Music’s Past, Present, And Future Come Together In 2015’s Best New Live CDs List

Going to see live shows is anything but cheap. Anyone that has ever been to one will attest to that. Regardless of whether the show is close by or a long drive, it seems going to see shows nowadays is anything but cheap. Not to mention it’s not always easy because of time constraints. Weekday and weeknight shows are anything but easy just because of scheduling regardless of whether or not one has a family. So that leaves the question what is one to do in place of going to see a show? The answer: Pick up one’s favorite live recording on CD or DVD/Blu-ray. Both formats offer their own pros and cons. And in many cases, what is available on CD might not necessarily be available on DVD/Blu-ray or vice versa. That leads to the need for a list both for the year’s best new live CDs and new live DVDs/BDs. For the sake of this list the attention will go to the year’s best new live CDs. This year’s list includes a number of live CDs that were not accompanied by live DVDs and Blu-rays. Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s new live CD Live + is one of those that only received the CD treatment. It topped this year’s list. Saxon’s The Saxon Chronicles is another live CD that didn’t get the companion DVD/BD treatment. It’s on the list, too as is Birth of Joy’s Live at UBU, Jimi Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival performance, and Zodiac’s The Road Tapes Volume 1. In other cases such as The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” recordings, audiences were lucky enough to get the recordings in complete packages. The same applies with Whitechapel’s Brotherhood of the Blade. These are just some of the titles that made the cut for this year’s list of the year’s best new live CD recordings. This was by no means an easy list to assemble. So no offense is meant against any recording that was left off the list. Set lists had to be taken into account as well as production values and also the acts’ stage presence. Taking all of that into account the following is the final list. Without any further ado I offer to you, dear readers, 2015’s Top New Live CDs.

2015 TOP NEW LIVE CDS

1. JEFF BECK — LIVE +

2. CARLOS SANTANA/JOHN MCLAUGHLIN — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD — SWEET HOME ALABAMA

4. DARYLL HALL AND JOHN OATES — LIVE IN DUBLIN

5. TESSERACT — ODYSSEY

6. JIMI HENDRIX — ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL

7. ZODIAC — THE ROAD TAPES VOLUME 1

8. WHITECHAPEL — BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

9. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME

10. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE IN LEEDS

11. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: THE MARQUEE CLUB LIVE IN 1971

12. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS (SPECIAL EDITION WITH WACKEN OPEN AIR 2015 CONCERT)

13. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

14. EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

15. BIRTH OF JOY — LIVE AT UBU

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ELP Double Disc CD Set Is A Solid Final Entry For Band’s ’97 Montreux Show

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Nearly nine years ago, Eagle Rock Entertainment struck a deal with Montreux Sounds that since that time has led to the release of innumerable concerts from the famed festival’s decades-long history.  That number includes performances from acts across the musical spectrum and years.  One of the earliest of those releases came on November 16th, 2004 in the form of Emerson, Lake & Palmers (ELP as the band is also known) performance at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival.  It was released on DVD.  Six years after its release, the concert was re-issued on Blu-ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Now almost eleven years after the release of that first DVD, Eagle Rock Entertainment has finally finished it off with the release of the concert in question on a double-disc CD set.  The very fact that the concert has finally been released in an audio-only presentation is the central reason that it proves to be one that any ELP fan will appreciate.  That will be discussed at more length shortly.  The show’s set list is another reason that ELP fans everywhere will appreciate this new release/re-issue.  It features some of the band’s biggest hits to date over the course of thirteen tracks and roughly hour and a half run time.  Last but hardly least of note to this recording’s positives is its liner notes.  The recording’s liner notes were penned by the members of the band themselves versus by an outsider.  This adds a certain extra enjoyment to the recording as it gives the band members’ own thoughts as opposed to personal thoughts and suppositions from any outside sources.  That final element set against the show’s set list (and the band’s performance by connection), and the recording’s platform makes it one welcome piece for any ELP fan’s collection regardless of whether or not he or she already owns the performance in either of its previous releases.  All three elements together also show once again why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

Earlier this month, Eagle Rock Entertainment released ELP’s classic 1997 performance at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival.  The performance, released on a double-disc CD platform, marks the third time that performance has seen the light of day.  It was originally released on DVD almost eleven years ago by Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Its second release, roughly five years ago, was on Blu-ray also via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Now, with its release earlier this month on 2 CD set Eagle Rock Entertainment it would seem that Eagle Rock has finally completed releasing the concert on each of its platforms.  To the untrained eye (and ear) this is not very significant.  However the reality is far different.  Ever since Eagle Rock and Montreux Sounds first partnered to release the innumerable performances from the famed festival Eagle Rock has gone on to make a habit of releasing each recording on its multiple formats at once instead of making audiences wait.  That is a big change in comparison to the company’s earliest recordings, this recording included.  While it likely is not the last of the companies’ earlier recordings that have needed to be finished off, it is nice to know that both companies have strived to keep from making audiences wait since then.  It’s just one way in which this new release/re-issue shows itself to be such a welcome recording for ELP’s fans and one more example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.  The show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list is just as important to its overall enjoyment and success as its audio-only presentation.

The set list featured in this presentation of ELP’s ’97 Montreux show and the band’s performance thereof are just as important to the presentation’s enjoyment and success as its presentation.  The central reason for this is that the set list is the same as in the concert’s previous pair of releases going all the way back to its original DVD release in 2004.  This is so important because despite what some might believe there are some companies out there that will and do present the same concert with set lists that vary from one platform to the other.  It’s sad but true.  The variances commonly appear in the set lists’ orders.  In other cases, songs have in fact been known to be deleted depending on the platform and recording.  Luckily that hasn’t happened here nor has the set list’s order been altered.  The band’s performance of the show’s songs is just as important as the set list itself.  From beginning to end of the show’s roughly ninety-minute run time the band gives its all, keeping listeners engaged and entertained.  This is the case even in the show’s longer pieces, one of which runs just short of the twenty-minute mark.  The band keeps listeners so entertained that they will not even realize that so much time has passed by the show’s end.  It is yet another reason that this latest release of ELP’s classic Montreux show proves to be as enjoyable as the concert’s previous releases.  In simpler terms, it proves even more through its set list and the band’s performance of said set list to be one more welcome piece for any ELP fan.

ELP’s newly re-issued ’97 Montreux show proves through its very presentation on double-disc DC set to be a welcome addition to any ELP fan’s personal collection.  This is regardless of whether or not fans already own the concert in its previous DVD and Blu-ray presentations.  The fact that the set list from the concert’s original presentation has been held in tact here makes it all the more impressive.  The band’s performance of said songs adds a whole extra level of enjoyment to this recording for ELP’s fans.  While all of the recording’s noted elements do plenty to make it enjoyable for ELP fans of all ages, they are not the only factors that make it such a worthwhile addition to any ELP fan’s collection.  The liner notes included in the recording’s companion booklet add even more reason for the band’s fans.  That is because all three of the band’s members share their own thoughts on the group’s performance at the festival as well as on its founder Claud Nobs and the town of Montreux.  The trio’s sentiments in regards to Nobs are deeply moving in their respect for him.  All three men also paint a picture of the town of Montreux as something right out of a classical work of art.  All of the descriptions are of a town that during most of the year is a sleepy little hollow that is a dream come true for anyone wanting an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.  But during the annual festival time things really ramp up.  It’s such an interesting juxtaposition to see in one’s own mind.  On a separate but related note, writer Michael Heatley notes ahead of the band members’ own thoughts a brief but concise history of the band’s rise to fame and eventual inclusion at the Montreux Festival.  Audiences that might not be so familiar with the band’s history will be interested to learn that ELP actually got its start at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.  Ironically enough, Eagle Rock Entertainment just recently released what would be the last major concert by Rory Gallagher and his band mates in Taste at that same festival on Blu-ray and DVD.  Even more interesting is that where ELP got its start would be the last major mark for one Jimi Hendrix before his untimely death only weeks later.  It’s an interesting six degrees of separation to consider that makes this addition to the recording’s liner notes that much more important to the whole of its presentation.  One can’t help but stop in considering this to think for a moment:  the very festival and year where ELP got its start (according to Heatley) is the same festival that essentially was the last blast for two other acts’ careers.  Together with the concert’s presentation here in a double-disc CD platform and the show’s set alongside the band’s performance of said set, the whole of these elements completes the recording and shows once and for all why any ELP fan will want to have this potentially final installment from the band’s ’97 Montreux show in his or her own home music library.

ELP’s newly released double-disc CD presentation of its performance at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival is more than likely the final installment of said performance from the legendary progressive rock band.  That is because the concert has already been released both on DVD and Blu-ray previously in separate years.  That being the case, the CD set’s release this summer in itself is reason enough for the band’s fans to add it to their own home music libraries.  This applies both to those with the concert’s previous releases and those without.  The fact that the set list was kept intact in its presentation makes the recording even more enjoyable. Add in an equally solid performance from the band from start to finish and some rather insightful liner notes in the recording’s companion booklet and ELP fans get one more presentation of its 1997 Montreux show that each will agree is a completely welcome addition to their own personal music library. Fans will be happy to know considering all of this that Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live at Montreux 1997 is available no in stores and online in its new double-disc CD presentation. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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Taste: Live At The Isle Of Wight Is A Shining Diamond In The Rough

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leading name in live recordings. That is already a well-known fact. That is not just because of the extensive list of acts whose recordings it has released over the years but also because of the quality of said recordings. While that list of recordings is extensive, most of the recordings in question released over the years have been from the biggest names in the music industry. They have not necessarily featured lesser known acts. But earlier this month Eagle Rock changed that when it dug up a hidden gem in the form of Taste: What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight. Taste has never been among music’s (or more specifically rock’s) elite. But that takes nothing away from the Irish trio’s music. Now thanks to the efforts of those at Eagle Rock Entertainment a whole new generation of audiences will discover the joy that is Taste in this new recording. The central element that makes Taste: What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight such a wonderful new recording is its introductory history lesson on Taste. The lesson in question gives a thorough background on the band and its place in rock’s history as well as the importance of its performance at the Isle of Wight Festival. Staying on that note, the companion booklet included with the recording adds even more background on the band and festival, making the recording in whole that much more enjoyable for viewers. And that is still not all that can be noted that makes this recording so impressive. The performance at the heart of the recording translates just as well decades after it was first held as it did for audiences that were in attendance at the original show. By direct connection, the recording’s production values are just as impressive as the performance itself. They are the finishing touch to the presentation. Together with each of the previously noted elements, it shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leading name in live recordings and why the recording in whole is one more welcome addition to this year’s crop of live recordings.

Taste: What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight is one of the most surprising and welcome additions to this year’s rich field of live recording offerings. That is especially the case being that unlike so many other live recordings released by Eagle Rock over the years, this recording comes from a decidedly unknown act. Thanks to the inclusion of an introductory history lesson on the band, fronted by famed guitarist Rory Gallagher, audiences of all ages get a good introduction to the band and its importance to the music community both in its heyday and in the modern history of the music industry. The history lesson in question even features Taste’s former drummer John Wilson and one of the band’s managers discussing the band’s history and its performance at the famed festival. Speaking of managers, there is a short discussion on the band’s financial situation leading to said manager change as well as discussions on the importance of the band in comparison to the likes of Jimi Hendrix (who just happened to also be one of the performers at the Isle of Wight festival) and other more well-known acts. Viewers will be surprised to hear the likes of U2’s The Edge and other well-known names singing the praises of Taste, discussing the band’s place in the music industry’s history and its importance in comparison to its more well-known counterparts. These and other discussions featured throughout the presentation’s introductory segment form a solid foundation for the recording and show in themselves why they are collectively an important part of the recording’s whole. They are just one part of the recording that viewers will enjoy, too regardless of viewers’ familiarity with Taste and its body of work.

The history lesson presented ahead of Taste’s performance at the Isle of Wight Festival forms a solid foundation for the whole of Taste: What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight. That foundation is strengthened even more through the companion booklet included with the recording. It picks up right where the presentation’s video bio left off with even more information to set the stage (no pun intended) for the featured performance. One of the most interesting pieces of information included in the booklet is that the band was actually late to the stage because the festival, which started out as a ticketed event, became a virtual free for all as so many people showed up for the event. Just as interesting is the note about Jimi Hendrix telling an interviewer to ask Rory how it felt to be the world’s greatest guitarist because he himself didn’t know. Of course that humility was the norm for Hendrix as he was very much the standard anti-rock star persona. But that the future legend would even throw such credit in Gallagher’s direction says quite a bit about the respect that even others far more well-known than himself had for him as a musician and person. It is quite the telling statement. There is also a more specific explanation of what exactly led to the tension between the band and its manager, and their subsequent split from him. These are just a handful of examples of the importance of this recording’s companion booklet. There is far more history provided in the booklet including a more thorough history of the band’s formation and additional information about the band’s performance at the Isle of Wight not included in the primary video history lesson featured on disc courtesy of Garth Cartwright. The combination of the booklet’s history lesson and that of the disc’s video history lesson makes both elements together an all too important part of this presentation’s whole. That is especially the case considering the relative obscurity of Taste both then and now among audiences. Of course noting both historical elements is only scratching the surface of what makes this latest recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment so important. One would be remiss to ignore the recording’s central focus, the band’s performance.

The history lesson provided both on disc and on paper in Taste’s new live recording sets a solid foundation for audiences before they take in the concert at the heart of the presentation. The concert in question is just as enjoyable as the history lesson preceding the concert. While the concert is composed of only seven songs, those songs will keep any classic rock aficionado fully engaged. As Cartwright notes in the concert’s companion booklet, the trio’s performance was truly something special even for that time. From the adrenaline-fueled opener after which this recording is named to the solid blues tones of ‘Gambling Blues’ to ‘Same Old Story’ and the show’s final number ‘Catfish Blues’ the band proves with this performance that had its members not allowed their tensions to get the better of them, it might have indeed gone on to become one of rock’s elite. Alas that wasn’t to be. But thankfully audiences have this concert to remind them of the greatness that could have been. It is one more way in which this presentation shows itself to be such a surprising and welcome diamond in the rough from Eagle Rock Entertainment and why Eagle Rock Entertainment is, again, the leading name in live recordings.

The concert that lies at the heart of Taste: What’s Going On–Live at the Isle of Wight is a very important element in the enjoyment and overall success of this recording. When coupled with its dual-part history lesson, the recording in whole shows even more why it is such an outstanding new release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. For all of the value of the presentation’s noted elements none of them would be of any significance without the concert’s surprisingly impressive production values. Being that the concert was originally recorded some forty-five years ago, the footage has stood the test of time quite well. The grainy look of the footage is still there. But it obvious that it has been re-mastered. The fact that those charged with restoring the footage maintained that balance between old and new so expertly speaks volumes about their efforts. The same can be said of the recording’s audio mix. It is clear that the audio was as painstakingly handled as its footage. The result here is a performance that sounds and looks just as good today as it did almost five decades ago. Together with its two-part history lesson and the concert itself, the whole of Taste: What’s Going On–Live at the Isle of Wight proves again exactly why it is one more of this year’s best new archived live concert recordings and one more reason that Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

Taste: What’s Going On–Live at the Isle of Wight is a surprising release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. That is because those familiar with the company’s history of live recordings know most of them to be from far more well-known acts. But in discovering this far lesser-known act in this concert, audiences will agree that Taste deserves far more respect today than it got so many decades ago. They will also agree in watching this recording that it serves as a solid, enjoyable introduction to Taste for said audiences. That is thanks primarily to its rich, in-depth history lesson, which serves as the recording’s foundation. The performance itself will make that introduction all the more enjoyable for viewers. And of course thanks to the efforts of all involved with the concert’s production values past and present, the concert looks and sounds just as good today as it did decades ago. All things considered, Taste: What’s Going on–Live at the Isle of Wight proves in the end to be not just a surprising new release from Eagle Rock Entertainment but a surprisingly entertaining recording. It also proves once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival Is One Of 2015’s Top New Live CDs

Courtesy:  Experience Hendrix, LLC/Legacy Recordings

Courtesy: Experience Hendrix, LLC/Legacy Recordings

On July 4th, 1970 legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix stood on a stage in Byron, Georgia before an audience estimated to be anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 people at the city’s Second Atlanta International Pop Festival. He was joined on stage by then band mates Billy Cox (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums) for what would go on to be the biggest audience for which the trio would ever perform before Hendrix’s untimely death a little more than two months later. While it is the biggest performance that Hendrix and company had ever held, it has never seen the light of day. That is until now. Thanks to the efforts of the people at Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings, this classic concert will finally be available to audiences this Friday, August 28th. Needless to say this new, upcoming live recording is one more welcome addition to any Hendrix fan’s music library. The main reason that it is such an enjoyable recording is its set list. The show’s set list totals sixteen songs and tops off at roughly an hour and twenty-two minutes. It features both a number of Hendrix’s biggest hits up to that point and even a number of lesser-known pieces. The combination of both those bigger hits and lesser-known pieces makes for a set list that both the most hardcore Hendrix fans will enjoy and those that might not be so familiar with the music that made Hendrix rock royalty. As important as the concert’s set list is to its presentation in whole, it is just one part of what makes the show so enjoyable. Hendrix’s stage presence and that of his band mates plays its own role in the concert’s enjoyment. Last but hardly least important in the concert’s enjoyment is its audio mix. Considering the changes in recording technology over the course of the past forty-five years the quality of this concert’s audio mix is surprisingly impressive. Sure, it’s tough to hear Hendrix talking and joking with the audience between songs without pumping the volume almost to max. But that’s a minor issue when looking at the audio mix in general. That being the case, the audio mix passes the test and rounds out what is yet another archived show that any Hendrix fan will want to have in his or her own music library.

Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival is hardly the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first archived live show to be released by Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings. That aside, it is still another great addition to the home music library of any Hendrix fan out there regardless of his or her familiarity with Hendrix’s body of work and his live shows. The main way in which it proves so enjoyable is its set list. The set list is not entirely different from previous Jimi Hendrix Experience concert recordings. However, it does show at least some differences from those recordings. It shows differences by including a number of lesser-known songs including the likes of: ‘Lover Man,’ ‘Spanish Castle Magic,’ ‘Room Full of Mirrors,’ ‘Message To Love,’ and ‘Freedom’ just to name a handful. While the inclusion of those lesser-known songs is in itself important to the enjoyment of this recording the performance of the band’s more well-known songs should not be played down. Audiences will love the band’s laid back take of ‘Red House.’ And fittingly the band’s performance of the show-opening ‘Fire’ will have listeners even today feeling the energy exuded by the band and by the audience in attendance all those decades ago. Feeling that energy, listeners will feel it running through themselves, too. Just as interesting is the band’s performance of ‘Hey Joe,’ one of its biggest hits of all. Unlike with so many other performances of this song–and even the song’s original recording–it shows to be more up-tempo than in those recordings. That’s not to say that it is a really fast paced rendition of the song. It is just not as slow as audiences are accustomed to in regards to this song. It’s yet another interesting way in which the set list shows to be just one important element in the whole of Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival. The rest of the songs featured in the show’s set list could each be used as examples, too. These examples within themselves are just a few of the clearest examples of why the show’s set list is so important to its success and enjoyment.

The set list featured at the heart of Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival is a key element of the recording’s success. It is of course just one element in a much larger picture. The band’s stage presence–especially that of Hendrix himself–is just as important to its success and enjoyment. Audiences that are familiar with Hendrix’s history both on and off the stage will find his stage presence just as enjoyable as ever. This includes both his performance of each song and his rapport with his audience. During the course of each of the band’s songs, Hendrix feels just as at ease as ever. His performance feels completely natural and organic. Listeners will especially notice this in some of the concert’s more spur of the moment jam session moments. The same can be said of [Billy] Cox and [Mitch] Mitchell. They feel just as natural in their performances. Mitchell sounds as if his drumsticks are natural extensions of his arms as he flows through each song while Cox is just as smooth, offering up just enough low-end to perfectly compliment both Mitchell’s rhythms and Hendrix’s main line. It makes for a great harmony opposite Hendrix’s work. All three musicians’ talents together make for a nearly ninety minute set that is still just as enjoyable today as it was forty-five years ago. Hendrix’s rapport with the audience plays into that, too. Although listeners will have to pump the volume on their stereos or MP3 players in order to hear him between songs, they will hear for themselves in doing so just how natural he was even when not performing. It’s really interesting to note especially considering his nature off-stage. He was just as nice off-stage as he was in front of a crowd. But he was also somewhat shy around people when he wasn’t performing. So keeping that in mind, it makes his interactions with the audience here just as enjoyable and incredible as in any of the band’s other performances. It really goes to show why his ability to overcome that shyness is so important both to the enjoyment of this and other performances from the band, and why he is himself one of the most important front men in modern rock history.

The stage presence of both Hendrix and his band mates throughout the course of Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival shows in the long run to be a hugely important element in its overall success and enjoyment. That is because all three musicians’ performances feel just as natural and organic as in any of the band’s previous performances. That natural, organic approach to each song make the set list in whole that much more important to the recording’s success, too. For all of the importance of both noted elements, neither would be of any worth noting without noting the concert’s audio mix. Thankfully, those charged with restoring the concert’s audio mix stepped up and accomplished their task with the utmost expertise. Sure, it would have been nice if listeners didn’t have to jack up the recording’s volume in between songs. But that is a minor price to pay for a recording that sounds as good as it does in this case. It speaks volumes of not only the abilities of those that re-mastered the concert’s sounds but of those that originally recorded the concert and of the recording tech from the era. It is thanks to both that tech and the abilities of all involved that both the show’s set is so easy on the ears and why the band’s stage presence throughout the whole show comes across just as well even with the issue of the moments between the songs. It is the foundation for the concert in whole and in turn makes the concert complete. It is the final touch in the concert’s examination, proving exactly why it is yet another welcome addition to any Hendrix fan’s music library.

Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival is not the first live Hendrix concert recording to be released to audiences. That aside, it still proves in the end to be another fully welcome addition to any Hendrix fan’s music library. That is thanks to the show’s near ninety-minute set list, made up of songs that all of Hendrix’s fans will recognize. The band’s stage presence and the work of those responsible for re-mastering its sound are just as much to note. All three elements combined make Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival one more welcome addition to the music library of any Jimi Hendrix fan and one more of this year’s best new live CD recordings. It will be available in stores and online this Friday, August 28th. More information on this and other Jimi Hendrix recordings is available online now at:

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Beck’s New Live CD Is A Welcome Addition To Any Fan’s Collection

Courtesy:  ATCO/Rhino Records

Courtesy: ATCO/Rhino Records

Later this month, veteran guitarist Jeff Beck will release a brand new live recording titled Live+. The recording, which will be released only on CD, will be released on Tuesday, May 19th. The disc is a great new collection of live performances for audiences of all ages. The main reason for this is the list of songs that make up the disc’s sixteen total tracks. The disc’s body is composed of fourteen live tracks and two brand new studio tracks. The live tracks include both Beck’s own originals and some cover tunes that audiences of all ages will recognize and enjoy. The work of those charged with handling the record’s sequencing is just as much worth noting. The songs featured on this record come from a number of shows held during Back’s 2014 tour with ZZ Top. Despite this, they weren’t just tossed around haphazardly. Rather they were placed in a specific order that guarantees audiences will remain just as engaged as if they all came from one single performance. Having noted this, there is one more positive that can be noted of Live+. That last positive is the disc’s overall audio mix. Every little nuance of the performances is captured thanks to the work of those responsible for handling both the original concert audio and those charged with balancing said levels in the disc’s “post-production.” Taking into consideration all three elements noted here, Live+ proves itself to be another good addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s music library even if it is available only via CD and digital download.

Live+ is a good addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s music library. This is the case even with the collection of live performances being available mainly via CD and digital download. The reason that it proves itself worth the addition is the list of songs that makes up the body of the record. The record is composed of sixteen tracks. Fourteen of those tracks are live tracks and two are brand new studio recordings from Beck. In listening to the fourteen live performances that make up most of this record, audiences will appreciate that it includes both familiar originals from Beck and some familiar songs from other artists, too. The covers include Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing,’ ‘Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’ ‘Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘You Know You Know,’ and a pair of tunes from The Beatles in the form of ‘A Day in The Life’ and ‘Hammerhead.’ There’s even an interesting take on the traditional song ‘Danny Boy.’ and an impressive take on Stevie Wonder’s hit song ‘Superstition.’ The original songs from Beck that were included across the disc include: ‘Morning Dew,’ ‘Big Block,’ ‘Why Give It Away,’ and ‘Loaded’ are just some of Beck’s originals featured throughout the record. Some might ask what this is important to the whole of the record. It is important in that it shows Beck’s versatility. It shows that along with handling his own works with just as much ease as ever, he has a certain respect for music and musicians across the musical universe. Those that are familiar with all of the songs featured here will second that sentiment while those that might be new to both Beck’s originals and the covers he handles will agree just as much as they discover both for the first time ever.

The songs that are included across the body of Live+ are in themselves key to the record’s enjoyment. That is because they put on display Beck’s versatility as a musician as well as his respect for other musicians and musical acts across the musical universe. On a related note, the work of those charged with handling the sequencing of the songs are to be commended. Their work makes the overall listening experience through each song all the more enjoyable. As audiences will note, from song to song, those charged with handling the record’s sequencing never stick to just one style of song. The more energetic, up-tempo songs are complemented quite well by their slower, more reserved counterparts from beginning to end. As inconsequential as this may seem, it is extremely important. It is especially important in the realm of live recordings. Musical acts assemble set lists that will keep their audiences fully engaged at the actual concerts that they hold. This compilation of live performances was set up in much the same fashion even being compiled from a number of live sets. It is a tribute to their efforts and attention to such an important detail along with that of Beck himself. It’s one more reason audiences will agree that Live+ is another good addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s personal music library.

Both the set list that makes up the body of Live+ and the work of those charged with handling the sequencing of said songs are important to the whole of the recording in their own right. Neither would be of any consequence without the work of those charged with handling the performances’ audio. This includes both those that handled the audio at Beck’s performances with ZZ Top last year and those that handled the audio levels in “post-production.” That is those that handled the audio levels in preparation for the recording’s release. It’s thanks to their work that singer Jimmy Hall blows audiences away with his powerhouse vocals. It is thanks to them that Becks work shines through just as much both during his time in the limelight and as a member of the musical collective on stage. Even more impressive is that throughout the course of the record’s live performances, every part is balanced with the utmost expertise. This includes not only Hall’s vocal talents and Beck’s talents on guitar, but the talents of their band mates–Jonathan Joseph (drums), Rhonda Smith (bass), and Nicholas Meier (guitar)–too. No one part overpowers the other at any point throughout the performances. The end result is a collection of performances that once more proves itself another worthy addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s personal music library.

Jeff Beck’s new live recording Live+ shows plenty of reason for his fans to add this recording to their personal music libraries when it is released this month. The mix of original songs and covers shows both Beck and his band mates as quite the versatile group of musicians. It shows them as musicians that are not only greatly talented but that have great respect for other equally renowned acts. The work of those charged with sequencing the various performances is just as noteworthy. That is because the mood of the recording’s live songs doesn’t stick to just one style. The more energetic, up-tempo pieces are expertly complemented by more laid back, reserved pieces from beginning to end. The end result of that expert balance is a collection of performances that will keep audiences fully engaged from the collection’s first performance to its fourteenth. The work of those charged with handling the performances’ audio both in their live setting and in post production have made Live+ enjoyable, too. It is thanks to the work of those individuals that the performances sound so good from beginning to end. That element taken into consideration with the compilation’s set list and the work of those that assembled said set list proves Live+ in the long run to be a live recording that every Jeff Beck fan will want to add to their personal music library. That isn’t to ignore the record’s two new studio recordings, either. They add even more enjoyment to the record. Having noted all of this it can be said with certainty that Jeff Beck’s upcoming live CD Live+ deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Jeff Beck is currently wrapping up a handful of makeup dates with ZZ Top that were previously postponed last year. The dates in question were postponed due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill. The last of those dates is tomorrow, May 10th. After that date, Beck will embark on a nine-date solo tour that kicks off next Tuesday, May 12th in Louisville, KY. That schedule is listed below.

Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:

May 12 The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall Louisville, KY*

May 14 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI ***

May 15 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH*

May 16 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH

May 17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN

May 19 Fox Theater St. Louis, MO *

May 21 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL **

May 22 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI*

May 23 State Theater Minneapolis, MN*

*on sale April 10

** on sale April 11

*** on sale April 17

Live+ will be available in stores and online Tuesday, May 19th. It will retail for MSRP of $18.98 in physical form. More information on this recording, Beck’s upcoming re-issue of Live at Ronnie Scott’s and any of his other recordings is available online now along with all of the latest updates on his tour schedule and other news at:

Website: http://www.jeffbeck.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeffbeck

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffbeckmusic

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Atco Records To Release New Jeff Beck Live LP Next Month

Courtesy:  Atco Records

Courtesy: Atco Records

This spring, Atco Records will release a new live recording from veteran guitarist Jeff Beck.

Officials with Atco Records announced this week that the label will release Jeff Beck Live+ on Tuesday, May 5th. The sixteen-track recording features fourteen live recordings lifted from various stops on Beck’s 2014 tour with fellow legendary rock band ZZ Top and two new studio recordings. The new studio tracks are Beck’s first new studio recordings since he released his Grammy-nominated 2010 album Emotion & Commotion.  Beck was joined by fellow musicians Rhonda Smith (bass), Jonathan Joseph (drums), and Nicholas Meier (guitar) as well as vocalist Jimmy Hall for the performances featured on this recording. The songs culled for the recording include some of Beck’s biggest hits including: ‘Morning Dew,’ ‘Superstition,’ and ‘Big Block’ among others. There are also covers of The Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’ and ‘’Hammerhead,’ Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing,’ Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘You Know You Know,’ and Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ as well as a special rendition of ‘Danny Boy.’ The new studio tracks ‘Tribal’ and ‘My Tiled White Floor’ round out the upcoming compilation. Ruth Lorenzo provides guest vocals for ‘Tribal’ and Veronica Bellino shares her talents on ‘My Tiled White Floor.’ The full track listing for Jeff Beck Live+ is listed below.

JEFF BECK LIVE+

Track Listing

  1. “Loaded”
  2.  “Morning Dew”
  3. “You Know You Know”
  4. “Why Give It Away”
  5. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  6.  “A Day In The Life”
  7. “Superstition”
  8. “Hammerhead”
  9. “Little Wing”
  10. “Big Block”
  11. “Where Were You”
  12. “Danny Boy”
  13. “Rollin’ And Tumblin’”
  14. “Going Down”
  15. “Tribal”*
  16. “My Tiled White Floor”*

*New Studio Recording

Jeff Beck will hit the road beginning next Monday, April 13th at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on an eleven-date headlining tour that runs through April 26th. Beginning April 30th, Beck will join ZZ Top again for a handful of makeup dates that were postponed in 2014 due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill. Those dates run through May 10th. From there, Beck will take a couple days off before heading back out on the road once again beginning May 12th on a nine-date solo tour that begins in Louisville, KY and winds down on May 23rd in Minneapolis, MN. The full slate of dates for Beck’s upcoming performances is noted below:

Jeff Beck Solo Dates

April 13                  The Capitol Theatre                                                            Port Chester, NY

April 15                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY

April 16                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY

April 17                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY

April 18                  The Capitol Theatre                                                            Port Chester, NY

April 19                  Orpheum Theatre                                                               Boston, MA

April 21                  Ulster Performing Arts Center                                           Kingston, NY

April 22                  Bergen Performing Arts Center                                         Englewood, NJ

April 24                  Count Basie Theatre                                                           Red Bank, NJ

April 25 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center                                          York, PA

April 26                  The Palace Theatre                                                             Greensburg, PA

 

With ZZ TOP

April 30                  Cedar Park Center                                                               Cedar Park, TX

May 1                    Winstar Casino                                                                    Thackerville, OK
May 2                    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                                        The Woodlands, TX
May 3                    Concrete Street                                                                    Corpus Christi, TX
May 7                    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre                                   Tampa, FL
May 8                    Cruzan Amphitheater                                                         West Palm Beach, FL
May 9                    St. Augustine Amphitheatre                                              St. Augustine, FL
May 10                  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                                              Alpharetta, GA

Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:

May 12                  The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall                              Louisville, KY*

May 14                  Michigan Theater                                                          Ann Arbor, MI ***

May 15                  Hard Rock Live                                                             Northfield, OH*

May 16                  PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center                       Cincinnati, OH

May 17                  Ryman Auditorium                                                          Nashville, TN

May 19                  Fox Theater                                                                  St. Louis, MO *

May 21                  Chicago Theatre                                                            Chicago, IL **

May 22                  Riverside Theatre                                                            Milwaukee, WI*

May 23                  State Theater                                                                  Minneapolis, MN*

*on sale April 10

** on sale April 11

*** on sale April 17

Jeff Beck Live+ will be available in stores and online Tuesday, May 5th. It will retail for MSRP of $18.98 in physical form. More information on this recording, Beck’s upcoming re-issue of Live at Ronnie Scott’s and any of his other recordings is available online now along with all of the latest updates on his tour schedule and other news at:

Website: http://www.jeffbeck.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeffbeck

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffbeckmusic

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The Jimi Hendrix Park Finally Becoming A Reality

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

It has taken four years of planning and fundraising. But it looks like the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix Park will finally become a reality at least in part very soon.

Officials with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation announced this week that after much negotiation, The City Of Seattle is now pursuing a contract with construction company ERGG, Inc. to start work on the park, honoring one of the city’s favorite sons. ERGG, Inc. was chosen from a pool of five bidding companies to build the 2.5 acre park in the city’s Central District. The park will be located adjacent to the city’s Northwest African-American Museum. Construction on Phase I is expected to begin in April with opening of the park’s new features expected for this fall. Phase I of the park’s growth, designated “Little Wing,” will include a new stairway and grand entrance at the southeast corner of the park at the intersection of 25th and Massachusetts. It will also feature a chronological timeline of Jimi’s life and career, paved pathways, new landscaping that will feature new trees and native plantings, seat wall benches, improved fencing, ADA accessible walkways, rain infiltration gardens, a butterfly garden, and central plaza for community gatherings and performances.

Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie Hendrix is Founder and Director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. She shared her thoughts on this week’s major announcement noting her hopes that the park will be more than just another tourist trap. Rather, she hoped that it would become a site that would pay homage to Jimi’s life and legacy, noting, “It is our hope that for generations, it will exist as more than an attraction or point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle’s own. The landscaping, the artistic design, and the ambience all mimic the vibe of the persona of Jimi, whom this park honors.”

Rosanna Sharpe is Executive Director of the Northwest African-American Museum. She shared Jamie’s high hopes for the park, especially being that the park will be located so close to the museum. “The Northwest African-American Museum looks forward to the opening of the new Jimi Hendrix Park,” she said. “Together we form a premier cultural destination that celebrates African-American art, history and culture, and the living legacy of an iconic musician who helped the world expand its definition of “black music” and continues to influence musicians today.”

Fundraising by the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation started in 2012. It raised a total of $1.4 million for the first of the park’s two phases. Fundraising for the second phase of the park’s development is ongoing. The second phase of the park’s development includes: additional pathways, pedestrian lighting, improved fencing, construction of a central shelter and centerpiece feature, and a “shadow wave wall” that depicts iconic silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix. Anyone that would like to donate to the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation’s work on the park’s second phase can do so online via the Foundation’s website at http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org/donate.php. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a 501(c)3 registered public charity (EIN 27-3599916). A schematic design of the park in its completed state is noted below.

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

Major financial assistance for development of Phase I came from: Hard Rock International, Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Janie L. Hendrix, King Conservation District, Seattle Parks Foundation, KISW 99.9 FM, Northwest African-American Museum, Nisqually Indian Tribe, and Fender Musical Instruments Co.

More information on The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is available online along with information on how to donate to the second phase of the park’s construction, and all of the latest developments on its construction at:

Website: http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JimiHendrixParkFoundation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimiHendrixPark

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