The Who’s First Ever ‘Tommy’ Full Concert Will Impress Rock Fans Of All Ages

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In late spring of 1969, rock band The Who released what has since become one of the most beloved and important albums in its extensive catalogue when it released Tommy. the 24-song, 75-minute opus was a dramatic turning point for the band because it was at a point in its life at which it was growing in age and maturity, and thus trying to stay relevant. Those changes, along with discussions among the band and its management, led to the creation of Tommy. While the band toured extensively between 1969 and 1970 in support of the album, it never actually performed that now seminal record in whole in one setting. This past April, almost 48 years after Tommy first debuted, the band performed the landmark album in full for the first time at London’s Royal Albert Hall, one of the world’s most iconic live venues. The facility has played host to everything from the 10th Anniversary performance of Les Miserables to Eric Clapton to Heart and so many other events and acts. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, audiences of all ages will finally get to experience this first time performance from The Who on multiple platforms including DVD, Blu-ray and digital. It goes without saying that this recording is one that classic rock fans and those of The Who will equally appreciate this recording, and not only for the sake of the set list, the central point of the recording. The band’s performance here is just as important to discuss in examining the recording as the set list itself. The recording’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s whole. All things considered, the recording in whole proves to be an excellent addition to the library of any fan of The Who and any classic rock aficionado.

Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a recording that classic rock fans and fans of The Who alike will want to have in their music libraries. It is hardly the band’s first live recording or the first live recording of its type from any band or group. Despite all that, it still proves itself a recording that rock fans across the board will appreciate. That is due in part to the set list. It has already been stated that this show was primarily a performance of The Who’s seminal concept album Tommy. While the concert was primarily the band’s first-time ever performance of that album, the band doesn’t focus solely on Tommy. Along with that album’s whole, the band also includes seven encores after the fact. The encores aren’t just random songs, either, but even more of the band’s biggest numbers. They include the timeless ‘Baba O’Riley,’ ‘I Can See For Miles,’ ‘Who Are You’ and others. The inclusion of those extra numbers shows that the band didn’t want to just present the one album in this show, but to give its audiences something more, almost as a way of saying thank you to the audience for coming out and packing the center. The fact that the concert was performed all as a benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps young people diagnosed with cancer, makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable and endearing. Of course even with this in mind, the show’s set list is just one of the recording’s key elements. The band’s performance of said list is just as important to discuss as the set list itself.

The band’s performance of Tommy shows that while Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry are getting up there in age, there is seemingly no sign of slowing or stopping for the longtime friends and band mates. The men, along with fellow musicians Zak Starkey, Simon Townshend, John Corey, Loren Gold and Frank Simes, give their all in each song. The result of that collective effort is a performance that will keep home viewers just as engaged as those who were in attendance at the concert’s taping early this year. The band uses minimal visual aid in its performance, too, opting for simple visuals on a screen versus any amount of pyro or anything else to heighten the show’s energy. This minimalist approach allows the band to put its talents on full display, with a great result, too — a result that reminds audiences why The Who is, collectively, still today, one of the most respected names in the music community. From Townshend’s propeller-like guitar playing to Daltry’s continued ability to vocally soar and even the timekeeping and more, there is so much talent on display. When that talent is coupled with the very fact that this performance is the band’s first time ever performing Tommy live in whole as a whole band, the two elements serve to make this recording well worth the watch by themselves. Of course, one would be remiss to ignore the bonus material included with the recording, as it presents its own importance.

Audiences learn through the recording’s bonus behind-the-scenes material that rehearsals for the band’s Royal Albert Hall concert took nearly a month (three weeks to be exact), and took place at a very well-known British studio were some major movies and TV shows were recorded. Viewers also learn through this roughly 10 – 15 minute featurette the band’s charity roots and why it works so diligently with various charities. The revelation is certain to move anyone who might have otherwise not known these pieces of information. There is also some light-hearted commentary from Roger Daltry about Tommy’s influence on him both personally and creatively that will enlighten and entertain audiences regardless of their familiarity with the band, its body of work and its history. These and other pieces of information included in the behind-the-scenes featurette make this item the recording’s central bonus material. The two music videos for ‘the Acid Queen’ and ‘Pinball Wizard’ are the proverbial icing on the cake, adding that final touch to its presentation. When all of this is set alongside the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of these elements makes Tommy overall, a welcome addition to the personal music library of any classic rock aficionado and any fan of The Who. Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall is available now in stores and online. More information on this recording is available online now along with all of The Who’s latest news and more at:

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Iggy Pop Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new live recording from legendary rocker Iggy Pop this fall.

Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, October 28th. The performance presented in the recording was originally recorded May 13, 2016 at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall.

Post Pop Depression was co-created by Iggy Pop and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).  Home produced the record, which has since gone on to be one of Iggy Pop’s most well-received records in a number of years.

Along with having helmed the new album, Homme also serves as part of Pop’s backing band for the performance presented in this recording.  The pair is joined for the performance by Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age band mates Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen as well as guitarist Matt Sweeney.

Post Pop Depresion: Live at the Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, October 28th in stores and online.  It will be available as a DVD + 2CD combo pack and a Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack.  The DVD + 2CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $21.98 and the Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack for $26.98.

Fans can pre-order the concert’s DVD + 2CD combo pack and its Blu-ray + 2CD combo pack online now.

Audiences can check out a performance of ‘The Passenger,’ which is included in the concert, online now via YouTube.

The full track listing for the concert is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING 

1) Lust For Life

2) Sister Midnight

3) American Valhalla

4) Sixteen

5) In The Lobby

6) Some Weird Sin

7) Funtime

8) Tonight

9) Sunday

10) German Days

11) Mass Production

12) Nightclubbing

13) Gardenia

14) The Passenger

14) China Girl

15) Break Into Your Heart

16) Fall In Love With Me

17) Repo Man

18) Baby

19) Chocolate Drops

20) Paraguay

21) Success

 

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Clapton’s Musical Birthday Bash Is A Great Gift For Every One Of His Fans

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eric Clapton celebrated a big milestone earlier this year. The legendary guitarist celebrated his 70th birthday. And he didn’t just celebrate it with a quiet night at home. Instead he celebrated it in front of hundreds of fans at the famed Royal Albert Hall. Now fans around the world will get to take in that celebration in the comfort of their own homes this fall courtesy of the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of the new recording Slow Hand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Slow Hand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall was released earlier this month in a variety of platforms including DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, and an exclusive Deluxe DVD + 2CD edition. For the sake of this review, the attention will rest on the recording’s DVD + 2CD platform. There is plenty to like about this recording beginning with the show’s set list. While not necessarily a career-spanning show or even a career-defining set list it still touches on some of Clapton’s biggest hits. It is just one part of what makes this presentation another impressive addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s expansive catalogue and to any Clapton fan’s music library. Clapton’s stage presence and that of his fellow performers is just as important to the whole of this recording as the show’s set list. The concert’s production values round out its presentation. Between the work of the concert’s audio engineers, those behind the cameras, and those that handled the concert’s post-production the production values stand out here just as much as any of the other live recordings in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s vast library of archived concerts. Of course the package’s double gate-fold packaging can’t be ignored either. Together with all of the previously noted elements the DVD + 2CD presentation of Eric Clapton’s Slow Hand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall proves to be yet more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings and why this recording in itself is one more of the best of this year’s new live recordings.

Eric Clapton’s new live recording Slow Hand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is one more of the best of this year’s new live recordings. Being such an impressive recording it is also more proof (as if the company needed it) as to why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings. The main way in which it shows itself to be such an impressive recording is its set list. The seventeen-song set list comes in at just under two hours. Specifically it comes in at an hour and forty-five minutes. Though the bonus performance of ‘Little Queen of Spades’ pushes that time to just over two hours. While not necessarily a career-spanning or even career-defining set list it is still a set that every fan will enjoy. It includes some of Clapton’s biggest hits of all time including: ‘Key to the Highway,’ ‘Wonderful Tonight,’ ‘Cocaine,’ and ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ among others. There is also a great performance of Willie Dixon’s blues classic ‘Hocchie Coochie Man’ and ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ which was co-written by Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher, and Beach Boys legend Dennis Wilson. As if all of that is not enough, the classic ‘Tears in Heaven’ is here, too as are ‘Layla,’ ‘Somebody’s Knockin’ On My Door’ and ‘Driftin’ Blues,’ which was originally composed by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers in 1945. Between these songs and those not noted here, it can be said that the set in whole plays its own important role in the whole of this concert recording’s overall presentation. It is not the only part of the presentation’s whole that makes it enjoyable. Clapton’s stage presence and that of his fellow performers is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the show’s set list.

The set list that is featured in Eric Clapton’s new live recording is an important part of the recording’s whole in its own right. That is because it presents just a handful of the veteran musician’s songs from his extensive catalogue of songs. It might not necessarily be a career-defining set list or even career-spanning in the traditional sense of the terms. But it is still an impressive collection of songs nonetheless. As impressive as the show’s set list proves to be it is just one part of the presentation that makes it such an enjoyable program. Clapton’s stage presence and that of his fellow performers is just as important to note as the concert’s set list. There are no fireworks or big, bombastic guitar solos here. It is just a straight forward performance in which Clapton and company really let the music do the talking for them. One of the most notable moments to note in regards to the group’s stage presence is Clapton’s performance of ‘Tears in Heaven.’ Typically a slow, emotional piece Clapton opts for a different take in his performance here. He actually speeds up the song here. And while that might not seem like much on the surface, it is quite important to note. That is because it gives the song a wholly different identity from its original recording. ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ gets the audience just as into the show thanks to the group’s grooving energy as it performs the song. And the group’s take on ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ conjures thoughts of a smoky old jazz club even with it being performed in what is one of the biggest and most respected concert halls in England if not the UK. The energy exuded through this performance and that of each of the concert’s other songs shows in whole just why Clapton’s stage presence and that of his fellow performers is so important to the whole of the performance. All involved handle each song with such expertise that it makes the music just as much the star of the show as its performers; So much so that there is really no need for interaction between Clapton and the audience in attendance. All things considered here Clapton’s stage presence and that of his fellow performers throughout each of the show’s songs shows just why it is just as important to the whole of the recording as the show’s set list.

The set list featured in Slow Hand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall and the band’s stage presence throughout the featured songs are both key ways in which the recording shows itself to be yet another solid release from Eagle Rock Entertainment and a recording that any of the legendary guitarist’s fans should have in their own music libraries. While both elements are of equal importance to the concert’s overall presentation they are not the only elements that should be considered. The concert’s production values are just as important to the concert as its set list and the performers’ stage presence. The Royal Albert Hall is a massive venue to say the very least. For those that might not be familiar with the hall’s makeup it is a very large, open structure. That means that the sound absolutely envelopes the hall. It also means plenty of options for camera shots. And the camera crew utilizes every option, too. There are multiple angles captured on-stage as well as from the audience. The on-stage angles include head-on shots of Clapton working his way through each song, his backup singers, Michelle John and Sharon White, singing like two wonderful angels, and even bassist Nathan East when he gets his time in the spotlight. There is also a number of equally wonderful other angles from every possible post on stage that heighten the viewing experience even more for audiences at home. The audience shots are just as incredible. There are incredible shots from atop the hall in its highest balconies and other trucking shots from the hall floor. Both shots capture in their own way the very immensity of the hall’s structure. Together they not only capture its incredible size but also the equally immense size of the audience in attendance. It shows Clapton’s continued popularity and relevance among audiences even decades after his debut. Considering the hall’s size, the audio is just as impressive. Audiences get to hear just how full the sound is as it rings through the hall. Yet thanks to those behind the audio boards (and those that handled the audio in post production) it never feels overpowering either to audiences or itself at any point. One can only imagine how it must have sounded in person. And even considering that it sounded just as incredible in this recording if not better. Coupled with the equally standout work of the show’s camera crew (and those that edited the concert in post) the concert’s production values show in the end exactly why they are just as important to this recording as the show’s set list and the performers’ stage presence. The combination of all three elements in the concert’s DVD + 2CD combo pack makes it just as enjoyable as it is in any of its other presentations. Given there is quite a bit more in the extended deluxe edition for true fans of Eric Clapton. But it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment offered by this presentation one bit. It is just as enjoyable in its own right. The double gate-fold packaging can even be cited in the package’s presentation. It may be more bulky than packages that use those plastic inserts in order to save space. But it also ensures the safety of the package’s discs. Set against the other noted elements, they collectively show exactly why Slowhand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is one more of this year’s best new live recordings and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

Eric Clapton’s new live recording Slowhand at 70: LIve at the Royal Albert Hall is one more of this year’s best new live recordings. It also shows yet again why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings. It proves both of these arguments mainly through the show’s set list. While not necessarily career-spanning or defining, it is still a set list that Clapton fans of all ages will enjoy. His stage presence (and that of his fellow performers) adds even more enjoyment to the concert. The production values presented throughout the concert and the packaging of the triple-disc set together round out the package. Each element plays its own important part in the whole of this concert. Collectively, they make it a concert recording that every Eric Clapton fan will enjoy and one that is one of this year’s best new live recordings. It is yet more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Eagle Rock Bringing Clapton’s Birthday Bash Home This Fall

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eric Clapton celebrated a big milestone earlier this year. The legendary guitarist celebrated his 70th birthday. And he didn’t just celebrate it with a quiet night at home. Instead he celebrated it in front of hundreds of fans at the famed Royal Albert Hall. Now fans around the world will get to take in that celebration in the comfort of their own homes this fall courtesy of the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that it will release Eric Clapton’s new live recording Slow Hand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, November 13th. The concert will be released on a variety of platforms including: DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, and an exclusive Deluxe DVD + 2CD edition. The Deluxe DVD + 2CD edition will feature Clapton’s performance from the Royal Albert Hall as well as a bonus DVD that will feature Clapton’s performances at the legendary venue throughout the years, footage from the Cream Farewell Tour 1968, the Journeyman tour from 1990, a UN Benefit performance with Zucchero from 2004, the Cream Reunion shows from 2005, and a performance at the Prince’s Trust Benefit from 2010. The extended packaging is rounded out by a 12”X12” sixty-page hardback photobook.

Those that pick the standard DVD and Blu-ray sets weren’t left out in terms of bonsues. Both the DVD + 2CD and Blu-ray + 2CD packages feature the bonus live track ‘Little Queen of Spades.’ Included in the main concert’s set list are many of his biggest hits including: ‘Cocaine,’ ‘I Shot The Sheriff,’ ‘Layla,’ ‘Wonderful Tonight,’ ‘Tears in Heaven’ and even a cover of the classic blues tune ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ among many others. The complete set list for the show will be announced soon. The DVD + 2CD package will retail for MSRP of $29.98, the Blu-ray + 2CD package for $34.98, and the Deluxe DVD + 2CD package for $69.98. Audiences can check out a trailer for the upcoming concert recording online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm8mD_vUfcg&feature=youtu.be. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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Celebrating Jon Lord Pays Proper Homage To One Of The Music World’s Great Minds And Musicians

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

The music world lost one of its greatest figures two years ago when Deep Purple keyboardist and founding member Jon Lord passed away.  Lord may be gone but his legacy as a member of one of rock’s greatest bands lives on today thanks to songs such ‘Smoke on the Water,’ ‘Soldier of Fortune,’ ‘Burn’ and so many others.  His legacy as a composer lives on to as he crafted his own modern classical works including the now famous ‘Concerto for Group and Orchestra’ among others.  Earlier this year, Lord’s former Deep Purple band mates and his fellow musicians came together to celebrate his rich legacy at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall at the annual Sunflower Jam.  And now fans of Deep Purple and of Jon Lord alike get to experience that celebration for themselves thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group in the form of the triple-disc CD set Celebrating Jon LordCelebrating Jon Lord is a wonderful tribute to one of the great musical minds of the modern era.  The primary reason that it is such a wonderful tribute in its CD form is that the celebrations of Lord’s contributions to the rock world and the classical world are separated into two stand-alone collections.  Another reason that audiences will enjoy this collection is its collective set list.  And last worth noting is the audio mix on this recording in whole.  All three factors together make Celebrating Jon Lord a wonderful celebration of a great man and a great musical mind and one more welcome addition to the library of any Deep Purple fan or classic rock fan in general.

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new live recording Celebrating Jon Lord is not the first feature to focus on the late founding member of Deep Purple.  The leader in live recordings, Eagle Rock released Jon Lord: Concerto for Group and Orchestra on both CD and DVD last year in separate packages.  The recording focused primarily on what is considered one of his greatest non-rock compositions.  Celebrating Jon Lord does not include this work on either half of the recording.  While it doesn’t include that composition, Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer presents even more of Lord’s non-rock compositions.  It stands alone from the other half of the concert recorded earlier this spring, “Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend.  This separation of the show into two packages is the central point of the concert’s CD presentation.  Audiences that want to hear only Lord’s work with Deep Purple can pick up the second half of the performance Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend.  Those that prefer hearing Lord’s personal non-rock compositions can pick up Celebrating Jon Lord: The Composer .  Sure, it’s a little problematic for those wanting the full concert experience on CD as it means having to purchase both sets.  But it’s money well-spent regardless.  And now that the concert has been released onto a companion Blu-ray, those same audiences can see the entire concert in one single package in place of having to purchase both CDs if they don’t want to have to pay that much for two separate sets. Regardless, both of the CDs offer their own share of enjoyment from start to finish.

The separation of the Sunflower Jam concert celebrating the legacy of Jon Lord is among the most important factors in the success of this triple-disc live recording.  Just as important of note is the recording’s overall set list.  On the rock side, audiences are treated to a number of classic Deep Purple tunes which Lord helped bring to life.   Some of the best of those classics include the bluesy ‘I’m Gonna Stop Drinking,’ the full-on rocker that is ‘Burn’ and the much easier-going almost funk-style ‘Things Get Better.’  On the classical side, anyone that has any familiarity with the world of classical music will most certainly appreciate that collection’s first two songs.  ‘Fantasia,’ which opens the classical portion of the concert, bears very clear influence from Aaron Copland and to a lesser extent, Eric Osterling.  And its Indian-influenced opening measures aside, ‘Durham Awakes’ feels like something that came right out of the Broadway rendition of author Arthur Laurents’ book West Side Story with its complex, multi-part arrangement.  It’s the type of thing that would make Leonard Bernstein proud if he were alive today to hear it.  It’s one more example of what makes the collective set list of these two collections such a joy.  There are plenty of other songs from which listeners will find their favorite(s).  Simply put, there is not one back performance throughout the concert regardless of which side of the show one prefers.  Altogether, it’s one more reason that fans of Deep Purple and of classical music and classic rock alike will enjoy this recording in whole.

The separation of Celebrating Jon Lord into two separate halves and the set list of each half of the concert together make this recording a true joy for any Deep Purple fan and any fan of classical music and classic rock.  Neither of these factors would mean anything on the recording’s CD packaging however without one all-important aspect.  That aspect is the recording’s audio mix.  It is noted in the booklet included with Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend that Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson and Lord’s former Deep Purple band mate Glenn Hughes actually “endangered the Albert Hall Architecture with ultra-passionate and furiously energetic versions of two Mark 3 Deep Purple classics, ‘You Keep On Moving’ and ‘Burn.’  That’s saying something, especially considering Albert Hall’s massive size from ceiling to floor and stage to doors.  Luckily, as powerful as Dickinson and Hughes were on these pieces, those charged with balancing the levels handled their duties expertly.  Though, that power does still show through at least to a certain extent whether in a car or on a radio.  That in itself is a tribute to the work of said individuals.  Much the same can be said of their work balancing the levels when powerhouse singer Steve Balsamo took the stage to perform on Lord’s composition ‘All Those Years Ago.’  Balsamo exhibits such control over his instrument.  He soars when it’s time to really hit those key moments.  He holds back just enough in the more reserved moments, too.  The audio engineers make those moments come out even more with their work here.  They exhibit just as much talent and expertise throughout the remainder of the concert.  Audiences will hear that expertise for themselves when they pick up either or both of these recordings for themselves.  The concert’s high quality audio mix, coupled with the show’s set list and its separation into two halves, leads to one more live recording that adds to Eagle Rock’s reputation as the leader in live recordings. It also adds even more to the reputation of Deep Purple and Jon Lord as one of the music world’s best bands and best musical minds.  Altogether, it proves Celebrating Jon Lord to be a wonderful celebration that any true music lover will appreciate.

Celebrating Jon Lord is a wonderful musical celebration of a wonderful musical mind.  The separation of the concert’s audio side into two halves lets audiences choose which half they prefer more should they prefer one half of the show to another.  The set list itself proves that both sides of the concert are well worth the purchase in its audio side.  The work of the concert’s audio engineers balancing the concert’s audio levels is nothing short of expert.  All three factors together make the audio portion of Celebrating Jon Lord a welcome addition to the library of any Deep Purple fan and lover of music in whole.  That is not to discount the booklets that come with each half of the concert.  The booklets that come with the CDs offer their own additional insight and enjoyment to the experience, making it even more worth hearing.  Those wanting to hear the concert’s audio side can pick up either collection now or both as they are available in stores and online.  The CDs’ companion Blu-ray presentation is also available now.  More information on these releases and others from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Hackett’s Latest Live Recording An Easy Candidate For One Of 2014’s Best New Live Recordings

Courtesy: Inside Out U.S.

Courtesy: Inside Out U.S.

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s follow-up to his live 2013 box set Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith is a solid companion piece to that release. While Hackett’s former band mates were not a part of this latest live recording (or his previously released live show at the Hammersmith), the musicians with whom he surrounded himself are just as talented as them. That is the first piece of this recording’s success. Another aspect worth noting in the concert’s recording is the show’s set list. And the multiple formats in which the performance is available solidifies the whole thing as one of the best new live recordings of the year.

Steve Hackett and his former Genesis band mates may no longer be performing or even recording together. It would be a dream come true for Hackett to reunite with at least one incarnation of Genesis if only for a one-off show. In their stead though, Hackett has surrounded himself with quite the stable of musicians and artists. Roine Stolt (the Flower Kings), Gary O’Toole (Chrissie Hynde, Kylie Minogue), Rob Townsend (Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates), Lee Pomeroy (Rick Wakeman, Take That), Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents of Mercy), and one time Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson joined Hackett for this performance. Also on board for the show were John Wetton, Amanda Lehmann, and Roger King (Snoop Dogg, Gary Moore, Jamelia). This collection of performers is just as talented as any incarnation of Genesis over the decades. Gary O’Toole covers the drums and percussion with the same ease as Phil Collins in his heyday. And Hackett soars throughout every song. Each of the group’s members gets their own moment in the spotlight, too. That is made evident through the show’s extensive set list, which is just as important to this recording’s success as the group assembled for the show.

The musicians brought on board for Steve Hackett’s Royal Albert Hall performance each bring their own expertise to the concert. They may not be the original Genesis lineup. But they are just as impressive as those musicians if not more so. Their talent is not all that is worth noting in this latest upcoming live Genesis Revisited recording. The show’s set list is just as worth nothing. It totals eighteen songs and approximately two hours and fourteen minutes. Not a single second of the nearly two and a half hours is wasted, either. The inclusion of fan favorites such as ‘Dance on a Volcano,’ ‘The Musical Box,’ and ‘Los Endos’ among so many others makes the recording even more enjoyable. Add in a number of rather extended songs and solid stage performance from every member of the band, and audiences get even more reason to check out this recording.

The collective stage presence on the part of Hackett and his fellow musicians, and the show’s extensive set list together are more than enough reason for any Genesis fan to check out this latest live release from Steve Hackett. There is still at least one more reason for Genesis fans to pick up this latest release from Hackett. That reason is the recording’s multiple presentation formats. The presentation reviewed here is that of the audio only CD recording. It is also available as a triple-disc 2CD/DVD digipack, and limited edition 2cd/2DVD/Blu-ray art book that includes liner notes, photos, and bonus interview segments. It was all recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound. So in total, Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedLive at the Royal Albert Hall will actually be available in not one, not two, but three separate formats upon its release next Tuesday, July 8th. The concert’s multiple presentation formats work in tandem with the concert’s extensive set list and the talent of the performers (as well as their o0n-stage presence) to make this latest live Genesis Revisited concert one of the best of 2014.

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“Concerto” Documentary A Fitting Tribute To Lord’s Memory

Courtesy:   Eagle  Rock Entertainment/Thompson Music/E.A.R. Music

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Thompson Music/E.A.R. Music

When Metallica recorded its now fan favorite live album S&M with the San Francisco Symphony, that recording was lauded by fans and critics alike. The praise showered on the band was fully justified. It was considered by some to be a groundbreaking performance because it was the coming together of two entirely separate musical worlds. What many people might not know is that S&M was not in fact the first time that the two worlds have come together. Former Deep Purple member Jon Lord crafted and performed his now famous Concerto for Group and Orchestra almost forty-five years ago in 1969. That performance was truly groundbreaking. Sadly, cancer claimed Lord in July of 2012. Thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment though, Lord’s opus finally saw the light of day that same year. And now again thanks to Eagle Rock, audiences are taken even deeper into Lord’s majestic and magical composition thanks to a new documentary on that record. There is a lot to like about this recently released documentary. The documentary’s behind-the-scenes main feature is the main portion of what audiences will appreciate in this release.  Audiences are provided a history of Lord’s original performance of his opus in order to set up the more recent recording session.  As part of the recording process, viewers will also get to hear from some big names that helped bring the recording to life. Audiences will also appreciate that not only are they taken behind the scenes of the recording’s birth, but they are also provided with two opportunities to hear the recording in the new Blu-ray presentation.  It is included both as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray itself, and as its own separate CD as even more of a bonus.  All of this taken into consideration makes the documentary on Jon Lord’s Concert for Group & Orchestra quite the interesting work.

Far too many record labels in today’s music industry add “making of documentaries” to their new albums and try to pawn them off on fans as something special.  The problem is that so few of those “documentaries” in question are really worth the extra money shelled out by hard working audiences.  Jon Lord: Concerto for Group& is not one of those releases.  This documentary gives audiences a full history of the former Deep Purple member’s iconic song, from its very first ever performance in 1969 at the famed Royal Albert Hall to its first non-live recording in 2012.  Audiences see just how much work went into putting his composition to record.  It’s a fitting tribute to the musician, who sadly lost his battle with cancer just last year.  From the initial setup to the recording of each part and everything in-between, viewers will see that this isn’t just another one of those albums where each part was recorded separately in different studios.  This understanding will generate a whole new appreciation for the song and everything that went into actually doing a “studio” recording of it.  This applies to listeners that are both more familiar with Lord’s work and those that might be less so.

Along the course of the documentary, viewers get to hear from some of the biggest names in the rock world that took part in the recording process.  Those names include greats such as Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and blues/rock guitar great Joe Bonamassa among so many others.  The respect shared between them and Lord is obvious through their shared commentary and by the seriousness with which they approached their respective roles in the overall composition.

The overall presentation of the documentary here is exceptional to say the least.  From the composition’s history to its first official studio recording, so much information is shared on its importance.  As impressive as the main feature is, Eagle Rock didn’t stop there.  Eagle Rock has included as a bonus for fans, the complete Concerto for Group & Orchestra both on its own CD and as a bonus feature on the primary Blu-ray disc.  And it’s not all that is included as a bonus, either.  Eagle Rock has exceeded expectations once again with this documentary’s bonus material.  Also included as bonus material is are interviews with Paul Mann and Marco de Groeji.  Mann conducted the orchestra assembled for the new recording of Concerto for Group & Orchestra.  The insight that he shares is something special.  That’s because of his understanding of and appreciation for the worlds of both rock and classical, as well as for Lord himself.  His interview and that with others involved with the record’s production more than live up to the title of bonus features. Together with the documentary’s main feature, they collectively make this release one that transcends genres.  It’s one that fans of both classical and rock will enjoy. It is available now in stores and online.   More information on this and other releases 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.

New Live BD Completes Sedaka’s U.K. Concert Experience

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

The newly released Blu-ray release of Neil Sedaka’s The Song Goes On: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is an excellent companion piece to its CD companion released in 2012.  The Blu-ray completes the concert experience started with the double-disc CD release in question.  It does so by giving audiences the visual recording that they otherwise had not had until now.  And Sedaka’s fans will most definitely appreciate getting to not just hear but see him perform so many of his hits.  The experience is completed not just through the main performance, but also through the bonus interview included with the new Blu-ray release of this concert.  The interview sees Sedaka sitting down one-on-one with fellow songwriter Paul Gambaccini.  The pair discusses Sedaka’s music, his career, and his influence in their in-depth interview.  It’s both insightful and entertaining as the men make their way through many of the songs featured in the main performance.  The main performance and the bonus interview do so much to make this new release a completion for fans of Neil Sedaka that had been hoping for a video companion to the already released CD recording of his performance from the U.K.  One can’t look at this new release (or any live release) without examining said performance’s audio and video mix.  Those charged with manning the boards both for the concert and for the final product put the finishing touch here on what is one more expert live recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision.

The Blu-ray companion to the audio release of Sedaka’s live performance from the Royal Albert Hall completes the concert experience started last year.  That’s because it is a video recording, and not just an audio recording.  Instead of just hearing the performance, audiences get the full effect of the concert with this presentation.  It allows viewers that were not there to make a full emotional connection both with Sedaka and with those that were in attendance for the taping.  One prime example of that ability to connect lies in Sedaka’s performance of ‘I Go Ape.’  The excitement and energy on Sedaka’s face as he channels Jerry Lee Lewis can be felt even just watching at home.  By direct contrast, the emotional depth of ‘The Hungry Years’ is sure to move even the strongest person to tears.  That’s thanks again to being able to not just hear the motion in Sedaka’s voice, but also to see it in his face.  One can tell that he really felt the music and the lyrics as he sang.  These are just a pair of examples of how the show’s recording makes this concert experience complete.  There are plenty more songs from which fans will be able to choose.  They’ll be able to do so when they pick up this new Blu-ray themselves.

The main performance included in Neil Sedaka’s new live Blu-ray is the main component of what makes the entire concert experience complete.  There is more to consider in what makes it complete, though.  Audiences will also appreciate the bonus interview between Sedaka and his songwriter friend Paul Gambaccini.  The in-depth interview sees the pair discussing Sedaka’s own career, his music, and his influence on today’s pop music culture.  Through the course of the interview, the pair shares some laughs when they bring up Sedaka’s history with Carol King.  There’s also a humorous moment shared in the discussion over the song, ‘Stairway to Heaven.’  Sedaka laughs as Gambaccini asks him wouldn’t he love to have Led Zeppelin’s royalty checks for the song, even though they are two entirely different songs.  That in itself raises another interesting discussion topic in the inability of songwriters to copyright song titles.  Apparently, songs themselves can have a copyright, but not a song title.  There is also a discussion on whether Neil would have the hungry years or the successful years.  This is one of the more insightful moments shared by Sedaka in his interview, and will definitely have audiences thinking.  Again, these moments and the interview as a whole collectively make the interview between the old friends make for one more way this Blu-ray makes Sedaka’s live performance from the Royal Albert Hall complete.

Sedaka’s live performance at the U.K.’s Royal Albert Hall is a complete experience now thanks to the main performance and the bonus interview between Sedaka and friend Paul Gambaccini.  There is still one more factor that fans and audiences should consider in the concert experience presented here.  That factor is the show’s audio and video mix.  Those charged with balancing both the audio and video are to be commended for the job that they did with the recording.  This applies both to the original live recording and the final post-produced product.  The audio and video presented here are just as impressive as any recording released by Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision.  Those with a surround sound home theater system will appreciate the mix just as much as those without one.  From the high notes to the low notes and everything in between, every song is crystal clear both in terms of its video and audio.  Along with the main performance and the bonus interview it brings everything full circle and makes this one more top notch live recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock and Eagle Vision is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.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.