Ace Frehley To Perform Live On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Monday Night

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Ace Frehley will release his new album next month, and in anticipation of its release, will make an appearance Monday night on ABC.

Frehley, one of the original members of KISS, will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! asa special guest member of Kimmel’s house band, Cleto and the Cletones as part of the promotion for his new album Spaceman.  The album is currently scheduled for release Oct. 19 via eOne.

 Spaceman is Frehley’s first album of original material since the release of his 2014 album Space Invaders. It features a cover of Eddie Money’s ‘I Wanna Go Back’ the singles ‘Bronx Boy‘ and ‘Rockin’ With The Boys‘ and six other songs sure to be their own fan favorites.

The album’s full track listing is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

 

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1. Without You I’m Nothing
2. Rockin’ With the Boys
3. Your Wish Is My Command
4. Bronx Boy
5. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
6. I Wanna Go Back
7. Mission To Mars
8. Off My Back
9. Quantum Flux

 

 

 

Frehley is scheduled to perform on the KISS Kruise VIII from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.  The cruise leaves from Miami, Florida before heading to Key West and Nassau before returning to Miami on Nov. 5.

Three more dates in Florida are scheduled following the cruise, from Nov. 9 to 11.  All of Frehley’s current live dates ate noted below.

Oct 31, 2018 – Nov. 5, 2018 – Miami to Key West and Nassau, KISS Kruise VIII
November 9, 2018 – Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
November 10, 2018 – Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
November 11, 2018 – Miramar, FL, Miramar Amphitheatre

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The Dead Daisies Make A Good First Live Impression With ‘Live & Louder’

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The Dead Daisies are alive and kicking.  The veteran rock outfit makes that clear in its brand new live recording Live & Louder.  The recording, released last Friday, May 19, comes a little less than a year after the release of the band’s third full-length studio recording Make Some Noise.  This new live recording is also the band’s first-ever live offering.  Keeping that in mind, it is a good start for the band in terms of live recordings.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to discuss as the set list itself in examining its overall presentation.  The bonus DVD that comes with the CD is yet another of the recording’s most important elements and hardly its last.  One could (and should) discuss the recording’s collective production values, which include its sound engineering and its general editing, as another positive.  The only real negative to the whole thing is the fact that the DVD provides snippets of the band’s performance rather than the performances in whole presented in the recording’s CD.  It would have been nice to have had that included in the package.  Hopefully that will be taken into consideration when and if the band releases its next live recording.  Even with that in mind, the recording in whole still proves to be an enjoyable first live effort from The Dead Daisies that exhibits potential for future live recordings from the band.

Live & Louder is an enjoyable first live effort from The Dead Daisies.  It is a recording that that exhibits potential for future live recordings from the band.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  The 15-song set list (technically 14-song since one track is listed as “Band intros) lifts liberally from the band’s latest full-length studio recording, with the album receiving eight nods.  The band’s first two records are also represented here, too with the band self-titled 2014 album being represented by ‘Lock ‘N’ Load,’ which featured former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash as guest musician in the original recording.  Revolucion (2014) receives three nods in the form of ‘Mexico,’ ‘With You and I’ and the band’s cover of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s ‘Midnight Moses.’  Those aren’t the set list’s only high points.  Also included in the set list are covers of The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ and Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band.’  While Make Some Noise got the most nods in this set list, the band is to be commended for lifting at least somewhat from its first two records for this show, too.  It would have been nice to have more songs from those albums for audiences who might not be so familiar with the band and its body of work.  Hopefully the band will take this into consideration when and if it releases its second live effort.  Even with this in mind, the set list still proves to be its own important part of the recording’s whole.  It is not the recording’s only key element.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to discuss here as the set list itself.

The set list featured in The Dead Daisies’ debut live recording is a key piece of the recording’s whole.  That is because though it pulls heavily from the band’s latest album, it does make an attempt to introduce audiences to the band’s older material, too.  Hopefully any future live recordings will be more balanced in regards to its representation of the band’s body of work.  While the set list alone makes this recording a good first live effort for the band, it is just one of the elements that is worth noting.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  What is most notable about the band’s performance throughout these collected concerts is the sheer energy exuded in each show by each of the band’s members.  Front man John Corabi leads the way, giving his all in each song while the teamwork of guitarists Doug Aldrich and David Lowy generates even more energy through each song.  Drummer Brian Tichy’s solid timekeeping and powerhouse work behind the kit will impress drummers and musicians in general as will veteran bassist Marco Mendoza.  Whether in the songs or between them, the band manages to keep even home audiences entertained with its collective work.  The only downside to the band’s performances is that the actual video of said performances comes only in small clips in the concert’s bonus DVD.  It would have been nice to have had a full audio-visual presentation of that energy rather than an exclusively audio presentation.  Either way, the energy of the band’s performance does translate relatively well here.  As with the set list itself, it is another element which should be considered for the band’s next live recording.  That aside, the band’s energy still translates well in each song through the recording’s current presentation.  Keeping that in mind, it is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The bonus DVD that comes with the recording is yet another of its key elements.

The bonus DVD that is included with Live & Louder is a critical piece of the recording’s whole because of its content.  It includes an extensive series of interviews with the band members in which they discuss a variety of topics including stage fright, favorite live songs, playing covers and much more.  It also includes music videos for four songs taken from Make Some Noise.  Having the videos available on DVD means not always having to search for the videos online, so that in itself is its own bonus.  Audiences are also treated to a brief yet concise look at the tour from which the featured set list was culled.  The short vignettes give just a glimpse into the band’s live shows and life on the road, which adds to the recording’s overall experience.  Each element is minor in itself.  However, when set alongside each other, the noted elements do plenty to add to the overall live experience for fans who might otherwise not get to experience The Dead Daisies live.  One can only hope that, again, with its next live recording, a full audio-visual experience will be available and not just glimpses of that full-on experience.  That’s a discussion for another time.  All things considered, the bonus DVD that comes with Live & Louder’s main CD presentation is worthy of applause in its own right.  When it is set alongside the concert’s set list, the band’s performance thereof and even the concert’s production values, the end result is a recording that is a good first live effort for The Dead Daisies both because of and despite the lack of a DVD or Blu-ray recording of the concert.

The Dead Daisies’ debut live recording Live & Louder is a good first live effort from the veteran rock collective.  It boasts plenty of positives that have already been noted.  What wasn’t fully discussed was the expert production values exhibited throughout the recording.  The transitions between the separate segments were spot on and the sound engineering proves to be just as impressive as the general editing.  When these elements are set alongside the other discussed elements, the end result proves once more just how enjoyable this recording is even solely on an audio-specific platform.  With any luck, the band’s next live recording will include a DVD and/or Blu-ray performance so that the band can show even more just how impressive its live show is.  Live & Louder is available now.  More information on Live & Louder is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Santana Shines Again In Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The weather outside is definitely looking frightful this time of year.  That means rather than going outside to get out and about, people are going to be looking more for ways to have fun while they stay indoors and stay warm.  That is just one of so many reasons that record labels churn out so many live recordings each year.  The problem with all of those recordings is that while some are truly standout offerings, others are otherwise forgettable space fillers used to fulfill contractual obligations for the given acts.  Presented today are some of the best of this year’s new live recordings.

Whereas Phil’s Picks already presented the year’s top new live CD recordings, this time Phil’s Picks is presenting the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  A lot of thought and consideration went into this list.  The concerts’ set lists, the bands’ performances, the cinematography and audio mix all went into consideration for this list as did the recordings’ companion booklets or lack thereof.  So it goes without saying that it wasn’t an easy list to assemble.  But this critic tried.
As always, the list presented here includes not just this critic’s list of the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs but five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.  Without any further ado, here for you, is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs.
PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDs/BDs
 
1. SantanaSantana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
2. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
 
3. Joe BonamassaLive at the Greek Theatre
4. Judas PriestBattle Cry
5. Motley CrueThe End Live in Los Angeles
6. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon
7. Deep PurpleLive at the NEC
8. Melody GardotLive in Paris
9. Gregory PorterLive in Berlin
10. ScorpionsLive in Munich
11. Alan JacksonLive at Red Rocks
12. Michael Schenker’s Temple of RockRock on a MissionLive in Madrid
13. SaxonFeel Your Power
14. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live
15. Fall Out BoyThe Boys of Zummer TourLive in Chicago
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Santana Shows The Way In The Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs List

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Experiencing a live performance of one’s favorite act(s) is a very special event.  That is because it serves to help fans and their favorite acts connect in a way that taking in said acts’ studio releases just can’t.  What’s more attending live concerts isn’t always easy or inexpensive.  Between the cost of tickets, food, souvenirs, gas, and lodging, attending concerts can cost almost as much as a used car sometimes, depending on the act.  In other cases, one’s favorite acts might never even come near one’s town.  So what is a person to do to experience one’s favorite acts?  The answer is simple: the live recording.  That brings us to the topic of today’s “Best Of” list.

Today, Phil’s Picks presents its list of the year’s Top 10 New Live CDs.  Everyone should understand this is distinguished from the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs.  That’s because some recordings come only on CD while others are only presented on the latter format.  Others are also presented in both formats both separate of one another and collectively.  The recordings included in this list include both standalone CDs and CDs included in complete DVD/BD/CD sets.  One of the standalone live CDs included in this list is ZZ Top’s new live recording Greatest Hits Live.  The Outlaws’ Legacy Live is another of those standalone CD recordings.  Joe Bonamassa also has a new live recording in the form of Live at the Greek Theatre that is available on separate CD, DVD, and BD platforms.  It’s on this list, too.  Suffice it to say, there’s a healthy mix of new live titles here both in terms of genre and platform.  So, enough rambling.  Presented here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs.

It should be noted here again that the list includes the Phil’s Picks Top 10 new Live CDs as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

 

  1. Santana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
  1. ZZ TopGreatest Hits Live
  1. Judas PriestBattle Cry
  1. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
  1. Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre
  1. The OutlawsLegacy Live

  2. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon

  3. Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles

  4. SaxonFeel Your Power

  5. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live

  6. Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression

  7. Ayreon – The Theater Equation
  8. Pete Townshend’s Deep EndFace The Face

  9. Wacken 201526 Years Louder Than Hell

  10. LeprousLive at Rockefeller Center

 

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KISS’ Latest Live Recording Lives Up To Its Title

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Late last year, veteran rock band KISS played a nine-night residency at Las Vegas’ famed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  Now almost a year later, one of those shows has been made available to audiences in the form of the band’s new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas.  Released just this week, the extensive recording offers audiences and members of the KISS Army to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage show and presence are just as important to the concert as the set list.  That will be discussed later.  The varied platforms on which the concert is available rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make KISS Rocks Vegas one more must have for any KISS fan whether just a fan or a longtime member of the KISS Army.

KISS’ new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas is hardly the band’s first ever live recording.  It is, however a welcome addition to any KISS fan’s collection.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1974 self-titled debut and all the way up to its 1998 album Psycho Circus to make up its body.  The band’s 1976 album Destroyer is most heavily represented in this set list with no fewer than five of its songs presented here.  Those songs are: ‘Beth,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘God of Thunder,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ and ‘Do You Love Me.’  Love Gun (1977) receives three nods with ‘Christine Sixteen,’ ‘Love Gun,’ and ‘Plaster Caster.’  These are just some of the band’s hit songs included in the twenty-three-song set.  The band obviously couldn’t pull songs from every one of its albums in just one show.  That would require a set list that would lead to a much more extensive recording.  Of course odds are that few, if any, KISS fans would complain about that.  Keeping that in mind the show’s extensive set list gives audiences plenty to appreciate in the bigger picture of this recording.  The band’s show and stage presence combine to make for another important part of the recording’s presentation.

The extensive twenty-three song set that is featured in KISS’ new live recording is clearly pivotal to the recording’s overall presentation.  It obviously doesn’t cover the band’s entire catalogue of hits and albums.  But audiences will agree that it does cover quite a bit of ground.  It is just one of the key features of the recording, too.  The band’s overall show and its stage presence throughout are collectively just as important to note as the show’s set list.  The band’s stage show is just as intense as it was in the band’s heyday.  Those that have seen the band’s live shows from its early days will agree with that sentiment.  It includes all of the pyro, lights, and other over-the-top elements for which the band has come to be known.  The camera crew’s work in capturing that intensity is to be applauded, too.  That is because it does such an impressive job translating that intensity to audiences at home.  In the same vein the band’s actual presence throughout the concert is just as notable.  All four members of the band give one hundred percent and then some in entertaining the audience in attendance.  Paul Stanley commands the stage and the audience.  Fellow founding member Gene Simmons expertly compliments Stanley’s persona with his own *ahem* fiery energy throughout the show.  One would expect that both men would take it easy at their age, as so many older performers do.  But neither one does.  Rather, they give their all because the audience gave its all, too.  Even current drummer and guitarist Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer put in their share of energy, too in their performances.  The combined efforts of all four men make the band’s stage presence in itself intense and wholly entertaining.  The band’s actual stage show couples with that performance to make both elements one whole that is just as important to this recording as the show’s set list.  Even collectively, they are still not all that makes KISS Rocks Vegas another standout live recording from what is considered by many to be “the greatest band in the world.”  The varied platforms on which this recording is available rounds out the concert’s most important elements.

The set list that is featured in KISS Rocks Vegas works with the bands stage presence and stage show to give KISS fans more than enough reason to add this new live recording to their personal collections.  They are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for the recording.  The concert is available on a number of platforms.  Those platforms include: DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, Deluxe Edition DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD.  In making the concert in three separate platforms, Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS have covered all of their collective bases here.  Regardless of whether fans have DVD players or Blu-ray players, every fan can enjoy the concert in full with both its audio and audio/visual presentation.  For the true KISS loyalists—the hardcore members of the KISS Army—there is also the Deluxe Edition, which includes both the DVD and Blu-ray in one complete package along with a double CD audio presentation of the concert.  That Deluxe Edition also includes a large photo book complete with pictures from the band’s nine-night residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  So whether one is just a fan, a devoted fan, or full-blown member of the KISS Army, there is something for everyone across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS are to be highly commended for going this route.  When this element is set alongside the band’s stage show and presence, and the show’s extensive set list, it all comes together to show once and for all why this concert is, again, a must have for any KISS fan and his or her collection.

KISS Rocks Vegas is not KISS’ first ever live recording.  And regardless of whether fans have any of the band’s previous live recordings, this latest live offering still proves in the long run to be one more must have for any KISS fan and his or her collection.  This is made clear in part through the concerts extensive, twenty-three song set list.  The band’s performance of that set list and the band’s overall stage show make that even clearer.  The multiple platforms on which the concert has been made available by Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS puts the finishing touch on why the recording is so impressive.  Each element is obviously important in its own way to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered KISS Rocks Vegas proves to be, once more, a must have for any KISS fan and his or her KISS collection.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles available from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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KISS To Release New Live Recording Next Month

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

KISS is coming home yet again this summer.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the veteran rock band’s new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas on Friday, August 26th.  It will be available on multiple platforms including: DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, Deluxe Edition DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD.  The Deluxe Edition is presented as a hardcover package complete with 12 X 12 book that features photos from the band’s performance as well as a bonus CD.  The concert presented here was originally recorded in November 2014, during the band’s residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The band’s residency was part of its 40th anniversary World Tour.  It features the band’s trademark performance complete with pyrotechnics, full-on stage presence, and much more.

The show’s extensive set list features a total of 23 songs, 7 of which are performed in their own acoustic set.  It features a number of the band’s biggest songs including but not limited to: ‘Rock and Roll All Night,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ ‘Love Gun’ and many others.  The full set list featured in this recording is noted below.

 

 

     TRACK LISTING:

 

  1. DETROIT ROCK CITY

 

  1. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

 

  1. PSYCHO CIRCUS

 

  1. PARASITE

 

  1. WAR MACHINE

 

  1. TEARS ARE FALLING

 

  1. DEUCE

 

  1. LICK IT UP

 

  1. I LOVE IT LOUD

 

  1. HELL OR HALLELUJA & TOMMY SOLO

 

  1. GOD OF THUNDER

 

  1. DO YOU LOVE ME

 

  1. LOVE GUN

 

  1. BLACK DIAMOND

 

  1. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD

 

  1. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT

 

 

       ACOUSTIC SET:

 

  1. COMING HOME
  2. PLASTER CASTER
  3. HARD LUCK WOMAN
  4. CHRISTINE SIXTEEN
  5. GOIN’ BLIND
  6. LOVE HER ALL I CAN
  7. BETH

 

More information on KISS Rocks Vegas is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.KissOnline.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KISSOnline

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

 

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Mika’s ‘Sinfona Pop’ Is An Orchestral Perfomance Unlike Any Other

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Popular musical acts using string (and sometimes orchestral) arrangements in their songs is nothing new in the music industry today.  It is a practice that has been going on as far back as one can recall.  However the actual performance of a popular musical act with orchestral organization isn’t so new.  It wasn’t until the past twenty years or so that audiences started to see any major musical act join forces with an orchestra for a live performance, let alone a recorded performance.  Elton John has done it.  So have Metallica and KISS.  They are just some of the acts that have added an orchestra to their music for live performances.  It goes without saying that there are quite a few more out there that have.  One of that mass is pop star Mika’s new recording Sinfonia Pop.  Mika (a.k.a. Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.) recently released his new live orchestral recording.  The recording is just the latest in a long line of accolades for the British-born singer-songwriter.  Over the course of just four albums, Mika has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, and going Gold or Platinum in 32 countries.  That is quite the resume.  And this recording is sure to add to it as there is plenty to say to its positive beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The actual performance of the songs is just as important to note in this recording and will be discussed later.  The interviews with both Mika and conductor Simon Leclere are equally important to the recording as the performance and its set list.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s presentation.  Altogether they make Sinfonia Pop a solid live recording from the internationally known pop star.  They also show collectively why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

Mika’s new live recording Sinfonia Pop is a solid live recording from the internationally renowned pop star.  It is also more proof as to why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.  This is due in part to the concert’s featured set list.  The nearly two-hour concert runs twenty-one songs deep and lifts very liberally from all four of his current studio recordings.  The most well represented of his albums is his 2007 debut Life in Cartoon Motion.  It is represented by no fewer than 6 songs—‘Grace Kelly,’ ‘Love Today,’ ‘Relax (Take It Easy),’ ‘Any Other World,’ Happy Ending,’ and ‘Over My Shoulder.’  The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the least represented of Mika’s records here, with only two songs—‘Rain’ and ‘Toy Boy’—being pulled from that album.  The Origin of Love is represented by a total of eight songs.  They are ‘Origin of Love,’ ‘Stardust,’ ‘Make You Happy,’ ‘Underwater,’ ‘Overrated,’ ‘Love You When I’m Drunk,’ ‘Heroes,’ and ‘Elle me dit.’  Most interesting of those tracks is the last of them—‘Elle me dit.’  That is because this song was not included in the album’s standard release.  It was included as a bonus track in the album’s French and Italian release.  In other territories it was only included in the album’s deluxe edition.  No Place In Heaven rounds out the concert’s set list.  It is represented here by ‘Last Party,’ ‘Good Guys,’ ‘Ordinary Man,’ and ‘Boum Boum Boum.’  The latter of those tracks was only included in the album’s French and Italian release.  So for many, getting to experience the song here, much as with ‘Elle me dit’ might actually be the first time hearing the song for many audiences.  The concert’s opening ‘Overture’ is a completely new composition, bringing the total song count up to twenty-one.  While the chosen set list is itself extensive, the process of picking out songs for the concert was just as interesting to learn about.  That is discussed by conductor Simon Leclere n the recording’s bonus interviews.  It will be discussed later.  Staying on the topic at hand, the concert’s set list is extensive to say the very least.  Two of Mika’s albums were obviously far more represented than the other two.  Regardless, he did include some a pair of exclusive songs in his performance here from those two lesser represented.  That and the more represented albums combine to make the show’s set list an important part of the recording’s presentation in its own right.  It is not the only important element of the recording’s presentation, either.  Mika’s performance, and that of the orchestra, are just as important to note here as the show’s set list.

The set list that is featured in Mika’s new live recording is important in its own right to the recording’s presentation.  That is because it lifts from all four of his albums so far.  It even includes a pair of songs that were only made available in exclusive editions of two of those albums, and an original composition in the concert’s opening ‘Overture.’  The end result is a set list that runs nearly two hours (an hour and forty-nine minutes to be exact) and twenty-one songs deep.  It is just on of the recording’s most important elements.  The actual performance by Mika and the orchestra is just as important to note in the recording’s presentation as its set list.  The actual performance is so important to note because it stands out so starkly from the other mainstream/classical mash ups that are out there.  It doesn’t come across as just another mainstream act performing in front of an orchestra.  Instead at times it feels as if one is watching Mika and company performing numbers from some major musical stage production.  Obviously they are not from said productions.  But the arrangements, when coupled with Mika’s own powerhouse performance, makes each song feel (and sound) like it.  That is a testament both to Mika’s own vocal talents and those of the musicians performing with him.  Staying on that train of thought the orchestra members actually exhibit a certain enjoyment in performing just as much as Mika.  That can’t exactly be said of some other orchestral groups who have performed with other well-known acts.  In those cases it is obvious that the musicians in question are just going through the motions.  The fact that the musicians in this orchestra were clearly enjoying themselves just as much as Mika, makes the performance that much more enjoyable to experience even in a home setting.  On a side note, the performance in whole is powerful to say the very least.  It sounds great on any standard hi-def monitor when the monitor is set to “Music” setting.  Those with a home theater system will get an even more powerful experience.  Keeping this in mind, it should be clear why the performance both by Mika and the orchestra is so important to this recording’s presentation.  It still is not the recording’s last notable element.  The bonus interviews with Mika and conductor Simon Leclere is just as important to note here as the performance and the chosen set list.

The set list featured in Sinfonia Pop and the performance put on by Mika and the orchestra are both key in their own right to the recording’s presentation.  The set list is so important to note because all four of Mika’s albums are represented here, even with a pair of exclusive songs.  The performance by all involved comes across like a collection of songs from any number of major musical stage productions.  Considering this, one could even see Mika performing in said musicals considering his vocal talents and the talents of the orchestra’s members.  As important as both elements are to this recording’s presentation they are not its only important elements.  The interviews with Mika and conductor Simon Leclere are just as important to the presentation as those previously noted elements.  Audiences discover in Mika’s interview his incredible sense of humility.  There is no sense of ego from him in listening to him talk.  That’s just one of the interesting tidbits revealed in his interview.  Audiences also learn the improbable way in which the concert came together.  It’s quite the interesting story, too.  It is centered on a simple mealtime discussion with another individual.  The rest of the story will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  In regards to Leclere’s interview audiences learn that Leclere and Mika didn’t just sit down and pick out a few songs randomly for the concert.  Rather Leclere notes in his interview that he actually went through the entirety of each of Mika’s albums in order to decide which songs would best translate to an orchestral situation.  That attention to detail paid off quite well, too as is clear in the previously noted performance.  It allowed Leclere to fully grasp and appreciate Mika’s music and develop arrangements that would not just compliment Mika’s songs but take them over the top.  And take them over the top they most certainly did.  It’s just one of the interesting items revealed in his interview.  As with Mika’s interview, there is much more for audiences to take in here.  Each interview ultimately proves to be important in its own right to Sinfonia Pop.  Altogether they prove to be just as important to Sinfonia Pop’s presentation as its set list and featured performance.  Collectively speaking, all three elements prove equally important to the recording’s presentation.  They make this recording a solid, new live recording from the internationally acclaimed performer.  Thy also show once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leading name in live recordings.

Sinfonia Pop is a solid, new live recording from Mika.  It is also more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.  That is due in part to the concert’s featured set list.  Neither Mika nor Eagle Rock’s reps wanted to give audiences just some random performance.  It is a set list that lifts liberally from all four of Mika’s albums, thus giving audiences a rich experience, in terms of its songs.  Mika’s performance of said set list and that of his fellow performers is just as important in showing this.  The performance of all involved is akin to watching a major musical stage production.  In all honesty it is just as entertaining.  The interviews that were included in the recording are definitely deserving of being called bonuses.  That is because of the information revealed in each interview.  Each element is undeniably important to the recording’s presentation.  That goes without saying.  Collectively speaking, they show in whole why, again, Sinfonia Pop is a solid, new live recording from Mika.  They also show why once again 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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