Adrenaline Mob’s Fans Will Hold The Band’s New Compilation Dear

Courtesy:  Century Media/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Hard rock band Adrenaline Mob will release its latest record Dearly Departed next month.  The record is the second compilation and its fourth overall release following Omerta (2012), Coverta (2013) and Men of Honor (2014).  It comes almost a year to the day since the band released Men of Honor, too.  And while it is mainly a way to tide over fans until the band releases its next new full-length, it proves in the end to be a rare worthwhile release for the band’s fans.  The record, which is essentially an EP, proves to be a worthwhile compilation thanks to its musical mix.  Not only does it boast the band’s own compositions, but it also presents quite an interesting array of music from the band’s own influences.  Among the influences whose music is included on this record are Black Sabbath, Queen, and of all things The Charlie Daniels Band.  Yes, The Charlie Daniels Band.  Adrenaline Mob offers up its own take on The Charlie Daniels Band’s hit song ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ as part of its upcoming record.  And it goes without saying that this song is the best of the covers featured on this record.  In terms of the band’s own songs, the acoustic take of ‘Crystal Clear’ stands out most of all.  The song’s stripped down sound in its acoustic take gives the song a whole new depth.  The previously unreleased ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is just as much of a bonus.  The song is one of likely many more recorded during the sessions for Men of Honor that ended up on the cutting room floor when the album’s final track listing was arranged.  Now fans get to hear this song for themselves.  And as with the record’s other works, it’s just as welcome an addition to the record.  These three tracks are just a fraction of what makes Dearly Departed an enjoyable new compilation from Adrenaline Mob.  The album’s remaining six songs each add their own element to the finished product.  And together with the songs noted here, all nine tracks prove Dearly Departed a record that will be anything but dearly departed in any AMob fan’s music collection.

Adrenaline Mob’s upcoming compilation record Dearly Departed is not the first of the band’s compilations.  And that only two years have passed since the release of Coverta some might be left scratching their heads as to why the band would put the two records so close to one another.  The reason for that is anyone’s guess.  That aside, it still proves in the end to be a good record considering its mix of covers and alternate takes on its own music.  One of the best of the covers included on this record is the band’s cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s timeless classic ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia.’  The song was originally included on TCDB’s 1979 album Million Mile Reflections.  In the three decades plus since its debut, any number of bands, artists, and groups have covered this song.  There have been some good takes on the song and some not so good takes.  Adrenaline Mob’s take on the classic is one of those that fits into the relatively good category.  Drummer AJ Pero keeps a solid beat while Mike Orlando drives the song forward with his work on the song’s guitar line. Audiences will especially appreciate the old school shredding style exhibited by Orlando in his performance. Even more impressive is that even with that old school shredding, he still keeps the original song’s guitar line intact. He more than deserves his due credit for holding such balance in the song.  And front man Russell Allen gives the song even more punch with the power in his vocals.  Bassist Erik Leonhardt adds just enough low end to round out the song and show that while it may be a country song at its roots, ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ is just as enjoyable as a hard rock song, too.  In proving this, it makes this cover one of the best compositions included in Dearly Departed’s body.

The amped up take on TCDB’s ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ is a great addition to Dearly Departed.  It is one of those songs that while a cover, is already so infectious and popular that it’s a favorite among audiences of all ages.  That Adrenaline Mob would give it a whole new life in its amped up reworking will not only give the song a new identity and life, but it could even serve to bring older audiences who otherwise wouldn’t listen to Adrenaline Mob into the band’s audience base.  It is that impressive.  For that reason alone, ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ more than proves its value to this record.  As valuable as ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ proves to be to the whole of Dearly Departed, the band’s acoustic take of ‘Crystal Clear’ is equally valuable of an addition to the record. The full electric version of the song that is included in Men of Honor is a deeply moving song within itself. But the acoustic take of the song gives it so much more depth and emotion. It’s obvious the amount of work that was put in to bringing this rendition to life. And that work paid off, too. It doesn’t come across as being schmaltzy unlike so many songs of its ilk. If anything, there’s almost a sort of Alter Bridge sound to the song in this take with Allen even sounding like Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy at least to some extent. It truly proves by its last notes to be one more of this record’s highest of points.

Both the band’s acoustic take on ‘Crystal Clear’ and its cover of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ prove to be great additions to Dearly Departed. They make for plenty of reason within themselves for the band’s fans to add this compilation to their music libraries. One more song included on the album that proves itself just as impressive is the previously unreleased song ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ The song was recorded during the band’s sessions for Men of Honor but ultimately ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor when the album’s final track listing was established. It’s a surprise that it did end up there, too. It is a full throttle rocker that impresses just as much as the other songs that make up the body of Men Of Honor. It is one of those musical middle fingers to those that live only to make the lives of others miserable to which any listener will relate. That’s obvious right from the start as Allen sings, “I heard you running off your big mouth/Wantin’ to lay it all out on the floor/You wanna play with the big dice/Better think twice before you throw/Oh, I hear you/I guess I’m just not fit to understand/Say what?/I can’t hear you/Who just can’t understand.” If the message isn’t clear enough in the song’s opening verse, the song’s second verse makes it—pardon the pun—crystal clear as he goes on to sing, “I hear you knockin’ at my back door/Wantin’ to give me one more time around/I’m hearing rumors that you’re spreading s&*( all over town/That’s what they’re sayin’/You know them crooked vultures never lie/You know they never lie.” He’s saying that even those people one couldn’t trust are trust worthy in this case. And that’s saying something, too. Who out there hasn’t been in the shoes of the subject of this song? It’s sad that there are people like that out there. But they are out there. And because they are, it makes songs such as this one all the more valuable. That because the ability of the song to reach audiences so clearly will help listeners deal with exactly those kind of people. So not only does the song prove to be musical therapy of sorts, it also is just a great, full-throttle, old school style rock and roll song. Being such a versatile song, it proves quite well why it is one more great addition to Dearly Departed. And together with the other songs noted here, it proves once more why Dearly Departed is an album that any Adrenaline Mob fan will *ahem* hold dear. Yes, that bad pun was fully intended, and with the highest of respect for the band, too.

‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is a great song in and of itself. Together with the likes of the band’s acoustic take on ‘Crystal Clear’ and its cover of TCDB’s ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia,’ all three songs make for plenty of reason for fans of Adrenaline Mob to add this album to their libraries when it hits store shelves and digital outlets next month. Of course as impressive as these songs are, it would be wrong to ignore the record’s other songs. Adrenaline Mob also covers Queen, Pat Travers, and even Black Sabbath on this compilation along with presenting a couple of other acoustic takes on its own songs to round out the whole presentation. Audiences will each find their own favorite(s) among the record’s nine total tracks. And while everyone will have their own favorite(s), the one thing on which every listener will agree in regards to the record is that it is yet another impressive release from a compilation that will more than tide over fans until Adrenaline Mob releases its next full-length album. Dearly Departed will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 10th. While fans wait for its release, they can keep up with all of the latest news and tour updates from the band online at:

 

Website: http://adrenalinemob.com

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Live In Tokyo Presents A Master Musician At His Finest

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The term master is a word that is generally used for someone who has spent many years honing one’s talents. And not only that, but someone whose time honing his or her talents have paid off in the most positive ways possible both for himself/herself and for others. There are masters in every profession. There are master carpenters. There are master chefs. There are even master electricians and martial artists. So what makes a musician a master at his or her own craft? The answer is much the same as those people who spend their own lives honing their crafts. It leads to yet another question: Who are the masters in the music industry today? Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Queen are just a few acts that come to mind. Another master that comes to mind is the hugely talented and so humble guitarist Jeff Beck. His latest live recording Live in Tokyo is proof positive of why Beck is deserving and has been deserving of the title of master for many years. That s evident throughout the hour and a half-long set. Beck shows so much talent and humility throughout the show, handling his own tunes and covering songs from other masters, too. Along the way, Beck lets his band mates keep the center stage while he does his own thing. Staying on that line of thought, Beck’s own on-stage presence in this concert shows even more why he is considered one of the masters. He shows that he doesn’t need big antics or even big riffs to make an impact on his audiences. And last but not least worth noting as proof of his position is the fact that Beck didn’t need to spend any time between songs killing time. He let his music (and that of his band mates) speaks so loudly in its beauty and impact that it speaks perfectly for itself. It left no need to waste any time between songs, thus making the performance presented here so enjoyable. And in the end, it leaves not even a shadow of a doubt as to why Jeff Beck is one of the true masters in his field.

Jeff Beck is a master of his field. He has far more than proven this throughout the course of his decades-long career. From his earliest days as a member of the famed Yardbirds up to his current solo career. His latest live recording Live in Tokyo shows without a shadow of a doubt why some five-plus decades since he first started making a name for himself he is considered one of the industry’s true masters. Beck proves why he is one of the industry’s masters on Live in Tokyo first and foremost through the concert’s set list. He breezes through his own compositions and those of other masters from across the music industry. Those masters include: Jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and even John Lennon and Paul McCartney among others. The fact that Beck handles such variety of music with equal ease shows great talent. It also shows a great knowledge and respect for the history built by said masters as audiences will hear for themselves throughout the concert. He performs with such ease. Yet it’s obvious he never takes for granted his craft nor the talents of those to whom he pays tribute. Such great talent and respect for his fellow musicians in this form proves without a shadow of a doubt why Jeff Beck is considered a master. It’s definitely not the only way he proves it here (as if he really needed to do so). He also proves himself a master through his humility, which could be included in his on-stage presence.

While Jeff Beck’s name graces the cover of his new live recording, his on-stage presence proves to be a total counter to that billing. He shows so much humility throughout the course of the concert, letting his band mates–Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicholas Meier (guitar), and Rhonda Smith (bass)–take the center stage most of the time. He doesn’t just fade into the background by any means. But he also doesn’t show himself to be like other well-known musicians who try to covertly hog the limelight while their band mates try to shine. He shows quite the level of humility, allowing Joseph, Meier, and Smith to display their talents just as much as himself if not more. It’s really something rare to behold especially in the current era of the music industry. It’s also quite refreshing. That humility coupled with Beck’s own talents show here even more why Beck is justifiably considered a master.

Staying on the matter of Beck’s talents, He shows with his talents that he doesn’t need huge riffs, pyro, crazy antics (  without his guitar) or other extras to entertain audiences. He doesn’t show the need to speed through any of the songs, either. He more than lives up to the adage that it takes a real musician to play slow and with control. What’s more he lives up to that adage more than once throughout the course of the concert. That casual approach oddly enough actually makes the performance even more enjoyable. In turn it proves yet more why Jeff Beck is one of the greatest of the music industry’s masters.

Jeff Beck proves in so many ways throughout Live in Tokyo why decades after he first broke out he is considered one of the best in the game. He shows why through his humility, his knowledge and respect for the history of music, and through his own ability to entertain audiences without really having to try. One more way that he proves his place in the music industry’s upper echelons is through the fact that he didn’t even need to spend any time killing time between songs to entertain audiences. His talents (and  his band mates) prove so substantial throughout the concert that audiences won’t feel like they are losing anything in that lack of interaction. Audiences will be so entertained that all they will feel and hear is the music. By the time the show ends, audiences won’t even realize that it all passed without even the slightest break for conversation. That is how loudly and how solidly the talents of both Beck and his band mates spoke throughout this concert. It truly says something about an entertainer when he or she doesn’t need to rely on such extra in order to entertain audiences and fill time at the same time. Considering this, it is one more way in which Jeff Beck proves that now in his 70s, he is only coming into his prime and yet is justifiably considered one of the greatest of the masters in the music industry. Together with all of the aforementioned aspects of this concert, audiences will see with crystal clear vision just why Jeff Beck is one of the greatest in his business. It also shows why Eagle Rock is the greatest in its business.

Jeff Beck has made quite the name for himself over the course of his decades-long career. That career includes time with other greats and with those that are perhaps not so well-known. Through it all, Beck has persevered and risen throughout those decades to become today one of the true masters of the music industry. Whether it be through his stage presence, his very display of talent, or his knowledge of and respect for the history of music, Jeff Beck shows throughout Live in Tokyo without a doubt why he is a master musician. Audiences will agree with this sentiment when they purchase this concert for themselves on DVD and Blu-ray. It is available in stores and online now. More information on this and other recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Live At The Rainbow ’74 Is A Must For Any Queen Fan

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Eagle Rock Entertainment released the latest addition to its ongoing series of archived live Queen concerts last month.  Queen: Live at the Rainbow celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1974 performances at the famed Rainbow Theatre at London’s Finsbury Park.  The concert contained on the newly-released recording documents the band’s November 1974 performance at the theater.    There is a lot to like about this new recording beginning with the concert’s set list.  Unlike Eagle Rock’s previously released Queen concert recordings, this concert focuses on the band’s earlier days.  Another reason that this concert is so enjoyable is the quality of the recording from its original masters.  And last but most definitely not least of all worth mentioning is the band’s stage presence.  Even so early on, the band proved why it was a fan favorite.  That applies especially to legendary front man Freddie Mercury.  Each of the factors noted here are equally important to the overall enjoyment of Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74.  Together, they make the concert yet another must for any classic rock fan and any fan of what is one of the greatest bands in rock and roll.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released archived Queen concert recording Live at the Rainbow ’74 is a must for any fan of the band and of classic rock in general.  It isn’t the first of the recordings from the band’s career that Eagle Rock has released.  However, most of the band’s recordings that Eagle Rock has released in recent years have focused largely on the band’s later years as is evident through the concerts’ set lists.  Live at the Rainbow ’74 presents the band in its earlier days.  The band had only released its first two albums prior to this concert.  That means that obviously it didn’t have a lot of hits yet.  The most well-known songs included in the band’s set here are the likes of: ‘Stone Cold Crazy,’ ‘Killer Queen,’ and ‘Seven Seas of Rhye.’  There are plenty of audiences out there that probably are familiar with the other songs included in this recording.  But for just as many, it could very well be the first introduction to the band’s older and lesser-known material.  That alone especially makes this recording a must.  Simply put it is a music history lesson in itself.  It is even more so a history lesson than previously released archived Queen concerts.  Being such a rarity of a history lesson, it becomes even more of a must have for fans of Queen and of classic rock in general.

The focus on Queen’s earlier days in Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 is key to the enjoyment and overall importance of this recording.  Many of the band’s current archived concert recordings focus on its later years.  So this latest release is a welcome new addition to the band’s history.  Thanks to the painstaking efforts of those behind this release, the concert looks and sounds just as good as it did when the band first performed at the Rainbow Theatre four decades ago.  Anyone that knows anything about Queen knows that Freddie Mercury is one of the most respected vocalists in the music industry even though he is no longer with us.  That is because of his vocal prowess.  And it balanced expertly with the talents of his band mates in this show.  The end result is a recording in which not one member overpowers the other at any point from start to finish in its near hour and a half run time.  The concert’s video quality is just as impressive as its audio quality.  Especially considering how far video recording technology has come since 1974, the quality of the original recording itself from the angles to the concert’s overall look makes for even more enjoyment.  Thanks to the efforts of those charged with restoring said footage, audiences can once again (or for the first time) see just how talented the concert’s original camera crew was.  It is one more reason that this latest recording will impress any Queen aficionado and any lover of classic rock in general.

The overall audio and video quality in Queen’s latest archived concert together with its set list makes it a must have for any fan of Queen and of classic rock in general.  It is one more example, too of why Eagle Rock Entertainment to this day retains the title of the leader in live recordings.  One more important factor worth noting in this concert’s enjoyment is the band’s stage presence.  It has already been noted that Freddie Mercury is to this day one of the greatest vocalists in rock history.  He is also one of the industry’s most prolific front men period.  As audiences will see and hear in this concert recording, that wasn’t something that happened over time.  It is something that was the case from early on.  He was just as charismatic here in the band’s early days as he was in his waning days with the band.  Brian May kept the audience just as happy with his solid guitar playing.  This includes his driving solos.  Much the same can be said of Taylor’s drumming and John Deacon’s bass work.  The four musicians together exhibit so much energy and enjoyment throughout the course of the concert.  The band’s audience feeds off of that energy and gives it back just as much.  It translates so well on screen that it leaves home viewers feeling just as excited watching the concert as those that were in attendance for the original performance.  The reason that that positive energy translates so well is the work of those charged with restoring the concert from its original masters.  Add in a set list full of largely lesser-known songs, and audiences get in Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 a concert that is just as enjoyable today as it was forty-years ago.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Eagle Rock, Virgin To Release New Queen Archived Concert This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Virgin Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Virgin Records will release this fall, another addition to its extensive collection of archived live Queen recordings.

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 will be released Tuesday, September 9th in the Untied States through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Monday, September 8th via Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. The concert was the final performance by the band on its very first ever nationwide headlining tour. The tour came on the heels of Queen’s tour supporting Mott The Hoople late the previous year. Queen was largely considered the better of the two bands during that tour.

The concert will be released on CD, Vinyl, DVD and SD Blu-ray as well as limited edition and digital sets. The specs for each format’s release are listed below.

QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74  - Package details

 

Package one

One CD featuring the November show

 

Package two

Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

 

Package three

DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

 

Package four (released in North America only)

SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box

 

Package five

2 Vinyl – Limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.

 

Package six

4 Vinyl – Limited edition four vinyl LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show

 

Package seven 

Super Deluxe Box – Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1)     Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

2)     A DVD and SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

3)     A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.

4)     Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian’s parents)

5)     A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!

6)     A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure

7)     Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert

8)     A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster

9)     A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.

10)  A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert

 

Queen Live at the Rainbow will also be available as one disc and two disc eAlbum.

 

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 – track listings:

 

One CD:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Two CD digi-pack & four vinyl LP boxed set:

 

                                    CD 1

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  8.              Great King Rat

                  9.              The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

                  10.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  11.           Drum Solo

                  12.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  13.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  14.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  15.           Jailhouse Rock (Medley)

                                    Stupid Cupid (Medley)

                                    Be Bop A Lula (Medley)

                  16.           Liar

                  17.           See What A Fool I’ve Been

 

                                    CD 2

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray:

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Father To Son

                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  8.              Killer Queen

                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  11.           Son And Daughter

                  12.           Guitar Solo

                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive

                  15.           Drum Solo

                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy

                  19.           Liar

                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

                  21.           Big Spender

                  22.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  23.           Jailhouse Rock

                  24.           God Save The Queen

 

                                    BONUS TRACKS

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Son And Daughter

                  2.              Guitar Solo

                  3.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  4.              Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

 

Double Vinyl LP Package:

 

                                    QUEEN II TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Father To Son

                  3.              Ogre Battle

                  4.              Son And Daughter

                  5.              Guitar Solo

                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)

                  7.              Keep Yourself Alive

                  8.              Drum Solo

                  9.              Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

                  10.           Seven Seas Of Rhye

                  11.           Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

                  12.           Liar

 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

                                    Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

 

                  1.              Procession

                  2.              Now I’m Here

                  3.              White Queen (As It Began)

                  4.              Flick Of The Wrist

                  5.              In The Lap Of The Gods

                  6.              Killer Queen

                  7.              The March Of The Black Queen

                  8.              Bring Back That Leroy Brown

                  9.              Stone Cold Crazy

                  10.           In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

Queen is currently touring with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert on vocals in support of the upcoming live release. The tour kicked off yesterday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. More information on the band’s tour schedule, tickets and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/queen and http://www.queenonline.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

May & Ellis’ Candlelight Concerts Recording Another Huge Hit For Eagle Rock

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Eagle Records

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Eagle Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment and its visual division, Eagle Vision, have been at the front of the line in live recordings in recent years thanks to releasing so many big, bombastic concerts on DVD and Blu-ray. So it goes without saying that Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts is quite the departure for Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision. That’s not a bad thing, either. While it features Queen guitarist Brian May alongside one of the most powerful voices in Broadway’s modern history, the references to Queen are kept to a minimum throughout the course of the concert. That is the most important factor in what makes this latest release from Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision so worth the time. Another reason that audiences will appreciate this new recording is its audio and video mix. The high quality video and audio mix (both on the Blu-ray and CD) maintain Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision’s long-held standard of releasing only the best quality concerts to audiences. And making everything complete for this latest recording is its packaging. Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts has been made available to consumers in a double-disc Blu-ray/CD combo pack in a single package. This allows audiences to take in the performance in whole without having to choose which one they would want more. It may be a slightly higher price. But in the long-term, it’s more cost effective for those wanting the full concert experience. All of the factors noted here make Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts yet another huge success from the leader in live recordings.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts is not a Queen concert. That’s not to say that there are no Queen songs featured throughout the course of the set’s CD and Blu-ray. As a matter of fact, some of Queen’s biggest hits including ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)’ are part of the performance. But by and large, this performance features covers of other songs, and even a couple original tunes. One of the most powerful of the performance’s moments comes in Ellis’ cover of ‘The Way We Were.’ The song, made popular by singer/actress Barbara Streisand in the 1973 movie by the same name. As Ellis notes before performing her take on the song, it’s more commonly performed with a full orchestral backing, even in the movie’s soundtrack. It gains a whole new identity in this completely stripped down setting. On the other end of the spectrum, May and Ellis presented a stripped down song in ‘The Kissing Me Song’ that absolutely cries out for a full band setting. Any drummers and percussionists out there will agree with this drummer that there is a stunning polyrhythmic drum track just waiting to come out in this piece. One can even hear a tambourine part echoing in the background. Making the song even more interesting is that it is an original piece, instead of a cover. It would be interesting to see if the pair ever re-works the tune for a full band setting. Moving on, there is at least one more high point in this performance in terms of the show’s set list that audiences will appreciate. That last high point is the duo’s take on ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ Despite being in a stripped down setting, it is just as enjoyable in this setting as on record. And experiencing the audience’s enthusiastic reaction to the song makes it all the more enjoyable for viewers watching it in their homes. It has just as much energy here as in any other setting. As enjoyable as this moment is, it isn’t the last of the show’s many high points. There are plenty more moments from which audiences will get to choose when they purchase or order the combo pack for themselves.

The set list chosen for this penultimate performance of May and Ellis’ “By Candlelight Tour” is central to the enjoyment of this recording. Those hoping for a stripped down Queen set will be sadly disappointed since it isn’t a Queen set. For those more open-minded, they will deeply appreciate the variety of songs included in the show. The songs would be nothing without the expert work of those behind the cameras and soundboard. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision have maintained a high standard for their live recordings for some time. And this recording is no exception to that rule. The picture and sound are both crystal clear. And the angles used in the camera work expertly capture the emotion of both performers in the rather intimate setting. It adds so much depth to the overall presentation, making it even more worth checking out.

The set list and overall production values of Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts are both pivotal elements to the overall presentation of this recording. Both go hand in hand in making the whole thing worth the time and money. There is still at least one more element worth noting about this set. That aspect is the recording’s packaging itself. Eagle Rock, Eagle Vision, and Eagle Records have come together to make the set available to the masses not as separate release, but as one entire package. On the surface, this might drive up the price of the set a bit. But in the long run, it actually saves money and the time trying to decide which is more important. Eagle Rock is actually serving its customers by combining the CD and Blu-ray into a full double-disc set. What’s more, each of the two discs gets its own spot on either side of the Blu-ray’s case. That saves space and in turn, helps to keep the cost of the set down. And that combined with the show’s outstanding production values, and equally outstanding set list makes it one more huge success from the company that more than deserves the title of being the leader in live recordings.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Candelight-Concerts-Live-Montreux-Blu-ray/dp/B00I60VY56/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1396512611&sr=1-1&keywords=brian+may+kerry+ellis. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision, and Eagle Records is available online at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt and http://www.eagle-rock.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Excision To Perform At Charlotte, NC’s Fillmore This Saturday

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Canadian-based dubstep artist Excision is coming to North Carolina as part of his current tour.

Excision will perform this Saturday, March 8th at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He will be supported by French drum and bass duo Dirtyphonics and fellow Canadian Ill Gates.  Excision has released a series of singles in conjunction with his current tour, including the songs ‘Get Stupid’, ‘Rock You.’  ‘Get Stupid’ is a collaboration with Louisville, KY-based producer Space Lanes.  It is available now online at Destriod Music.  ‘Rock You’ is an update of Queen’s classic hit, ‘We Will Rock You.’

Excision’s current tour marks the return of his immense twenty-eight foot wide, fifteen-foot tall video and lighting wall called “The Executioner.”  The video wall was originally built for Excision’s 3D video mapped visual sequences.  This time out, “The Executioner” has brand new 3D visual animations that will run across its four hundred and twenty square feet of space.  Audiences can see just how massive “The Executioner” really is when they see Excision live this Saturday in Charlotte.  Tickets are available online now at http://www.flavorus.com/excision.  Audiences can check out a trailer for Excision’s tour is available online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Y3UW4V0t4.

More information on Excision is available online at http://www.excision.ca, http://www.facebook.com/Excision, http://twitter.com/excision and http://www.myspace.com/excision.  Fans can hear more of Excision’s music online via Soundcloud and YouTube at http://www.soundcloud.com/excision and http://www.youtube.com/excisionofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Eagle Rock’s Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Re-Issue An Amazing Way To Finish Off The Year

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Freddie Mercury, the late front man of the legendary rock band Queen, was in his time one of the single most charismatic vocalists in the music industry.  Many vocalists have tried to emulate the legendary singer’s energy and style.  Few if any have succeeded.  Sadly, Freddy Mercury was taken from the world in 1991, one of so many victims of the then emerging AIDS epidemic.  The music world paid tribute to his legacy and memory in 1992 with a special live tribute concert.  The concert, held at London’s Wembley Stadium has become one of the biggest and most  powerful live concert events of the Twentieth Century, even after more than two decades since it was originally held.  The only concert event that could compare to this event is Woodstock ’94.  And now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the legacy of Freddie Mercury lives on once again thanks to the Blu-ray release of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  While this SD Blu-ray release of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is not the first time that the concert has been released to the masses, this release is the concert’s best yet.    There is so much to be said of this latest re-issue.  The best place to start is the overall audio and video presentation.  Those charged with resurrecting the original footage are to be commended as the concert is presented here in its full original glory.  Audiences get to see the show as it looked in its original recording.  The audio sounds just as good.  This is especially the case for those with home theater systems.  The cinematography is incredible to say the least.  The crowd shots and shots of the crowd from the stage are collectively the epitome of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.  And of course, there is also the show’s set list and list of performers.  Both by themselves and collectively, they make a bold statement that puts the finishing touch on this incredible latest re-issue from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The first and most obvious factor to investigate in Eagle Rock’s new re-issue of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is the audio and video mix.  This concert was recorded almost twenty-two years ago.  April 20th, 2014 will mark the twenty-second anniversary of this landmark concert.  Being that high definition recording was still years away when this concert was recorded, it’s obvious that the quality of the footage would not be crystal clear in this presentation.  But Eagle Rock openly noted on the recording’s case that this presentation is a Standard Definition Blu-ray.  That means that Eagle Rock openly notes that the presentation contained therein is a standard definition recording.  Those expecting pure 1080 quality video have only misled themselves.  Eagle Rock Entertainment is not to blame here.  That the footage still looks as good as it does over two decades later is a testament to those charged with maintaining and resurrecting it.  And having the option to set one’s TV to “Cinema” to gain the full concert video experience only serves to make it even better.

The quality of the concert’s video footage is impressive to say the very least.  It is presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.  Though, with the advent of high definition televisions, most viewers can set their monitors to present the concert in full “Cinema” mode.  That mode shows better than any how well the footage has stood the test of time.  The audio mix is just as impressive as the video in terms of its quality.  Every riff, every beat, and every chorus from the crowd of thousands is enhanced on this re-issue.  In comparison to the concert’s previous releases, the audio mix has never sounded better.  It has been enhanced so much that at times, the echoes of Brian May’s voice as he talked will make audiences think they are actually there in person.  It has been mixed that well.  That is quite the testament to those charged with restoring this concert to its former glory.  And along with the footage, it is one part of a very strong cornerstone of this recording.

The video and audio mixes serve collectively as a solid base for The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  The concert’s cinematography adds an extra element of enjoyment to the recording, too.  Much as was the case with Eagle Rock’s release of The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park Live this Fall, the camera shots obtained over the course of this concert are extraordinary.  There is something to be said about an entire stadium full of people singing in unison, arms high in the air, clapping in time. The visual effect both from the stage and from high above the sea of bodies is something that cannot be put into words.  It is something that must be seen to be fully appreciated.  Even seeing the shots in question from one’s own sofa, bed, etc. is awe inspiring.  They collectively go to show the love that so many people had for Freddie Mercury and for Queen.  While the concert’s audio and video mixes are the foundation on which the concert rests, the shots obtained by the camera crews give the show its shape.  And what a shape those crews give the concert.

As one should be able to tell from everything noted already, there is much to like about Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on SD Blu-ray.  Much has already been examined with this latest release from the leader in live recordings.  But it would not be complete without making mention of the concert’s set list and its equally diverse lineup of performers.  The show itself is set up into two separate segments.  The first of those segments is the “Opening Acts” segment.  This segment allows some of the acts tapped to perform at the concert to perform their own music and warm up the crowd at the same time.  This segment runs the gamut to say the very least.  It opens with a trio of songs from Metallica and follows that up with a medley of Queen hits courtesy of Extreme.  Guns N’ Roses (the original Guns N’ Roses) closes out the opening acts segments.  Def Leppard is also one of the opening acts.  Their front man, Joe Elliot, joins Elton John, George Michael, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, and so many other acts from across the music industry for the “Main Show” segment of the recording.  Having such a wide array of artists covering the music of one band is a bold statement.  It shows the impact that Queen had on them as bands and artists.  It also goes to show the respect that those bands and artists had for Freddie Mercury.  It goes to show the kind of person he was and how important he was to so many around him.  Keeping that in mind while watching the incredible shots, and hearing the equally incredible song selections is sure to bring a smile and maybe even a tear to some viewers’ faces.  If it does one, the other, or both, then it has most certainly done its job.  It means that Eagle Rock is that much more justified in once again unearthing this important piece of music history.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.