BSO To Release Its First Holiday Album In A Decade This Fall

Courtesy:  Surfdog Records

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

It may be summer. But that doesn’t mean that some people’s minds are already on the holidays.

Brian Setzer announced this week that his band The Brian Setzer Orchestra will release its new holiday album Rockin’ Rudolph on Friday, October 16th. The album, which will be released via Surfdog Records, will be the first holiday record to have been released by the band in ten years. The twelve-track record will feature updated renditions of timeless classics including: ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,’ ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,’ ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ and others alongside new pieces such as: ‘Yabba-Dabba-Yuletide,’ ‘ Rockabilly Rudolph,’ ‘Little Jack Frost,’ and ‘Swingin’ Joy.’ The complete track listing for Rockin’ Rudolph is noted below.

Standard ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH track listing:

 

  1. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  2. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide”
  3. “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
  4. “Rockabilly Rudolph”
  5. “Here Comes Santa Claus”
  6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  7. “Swingin’ Joy”
  8. “Carol of the Bells”
  9. “Little Jack Frost”
  10. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  11. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
  12. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide” (extended)

 

Rockin’ Rudolph was produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc.). Along with its standard presentation, fans can also get their hands on a special Limited Edition numbered Deluxe presentation can be purchased online at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thebriansetzerorchestra. The special edition includes everything noted below.

 

The ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH DELUXE BOX SET includes:

  1. Brand New Rockin’ Rudolph album on CD
  2. Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to “Nutcracker Suite” (just as Brian reads on stage!)
  3. Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3″ tall, alloy metal)
  4. Brian Setzer’s Own Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
  5. Commemorative BSO “Martini Logo” Stainless Steel Guitar Pick
  6. BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters
  7. Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
  8. “Live in Nashville” 10×10 print
  9. Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including:
  • Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH album
  • 2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album:  “Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy”
  • Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger
  • Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO’s Rockin’ Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.)
  • “Jingle Bells” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
  • “Nutcracker Suite” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
  • Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released)
Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

When asked why he waited so long to make his new holiday album, Setzer noted primarily the span of time between its upcoming release and that of his last holiday album. “It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” he said. In regards to the track listing chosen for the record, Setzer noted the popularity of the genre and all of the songs that he hadn’t yet touched on saying, “It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year. They’re classic songs and you wonder after a couple records how many of them are left. Once you dig in you find, wow! I’ve haven’t done ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ you know. I’ve never done ‘Here Comes Santa Claus!’ Ones that everyone knows and are still out there. These songs are great songs. It doesn’t matter if they’re holiday songs or when they were written, they’re just great songs.” He added that in working up the new renditions, he paid attention to their style, making sure that they would be appealing to audiences of all ages saying, “The trick is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don’t have to do too much.”

Rockin’ Rudolph will be released in stores and online on Friday, October 16th via Surfdog Records. More information on the upcoming compilation is available online now along with all of Setzer’s latest news and updates at:

Website: http://www.briansetzer.com

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

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Judas Priest Announces Fall Tour Schedule

Courtesy:  Epic Records/ Chipster PR

Courtesy: Epic Records/ Chipster PR

Judas Priest will hit the road again this fall.

The band announced this week that it will hit the road once again this fall beginning Friday, October 16th in Paso Robles, California. The band—Rob Halford (vocals), Glen Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums)—noted in its announcement that the newly announced tour is in response to the massive success of its latest release, 2014’s Redeemer of Souls. The album, the band’s seventeenth full-length studio release, is the band’s highest-charting album to date having debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.

Judas Priest’s upcoming tour is currently scheduled to run through Thursday, November 12th and will include a total of fifteen dates. Mastodon will serve as support for the tour. The current schedule for the band’s tour is noted below.

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

October 16th, 2015      Paso Robles, CA    Vina Robles Amp
October 17th, 2015      Las Vegas, NV        The Pearl
October 20th, 2015      San Francisco, CA  The Warfield Theatre
October 21st, 2015      San Jose, CA           City National Civic
October 23rd, 2015      Fresno, CA              William Saroyan Theater
October 24th, 2015      San Bernardino, CA  Knotfest
October 27th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino
October 28th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino
October 31st, 2015       Regina, SK              Brandt Center
November 1st, 2015     Winnipeg, MN          MTS Center
November 3rd, 2015     Peoria, IL                 Civic Center
November 6th, 2015     Huntington, NY      Paramount Theater
November 7th, 2015     Newark, NJ              Prudential Center
November 10th, 2015    Halifax, NS             Scotiabank Center
November 12th, 2015    Toronto, ON           Air Canada Center

More dates will be announced in the weeks to come. Fans can keep up with those updates online now along with all of the latest news from the band online at:

Website: http://www.judaspriest.com

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

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s Latest LP Is A Welcome Return

Courtesy:  Rainy Day Dimes

Courtesy: Rainy Day Dimes

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has had quite the ride in the last year or so.  Early last year, the band released its most recent album, the full Spanish-language release Aqui Alla.  Not too long after that, the band suffered a huge loss as it had a large amount of its equipment stolen and much of the sets for its children’s TV show either destroyed or stolen.  The massive losses were costly to say the least, leading the band to go to its fans to finance the creation of its new album Adelante.  Needless to say the band’s fans heard its calls and more than stepped up, allowing the band to finish Adelante and release it last month.  While not an entirely Spanish-language record, the majority of the record’s lyrics are sung in Spanish.  That should be noted right now.  Despite this it doesn’t take away from the album’s enjoyment even for those that are anything but fluent in Spanish.  Regardless of whether or not audiences are familiar with the Spanish language, audiences will find plenty to appreciate in this album beginning with the songs themselves.  The language barrier aside, some of the songs are in fact pretty easy to understand even when sung in Spanish.  On another level, the homage paid to certain classics of eras gone by will entertain audiences of all ages.  That will be discussed later.  The album’s sequencing rounds out the ways in which Adelante (which translates roughly to “Go Ahead”) impresses.  The album wastes no time from one song to the next as it progresses.  Because it moves so quickly, its roughly thirty-three minute run time seems to fly by.  Simply put, it feels like the record ends almost as soon as it begins thus leaving listeners wanting more but in the best way possible.  Being that said pacing is partnered with such enjoyable songs, the end result of that combination is an album that is a wonderful return for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s latest full-length studio recording Adelante is a welcome return for the beloved kindie-rock band.  The album, the band’s sixth, is yet another that despite being largely a Spanish-language still proves itself to be an album that audiences of all languages will enjoy.  Every one of the album’s twelve songs is a fun, upbeat composition that will have listeners of all ages dancing.  Those that do speak at least some Spanish will even find themselves singing along, too.  Speaking of that singing along, both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking listeners alike will find themselves singing along to the likes of ‘Pinata Attack’ with its surf-rock style sound.  The song mixes both English and Spanish-language into its infectious guitar riffs, drumming, and keyboard lines for a song about breaking open a piñata that crosses both language and cultural barriers.  ‘Cantamos Hasta Seis,’ (roughly translated ‘We Have Up To Six’) is another one of those pieces that both English and Spanish-speaking audiences of all ages will enjoy because of its simplicity.  The song comes across more or less as a piece that teaches counting skills (unless this critic has misinterpreted its lyrics).  That can be inferred as the refrain of the song’s chorus sees Diaz and company counting in song both to six and to ten.  The lighthearted, almost playful nature of the song’s musical content adds even more enjoyment for families.  That is especially the case thanks to the use of the kazoo (yes, even a kazoo is used here) as part of the noted content.  Who out there doesn’t find themselves smiling at the sound of a kazoo?  The very name of the instrument itself causes smiles and laughter.  Just say it once and see.  Getting back on track, the examples noted here should make clear exactly why the songs featured as part of Adelante make it such an enjoyable record for both English and Spanish-speaking audiences.  It is of course only a small portion of what makes Adelante a record that audiences will want to “go ahead” and purchase.  The homage paid to certain songs of days gone by make the album even more worth the listen.

The songs that make up the body of Adelante are largely sung in Spanish. Though, there are some compositions included across the record that also feature some lyrics sung in English. This aside, the songs that are featured throughout the record are lyrically simple enough that regardless of whether audiences speak English or Spanish, audiences of both tongues and all ages will enjoy them. In turn, audiences will agree that the album’s songs are, in the bigger picture of the record, reason in themselves to pick up this latest release from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. They are only part of what audiences will enjoy about the album. Audiences that are familiar with their music history will take note that Diaz and company not only educate, but they entertain, too. The band has included at least two songs with this record that pay homage to music’s past. Those two songs are ‘Sol Solecito’ (roughly translated becomes ‘Only Sun’) and ‘Speedy Gonzalez.’ ‘Sol Solecito’ features lyrics sung both in English and Spanish. English-speaking audiences will instantly catch the homage to the timeless classic ‘My Only Sunshine’ in hearing the English lyrics. Its musical content makes it stand out from nearly every version that has ever been recorded, though. That is because as it is presented here, it is far more upbeat than the standard slower, sappy, saccharine-sweet lullaby style versions to which audiences are so familiar. In other words it is actually better than those renditions. ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ might be named after Warner Brothers’ famed rocket-fast rodent. But musically, it pays direct homage to veteran musician Elton John and his classic hit ‘Crocodile Rock’ with its musical content. The two songs are not entirely identical stylistically speaking. But it is obvious in listening to both songs that Diaz and company pay homage to Sir Elton with this composition as well as that famed fast-moving and equally fast-talking mouse. Older audiences that are familiar with the work of Sir Elton will especially enjoy it not just for the near direct throwback but also because it serves as a great way to get younger listeners into John’s music and eventually that of so many other legendary artists and bands. It is yet more proof of why the homage paid to music’s rich history even with only these two songs, makes Adelante a record that every listener should go ahead and add to their own music library.

The music that makes up the body of Adelante and the homage paid to the music industry’s rich history are both clear reasons that every listener should go ahead and add this record to their own personal music library. While both aspects of the album make it well worth the listen (and addition to one’s own music library), there is still one more element of the record worth noting that rounds out the presentation. That element is the album’s sequencing. Most listeners don’t take a record’s sequencing into account in its general effect. However as the sequencing here proves, it is extremely important in examining any record, not just this one. Audiences that pay close attention to the record will note that very little time is wasted between any of the album’s twelve total songs. Being that there is so little down time between the songs, the energy exuded in each song is in turn maintained solidly from beginning to end. It leaves the record feeling as if it is over just as soon as it begins. The end result of this is that audiences are left feeling completely fulfilled yet wanting more in the best way possible. That is the mark of a great album; an album that for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is a welcome return for a band that has been through so much.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s new album Adelante is a welcome return for the band. Its songs and its homage to music’s rich history both prove that true. The sequencing utilized throughout the record keeps the record’s energy running solidly from start to finish. All three elements together prove it to be a record that audiences of all ages will want to go ahead and add to their own music libraries. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Adelante is available online now along with the latest news from Lucky Diaz and the Family jam Band at:

 

Website: http://www.luckydiazmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucky-Diaz-and-the-Family-Jam-Band/182600891967

 

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Fates Warning To Re-Issue Classic Concept Album This Fall

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records will re-issue Fates Warning’s classic album A Pleasant Shade of Gray this fall.

Officials with Metal Blade Records announced today that the label will re-issue Fates Warning’s 1997 album on Friday, October 2nd in a special four-disc set that includes three CDs and a live DVD featuring two complete live performances of the band’s classic concept album. The lead disc in the upcoming set will feature the band’s original album re-mastered. The second disc will feature a live performance of the album that was recorded during the band’s 1998 European tour, a soundcheck recording of ‘We Only Say Goodbye,’ and a studio recording of the band covering the classic Scorpions song ‘In Trance.’ The third of the set’s CDs features a handful of demos that were crafted in the early days of the album’s creation.

The DVD that is included in the upcoming re-issue features two complete live performances of A Pleasant Shade of Gray. The first of the performances is a fully restored and re-edited recording of the concert, which was originally presented on VHS in 1998. The second of the performances was recorded in 1999 at The Whisky in Hollywood, California. Pre-orders for the 3-CD/DVD set will begin next Thursday, August 6th.

Along with the announcement of its classic album’s upcoming re-issue, the band has also announced that it will tour this fall. The band will hit the road beginning Friday, October 9th in Hartford, Connecticut for an eighteen-date tour that will see it perform at venues in the Northeast, Midwest, Southwest and West Coast. The band’s complete list of tour dates is noted below.

FATES WARNING Live:
10/9: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
10/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/13: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
10/14: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/16: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
10/18: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
10/20: Altoona, PA @ McGarveys
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/24: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/25: San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kapone’s Live
10/27: Denver, CO @ The Roxy
10/29: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/30: Costa Mesa, CA @ Tiki Bar
10/31: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar
11/1: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/2: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

Exclusive VIP packages for each show are available now and can be purchased online at http://65.36.150.245/rockeventsonline/TourMasterPage2.cfm?BandName=Fates%20Warning&TourName=FW-US_Fall_2015. There are two different VIP packages that fans can purchase. The first allows fans the chance to take in its soundcheck, do a meet-and-greet with the band, take photos with the band, and includes a VIP laminate. The second VIP package includes everything noted in the first package. Unlike the first package, the second also includes a signed copy of the upcoming re-issue of A Pleasant Shade of Gray.

More information on the band’s upcoming re-issue of A Pleasant Shade of Gray is available now along with all of the band’s latest news, tour updates, and more at:

Website: http://fateswarning.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

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Memphis May Fire’s Fans Will Appreciate Unconditional Deluxe Edition Unconditionally

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Early last year, Memphis May Fire released its fourth full-length album Unconditional in stores and online. The album was received to critical acclaim, debuting in the #4 slot on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and selling more than 27,000 copies in its first week in stores. Now, a little more than a year after its release, the band has teamed with its label, Rise Records, to re-issue the album in a new Deluxe edition. Unconditional Deluxe Edition features two new songs and a pair of acoustic takes of songs included in Unconditional’s original release and its new re-issue. The acoustic renditions of ‘Beneath The Skin’ and ‘Need To Be’ close out Unconditional’s re-issue and are just two of the highlights of this record. Both renditions give the original songs from which they stemmed their own new identities yet lose none of the depth and power exhibited in the originals. ‘My Generation,’ which is one of the newly introduced songs on this record. While it may have the same name as The Who’s timeless composition, it is anything but that song. In other words it isn’t a cover. It is its own song completely separate from that work yet still boasts its own powerful musical and lyrical content. Regardless of whether fans go for the acoustic renditions of ‘Beneath The Skin’ and ‘Need To Be,’ the newly introduced anthem ‘My Generation’ or the album’s other newly introduced song ‘Stay The Course’ every one of Memphis May Fire’s fans will agree that the addition of all four songs makes Unconditional’s new re-issue one of this year’s best new re-issues.

Memphis May Fire’s newly re-issued 2014 album Unconditional is one of the best of this year’s crop of re-issues. Long-time fans of the veteran Dallas, Texas-based metalcore band will agree with this sentiment after hearing the four new additions to the album. One of those additions, an acoustic re-working of ‘Beneath The Skin,’ anchors the album’s bonus tracks. It can be argued that the song’s acoustic take gives the song a whole new identity as the heaviness of the original take is not there. That identity has been established as Kellen McGregor and Anthony Sepe have traded in the heavy, crunching sound that served as the basis in the original song for a much more emotional sound that is made even deeper and moving thanks to front man Matty Mullins’ equally toned-down vocal delivery as he sings, “She dreams of a day when she won’t have to cry herself to sleep/Staring at the scars on her wrists/She knows this is not who she wants to be/Another night all alone with her thoughts/Dwelling on the questions that race through her head/Scared to sleep/Scared to wake up and face the day/When she can’t forget the things that they said.” Whereas the heavier sound of the song’s original take gives it a feeling that exudes great tension and anger on the part of the song’s subject, this new acoustic take paints the picture of the young lady as a figure feeling so much sadness and pain. That is especially the case in the verse noted here. The gentility and fragility in Mullins’ delivery set against the equally reserved sound exhibited by his band mates makes it especially worth the listen by any young person, male or female. In being that much more worth the listen, it will hae a greater chance of relating to so many more young listeners and potentially helping make a positive in said individuals’ lives. That increased ability to reach and relate to a wider audience makes the acoustic take of ‘Beneath The Skin’ a clearly positive addition to Unconditional’s re-issue. That is not to say that the original, heavier take is any less significant in the bigger picture of the album. It just means to say that the new acoustic take presented here is just as powerful as the full-on, original take.

The newly introduced acoustic take of ‘Beneath The Skin’ is a clear example of what makes Unconditional’s new re-issue an album that every Memphis May Fire fan will appreciate. While it may be an acoustic take of a much heavier song, that does not make the song any less heavy. As a matter of fact, the emotion and depth exuded by the much softer re-working of the song makes it just as heavy and in turn impacting. It is just one of the additions made to the album’s re-issue that makes it worth the listen. The acoustic re-working of ‘Need To Be’ adds even more reason for the band’s fans to check out the album’s Deluxe Edition. Just as with the acoustic take of ‘Beneath The Skin,’ the acoustic re-working of this song gives it just as much depth. The song’s original take is by no means heavy. Obviously neither is this take. But it still offers its own depth. The difference between the tracks is that this song maintains a certain reserved nature where the original adds a certain amount of punch as it proceeds. That control exhibited throughout the song in comparison to its original take makes the song’s lyrical content much more personal as Mullins sings, “My heart is heavy and torn/Weighed down by all my mistakes and the chains I’ve worn/A constant struggle with fear/Unsure if I was enough from the day I was born/But you see the beauty in my flaws/You pick me up when I fall/Show me the way when I am lost/In the eye of the storm/You show me I’m not alone/And give me strength to carry on.” The electronics removed from the song at this moment and replaced with the gentle tones of a piano, shaker, and drum set gives it a completely different feel that is still positive in its own right. It is just one change made in this song that makes it just as deep and powerful as the song’s original take and in turn yet another reason that Memphis May Fire’s fans will appreciate the new Deluxe edition of Unconditional.

Both of the acoustic re-workings presented in Unconditional’s new Deluxe Edition show in their own way why the band’s fans will appreciate this new re-issue. Of course for all of the value that they add to the record, they are not the only reasons that the band’s fans will appreciate this record. There are also two previously unreleased tracks included as part of the Deluxe Edition’s body–‘My Generation’ and ‘Stay The Course.’ Both songs are equally hard-hitting and memorable in their own right. The prior of the pair especially stands out. That is thanks in large part to its pounding musical content, driven by Jake Garland’s solid time keeping and the dual attack of McGregor and Sepe. The infectious, fist-pumping chant of “We are the youth/We are the future” in the song’s chorus makes the song even harder-hitting. One can easily imagine the band’s fans chanting these lines defiantly and in unison at its live shows. It’s just one aspect of the song’s lyrical content that makes the song such an important addition to the album’s re-issue. Mullens and company go on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Fight, fight, fight for the ones without a voice/Fight, fight, fight until they pay attention/Fight, fight, fight for the ones without a voice/Fight, fight, fight we’re gonna make ’em listen/Fight, fight, fight, we’re gonna fight ’till they hear us.” The defiance is clear and will definitely energize the band’s fans. The addition of the heavy, pummeling guitars and drums alongside Mullens’ delivery style adds even more power to the song. Whether for its pummeling musical content or for its defiant lyrical content, it can be said that the combination of both elements together presented here makes ‘My Generation’ one of Memphis May Fire’s best songs yet and even more proof of why Unconditional’s new Deluxe Edition is a record that any of the band’s fans will appreciate. That is not to discount the also newly added song ‘Stay The Course. That song will impress the band’s fans just as much with its message of perseverance. Both songs coupled with both of the acoustic pieces added to the album here make the album in whole a welcome addition to the library of any of the band’s fans and an album that proves itself to be one of the best of this year’s crop of re-issues.

Memphis May Fire released last year what has since proven to be one of its most successful albums to date if not its single-most successful album when it released Unconditional. Now with its new Deluxe Edition re-issue, which boasts two new tracks and two acoustic re-workings of songs featured in the album’s original release, Unconditional may very well surpass the mark set by the album in its original take. That is thanks in large part to the noted new additions included here. All four songs together will impress by the band’s long-time fans just as much as those that are less familiar with the band’s body of work. Each listener will agree in hearing those new additions alongside the original album’s songs, that Unconditional is, again, a welcome addition to the library of any of the band’s fans and a work that is one of the best of this year’s crop of re-issues. It is available now in stores and online. The band is currently touring in support of Unconditional. It will be live in Auburn Hills, Michigan tonight and Chicago, Illinois tomorrow. Fans can get the band’s full list of tour dates online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/memphismayfire

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Hyde Park Live 1969 Is One Of Eagle Rock’s Most Intriguing Live Stones Shows

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest entry in its Rolling Stones From The Vault series is one of its most intriguing installments yet.  That is thanks in large part to its stylistic approach.  The overall presentation of this recording is more along the lines of a hybrid concert documentary than a pure concert presentation unlike its predecessors.  The concert’s set list is also of note in the concert’s interest.  The set list presented here is relatively short, boasting only a total of eight songs at a total run time of fifty-five minutes.  That’s relatively short in comparison to other Rolling Stones concerts and concerts from other bands and artists in general.  It could be a reflection of the band having lost one of its founding members only days prior to the show.  Regardless, it still stands as an important element of the show that makes it such an intriguing watch.  The production values of the concert are also of note.  The efforts of those charged with restoring the concert’s audio and video for its presentation here are to be commended.  On another level, audiences will note a distinctly different shooting style here than that typically expected in a concert recording.  It is a more guerilla style presentation.  Interestingly enough that very style of shooting gives the recording a feeling that makes it stand out even more.  And that is just scratching the surface of this recording.  The band’s stage presence is notably unlike what audiences are used to seeing from its members.  The recording’s companion booklet generates even more interest to the concert.  All things considered, From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 proves in the end exactly why it is the most interesting of Eagle Rock’s live Rolling Stones recordings.  Audiences that recognize all of the noted elements will agree with this critic’s sentiment and in turn will note its importance to the whole of Eagle Rock’s From The Vault series thus making it that much more worth the watch.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest entry in its Rolling Stones From The Vault series is one of its most intriguing installments yet.  That is thanks in large part to its stylistic approach.  More simply put, it is not presented as a standard concert recording.  Rather it is more along the lines of a hybrid concert documentary feature.  That argument is made as audiences get more than just a concert here.  Rather, audiences get a concert as well as commentary from front man Mick Jagger at various points throughout the show.  The commentary in question hits on the economics of touring, his personal thoughts on having to soldier on without Brian Jones, and much more.  Some of the commentary is first-hand with Jagger on camera as he discusses the noted subjects while other pieces are edited together with footage of the band performing and of people taking in the concert in various ways.  Those various ways in which the audience takes in the concert includes singing, dancing, and even sailing (yes, sailing) sailboats near the stage as they take in the concert.  Given the use of such an approach is not exactly anything new in the world of concert recordings and tour documentaries.  But it is also not an overly common practice among directors tapped to head up the projects.  This includes even more recent recordings from much less experienced bands and performers.  To that extent, the fact that it is not so overly common of an approach makes it a rather important element worth noting in this recording.  It is not the only element worth noting, either.  The concert’s set list should be noted as another key element to the concert.

The set list that makes up the body of The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park show is just as important to its interest as is the stylistic approach taken in the concert’s overall presentation.  The set list presented in this concert is relatively short in comparison both to other, previously released Rolling Stones concerts and those of other bands past and present. That is because the concert presented here is what audiences saw in the concert’s original television broadcast.  It is noted in the concert’s companion booklet that the set list, which actually consists of fourteen songs rather than eight, was altered quite a bit for television.  That would explain why six of the set’s songs are not included here and why the show is out of order from the actual set list, which is listed in the booklet.  Considering this Eagle Rock is not to be held responsible for what is and isn’t presented especially if those remaining six songs might not be available right now. One can only hope that with this knowledge, Eagle Rock will manage to get hold of said songs somewhere down the road and eventually assemble them together for the full concert as it was meant to be seen by the band’s legions of fans around the world. This aside even presenting the concert’s original TV broadcast, the set list makes for its own share of enjoyment. Audiences get to hear in this set list the band’s first-ever live performance of its hit song ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ and of ‘I’m Yours & I’m Hers.’ The band’s take on ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ here is quite different from what was laid down on its studio version. That version is considerably more upbeat versus this much slower take. Being slower takes nothing away from the song by any means. Rather it makes it just as interesting. Keeping that in mind it is a good thing that it was left in this presentation to say the least. It is just one more way in which the show’s set list proves to be so integral to the overall interest of Hyde Park Live 1969. The set list having been noted, it still is not the last reason that Hyde Park Live 1969 proves to be such an intriguing recording. The production values presented in the “broadcast” are also worth noting.

Both the approach taken by those at Granada TV for its broadcast of Hyde Park Live 1969 and the set list chosen by those same individuals do quite a bit to make this recording intriguing. For all of the interest that both elements generate together, they are hardly all that is worth noting. The production values exhibited in the recording are just as worth noting. The efforts of those charged with re-mastering the recording for its presentation here are to be applauded for their efforts. Considering the recording technology available at the time of the concert’s original recording both the audio and video have stood the test of time quite well. And those that brought it back to life made it look and sound just as good if not better. Thanks to their efforts a certain sense of nostalgia is established in watching the concert. On another level, the guerilla-style approach taken by the camera crew and associated editing makes the presentation even more interesting. It really catches the show’s energy especially when the camera operators start using the quick zoom in and out on some of the crowd shots later in the show. The shots of the crowd in its various activities throughout the concert do just as much to heighten the concert’s energy. These are just a couple of ways in which the work of the camera crew and editors make the production values even more important in the grand scheme of Hyde Park Live 1969. Together with the work of those that restored the concert for its presentation here, the production values in whole prove in the end to be just as important as any other element of the recording in making it such an interesting watch. The collective production values of the recording partnered with the show’s abbreviated set list and the overall approach to the concert make wholly clear why Hyde Park live 1969 is such an intriguing recording. Being such an intriguing presentation it becomes a piece that every Rolling Stones fan should see.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s newly released Rolling Stones concert From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 is the most intriguing of the series’ recordings to be released so far. That is thanks to the stylistic approach taken by the people at Granada TV to the presentation in whole. The show’s abbreviated set list adds even more interest. It makes one wonder if the songs that were cut from the band’s concert are available for a full concert experience. The work of those that originally recorded the concert and of those that resurrected it for its presentation here make it even more worth the watch. All three elements come together to prove why From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 is a piece that every Rolling Stones fan should see. That is not to ignore the band’s stage presence throughout the broadcast which is notably reserved and the concert’s companion booklet, which adds even more insight into the concert. It isn’t just some random booklet tossed in to be added. It gives an in-depth history of the concert and the significance of the concert presented here. The band’s somewhat reserved presence on stage is likely linked to the fact that the band had lost one of its own only days before the concert. Such a loss would have a tough impact on any performer, especially knowing that the show must go on. Whether for this factor, for the companion booklet or for any of the other noted elements, From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 shows in the end to be quite the interesting watch regardless of audiences’ fandom. From The Vault: Hyde Park 1969 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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Pac-Man Fever Returns Just In Time For Pixels Premiere

Courtesy:  ABC PR

Courtesy: ABC PR

Adam Sandler’s latest big screen feature Pixels hits theaters across America today. In celebration of the movie’s nationwide premiere the classic hit song ‘Pac Man Fever’ has now gotten new life.

An updated version of Buckner & Garcia’s hit song debuted this week featuring film/game producer and personality Jace Hall. Audiences can check out the song’s lyric video online now via Popmatters.com at http://www.popmatters.com/post/195747-buckner-garcia-feat.-jace-hall-pac-man-fever-eat-em-up-2015-video-pr/.

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Courtesy: ABCPR/Popmatters.com

The original take of ‘Pac-Man Fever’ sold an incredible 1.2 million copies in 1982. Of those 1.2 million copies, a sum of 10,000 copies was moved in the song’s first week of availability, pushing the song into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart. The surprising results of the song’s creation led to the release of a full album that took only two weeks for Buckner and Garcia to complete. The album, also titled Pac-Man Fever, sold more than two and a half million copies pushing the album all the way to the #9 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. Since that time the single, which started it all has gone on to sell more than two million copies. Audiences of all ages will be especially interested to note of this update that it retains the original vocal track by Gary Garcia, who passed away in 2011.

Audiences can see a performance of the original ‘Pac-Man Fever’ from a 1982 broadcast of American Bandstand online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGSFk-vCqU.

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