Mellencamp’s New Live Recording Is Available Now

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John Mellencamp has a new live recording in stores.

The veteran musician released his new recording Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre May 11.  The recording, which was originally broadcast online via Netflix, is available now on DVD/CD combo pack, Blu-ray/CD combo pack and digital download.

The original presentation included the concert along with audio commentary from Mellencamp, in which he reflects on his life and career.  This new home release includes not only that take on the concert, but also a concert sans commentary along with bonus CD.  The 16-song set list pulls from various points in Mellencamp’s career and includes hits such as ‘Rain on the Scarecrow,’ ‘Paper in Fire,’ ‘My Soul’s Got Wings’ and others.

The concert’s full set list is noted below

  1. Lawless Times
  2. Troubled Man
  3. Minutes To Memories
  4. Small Town
  5. Stones In My Passway
  6. Pop Singer
  7. Check It Out
  8. Longest Days
  9. The Full Catastrophe
  10. My Soul’s Got Wings
  11. Overture
  12. Rain On The Scarecrow
  13. Paper in Fire
  14. Authority Song
  15. Pink House
  16. Cherry Bomb

Audiences can get a preview of the concert online now as Mellencamp’s performance of ‘My Soul’s Got Wings’ (ft. Carlene Carter) is streaming online now here.

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Roy Orbison To Receive New Award

Photo Credit: Janet Macoska

Photo from “The Last Concert” Credit: Janet Macoska

Legendary musician Roy Orbison is gone but definitely not forgotten.  The legendary musician will posthumously receive an award from the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.  Orbison will be awarded the Iconic Riff Award.  The award, which is being awarded for the first time, is being awarded to Orbison for his hit 1964 song, ‘Oh, Pretty Woman.’  The song would go on to become a number one single after its original release.

Heads of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum said the reason that Orbison was chosen as the first recipient of the award because of the riff that opens ‘Oh, Pretty Woman.’  The song itself has been covered by countless artists. It rose to its biggest fame thanks to rock band Van Halen’s cover of the song.  It was also the inspiration for the hit 1990 rom-com, Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.  The song itself can even be heard in the movie’s soundtrack.

Along with its numerous covers and use in movies, ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ the song is also included a new live concert recording from Legacy Recordings titled Black & White Night.  The DVD recording was released this week.  It was recorded in September of 1987 and includes the likes of: Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, JD Souther, and Tom Waits joining the star for his hit song.

Roy Orbison is one of the music industry’s most well-known and respected names.  He started his career in 1956.  He was signed to the famed Sun Records at the time.  The label also boasted the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash on its roster.  It wouldn’t be until he signed a deal and recorded for Monument Records in the early to mid-1960s that his career truly took off.  The release of ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ marked the peak of his career at the time.  The song, which Orbison co-wrote with Bill Dees, would go on to sell seven million copies and spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.  It also peaked at number one on the British charts for three weeks.  This was an unprecedented feat for any American recording artist at the time.  That is because The Beatles were dominating both countries’ charts at the time.

A new collection of Orbison’s hits titled The Monument Boxset will be released November 26th.  The collection is a vinyl only package that includes three of the most well-known and beloved albums that Orbison recorded during his time with Monument Records.  Those records are: Lonely and Blue, Crying, and In Dreams, which was also just recently re-issued on CD.  The new box set also includes a fourth album that had not existed until now.  The album will be centered on ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ and will be comprised of five tracks.  The album’s songs were chosen by Orbison’s own sons, Alex, Roy Kelton, and Wesley Orbison.  Orbison’s suns have maintained their father’s legacy, running Roy’s Boys LLC, which is responsible for managing their father’s likeness, image, and musical releases.

Roy’s Boys LLC and Legacy Recordings are set to release one more live Roy Orbison concert before the year ends.  The Last Concert25th Anniversary Edition chronicles what would be Orbison’s final concert before his death in 1988.  The concert was recorded on December 4th, 1988.  That was only two days before he would suffer a fatal heart attack.  The fact that he would pass away only two days later is only part of what makes the upcoming concert so important.  Orbison commonly closed his shows with a performance of ‘Running Scared.’  But recording engineers ran out of tape that night before Orbison performed the song.  The result of that shortage is that ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ would end up being the final number from his final ever concert.  More information on all upcoming Roy Orbison releases is available online at http://www.royorbison.com and http://www.facebook.com/royorbison.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

John Mellencamp Shares His Thoughts On Music Piracy In New Huffington Post Piece

Veteran musician and activist John Mellencamp recently wrote an article for the Huffington post about what’s currently happening to artists as a result of music piracy, and the basic lack of drive among people to stop piracy.  He makes an interesting argument concerning the need for regulation among search engines and their relation to music piracy.  He discusses how Safe Harbor is basically allowing piracy to happen, both in terms of music and video.  It’s quite an in depth article.  You can read the entire thing here.  Once you’ve read it, feel free to share your thoughts.  Read on!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mellencamp/online-piracy-search-engines_b_2018332.html.

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It’s About You stands alone among music documentaries

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Good morning once again, fans.  I told you that things would be busy today.  I think I am finally on track…or at least close to it with the last of today’s new reviews.  To finish off the morning and make my way into the weekend (by the way next week’s going to be real busy too.  So stay tuned and spread the word), I’ve got a look at John Mellencamp’s brand new documentary, “It’s About You.”  The documentary was released on dvd and blu-ray last week.  Director Kurt Markus and his son Ian shot the entire documentary on a Super 8 Camera and a more modern rig, too.  the combination of the two, mixed with the finished product, make it quite the interesting work.  So without further ado, I offer for your consideration, dear readers, John Mellencamp’s new documentary, “It’s About You.”

John Mellencamp’s voice is one of the most distinctive in the music business.  And so is his sound.  The Indiana born musician has been a mainstay in the business ever since the release of his debut 1976 album, “Chestnut Street Incident.”  He recorded that album under the moniker, Johnny Cougar.  Nearly four decades since that release, John Mellencamp is still one of rock’s great names.  His most recent album, “No Better Than This” was released in 2010.  And last week, MPI Home Video/MPI media group released a dvd and blu-ray titled, “It’s About You” that follows the creation of that album and his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

“It’s About You” is an intriguing documentary.  It was shot both on Super 8 and on a more modern camera.  The raw shooting style by father and son duo Kurt and Ian Markus sets the documentary apart from so many of the spit shined and streamlined documentaries that are currently on the market.  Kurt even goes so far as to comment on the work by himself and his son.  He notes that Mellencamp had told him at one point that regardless of what the duo did, there was other stuff that would be better.  Whether or not Mellencamp was joking on this comment is anyone’s guess.  But Markus was right in noting how staying out of Mellencamp’s way gave the documentary a much more real feeling.  It helped to pull in audiences.

As an added bonus, the commentary is actually included as part of the documentary, rather than being kept aside as a bonus feature.  Kurt, the elder of the Markus duo, has a tone in his commentary that is a wondeful compliment to the shooting style.  He comes across almost like “This American Life” Ira Glass. The elder Markus’ writing/speaking style is almost poetic in its style and delivery.  It’s especially hard hitting as audiences listen to him discuss the demise of small town America’s “downtown” regions.Americans already know that small town America is dying.  But the way in which Markus delivers his commentary reminds viewers of how devastating it is to communities.  That’s especially the case set against footage of empty buildings once busting ages ago.  He notes how all the businesses have moved to more suburban regions, thus leading to the deaths of the once shining hubs of commerce.

Of course, the commentary and filming aren’t all that make the documentary so interesting.  There is one moment as Mellencamp and company are recording one of the songs for “No Better Than This” in which one of the band members discusses the instruments’ “voices”.  He discusses the balance of each musician playing his instrument at a given level, and the impact that it has on a song.  It nearly mirrors Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde’s comment years ago regarding the ability of heavy music to be soft and vice versa.

“It’s About You” runs just shy of an hour and a half.  As a matter of fact, the actual run time is just under the eighty-minute run time on the case for the disc.  Why does this matter, one might ask?  It matters in that even in just under that eighty-minutes, viewers will feel like the documentary flies right by.  When a documentarian can make a film that keeps the audience’s attention for just over an hour (especially with a music documentary), that’s proof of a well made documentary.  And that’s exactly what this work is.  “It’s About You” isn’t for everyone.  But for anyone that’s into classic rock and who is simply a fan of John Mellencamp, it’s an insightful look into how this music legend makes music, and his life on the road.

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