Mercury Studios will release a new “live” lockdown recording from Eric Clapton this fall.
The company is scheduled to release The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions Nov. 12. The recording will feature 17 songs performed by Clapton with friends Steve Gadd (drums), Nathan East (bass and vocals), and Chris Stainton (keyboards). The recording came about as an alternative to the May 2021 concerts that Clapton had planned to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Among the songs featured in the presentation are updated takes on Clapton originals and new takes on classic standards. Those songs include and are not limited to: ‘Tears in Heaven,’ ‘Layla,’ Bell Bottom Blues,’ and ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.’ The group even takes on songs from Fleetwood Mac, such as ‘Man of the World’ and ‘Black Magic Woman.’
The recording’s track listing is noted below:
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Black Magic Woman
Man of the World
Bell Bottom Blues
Key to the Highway
River of Tears
Rock Me Baby
Believe in Life
Going Down Slow
Tears in Heaven
Long Distance Call
Got My Mojo Working
Pre-orders are open now. A trailer for the recording is streaming here.
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This coming October marks an important mark in the history of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Approximately 48 years will have passed this year since the group performed a live, closed-door performance at Capitol Records’ offices following what was a rough tour in support of its then latest album, Catch a Fire. The “concert” in question is a rare recording from the group. It took years of searching and research to even locate the footage, assemble and edit everything. Now this Friday, that painstaking time and effort will come to fruition when Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios (formerly Eagle Rock Entertainment) release the intimate performance. The recording proves an entertaining presentation thanks in part to its featured liner notes. Those liner notes set the stage (so to speak) for the recording and will be discussed shortly. Adding to the recording’s appeal is its production, especially considering the amount of time and work that went into restoring the footage. It will be examined a little later. The set list rounds out the recording’s most important elements and will also be examined later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording. All things considered, they make the recording a presentation that reggae fans and those specifically of Bob Marley and the Wailers will appreciate.
Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios’ forthcoming release of Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 is a presentation that will appeal widely among reggae fans. Its success comes in part through its featured liner notes. The liner notes are so important to the recording’s presentation because they establish the setting and story that led to the one-off performance. The notes come from author John Masouri’s book, Simmer Down: Marley-Tosh-Livingston. The excerpt featured in the recording’s booklet points out that leading up to the rare performance, Marley and company had not had the best experience. Masouri even cites then band member Joe Higgs as saying of the experience, “We weren’t happening, our outfits were inappropriate, and we were rebels.” In other words, the U.S. leg of the band’s “Catch a Fire Tour” (which was what led up to the Capitol Session according to Masouri) was not necessarily a positive experience. Audiences will be just as enthralled as they learn that the band’s connections at Island Records helped to get the band its performance. Perhaps most interesting of all that Masouri points out in the featured excerpt is that the Capitol Session performance was one of the very last times that the majority of The Wailers’ initial lineup performed together. As he states, Bunny Livingston had left the band around the time that the tour’s UK leg launched in April 1973. He later adds that following the Capitol Session performance, the rest of the initial lineup would perform together two more times before many members went their own way. Having this understanding, it makes the performance and recording that much more important of a moment in the history of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Higgs and Tosh each left the band after the band returned to Jamaica following those last two shows together. They would go on to their own successful careers as solo artists. So simply put, the information featured in this recording’s liner notes are just a brief excerpt from Masouri’s book, but they offer so much in the way of establishing the setting. When audiences read those notes first, they will go on to have even more appreciation for the performance.
While the history presented in the recording’s liner notes does a lot to make the recording engaging and entertaining, it is just a portion of what makes the recording successful. The recording’s production makes for its own appeal. Going back to the noted time and effort that went into finding and restoring the recording’s footage, that work paid off. Considering that almost half a century has passed since the footage was initially captured, it looks and sounds quite impressive. The picture and audio are each surprisingly clear. What’s more, the mix effects that are used between the four cameras give the performance a feeling that is just as enjoyable as any much bigger concert. The smooth, gentle transitions from camera to camera do so much to heighten the relaxed sense that the music establishes. Considering that the band was playing this concert in-studio instead of in front of a live audience, it meant extra attention also had to be paid to the recording’s audio mix. The attention paid even to this aspect is impressive, as audiences can hear the subtle echo of the band in the studio, but the echo never once overpowers the music. In fact, it actually adds a subtle positive aesthetic impact to the general effect. It shows along with the video production that the work that went into recording the performance and even restore it paid off in spades. That positive result and the story behind the performance join to make for even more engagement and entertainment. Even with that in mind, there is still one more item to address in examining the recording. That item in question is the recording’s set list.
The set list featured in the band’s Capitol Session performance is interesting because of its clearly directed focus. The 12-song set pulls from the band’s then latest album, Catch a Fire behind which the band was touring, and its follow-up, Burn, both of which were released in 1973. The band had already released four other albums prior to the performance, so to have the focus mainly on those two albums is just very interesting. As a matter of fact, the band pulled over half of Catch a Fire’s nine tracks for the performance, and approximately half of Burnin’. So what audiences get in this set list is a very specific look at the band at that moment in its history. To that end, it is a positive in its own right. So in other words, not only do audiences get an actual history of the band at that point through the recording’s liner notes, but they also receive a musical history so to speak at the same time. Keeping that in mind along with the impressive production values in the recording, the whole leaves The Capitol Session ’73 a presentation that will appeal widely among reggae fans and those specifically of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios’ forthcoming “live” Bob Marley and the Wailers recording, The Capitol Session ’73 is a positive new offering for any reggae fan and fan of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Its success is established early on through the liner notes featured with the recording. The notes, which are in fact an excerpt from a book about Marley and his fellow musicians, do well to establish the history of the moment. Audiences are recommended to read those notes before taking in the concert, as it will serve to increase the appreciation for the performance. The production values presented in the recording add to its appeal. That is because it shows how ell the footage has stood the test of time. What’s more, it shows that the time and effort that went into locating and restoring the footage paid off in its own right. The recording’s set list rounds out the most important of its elements. It is important because it encapsulates the band in a sense. It shows the band at a very particular point in its life through the performances of songs from two specific albums. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of this recording. All things considered, they make the recording a piece that reggae fans and Bob Marley fans alike will appreciate.
Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 is scheduled for release Friday through Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios. More information on The Capitol Sessions ’73 is available along with all of the latest Bob Marley news at:
Mercury Studios (formerly Eagle Rock Entertainment) and The Rolling Stones have brought quite a bit of enjoyment to fans of the legendary rock band over the course of almost the past decade. The two sides have partnered since 2012 to release no less than 18 archived live recordings from The Rolling Stones. The shows have come from points around the globe, from England to Japan to Cuba to the United States. Now Friday, the two sides will revisit one of The Rolling Stones’ “older” live recordings when they re-issue the band’s 2007 live recording, A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach. While it is a re-issue, this recording is still a presentation that will appeal to any fan of The Rolling Stones. That is due in no small part to the recording’s featured set list, which will be discussed shortly. The re-issue’s companion booklet is also of note. It will be discussed a little later. The recording’s production values round out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the re-issue. All things considered, they make the re-issue another wonderful new addition to the library of any fan of The Rolling Stones.
Mercury Studios and The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming re-issue of its 2007 live recording, A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach, is a re-issue done right. It will no doubt appeal to all of the band’s audiences. That includes those who might already own the recording’s original release. This is proven in large part through the recording’s set list. The set list features a total of 20 songs, one of which – ‘Night Time is the Right Time – is a cover of a song made famous by the equally legendary singer/songwriter, Ray Charles. Four others – ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ ‘This Place is Empty,’ ‘Oh No, Not You Again,’ and ‘Tumbling Dice’ – were not featured in the original recording. This despite the fact that the band performed said songs at the 2006 concert, held in Rio De Janeiro. Mercuty Studios and The Rolling Stones are to be especially commended for the inclusion of the noted songs as part of the recording because it would have been just as easy for each side to just make the songs “bonus content.” This is something that many labels and acts do with live recordings. Even Mercury Studios has taken this route in past recordings from other acts. So to make the previously unreleased songs part of the main feature makes the recording whole. This, again, will appeal not only to those audiences who maybe do not already own the recording’s 2007 presentation, but also to those who do own that recording. It will certainly make replacing that recording all the easier.
Adding to the importance of the set list is that while the band once again features many of its timeless hits here, it also lifts from its then new album, 2005’s A Bigger Bang. The set list is not necessarily career-defining in the purest sense of the word, but it does pull from nin (almost half) of the albums that the band had released up to that point. A Bigger Bang and Exile on Main Street each get the most nods at three while Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed each get two. Along the way, other records, such as It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll, Voodoo Lounge, Some Girls, and Tattoo You each get one nod along with other records from the band’s extensive catalog.
As if everything noted is not enough, there is still one more aspect of the set list worth noting. That aspect is that the set list is presented in the same sequence on each of its available platforms. Those platforms are: DVD/2CD, SD BD/2CD, 2DVD/2CD, and 3LP. The Deluxe 2DVD/2CD platform will feature a 40-page book and the concert on DVD and CD. The bonus second DVD features the band’s 2005 Salt Lake City, UT concert in whole. That concert was also in support of A Bigger Bang. Now, keeping in mind all that the positives that the recording’s set list offers audiences, it is just a part of what makes this re-issue successful. The companion booklet that accompanies the recording adds its own appeal to the presentation.
The companion booklet that accompanies this re-issue is important because of the liner notes featured therein. Crafted by journalist Paul Sexton, the liner notes set the stage (pardon the pun) for the concert featured on the noted platforms. Sexton points out in his notes, front man Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards’ 1968 vacation to the region was at least partially responsible for the samba beat featured in ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’ He also notes that the free concert, which is estimated to have had an audience in excess of 1.5 million people, was not just something that the band did on a whim. He points out that a lot of thought and planning went into the event beforehand. That whole story will be left for audiences to discover for themselves just as much as that of the region’s impact on some of the band’s older material. Additionally, Sexton cites the band members themselves as they recall fondly, the experience of playing before one of the largest audiences ever for a free concert by any act. Between everything noted here and so much more pointed out by Sexton, the whole makes the liner notes just as important as the set list to this re-issue. It is easy to argue, considering this, that audiences should really read the liner notes before taking in the concert. Keeping that in mind, the overall content featured in this recording gives audiences much to appreciate. The collective content is only a portion of what makes the recording successful. The recording’s production values round out its most important elements.
The production values in this recording are just as appealing as the concert’s content. While 4KUHD might not have been a reality in 2006, recording technology from the early 2000s was still a huge improvement in comparison to that of the 80s and 90s. Keeping that in mind, the audio and video mix in this re-issue is solid throughout the course of the concert’s approximately two hour run time. The sound balance is expert from beginning to end. The camera work captures the concert from so many great angles. Staying on that note, the direction is to be commended for having such an eye for those angles. Thanks to that collective work, audiences are taken on stage with the band and above the crowd with various crane cam shots. The shots change at a pace that is just right to accent the energy within each song. This in itself is important because it means at no point will audiences be left feeling dizzied or even bored. The mixes make the transitions just as smooth, too. Simply put, everything incorporated in to the production makes the concert’s presentation just as successful as the concert’s content. All things considered, the concert proves to be a prime example of a re-issue done right.
Mercury Studios and The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming re-issue of A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach is a presentation that every fan of The Rolling Stones will appreciate. That is proven in part through its featured set list. The set list runs 20 songs deep and is presented in whole. That is in comparison to the set list featured in the recording’s 2007 presentation, which was lacking four songs featured in the then 2006 concert. The set list is also featured in the same sequence on each of its available platforms. It is also an extensive presentation of the band’s catalog at that point. Given it might not be career-spanning per se, but still does a good job of representing the band’s catalog. The liner notes featured in the recording’s companion booklet add their own appeal because of the foundation that they form. That foundation is formed through the background information that the notes provide. The recording’s production rounds out the presentation’s most important elements. The sound and video are expertly balanced while the cinematography does its own share to keep viewers engaged and entertained. It is a tribute to the work that was put in to remaster and re-edit all of the featured content. Each element examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording. All things considered, they make the recording a presentation that every fan of The Rolling Stones will enjoy and a prime example of a re-issue done right.
A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach is scheduled for release Friday through Mercury Studios and Universal Music Group. More information on Steel Wheels Live is available along with all of its latest news at:
Mercury Studios and the Rolling Stones have partnered to release another live recording from the band this summer.
The company, formerly known as Eagle Rock Entertainment, is scheduled to re-issue The Rolling Stones’ 2007 live recording, A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach July 9. A trailer for the forthcoming recording is streaming here.
The recording — at least the 18th from the partnership between The Rolling Stones and Mercury Studios — will come less than a year after the release of the company’s then latest live recording from The Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels Live: Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will release on DVD/2CD, SD BD/2CD, 2DVD/2CD, and 3LP platforms. The vinyl pressing will come in separate clear, green, blue, and yellow.
The forthcoming re-issue will present The Rolling Stones’ Copacabana show in whole unlike in its original release. That presentation means the addition of four songs — ‘Tumbling Dice,’ ‘This Place is Empty,’ ‘Oh No, Not You,’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ — not featured in the 2007 recording.
The Deluxe 2DVD/2CD platform will feature a 40-page book and the Copacabana concert on DVD and CD. The set’s second DVD features the band’s 2005 Salt Lake City, Utah concert in whole. Both concerts were part of the band’s tour in support of 2005 album Bigger Bang.
Audiences will get an early taste of the forthcoming recording with the release of a five-song digital EP May 28. The EP will feature the band’s performances of ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘You Got Me Rocking,’ ‘Happy’ and ‘Rough Justice.’ With the exception of the ‘Rough Justice’ performance, the performances here were pulled from the Copacabana show. The ‘Rough Justice’ performance was lifted from the band’s 2005 Salt Lake City concert recording.
Additionally, Mercury Studios and the Rolling Stones will continue to promote the Copacabana show on Record Store Day, June 12 with a special vinyl release. the vinyl release will feature the band’s performance of ‘Rough Justice’ (from the 2005 Salt Lake City show) and ‘Rain Fall Down’ (from the Copacabana concert).
RIO 1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash 2. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) 3. You Got Me Rocking 4. Tumbling Dice 5. Oh No, Not You Again 6. Wild Horses 7. Rain Fall Down 8. Midnight Rambler 9. Night Time Is the Right Time 10. This Place Is Empty 11. Happy 12. Miss You 13. Rough Justice 14. Get Off My Cloud 15. Honky Tonk Women 16. Sympathy For The Devil 17. Start Me Up 18. Brown Sugar 19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want 20. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
SALT LAKE CITY (Bonus show – deluxe versions only) 1. Start Me Up 2. You Got Me Rocking 3. She’s So Cold 4. Tumbling Dice 5. Rain Fall Down 6. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (but I Like It) 7. Wild Horses 8. All Down the Line 9. Night Time Is the Right Time 10. Slipping Away 11. Infamy 12. Miss You 13. Rough Justice 14. Get Off of My Cloud 15. Honky Tonk Women 16. Sympathy for the Devil 17. Brown Sugar 18. Jumpin’ Jack Flash 19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want 20. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
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The Who is the focus of an upcoming episode of nugs.net’s Classic Albums documentary series.
The series will focus on The Who’s 1967 album The Who Sell Out in its April 22 episode. The broadcast is scheduled to air that day at 9 p.m. ET. Considered to be among the most influential albums of the 20th century, it sold 100 million copies.
The upcoming documentary will examine closely, what made and makes the album so influential. It will do so through exclusive interviews with Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend and the album’s producers. The episode will stream free through April 25 on nugs.net and through the nugs.net YouTube channel.
The Who Sells Out is a concept album considered by Rolling Stone magazine to be The Who’s “finest album.” It was created to resemble a pirate radio broadcast, complete with fake commercials. The album was born when the band’s label wanted a new album from the band, but Townshend felt he did not have enough material for a full record.
nugs.net’s upcoming broadcast will air in partner with UMe, The Who and Mercury Studios. In coordination with the episode’s upcoming broadcast, The Who has announced it will release a massively expanded edition of the album April 23 through UMe/Polydor. It will feature approximately 112 tracks, 47 of which will be previously unreleased works. The songs will be spread across five discs.
The Super Deluxe edition will also feature a poster and inserts, and even a facsimile eight-page program from the band’s Saville Theatre show. Many other extras are also featured with the expanded package.
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The Go-Gos’ 2001 album God Bless The Go-Gos is getting its own re-issue.
The album, which was at the time its first together since 1984’s Talk Show, is scheduled for release May 14 on vinyl. The re-issue celebrates the 20th anniversary of that album’s release and on deluxe CD and digital platforms. The re-issue will feature new cover art, shown here, and the bonus tracks ‘I Think I Need Sleep’ and ‘King of Confusion.’ Pre-orders are open.
The re-issue’s track listing is noted below.
VINYL TRACK LISTING:
SIDE 1 1. La La Land 2. Unforgiven 3. Apology 4. Stuck In My Car 5. Vision Of Nowness 6. Here You Are 7. Automatic Rainy Day
SIDE 2 1. Kissing Asphalt 2. Insincere 3. Sonic Superslide 4. Throw Me A Curve 5. Talking Myself Down 6. Daisy Chain
CD/DIGITAL TRACK LISTING 1. La La Land 2. Unforgiven 3 .Apology 4. Stuck In My Car 5. Vision Of Nowness 6. Here You Are 7. Automatic Rainy Day 8. Kissing Asphalt 9. Insincere 10. Sonic Superslide 11. Throw Me A Curve 12. Talking Myself Down 13. Daisy Chain 14. I Think I Need Sleep 15. King Of Confusion
God Bless The Go-Gos reached #57 on the Billboard Top 200 and has since reached #17 on the Top Internet Albums Chart. Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole) co-produced the album.
Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong made a guest appearance on the album’s track, ‘Unforgiven.’ Ram Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) lent his talents to another of the album’s tracks, ‘Here You Are.’ ‘Daisy Chain’ featured a guest appearance by Roger Manning (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, The Moog Cookbook).
In other news, The Go-Gos’ documentary — simply titled The Go-Gos — was released through digital and rental services Friday through Eagle Vision and Mercury Studios. Its physical release is scheduled for Feb. 26 through Polygram/UMe on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.
The documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, presents the history of the all-female band from its roots in the Los Angeles punk scene to its meteoric rise to fame. The story features interviews with subjects, such as Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine, and Gina Schock to add to its depth.
As an added bonus, the documentary follows the band as it writes its female empowerment anthem ‘Club Zero,’ its first new song in almost 20 years. The song hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Sales Chart.
In more news, The Go-Gos are scheduled to launch a series of live dates starting June 18 in San Francisco, CA, conditions pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to run just under a month long, ending on July 11 in Asbury Park, NJ. The tour’s tentative schedule is noted below.
Summer 2021 North American tour dates: Jun 18 The Masonic San Francisco, CA + Jun 23 Humphreys San Diego, CA + Jun 24 Humphreys San Diego, CA + Jun 27 Pechanga Resort Casino Temecula, CA + Jun 29 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA + Jun 30 Orpheum Theater Los Angeles, CA + Jul 7 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY Jul 8 Parx Casino Bensalem, PA Jul 10 Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket, CT Jul 11 Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ +
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The Go-Gos is scheduled for release Feb. 5 on digital and rental services through Mercury Studios. The documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, presents the history of the all-female band from its roots in the Los Angeles punk scene to its meteoric rise to fame. The story features interviews with subjects, such as Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine, and Gina Schock to add to its depth.
As an added bonus, the documentary follows the band as it writes its female empowerment anthem ‘Club Zero,’ its first new song in almost 20 years. The song hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Sales Chart.
More information on The Go-Gos’ new documentary is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: