressive addition to Eagle Rock’s Rolling Stones “From The Vault” series. They also make it one more of this year’s top new live Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new addition to its Rolling Stones “From The Vault” series is yet another impressive addition to that series. It is also one of the year’s best new live Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs. That it fits into not one or two but three categories is the central reason that it is such an impressive release. Eagle Rock has paid tribute both to the band and its legions of fans around the world in having made it available in so many platforms. Those platforms include: DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD + CD combo pack, SD Blu-ray + CD combo pack, and even DVD + LP combo pack. What this means is that fans will all be largely on the same level regardless of which platform they choose to take in the concert. That is because each platform presents the concert in exactly the same order with all of the same songs. Nothing has been added or removed from any of the concert’s varied presentations. It is hardly the first time that Eagle Rock has done this for fans. And it more than likely won’t be the last. The DVD and SD Blu-ray platforms both feature video that when played back in any standard Blu-ray player will look the same. That is because the SD Blu-ray footage has already been upscaled. Any DVD played back on a Blu-ray player will be upscaled when played back on said device. The audio is the same on both presentations, too as is the set list, which is the next reason that that this recording proves to be yet another impressive addition to Eagle Rock’s “From The Vault” series of releases.

The various platforms in which The Rolling Stones’ latest “From The Vault” recording are collectively one very important aspect of its success and enjoyment. They put the band’s legions of fans around the world largely on the same level regardless of which platform they choose to purchase. It is just one aspect of the set that fans and audiences alike will appreciate. The show’s set list is another reason the audiences will appreciate and enjoy this recording. The primary set list only totals eight songs. That totals a little more than thirty-six minutes. However, thanks to the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, they are complemented with two extra pairs of bonus tracks, one being a pair of alternate takes of ‘I Got The Blues’ and the other a pair of alternate takes of ‘B****.’ That is a total of four additional songs, which push the show’s total run time to fifty-four minutes. It is fifty-four minutes that audiences won’t even realize has passed by the time the whole thing ends. It includes songs that were at the time the band’s older material–including the Stones standard (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’–and more recent material such as ‘Let It Rock’ from the then most recent Stones’ 1969 record Let It Bleed. It also includes four songs from what was then the band’s next album Sticky Fingers in the form of ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Dead Flowers, ‘I Got The Blues,’ and ‘B****.’ Of those four songs, only three were originally planned for the set presented here. The fourth, ‘I Got The Blues’ was a last-minute addition. As audiences will learn in reading through the show’s booklet, it was added to the show’s set list that night. In hearing it in all three of its takes, fans will agree that it was a good thing that it was added to the show. That is because it stands out so starkly from the rest of the set’s songs stylistically speaking. As Havers notes in the recording’s liner notes, it is reminiscent of Otis Redding. As audiences will note, it really forces Jagger to push himself in regards to his vocal range. It is definitely an interesting change of pace for the band both in terms of this concert and in terms of the band’s overall body of work at the time. It is just one more way in which this recording’s set list shows itself to be so important to the whole of the recording. It is not the last way in which the recording shows itself to be so impressive either. As previously noted, the companion booklet that comes with the recording in each of its platforms includes in-depth liner notes by Richard Havers as well as other intriguing notes. That combination of notes plays directly into the set list and the recording in whole, proving once and for all why From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 is one more must have for any Rolling Stones fan and fanatic and why it is one of the best of this year’s new live recordings overall.

The availability of The Rolling Stones’ new recording on a variety of platforms does plenty to make it another impressive addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s ongoing series of archived Rolling Stones concert recordings. The set list that makes up the body of the concert is just as important to its success and enjoyment. That is because it features a group of songs that at the time exhibited a rather large swath of the band’s catalogue including one song that almost didn’t make it into the concert. While both elements prove to be equally important to the overall success and enjoyment of this new Rolling Stones recording, there is still one more element to examine in its presentation. That final element is the concert’s companion booklet. Writer Richard Havers includes some in-depth liner notes in the booklet, which are themselves complemented by some equally in-depth additional smaller notes. Havers’ notes include a mention of ‘I Got The Blues’ almost not making the concert’s set list and of the band’s decision to include a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Let It Rock.’ The latter was added because, again as Havers notes, the band had quite the affinity for the famed guitarist’s body of work. It is well-documented that much of The Rolling Stones’ music was influenced by the blues. But this additional note regarding the band’s respect for Berry’s style of rock and roll is an interesting tidbit for fans who perhaps might not have known about it. In the same breath, Havers also makes mention of the band’s first performance of ‘Midnight Rambler’ at Hyde Park in 1969. Ironically enough, Eagle Rock just released that recording last month. Or rather, it released the presentation that ended up being recorded and presented for broadcast. The mention is made because the band also included ‘Midnight Rambler’ in its performance at The Marquee Club, too. It’s just one more example of how Havers’ liner notes add more interest and enjoyment to From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971.

In regards to the additional material included by the people at Eagle Rock, fans learn that the concert itself was a rather intimate performance with only 150 – 200 guests invited to the show. Among the guests in attendance, according to those additional notes, were none other than Eric Clapton and Jimmy page. What’s more fans also learn via the companion booklet that the band used its own mobile recording equipment to capture the concert as well as its then upcoming album Sticky Fingers and later to record Exile on Main Street. That the band used its own recording equipment to capture the concert’s audio is actually a very telling statement. It might not have captured every little nuance of the band’s show, but it definitely did a relatively impressive job of capturing the energy of the band’s show so long ago. There is even more interest added thanks to the original news article printed at the time included in the booklet. Fans that read the article will catch that the band actually recorded not one but two takes of the show. They were recorded simultaneously. That is because the original twenty-eight minute set would air on British television. The longer, fifty-two minute concert would air across Europe. This echoes the presentation that would become Hyde Park 1969 and would also explain why audiences get two takes of ‘I Got The Blues’ and two of ‘B****.’ Or at least it would safe to assume that that would be the reason why those additional takes are included in the recording. All of this information alongside the notes provided by Richard Havers show in full detail just why the companion booklet that comes with From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 is just as important to the package in whole as the show’s set list and the varied platforms in which it is presented for audiences. Those varied presentations alongside the concert’s very set list and the in-depth information provided in its companion booklet show together once and for all why From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 is not just another impressive addition to Eagle Rock’s “From The Vault” series of recordings but one of this year’s best new live recordings overall.

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 is one of this year’s best new live recordings overall as well as another impressive addition to Eagle Rock’s continued series of live Rolling Stones recordings. That is shown over and over again through the varied platforms in which it is presented, through its set list and even through the concert’s companion booklet. All three elements provide their own element of enjoyment to the whole of the concert. Collectively, they make this recording one that Rolling Stones fans of all ages should have in their own home music library. From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 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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Sweet Summer Sun Is A Sweet Treat For Any Rolling Stones Fan

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

Eagle Rock Entertainment has done it yet again.  Somehow some way, Eagle Rock Entertainment has raised the bar yet again for live recordings.  Eagle Rock has raised the bar yet again with its new live Rolling Stones recording, Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live.  This concert recording is one for the ages.  And it’s one for viewers of all ages.  As viewers will see, the audience in attendance numbered more than one hundred thousand, according to the notes in the recording’s bonus booklet.  That hundred thousand plus number was comprised of fans from every background and every age.  This is a big statement, and it’s just one part of what makes this recording an absolute must have for any Rolling Stones fan.  The show’s cinematography has been a point of contention among viewers.  The reality of the cinematography is that there is nothing wrong with this aspect at all.  As a matter of fact, it is another part of the whole that makes this presentation such a joy to watch.  The bonus booklet included with the recording is the final touch to the package.  It is an excellent companion to the video presentation, as audiences will see in watching what is a concert film in every sense.  It provides an in-depth backstory on the band’s history at Hyde Park, as well as highlights of the show contained in the current recording.  Together with the cinematography and the concert itself, it makes for one of the best live concert recordings overall in a very long time.

The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park performance from its “50 and Counting” tour is one for the ages and one for all ages.  Viewers that purchase this recording will see that among the one hundred thousand plus in attendance were concert goers of all ages.  There were people in their forties, fifties, and potentially older.  There were people in their twenties and thirties, too.  At one point, viewers will even see a young man that could not have been more than perhaps thirteen years old.  How many bands today can command an audience of over one hundred thousand?  How many can say that they command an audiences of such size and of such a wide age range at the same time?  This speaks loudly to just how popular and respected Mick Jagger and company are, even half a century after they first broke through and hit it big.  The songs and the performance of the band only make this hit even harder.  The audience in attendance was treated to rather wide array of songs from throughout the band’s career, starting fittingly with “Start Me Up.”  “Honky Tonk Women”, “Midnight Rambler”, and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” are all there too along with plenty more songs to which even home audiences will find themselves ancing and singing.  The ironic thing of this show is that the band closes out the main concert feature with a performance of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”  It’s pretty obvious that the band got plenty of satisfaction, as did the audience in attendance.  The same can be said of those that watch the concert both on DVD and Blu-ray.

The band’s performance and the vast size and age range of the audience at the Stones’ Hyde Park concert is in itself a big statement.  Making that statement even bolder is the concert’s cinematography.  There are those that have criticized this recording for its cinematography.  The biggest complaints are that the shots are too quick and that there aren’t enough close up shots of the band.  But those that complain obviously haven’t taken the full extent of the cinematography into account.  It’s that same cinematography that captures the full immensity of the audience in attendance.  The aerial angles used throughout the concert show the contrast of that massive crowd against the band on stage.  Those shots taken from behind the band are just as powerful.  They drive home the sheer size of the audience.  It makes even more incredible the fact that the band could command such an immense audience.  And then there are the “crowd shots.”  These shots are taken more from the angle of the crowd.  The shots taken from higher up show the massive size of the stage setup.  The wider the angle of those shots, the more it hits home to viewers just how large the stage set really was.

The cinematography and the overall immensity of the show truly make Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live a once in a lifetime concert in every sense of the term.  There’s still something else to consider that puts this latest live recording over the top.  That last aspect is the recording’s bonus booklet.  The booklet that comes with the recording gives viewers an in-depth look at the band’s history at Hyde Park.  It includes a full rundown of the concert contained on the new presentation’s disc.  That introduction helps to set up the recording in question.  There is also a handful of pictures peppered throughout the booklet that were taken during the newer of the band’s Hyde Park performances.  The history and the pictures make the booklet an invaluable addition to the overall presentation of this new release.  It is one more part of the whole that makes this release an absolute must have for any Rolling Stones fan.  The DVD, Blu-ray, and CD presentation of Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live are all available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.