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

Courtesy: ABKCO Records

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:

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/RollingStones

 

 

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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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ABKCO Records To Release “Joy” Soundtrack In Stores This Week

Courtesy:  ABKCO Records

Courtesy: ABKCO Records

20th Century Fox’s new movie Joy has only been in theaters a little more than a week and already much has been said of the movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, American Hustle). It has been received a Golden Globe nomination for the year’s Best Motion Picture. And Lawrence has received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of “BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY.” Now the soundtrack to Joy is being released in stores and online.

ABKCO Records will release Joy’s soundtrack in stores Friday, January 8th. It was previously released digitally on December 18th. Music from some of music’s greatest names is featured in this collection. Those names include the likes of: The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, The Ronettes, Bee Gees, Cream, and a number of others. The complete track listing for Joy’s soundtrack is noted below.

 

Music From the Motion Picture JOY track listing:

1)   “I Feel Free” – Cream

2)   “Joy Romantic Theme” (score)

3)   “Aguas de Marzo” – Edgar Ramirez

4)   “The Sidewinder” – Lee Morgan

5)   “I Want to Be Happy” – Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb and His Orchestra

6)   “In the Bleak Mid-Winter – Thomas Bullard, Choir of King’s College, Benjamin Bayl, and Stephen Cleobury

7)   “Notre Pere, Op. 14” – Salzburg Bach Choir/Alois Glasser

8)   “Mama Told Me Not to Come” – Edgar Ramirez, Ray de la Paz & The Peditro Martinez Band

9)   “Something Stupid” – Jennifer Lawrence & Edgar Ramirez

10)                  “To Love Somebody” – Bee Gees

11)                  “I Am in Love” (score)

12)                  “Mop Drawing” (score)

13)                  “Racing in the Street” (score

14)                   “Sleigh Ride” – The Ronettes

15)                  “Stray Cat Blues” – The Rolling Stones

16)                  “Texas” (score)

17)                  “Markham” (score)

18)                  “A House With Love In It” – Nat King Cole

19)                  “Joy Theme” (score)

20)                  “I Feel Free” – Brittany Howard

21)                  “I Feel Free” (Bonus Track) – Brittany Howard

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Veteran Acts Dominate 2015’s Top New Live DVD/BD Recordings List

This week marks the last full week of 2015. It’s a little tough to grasp that there are only eleven days left in the year. But it’s almost time to bid a fond farewell to this year. And even as the year’s final days tick away, there is still plenty of work left to do in turns of examining the top titles from the entertainment world. Phil’s Picks has already done quite a bit of that, delving into the top titles of the music world’s top titles. There’s still some ground to cover in that realm while beginning to transfer over into the year’s top new DVDs and Blu-rays in each of their different own areas. Keeping that in mind, what better way to start making that transfer than to look today at the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. The year’s best new live CDs have already been tackled. And as previously explained, in many cases, some DVDs and Blu-rays are actually released separate from their audio-only counterparts even today, and vice versa. That justifies a separate category for the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays. That being the case, here, for your reading pleasure dear readers, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays. As always, the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list while the bottom five are no less important. They each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen titles. Enough rambling. Here, again, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS AND BLU-RAYS

  1. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – LIVE AT THE ROXY 09.25.14

 

  1. TESSERACT – SCALA

 

  1. AEROSMITH – AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON

 

  1. GEORGE STRAIT – THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY

 

  1. THE WHO – LIVE AT HYDE PARK

 

  1. SHANIA TWAIN – STILL THE ONE: LIVE IN VEGAS

 

  1. ERIC CLAPTON – SLOWHAND AT 70: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE IN LEEDS 1982

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME 1990

 

  1. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – PRONOUNCED L LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD & SECOND HELPING

 

  1. PAT METHENY – UNITY SESSIONS

 

  1. WHITECHAPEL – BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

 

  1. TASTE – WHAT’S GOING ON: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

 

  1. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK

 

  1. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – LIVE IN DUBLIN

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Music’s Past, Present, And Future Come Together In 2015’s Best New Live CDs List

Going to see live shows is anything but cheap. Anyone that has ever been to one will attest to that. Regardless of whether the show is close by or a long drive, it seems going to see shows nowadays is anything but cheap. Not to mention it’s not always easy because of time constraints. Weekday and weeknight shows are anything but easy just because of scheduling regardless of whether or not one has a family. So that leaves the question what is one to do in place of going to see a show? The answer: Pick up one’s favorite live recording on CD or DVD/Blu-ray. Both formats offer their own pros and cons. And in many cases, what is available on CD might not necessarily be available on DVD/Blu-ray or vice versa. That leads to the need for a list both for the year’s best new live CDs and new live DVDs/BDs. For the sake of this list the attention will go to the year’s best new live CDs. This year’s list includes a number of live CDs that were not accompanied by live DVDs and Blu-rays. Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s new live CD Live + is one of those that only received the CD treatment. It topped this year’s list. Saxon’s The Saxon Chronicles is another live CD that didn’t get the companion DVD/BD treatment. It’s on the list, too as is Birth of Joy’s Live at UBU, Jimi Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival performance, and Zodiac’s The Road Tapes Volume 1. In other cases such as The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” recordings, audiences were lucky enough to get the recordings in complete packages. The same applies with Whitechapel’s Brotherhood of the Blade. These are just some of the titles that made the cut for this year’s list of the year’s best new live CD recordings. This was by no means an easy list to assemble. So no offense is meant against any recording that was left off the list. Set lists had to be taken into account as well as production values and also the acts’ stage presence. Taking all of that into account the following is the final list. Without any further ado I offer to you, dear readers, 2015’s Top New Live CDs.

2015 TOP NEW LIVE CDS

1. JEFF BECK — LIVE +

2. CARLOS SANTANA/JOHN MCLAUGHLIN — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD — SWEET HOME ALABAMA

4. DARYLL HALL AND JOHN OATES — LIVE IN DUBLIN

5. TESSERACT — ODYSSEY

6. JIMI HENDRIX — ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL

7. ZODIAC — THE ROAD TAPES VOLUME 1

8. WHITECHAPEL — BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

9. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME

10. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE IN LEEDS

11. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: THE MARQUEE CLUB LIVE IN 1971

12. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS (SPECIAL EDITION WITH WACKEN OPEN AIR 2015 CONCERT)

13. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

14. EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

15. BIRTH OF JOY — LIVE AT UBU

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Live In Leeds Is One More Welcome Addition To The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” Series

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Late last year, Eagle Rock Entertainment teamed up with Universal Music Group and The Rolling Stones and dove into the band’s extensive “Vault” of recordings to release the band’s 1981 performance at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The concert was just one of a number of dates in the band’s worldwide tour in support of its then latest album Tattoo You. Now a little more than a year since that recording’s release Eagle Rock, UMG, and The Rolling Stones have partnered once again to bring audiences another performance from that tour in the form of From The Vault: Live in Leeds 1982. The concert, which was originally recorded on July 25th, 1982, was the final show for the European leg of its Tattoo You tour. Being part of said tour, the most important element of this recording is the concert’s set list. It is a near mirror image of last year’s Hampton Coliseum recording. This might not seem important at first glance. but the reality is that it is far more important than many might think. This will be discussed at more length shortly. The band’s stage presence throughout the performance is just as important in the concert’s overall presentation as its set list. That will be discussed in more depth later. Last but hardly least of note in this presentation is the recording’s collective production values. This includes the values of the DVD and CD portion. All three elements play their own important part in the overall presentation of this recording. Of course as important as they are one would be remiss to ignore the recording’s companion booklet. Even that aspect plays its own important part in the whole of the recording as does the recording’s DVD/2 CD packaging. All things considered, From The Vault: Live in Leeds 1982 is one more welcome addition to The Rolling Stones continuing “From The Vault” series.

From The Vault: Live in Leeds 1982 is yet another welcome addition to The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” series of concert recordings. Originally recorded on July 25th, 1982 at Roundhay Park in Leeds, England, this recording is a “sister” show to the band’s 1981 show at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. That recording was released late last year as another part of the band’s “From The Vault” series. Considering the relationship between the two recordings, the most important aspect of the band’s tour finale in Leeds is its set list. The set list is a near mirror image of that presented in the band’s 1981 show at the Hampton Coliseum. It differs by only one song–‘Let It Bleed.’ That song was included in the Hampton Coliseum show but omitted in the Leeds performance. What’s more save for that one omission, the rest of the show’s set list is exactly the same as that in the Hampton Coliseum show. This might not seem all that important to the whole of the recording. But in reality it is extremely important. It is so important because not every Rolling Stones fan might have been lucky enough to pick up the band’s Hampton Coliseum show in its original release last year. This means that said fans now have been given a second chance to experience the same show (for the most part) right down to the set list’s order. And for those that might already own the band’s Hampton Coliseum show, that one minor difference (and of course the birthday wishes to guitarist Keith Richards) makes this recording just as enjoyable as its predecessor. Keeping all of this in mind, the set list presented in the band’s tour finale proves to be just as important to the concert as any of its other elements. Speaking of those other elements, the band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is another of those important elements.

The set list presented in the body of the band’s Tattoo You World Tour is a hugely important part of the recording’s overall presentation. It gives audiences the same show as its 1981 concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The whole reason for that importance has already been noted. In the same vein the band’s stage presence over the course of its two hour-plus concert is just as important to note as the show’s set list. For the most part, the band gives its whole for its audiences from start to finish. Front man Mick Jagger is just as energetic as ever, strutting around the massive stage, keeping the audience worked up and entertained. Guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood are just as entertaining to watch as they work their way through each song alongside drummer Charlie Watts. Speaking of Watts, as impressive and enjoyable as his performance was throughout, there was one down moment for him when the band broke into ‘Black Limousine.’ While Wood and Richards swung their way through the bluesy tune, Watts never really seemed to swing with them. He kept time, yes. However he just kept a solid tempo instead of swinging with them. Whether or not he realized he was doing that is anyone’s guess. But it definitely takes away from the song. Luckily it is Watts’ only down side. Bassist Bill Wyman sadly seems just as disinterested as ever in this concert save (go figure) for when the band hits ‘Black Limousine.’ The rest of the time, he barely cracks a smile or even moves around. Of course it is known that in the seven years that followed, things apparently turned sour within the band in its time away from the road. One can’t help but wonder if things had been turning bad at least for Wyman during the course of this tour. After all, when the band returned to the road in 1989 it would be the beginning of the end for Wyman in his time with the band. It’s anyone’s guess. Getting back on topic, the band kept the audience entertained from beginning to end for the most part. This includes the band’s backing musicians–Ian Stewart (piano), Chuck Leavell (keyboards, backing vocals), Gene Barge (saxophone), and Bobby Keys (saxophone)–too. Altogether, the collective performers and their energy make every one of the concert’s twenty-five total songs just as enjoyable for audiences today as they did for those in attendance at the original performance.

The set list and stage presence of the band throughout the course of said set list does plenty to make From The Vault: Live in Leeds 1982 another welcome addition to The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” series. Of course as important as both elements are to the whole of the concert’s presentation they are just part of what makes the concert’s overall presentation worth the watch. The concert’s collective production values are just as important as the set list and the band’s stage presence if not more so. The overall production values presented in this recording are impressive in their own right. Of course the inclusion of the concert’s video recording alongside its audio portion plays directly into that. That is because it allows audiences to see the massive size of the venue. It was a rather large outdoor venue. And that posed its own share of challenges both for the concert’s audio engineers and the camera crews. It allowed the sound to spread out everywhere meaning that the engineers had to really work the levels and keep them balanced throughout the concert. They did just that. And while it shows in the concert’s CD portion, it is even clearer in the presentation’s DVD. The venue’s immense size is just as important to note for the concert’s camera crews. That is because of the options and challenges alike that it posed for those individuals. The challenges were raised by the number of concertgoers at the venue. It meant having to work through them in order to capture the concert both in terms of its size and in terms of the band’s performance. The wipes that are used to transition from one angle to another at times show how far such technology has come yet how little it has changed at the same time. The cuts are just as clean as the director went from camera to camera, trying to keep up with Jagger and capture the audience’s energy at the same time. Between those shots and the shots that capture the band’s overall performance the overall camerawork presented throughout the band’s performance here, the concert’s video mix proves just as impressive as the work of those behind the boards. Those that re-mastered the concert for its presentation in this recording are just as much to applaud for their efforts. And together with the show’s set list and the band ‘s presence throughout said list Live in Leeds proves in whole to be one more welcome addition to The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” series.

There is a lot that can be said of the latest addition to The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” series. The show’s set list complements that of the band’s 1981 concert in Hampton, Virginia since both shows were part of the same overall tour. The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as impressive in any of its other performances past and present. This includes the performance of the band’s backing musicians. The overall production values presented in this concert as to be applauded both for the efforts of those that originally recorded the concert and those that re-mastered it for its recent release via Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group. As important as those noted elements prove to be to the whole of the recording, they still aren’t the presentation’s only noteworthy elements. One would be remiss to ignore the recording’s companion booklet or the very presentation of the recording on DVD/2 CD combo pack. The companion booklet offers yet another rich history on the concert and its importance. The overall presentation gives audiences the complete concert experience here without forcing them to have to choose between platforms. That is nothing new for Eagle Rock’s live recordings either, thus showing once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings. That full concert experience coupled with the rich history in the recording’s companion booklet round out the recording once and for all, showing in whole why this recording is one more welcome addition to the band’s “From The Vault” series as well as any Rolling Stones fan’s music library. From The Vault: Live in Leeds 1982 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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