The Police’s New Live Recording Is A Mostly Successful Offering

Courtesy: Mercury Studios

For the first time in more than a dozen years, veteran rock band The Police officially released a new live recording this week in the form of Around the World: Restored & Expanded.  Released Friday through Mercury Studios, the recording is the band’s first new live recording since the release of its then latest live recording, Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires in 2008.  That recording was released through A&M Records.  This latest presentation is such that it will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from the band’s most devoted audiences to even more causal audiences.  That is due in large part to its featured set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The audio’s companion tour documentary that is featured in the set’s DVD and Blu-ray platforms adds its own share of interest.  It will be discussed a little later.  The liner notes penned by The Police guitarist Andy Summers are a welcome companion to the tour documentary and round out the presentation’s most notable elements.  They will also be examined later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered they make Around the World: Restored & Expanded a presentation that most fans of The Police will find enjoyable.

Around the World: Restored & Expanded, the new live recording from The Police, is a presentation that most of the band’s audiences will find appealing.  That is due in large part to its featured set list.  Totaling 11 songs, the set list is pulled from performances that the band held on its then debut global tour in 1980.  The songs presented here were pulled from the band’s first two albums, Outlandos d’Amour (1978) and Reggatta de Blanc (1979).  That 1978 record is the most heavily represented here, with six total songs.  The latter received four nods.  As an added bonus, the rare b-side, ‘Visions of the Night’ is also featured here.  The song was a b-side to the band’s hit single, ‘Walking on the Moon’.  Simply put, what audiences get in this collection of songs is a presentation of The Police from what was at the time still its infancy.  To that end, it is a welcome representation of the band’s catalog at the time.  Keeping that in mind, this aspect is certain to appeal to plenty of audiences.  The only downside to the set list is that it is only made available on the recording’s CD platform.  Given, there are live performances of four of the songs featured in the audio side, but it still would have been great having the entire collection, considering that the tour documentary presented on the DVD and Blu-ray runs only an hour and 23 minutes.  Beggars can’t be choosers, though.  To that end, it is still good to even have this presentation of The Police’s early days both in studio and on the road.

The songs that make up the main body of Around the World: Restored & Expanded are just part of the presentation’s appeal for the band’s noted audiences.  The tour documentary that is featured in the collection’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation will appeal just as much to the noted audiences.  Audiences see the band make its way around the world, from Asia to Australia, to Africa (more specifically Egypt) to South America and to America, audiences are taken along for the band’s ride in its debut world tour.  Along the way, audiences get to see the noted live performances that are also separated as bonus content on the DVD and BD platforms.  While the band is in Asia, audiences get to see Summers take on a sumo wrestler, though some might not really want to see him in the glorified diaper that sumo wrestlers wear.  Yes, that was meant to be a lighthearted statement.  Audiences also get to see the band on board a boat in the waters of what looks like possibly Thailand.  When the band reaches Egypt things get a bit tense.  At first audiences think that a certain discussion had between a group of individuals was acted out, but as Summers points out in his notes, it apparently was not set up.  This will be discussed a little later.  Over in Australia, audiences see the band in the countryside as well as on stage.  Overall, the documentary builds on the foundation formed by the recording’s audio side and enhances the concert experience that much more for the noted audiences.

Building on the presentation that is the documentary are the liner notes penned by Summers.  As already pointed out, Summers explains that the band’s stay in Egypt was anything but good.  Summers explains that a comment made by Sting to an Egyptian official and his initial refusal to take back what he said almost caused an international incident.  Another incident was narrowly avoided in one South American country when Summers apparently had a physical altercation of sorts with a law enforcement official at a concert.  These two items will be left for audiences to discover for themselves, but they definitely build on the experience even more.  That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that is the liner notes.  Summers also writes in his notes that the band had yet another close call in New Zealand, yet again involving law enforcement.  This is yet another intriguing anecdote that will be left for audiences to read about for themselves.  Between this story, the others pointed out here and everything else that Summers recalls in his notes, the overall content in the recording’s companion booklet puts the finishing touch to the presentation and ensures that much more that the band’s established audiences and casual fans alike will appreciate the presentation.  When this content, the audio, and video are all considered, they leave no doubt that the noted audiences will find plenty to appreciate about the recording.

Around the World: Restored and Expanded is a presentation that most fans of The Police will find enjoyable.  That is due in large part to the recording’s featured songs.  They are in themselves a strong representation of the band in its infancy.  That is because the songs that make up the main body of the recording are all pulled from the band’s first two albums.  There is even a rare b-side included in the mix for good measure.  The tour documentary that accompanies the performances makes for its own interest.  That is because it takes audiences along for the ride with the band on its first-ever world tour.  Audiences get to see firsthand, much of what the band experienced, including the high and occasional not so high points.  The liner notes penned by The Police guitarist Andy Summers work directly with the documentary to enhance the viewing experience therein.  That is because they are those firsthand notes.  They take audiences even deeper into the band’s tour and finish off the overall presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Around the World: Restored & Expanded a presentation that most fans of The Police will find a welcome new offering from the band and from Mercury Studios.

Around the World: Restored & Expanded is available now. More information on the recording is available along with all of the latest news from The Police at:

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Serj Tankian Releasing Two New Albums This Summer

 

Courtesy:  Serjical Strike Records

Courtesy: Serjical Strike Records

 

System of a Down front man Serj Tankian will release two new albums this Summer via his own Serjical Strike Records.  The first of the two new records, Orca will be released first on June 25th.  It will be followed up with the experimental jazz album, Jazz-iz Christ on July 23rdOrca mixes influences of Twentieth Century composers with works written for modern films, showing a vast expanse of influences.  Among those influences are the likes of Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone.  It was originally composed in Tankian’s home studio, and came to fruition thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that helped bring it to life.  Conductor Werner Steinmetz held the baton for the recording of the records four acts. 

Courtesy:  Serjical Strike Records

Courtesy: Serjical Strike Records

Jazz-iz Christ, the second of Tankian’s upcoming release this Summer, started with just Tankian himself.  From there, it grew into a large collaborative effort that included work from:  pianist Tigran Hamasyan, flautist Valeri Tolstov, and trumpet player Tom Duprey.  Also making appearances on the new record are Stewart Copeland (The Police), actor/musician Davis Alpay, and Vincent Pedulla.  The album contains a total of fifteen compositions, most of which are instrumental, save for four songs.  That group of songs mix together progressive jazz, electronic, ethnic and rock elements. 

Both Orca and  Jazz-iz Christ will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, and other online outlets including Tankian’s own website, http://www.serjtankian.com and the Serjical Strike website, http://www.serjicalstrike.com.  Pre-orders for the deluxe limited editions of Orca begin this Wednesday, May 1st.  The deluxe limited edition of Orca includes a 180-gram picture disc, swag, and a signed copy of the actual score for the record.  Pre-orders for Jazz-iz Christ begin Wednesday, May 15th.  Audiences can check out audio samples of both records at the Serjical Strike Records website. 

A tour in support of both records will be held beginning September 19th at the Ukraina Hall in Ukraine.  The tour will come on the heels of the current System of a Down tour.  The current list of tour dates in support of Tankian’s new records is available below.  More dates will be announced at a later date.  To keep up with all of the latest tour information and news from Serj Tankian, fans can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Serjtankian and on his official website, http://www.serjtankian.com

19 Sep 13 Thu Kiev Ukraine Ukraina Hall
21 Sep 13 Sat Yekaterinburg Russia Kosmos Hall
23 Sep 13 Mon Novosibirsk Russia DK Zheleznodorozhnik
25 Sep 13 Wed Krasnoyarsk Russia Philharmony
27 Sep 13 Fri Moscow Russia Crocus City Hall
28 Sep 13 Sat St. Petersburg Russia Orjktybyrsky Concert Hall
03 Oct 13 Thu Florence Italy Teatro Comunale
04 Oct 13 Fri Padova Italy Gran Teatro Geox
05 Oct 13 Sat Rome Italy Auditorium Parco Della Musica

 

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