Bonamassa’s New Blues Record Is No Desperate Act From The Veteran Performer

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Courtesy J&R Adventures

Phil’s Picks has focused a lot lately on rock and other genres of music in the vastness of the musical universe.  Today, the focus shifts away from those genres to something a little bit less mainstream.  In today’s list, Phil’s Picks presents the year’s best new Jazz and blues records.  This year’s list presents a wide variety of acts, from more well-known acts such as The Rolling Stones, Joe Bonamassa and Yellowjackets to perhaps lesser known, but still talented acts such as Hazmat Modine, Takuya Kuroda and others.  It wasn’t an easy list to work up, either.  That’s because there was so much great material out there this year.  Combining jazz and blues into one list didn’t make things any easier.  But it got done.

As with every other list, the Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums features the year’s top 10 new jazz and blues albums.  It also includes five honorable mention titles for a total count of 15 albums.  That is not to take away anything from those honorable mention titles.  They are enjoyable in their own right and deserved to be noted, too.  Enough rambling.  Here, for everyone’s consideration, is Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW JAZZ AND BLUES ALBUMS

 

  1. Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

 

  1. YellowjacketsCohearance

 

  1. Joseph C. Smith OrchestraSongs of the Night

 

  1. John Coletrane – Trane 90

 

  1. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

 

  1. James Hunter SixHold On!

 

  1. Takuya KurodaZiggerzagger

 

  1. Fela Ransom Kuti & His Koola LubitesHigh Life: Jazz & Afro Soul (’63 – ’69)

 

  1. Gregory PorterTake Me To The Alley

 

  1. Quinn SullivanMidnight Highway

 

  1. Charles Lloyd & The MarvelsI Long To See You

 

  1. Logan RichardsonShift

 

  1. Hazmat ModineExtra – Deluxe – Supreme

 

  1. Keely Smith – The Intimate Keely Smith

 

  1. Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults – The New Lost Classics of Resonance

 

 

 

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Santana Shows The Way In The Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs List

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Experiencing a live performance of one’s favorite act(s) is a very special event.  That is because it serves to help fans and their favorite acts connect in a way that taking in said acts’ studio releases just can’t.  What’s more attending live concerts isn’t always easy or inexpensive.  Between the cost of tickets, food, souvenirs, gas, and lodging, attending concerts can cost almost as much as a used car sometimes, depending on the act.  In other cases, one’s favorite acts might never even come near one’s town.  So what is a person to do to experience one’s favorite acts?  The answer is simple: the live recording.  That brings us to the topic of today’s “Best Of” list.

Today, Phil’s Picks presents its list of the year’s Top 10 New Live CDs.  Everyone should understand this is distinguished from the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs.  That’s because some recordings come only on CD while others are only presented on the latter format.  Others are also presented in both formats both separate of one another and collectively.  The recordings included in this list include both standalone CDs and CDs included in complete DVD/BD/CD sets.  One of the standalone live CDs included in this list is ZZ Top’s new live recording Greatest Hits Live.  The Outlaws’ Legacy Live is another of those standalone CD recordings.  Joe Bonamassa also has a new live recording in the form of Live at the Greek Theatre that is available on separate CD, DVD, and BD platforms.  It’s on this list, too.  Suffice it to say, there’s a healthy mix of new live titles here both in terms of genre and platform.  So, enough rambling.  Presented here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs.

It should be noted here again that the list includes the Phil’s Picks Top 10 new Live CDs as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

 

  1. Santana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
  1. ZZ TopGreatest Hits Live
  1. Judas PriestBattle Cry
  1. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
  1. Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre
  1. The OutlawsLegacy Live

  2. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon

  3. Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles

  4. SaxonFeel Your Power

  5. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live

  6. Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression

  7. Ayreon – The Theater Equation
  8. Pete Townshend’s Deep EndFace The Face

  9. Wacken 201526 Years Louder Than Hell

  10. LeprousLive at Rockefeller Center

 

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‘Havana Moon’ Is A Shining Beacon In The Rolling Stones’ Extensive Live Catalogue

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Rolling Stones have held countless concerts in nearly every corner of the world over the course of its nearly 55-year life.  From the UK to Asia and across the Americas, the British rock outfit has been there and done that plenty of times. For all of the concerts that the band has held throughout its life, few have held or hold the importance of the concert that the band held on March 25, 2016.  It was on that night that The Rolling Stones became the first rock band in the country’s history to play a free concert in Havana.  The concert came only days after President Barack Obama became the first American President in 88 years to pay a visit to the island nation.  It was one of the most momentous occasions in the band’s history, and this Friday audiences around the world will be able to see the concert for themselves when Havana Moon is released in stores and online.  The concert boasts plenty of positives, beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of its set list is just as important to note as the songs in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the concert’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Havana Moon a shining beacon in The Rolling Stones’ extensive live catalogue.

Havana Moon, The Rolling Stones’ new live recording, is a shining beacon in the band’s extensive live catalogue.  It is a landmark concert because there is no telling if the band will ever perform on the island nation again.  It boasts plenty of positives, beginning with the show’s set list.  The show’s 18-song set list features a favorable sampling of the band’s most beloved songs including ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Brown Sugar’ and so many others.  There are also some lesser known pieces included in the set list such as ‘Angie,’ ‘You Got The Silver’ and ‘Out Of Control.’  Audiences that pick up this record will find the show’s musical mix relatively familiar due to that set list.  While the set list may not necessarily break any new ground for the band, it was new ground for the audiences in attendance.  Their appreciation for hearing the classic compositions shows throughout the concert.  That appreciation by the audiences will make audiences more familiar with the set list that much more appreciative of the set list even despite already knowing said song.  The familiar set list and the audience’s appreciation of said set list do plenty to make Havana Moon an enjoyable recording.  The band’s performance of each song is just as important to note here as the songs themselves.

The songs that make up the body of Havana Moon are important in their own right to the recording’s presentation.  That is because while the songs are familiar to most audiences, they clearly were not so familiar to the Stones’ Cuban audience.  The audience’s appreciation for the songs will generate a whole new appreciation for the songs among audiences who are more familiar with the songs.  That is because seeing their reaction allows more seasoned audiences to experience the songs in a whole new light.  While the songs and the audience’s appreciation thereof are clearly important to the recording’s presentation, they are not, collectively, the only important pieces of the recording’s presentation.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  That is because many of the renditions presented in this concert are unlike any that the band has done before.  The band’s take of ‘Pained Black’ is just one of those unexpected performances.  Most people know this song as being a rather powerful composition thanks to drummer Charlie Watts’ work at the base of the song.  Keith Richards’ guitar line sits atop Watts’ timekeeping and solidifies the song’s instrumentation even more. The band’s performance of the song in Havana is anything but what one would expect of the song.  The band’s performance of the song here is much more reserved than in its normal presentation.  If the band has ever performed the song in the style presented here, then said instances are very rare.  That makes this performance all the more important.  The band’s rendition of ‘Honkey Tonk Women’ stands out just as much here as that of ‘Painted Black.’  It is a little bit slower than the band’s normal renditions, but not by too much; just enough to make it noticeable without taking anything away from the song in this case.  Of course one cannot ignore the extended take of ‘Midnight Rambler’ here.  The band’s performance feels so organic even as it runs more than 15 minutes.  It is one more example of how the band’s performance stands out in this recording just as much as the songs chosen for the concert.  There are plenty of other performances throughout the show that stand as examples of what makes the band’s overall performance just as important to the recording’s presentation as the songs themselves.  All in all, they join with the performances noted here to show in whole why the band’s performance of its set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the show’s set list.  It still is not the last important element to discuss.  The recording’s companion booklet is just as important to note in its presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.

The set list that is featured in Havana Moon and the band’s performance thereof are both important in their own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  Audiences who are familiar with the featured songs will gain a whole new appreciation for them as they see the Cuban audience—many of whom were experiencing the songs for the first time ever—show their own appreciation for getting to hear them.  The band’s performance is just as important to note here because in many cases, the band’s performances of certain songs are completely unlike those in any other live setting.  They give said songs brand new identities.  Both elements are clearly important in their own right.  Yet they are not the recording’s only important elements.  The recording’s companion booklet is just as important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s performance.  That is because it presents a rich background picture of the concert courtesy of Jonathan Watts.  Watts starts the concert’s story with a mention of President Obama making his own historic visit to Cuba only days before The Rolling Stones.  From there, he highlights all of the work that went in to making the “Concert For Amity” a reality.  It then transitions into the story of the concert.  That story includes the reaction of both the band and the audience to one another.  By the time Watts reaches the story’s end, the importance of the concert becomes crystal clear.  He shows through his story why this concert is an important part of not only The Rolling Stones’ history but also of Cuba’s history and that of the entire world.  That understanding creates even more appreciation for the concert, and in turn, leaves audiences understanding that this is truly a special recording that Rolling Stones fans and music lovers alike should have in their music libraries.

Havana Moon is an important piece of Cuba’s history.  It is also an important part of The Rolling Stones’ history and that of the whole world.  The band isn’t the first-ever band to perform in Cuba.  But it is the first band to hold a free concert in the island nation’s capital.  From its set list to the band’s performance to the recording’s companion booklet, there is so much included here that serves to illustrate the importance of the concert.  One could also cite the recording’s editing, varied platforms on which it is available and much more to show why it is such an important performance.  All things considered, Havana Moon shows itself in the end to be a recording that Rolling Stones fans and music lovers alike should have in his or her own music library.  Havana Moon will be available Friday, November 11th in stores and online.  More information on Havana Moon is available online along with all of The Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release The Rolling Stones’ Iconic Cuba Concert This Fall

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Early this spring, The Rolling Stones made headlines the world over when it did something that no band has ever done.  The band became the first rock act to ever perform a free, live show in the city of Havana.  Now this fall audiences will be able to experience that landmark concert for themselves when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba.

The new Rolling Stones live recording, captured by award-winning film director Paul Dugdale, will be released in stores and online on Friday, November 11th.

One million people turned out for the concert, which was held the very same week that President Obama became the first United States President to visit Cuba in 88 years.  His visit was touted by countless news agencies around the world as the “warm up act” for The Rolling Stones.

When the band took the stage, front man Mick Jagger addressed the crowd quoting fellow Bob Dylan as he said, “Finally the times are changing. Cuba, we are so happy to be here.  The concert’s extensive set list featured many of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Start Me Up,’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction),’ among many other songs.  The complete track listing for the concert is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

2) It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)

3) Out of Control

4) Angie

5) Paint It Black

6) Honky Tonk Women

7) You Got the Silver

8) Midnight Rambler

9) Gimme Shelter

10) Sympathy For The Devil

11) Brown Sugar

12) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

13) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

 

The band’s performance was hailed by the audience with at least one fan saying, “Wow, never ever did I think we would see this happen.  Tonight has been a dream come true for me.”

That statement was echoed by another fan who said, “Simply fantastic – this is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time.  I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba because this is The Rolling Stones.”

Audiences can check out a trailer for the upcoming recording online now here.

Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba will be available in stores and online on Friday, November 11th.  It will be available on DVD + 2CD Combo Pack, Blu-ray + 2 CD Combo Pack, DVD + 3LP Vinyl Combo Pack, and a special limited edition Deluxe Edition.

More information on Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba is available online now along with all of the latest news from The Rolling Stones at:

 

 

 

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ABKCO Records To Release New Rolling Stones Box Set Later This Month

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Courtesy: ABKCO Records

ABKCO Records has announced that it will release a new Rolling Stones box set later this month.

The Rolling Stones in Mono will be released Friday, September 30 in stores and online.  The 14-disc will be available on CD, vinyl, digital and hi-resolution platforms as well as separate 15-disc CD box set and 16-disc vinyl box set.

The new box set features the entirety of The Rolling Stones’ studio output from the 1960s.  The set’s release marks the first time ever that many of the featured songs have been available in mono.

A bonus disc titled Stray Cats features non-LP singles and EP tracks from both the band’s U.S. and U.K. releases.  It is presented as a single disc presentation in the box’s CD presentation and as a double-album in the box’s vinyl platform.  In all, 24 tracks are presented in the collection.  Featured in the collection is every one of the songs not featured in the collection’s other 14 discs including: ‘Barrett Strong’s 1959 hit ‘Money,’ ‘Fortune Teller, ‘Con Le Mie Lacrime,’ ‘As Tears Go By’ (sung entirely in Italian), ‘Stoned’ (the b-side to the Rolling Stones’ hit song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’), the 1965 outtake of Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,’ and two separate takes of ‘Poison Ivy.’

The outtake of ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ has been cleaned up for this release.  The fake applause used in the song’s original take on 1966’s Got Live If You Want It has been removed from the song here to exhibit the song’s studio origin.  The track listing for Stray Cats is noted below.

 

*Stray Cats tracklist

1) Come On

2) I Want To Be Loved
3) I Wanna Be Your Man
4) Stoned
5) Fortune Teller
6) Poison Ivy (Version 1)
7) Bye Bye Johnny
8) Money
9) Poison Ivy (Verison 2)
10) Not Fade Away
11) I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
12) The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (single version)
13) 19th Nervous Breakdown
14) Sad Day
15) Con Le Mie Lacrime (As Tears Go By)
16) Long, Long While
17) Who’s Driving Your Plane?
18) We Love You (single version)
19) Dandelion (single version)
20) Child Of The Moon
21) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
22) Street Fighting Man (single version)
23) Honky Tonk Women
24) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)

 

The limited edition box set, presentations of The Rolling Stones in Mono, whose discs are noted below, feature nine extremely limited rolling stones 7” vinyl singles.

 

The Rolling Stones In Mono  [16 LP vinyl box set; 15 CD box set]  (all tracks also available digitally)

1)    The Rolling Stones (UK, 1964)

2)    12 X 5 (1964)

3)    The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK, 1965)

4)    The Rolling Stones Now! (1965)

5)    Out of Our Heads (US, 1965)

6)    Out of Our Heads (UK, 1965)

7)    December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965)

8)    Aftermath (UK, 1966)

9)    Aftermath (US, 1966)

10) Between the Buttons (UK, 1967)

11) Flowers (1967)

12) Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)

13) Beggar’s Banquet (1968)

14) Let it Bleed (1969)

15) Stray Cats (a new collection of single A & B sides plus E.P. tracks)*

 

The reproduced singles mirror exactly the singles that were significant Rolling Stones hits in different countries throughout the band’s life.  That includes the same artwork used in the singles’ original release.

After the initial bundles are sold out the remaining individual 7” singles will only be available in local stores in their respective nations.  The singles included in the limited edition platforms are listed below.

 

These 7”s are:

– Poison Ivy/Fortune Teller (UK, 1963)

– Fortune Teller/Sad Day (Australia, 1966)

– Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)/Carol (Japan, 1964)

– Time Is On My Side/Congratulations (Norway, 1964)

– Empty Heart/Around And Around (Netherlands, 1964)

– Not Fade Away/I Wanna Be Your Man (Canada, 1964)

– 2,000 Light Years From Home/She’s A Rainbow (Germany, 1967)

– We Love You/Dandelion (France, 1967)

– Street Fighting Man/No Expectations (U.S., 1968)

 

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Stripped’ “Sequel” Is A Solid New Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Fans of The Rolling Stones have a lot of reason to celebrate this week.  Two of the band’s members—guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts—celebrated birthdays this week.  And today the band has released its latest live offering Totally Stripped.  The hybrid tour documentary/live recording is a great gift from the band to its fans and a great way for fans to celebrate not just Watts and Wood but the band in whole.  This is especially true in the case of the recording’s SD Blu-ray/CD combo pack.  At the heart of the set is its packaging.  This will be discussed shortly.  The concert recording that is included in the set is another key element in the set’s presentation.  It will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least notable in this new presentation is the set’s companion booklet.  It rounds out the set’s most notable elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the set’s overall presentation. Altogether they make Totally Stripped a welcome follow-up to the band’s 1995 live recording Stripped and another welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s music library.

The Rolling Stones’ new live recording Totally Stripped is a welcome follow-up to the band’s 1995 live recording Stripped, which was itself re-issued in 2009.  It is just as much of a welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s music library.  This is due in part to the recording’s general presentation.  The focus here will be specifically on the recording’s SD Blu-ray/CD combo pack presentation.  In the case of this presentation, audiences get in the set’s CD a brand new collection of songs that the band performed during its “acoustic” sets included in the band’s 1995 “Voodoo Lounge” Tour.  As is noted on the back of the set’s packaging, only one of the songs included in this set was included as part of Stripped.  That being the case the CD portion of Totally Stripped becomes a brand new live recording rather than just another re-issue.  In examining the set’s SD Blu-ray side, audiences get in this side the band’s Stripped tour documentary.  This documentary isn’t just one of those short 15 – 30 minute pieces.  Rather it is an extensive piece that takes audiences along with the band on the “acoustic” portion of its “Voodoo Lounge Tour.”  The documentary runs roughly an hour.  And it comes complete with performances from the band, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with the band and crew.  The interviews provide some interesting insights, too.  One of the most notable of the interview segments features guitarist Keith Richards discussing the misnomer that is “stripped/acoustic” performances.  He laughs as he candidly notes that there’s really no such thing as acoustic anymore.  He has a valid point.  Those that are familiar with, say, MTV’s Unplugged will note that in its original run very few of the acts were ever fully acoustic in their performances.  And a close examination of the performances here backs up Richards’ statement.  [Charlie]Watts’ discussion about his role in the band and what he does is just as interesting to hear.  He notes that he doesn’t play for himself.  Rather he plays as part of the band.  That is a real humble statement from such a revered artists and musician.  Mick offers up his own insights, too along the way.  And his insights aren’t the last.  Even producer Don Was has some shining commentary about the band in his own interview segments.  These sentiments and those of the band’s touring members join together to with the set’s CD presentation and complete the experience for audiences.  The two sides together show clearly why the set’s packaging is key to its presentation.  It isn’t the set’s only key element either.  Looking a little bit deeper at the double-disc set, the set list presented in its CD presentation is important in its own right to the set’s presentation.

The packaging of The Rolling Stones’ new live recording Totally Stripped is in its own right a hugely important part of the set’s presentation.  It divides up the experience, putting the band’s full-length “Voodoo Lounge Tour” documentary on its own disc.  The actual concert recording is presented on another, separate CD.  Speaking of the concert recording, the set list presented in the CD is almost entirely brand new.  Only one of the songs from the band’s 1995 recording Stripped is included in this recording’s set list.  The rest of the songs are taken from the band’s ’95 tour.  But they were not included in that original recording.  Even more impressive is that the songs were not all taken from just one of the acoustic dates included in the band’s ’95 tour.  They were lifted from the band’s performance at Amsterdam, London, and Paris.  The end result is a 78-minute audio experience that while not one full concert is just as good as a complete concert.  In fact it technically could be considered a full concert in its own right, just lifted from a series of different dates, considering its run time.  Keeping this in mind the CD presentation in Totally Stripped shows clearly that it is just as important to the set’s presentation as the set’s packaging.  They are not the set’s only important elements either.  The companion booklet that comes with the set is just as important to its presentation as the set’s packaging and its concert recording.

Totally Stripped’s packaging and its concert recording are both key elements in this set’s overall presentation.  While both elements are of equal importance to the set’s presentation they are not its only key elements.  This critic has noted time and again the importance of live recordings’ companion booklets.  In some cases they are just as useful as they can be useless in others.  This is one of those cases in which the set’s companion booklet proves quite important to its presentation.  The booklet gives ample background on this recording, comparing it early to the band’s very first live recording Got Live If You Want It.  Richard Havers, who has handled the liner notes for many of The Rolling Stones’ recent live recordings handled the liner notes for this recording, too.  He notes here that on Got Live If You Want It was not in fact a wholly live recording.  Rather it included two studio tracks with audience noise overdubbed to make them seem live.  From there, Havers outlines in full depth the course of events that led to the release of Stripped starting with the recording of Stripped in studio and the documentary that rose from those sessions.  From there he outlines the band’s Voodoo Lounge Tour and what made it such a great tour right up to the band’s final show of the tour at the Brixton Aademy.  He even makes special note in the booklet about the songs featured on the new live compilation presented in the set’s CD.  The background that Havers offers in his commentary is a great setup for this recording.  It is like the appetizer to the set’s musical main dish so to speak.  Yes, that’s probably a bad comparison.  But it was the first thing that came to this critic’s mind.  Simply put, the commentary included in Totally Stripped’s  companion booklet proves just as important to the set’s presentation as its packaging and the content presented in each disc.  All things considered, Totally Stripped shows in the end to be a welcome follow-up to Stripped and an equally welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s music library.

The Rolling Stones’ new live recording Totally Stripped is a welcome follow-up to the band’s 1995 live recording Stripped.  It is just as welcome in any Rolling Stones fan’s music library.  That is due in part to the double disc set’s overall packaging.  Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group have presented the set with a standalone 90-minute documentary on its own disc.  A separate 78-minute disc contains live recordings from the Stripped shows not previously included in the set.  That “new” collection of songs (save for one) makes the recording’s CD presentation just as important as the set’s overall packaging.  The set’s companion booklet rounds out its overall presentation.  Thanks to Richard Havers, who handled the liner notes for many of the band’s previous live recordings, audiences are presented with a solid introduction to the set ahead of the experience that it provides audiences.  Each element proves equally important in its own right to Totally Stripped’s presentation.  Altogether they make this set, again, a welcome follow-up to Stripped and an equally welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s music library.  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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The Rolling Stones Are Getting Stripped Again

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Rolling Stones recently made headlines around the world when it held a free concert in Cuba.  Now the veteran rock band is making headlines again.  That is because it will release a new collection of classic songs this summer.

Totally Stripped will be Friday, June 3rd in stores and online.  It will be available on a number of formats including: DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD + CD combo pack, DVD + 2 LP combo pack, and exclusive, limited edition DVD and SD Blu-ray deluxe edition packages.  Each of the recording’s platforms present a handful of classic, stripped down Rolling Stones songs performed at venues throughout Europe in the early 1990s following the band’s Voodoo Lounge tour.  Those performances were also included in the band’s 2009 live compilation Stripped.  What sets this presentation of Stripped apart from its predecessor is the fact that this time around it is being featured on so many more platforms.  It also features a number of songs that were not originally included in that previous recording.  The band’s performance of ‘Honky Tonk Women’ from its Show in Olympia, Paris on May 26th, 1995 was not included in Stripped but is included both in the Totally Stripped CD and DVD presentation.  ‘Faraway Eyes,’ which was part of the band’s set on July 19th, 1995, is also included here where it was originally left off of Stripped.  The same can be said of the band’s performance of ‘I Go Wild’ from the Olympia, Paris show.  But it is included here as well.  These are just a few of the songs included in Totally Stripped that were omitted from Stripped.  There are many others as well as songs that were originally included in that recording.  That is just a drop in the bucket for this new release.  The exclusive limited edition DVD and SD Blu-ray Deluxe Editions include: a sixty-page hard back book and five discs that feature three of those European shows in their entirety for the first time ever.  The complete set list for each of the recording’s platforms is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING:

 

 

CD

NOT FADE AWAY – AMSTERDAM / HONKY TONK WOMEN – PARIS / DEAD FLOWERS – AMSTERDAM / FARAWAY EYES- LONDON / SHINE A LIGHT – AMSTERDAM / I GO WILD – PARIS / MISS YOU – LONDON / LIKE A ROLLING STONE – AMSTERDAM / BROWN SUGAR – PARIS / MIDNIGHT RAMBLER – LONDON / JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH – PARIS / GIMME SHELTER – AMSTERDAM / RIP THIS JOINT – AMSTERDAM / STREET FIGHTING MAN – AMSTERDAM

 

 

DVD1

‘TOTALLY STRIPPED’ DOCUMENTARY

 

 

DVD2 PARADISO, AMSTERDAM / 26•MAY•95

NOT FADE AWAY / IT’S ALL OVER NOW / LIVE WITH ME / LET IT BLEED / THE SPIDER AND THE FLY / BEAST OF BURDEN / ANGIE / WILD HORSES / SWEET VIRGINIA / DEAD FLOWERS / SHINE A LIGHT / LIKE A ROLLING STONE / CONNECTION / SLIPPING AWAY / THE WORST / GIMME SHELTER / ALL DOWN THE LINE / RESPECTABLE / RIP THIS JOINT / STREET FIGHTING MAN

 

 

DVD3 L’OLYMPIA, PARIS / 03•JUL•95

HONKY TONK WOMEN / TUMBLING DICE / YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’ / ALL DOWN THE LINE / SHATTERED / BEAST OF BURDEN / LET IT BLEED / ANGIE/ WILD HORSES / DOWN IN THE BOTTOM / SHINE A LIGHT / LIKE A ROLLING STONE / I GO WILD / MISS YOU / CONNECTION / SLIPPING AWAY MIDNIGHT RAMBLER / RIP THIS JOINT / START ME UP / IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL / BROWN SUGAR / JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH

 

 

DVD4 BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON / 19•JUL•95

HONKY TONK WOMEN / TUMBLING DICE / YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’ / LIVE WITH ME / BLACK LIMOUSINE / DEAD FLOWERS / SWEET VIRGINIA / FARAWAY EYES / LOVE IN VAIN / DOWN IN THE BOTTOM / SHINE A LIGHT / LIKE A ROLLING STONE / MONKEY MAN / I GO WILD / MISS YOU / CONNECTION / SLIPPING AWAY / MIDNIGHT RAMBLER / RIP THIS JOINT / START ME UP / BROWN SUGAR / JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH

 

The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped will be available in stores and online Friday, June 3rd.  The DVD +CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $21.98 while the SD Blu-ray + CD combo pack will go for $29.98.  The exclusive DVD + 2LP combo pack is expected to retail for MSRP of $39.98.  Pricing on the standalone DVD, SD Blu-ray, and CD presentation of Totally Stripped will be announced at a later date.

The DVD Deluxe Edition, which includes 4 DVDs and 1 CD will retail for MSRP of $99.98 while the SD Blu-ray Deluxe Edition (4 SD Blu-ray discs and 1 CD) will retail for MSRP of $109.98.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

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