Live In Tokyo Presents A Master Musician At His Finest

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rolling Stones’ Second “From The Vault” Recording Leaves Audiences Wanting More In The Best Way Possible

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Rolling Stones have been making music together for well over half a century.  Over the course of the band members’ now fifty-two years together, they have released some twenty-two albums and seemingly just as many greatest hits compilations.  The band has also released its own share of live recordings along the way, too.  The most recent of those live recordings is 2013’s Sweet Summer SunHyde Park Live.  That recording is one of the band’s best live recordings to date if not the best to date.  That recording was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the same company responsible for the release of the band’s archived 1981 Chicago show Live at the Checkerboard Lounge in 2012 and a handful of other recordings that followed.  2014 has been no different for Stones fans as Eagle Rock released two more archived live concerts from the band early this month.  One of those recordings takes audiences back to the band’s 1981 performance at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum.  The second takes audiences even farther back, going all the way back to 1975 and the band’s performance that year at the famed Forum in Los Angeles.  There is just as much to enjoy about the Stones’ 1981 show in Hampton, Virginia as there is about its companion concert from the band’s ’81 show in Virginia.  The most obvious of the show’s positives is its set list.  Many of the songs that are presented in this show are also presented in the band’s ’81 show.  The difference between the two shows’ set lists is that there is far less of the slower stuff in this show than in its companion recording.  Another great reason to check this concert is the band’s stage presence and its overall stage show.  And last but hardly least of all worth noting is the show’s collective production values (I.E. audio and video mix).  Taking into account the recording technology of the day, the audio quality is rather impressive.  And the video mix isn’t that bad, either.  It does serve to show how much recording tech has advanced since this concert’s recording.  That is not to take away from the importance of the recording’s companion booklet, either.  Even the companion booklet serves its own purpose in the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered, From The VaultThe Rolling StonesL.A. Forum Live in 1975 proves to be one more reason that The Rolling Stones is considered to still be one of rock’s elite acts and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings to this day.

The members of The Rolling Stones have been making music together for well over half a century.  While so many other bands have gone by the wayside in that time, Mick Jagger and company have remained one of rock’s elite acts.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has more than proven why in recent years why exactly The Rolling Stones is still one of the music world’s top acts with each one of its archived Stones concerts.  From The VaultThe Rolling StonesL.A. Forum Live in 1975 is no exception to that standard established by Eagle Rock so many years ago.  The most obvious way that it shows this is through the concert’s set list.  The band was not touring in support of any new release at the time of this performance.  As audiences will learn in the recording’s companion booklet, the band was roughly a year removed from the release of its most recent release at the time, It’s Only Rock and Roll (1974).  That album was the band’s fourteenth (yes, fourteenth) U.S. release and twelfth for the band’s fans in the U.K.  That was over the course of eleven years since the release of the band’s delf-titled U.K. debut and U.S. debut England’s Newest Hit Makers.  That means that even without a “new” album to tour behind, Mick and company still had more than their share of material with which to entertain audiences.  And they did just that, pulling from that album and going even farther back in the band’s catalogue all the way back to the band’s earliest days.  It would be interesting to see if there is a band out there today that has as much material under its collective belt today.  Most of today’s music acts regardless of genre only have on average three albums to their names  after ten years.  So that’s really saying something in the case of this recording and for the band’s creativity.  In all, the set list for this show totals twenty-six songs and well over two and a half hours.  That is a lot of music and a lot of enjoyment for Rolling Stones fan of any age.  It’s just one of so many ways in which this recording proves to be another welcome addition to said fans’ personal collections.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of those nearly three hours is another way in which it proves this argument.

The band’s stage presence over the course of its nearly three hour performance at the Forum is definitely worth noting.  The companion booklet that comes with the concert notes that this concert was not the first for the band that night.  It was the fourth of five shows in a row at the Forum that the band held between July 9th and July 13th.  One would think that having performed three shows before this one and having one more to go, the band’s members would have been exhausted and perhaps saving their energy.  But that certainly isn’t the case here.  Jagger and his band mates kept the energy high and in turn, the audience in house fully engaged from start to finish.  Adding to the interest of the band’s stage presence is the fact that these shows marked part of the band’s first tour with then new guitarist Ronnie Wood.  The cemistry between Wood and the rest of the band was quite obvious throughout the course of the show.  It definitely went a long way toward making the show more enjoyable both for the band and the audience in attendance that night.  It does just as much for audiences that purchase this recording today and watch it themselves.  Audiences will especially understand this when they purchase the concert’s DVD recording.  In seeing that energy and chemistry, audiences will agree that the band’s stage presence throughout the course of its nearly three-hour show is one more way in which it proves to be another welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s personal collection.

The set list and the stage presence of The Rolling Stones throughout the course of From The VaultThe Rolling StonesL.A. Forum Live in 1975 both serve as prime examples of why every Rolling Stones fan will enjoy this recording.  One more important factorto consider in the recording’s overall presentation is its production values (I.E. audio and video mix).  Nearly four decades have passed since this performance was first recorded.  It goes without saying that since that time, recording technology has evolved by leaps and bounds.  Even with the tech available at the time of the concert’s recording, it still looks and sounds relatively good.  The sound quality is especially impressive considering the size of The Forum within its walls.  The shots that made up the concert do an impressive job in their own right showing just how expansive The Forum’s inner workings were at the time.  That vastness coupled with the band’s stage set explain by themselves why so few of the shots were taken up close but rather from a distance.  Even being taken from a distance, the shots in question still give audiences a clear view of the band when not recorded from the stage.  The combination of the audio and video together make the overall viewing experience even more worth it for fans regardless of their age.

The production values presented in From The VaultThe Rolling StonesL.A. Forum Live in 1975 alongside the recording’s set list and the band’s stage presence collectively make the recording more than worth the watch regardless of audiences’ ages.  As much of a role as they play, one would be remiss to note the recording’s companion booklet as an important factor to the whole experience.  The companion booklet that comes with the cocnert’s DVD presentation offers audiences a thorough look at the concert from start to finish, much as with the band’s other archived live performance from 1981 at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum.  It even goes into detail on the band’s backing musicians instead of just the band itself.  As if this isn’t enough the companion booklet includes an equally thorough summary on the evening’s concert once again written up by Richard Havers.  Havers composed the liner notes for the band’s other From The Vault concert from 1981.  This in-depth look at this concert plays directly into the aforementioned factors to make it just as important to the whole as them.  Together with those aspects, it completes the experience and proves ultimately again why The Rolling Stones is one of rock’s elite acts.  Having so much content and such a quality overall experience, it also shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.

From The VaultThe Rolling StonesL.A. Forum Live in 1975 is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Eagle Rock Goes Two For Two With Stones, Clapton Live Recordings

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group

Eric Clapton has been making music for the better part of his life, going all the way back to his teen years.  That is a very long time.  Throughout the course of his career as a musician, he has played with some of the biggest acts and names in the business.  But as audiences learn in his new tour documentary Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains, and Eric Clapton may be eyeing slowing down or even retirement in whole as he nears his seventieth birthday.  It is sad news that one of the greatest talents to ever pick up a guitar may be putting it down in the not too distant future.  But when that day does come, at least audiences will have a whole room’s worth of music that he has recorded over the course of his career.  They will also have plenty of live recordings to look back on including this latest one, which was released just this week.  Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains, and Eric was released this week via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It was released alongside another archived live recording from Eagle Rock in the form of From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981.  Clapton’s new live recording is one that his fans new and old alike will appreciate for a number of reasons, first of which being the overall presentation.  The overall presentation is one part documentary and one part live concert.  The balance between the two elements is something truly important to note.  Keeping on that line of thought, the documentary element and the live element both make the overall presentation will impact audiences in the best way possible.  Last but not least of all are the collective production values of the presentation’s live element.  It is just as impressive as any full live recording that Eagle Rock Entertainment has previously released. The end result of these factors together is a work that is not just some space filler for fans.  It is a work that expertly presents what could be the beginning of the end for one of the greatest names and talents in music’s modern history.  If it is indeed the beginning of the end, this this is a wonderful way to remember a great musician and his equally great career.  It proves in the end to be one more example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is still to this day, the leader in live recordings.

Tour documentaries are releases used far too often by record labels and those on their rosters.  More often than not, tour documentaries are little more than pieces used for the purpose of fulfilling contractual obligations (I.E. space fillers).  It’s pretty obvious with the recordings in question when they are used as nothing but space fillers.  They are slapdash productions with guerilla style filming and little snippets of songs tossed in for good measure.  The end result is more often than not rather disappointing and hardly worth consumers’ hard-earned money.  Luckily for Eric Clapton’s fans, Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains, and Eric is anything but another of that mass of space fillers.  Rather it is the polar opposite of those space fillers.  It expertly balances Clapton’s live performances from his tour of Asia and the Middle East with personal interview segments to make a whole that will keep audiences fully engaged from start to finish.  Rather than just throwing in a bunch of concert snippets alongside the tour documentary, audiences are presented with a grand total of twelve full live performances from different points of his tour earlier this year.  The recording’s final two songs are also full songs, used almost as a form of encore of sorts for audiences.  On the documentary side, audiences get short glimpses into his travels across Asia and the Middle East.  Interviews with Clapton himself, his family, and his fellow musicians make up the majority of the documentary side of the presentation.  Both they and the songs in the presentation’s live side are collectively the next part of what makes this new recording another welcome addition to any Clapton fan’s personal collection.

The balance of the live and documentary element in Eric Clapton’s new “docu-concert” is the cornerstone of the presentation’s overall success and enjoyment.  Both elements were expertly balanced from start to finish.  And both were just as expertly recorded.  It’s more proof even here why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings. This company releases nothing but the best possible product for audiences even in a setting such as this.  It’s not the only way in which the presentation here shines.  Both elements by themselves offer their own enjoyment for audiences.  On the side of the live performances, audiences are offered no fewer than a dozen great songs plus two “encore” performances.  Among those great songs is the likes of: ‘Layla,’ ‘Before You Accuse Me,’ ‘Wonderful Tonight,’ and one of his greatest of hits, ‘Cocaine’ among many others.  Audiences will love how many of the performances naturally progress from performances to full on jam sessions.  While they are separate segments, the end result of those performances makes themjust as enjoyable as a full concert in one single setting.

The performances selected for Eric Clapton’s new “docu-concert” recording are by themselves more than enough reason for audiences to check out the presentation contained here.  They aren’t just snippets shot by some amateur.  Rather they are full, professionally recorded performances.  On the presentation’s documentary side, interviews with Clapton’s family, fellow musicians and with Clapton himself add quite a bit of insight into Clapton, his career past and present, and especially his potential future plans.  Audiences will be moved at the appreciation that everybody has for Clapton both as a musician and as a person; so much so that it is sure to move some to both tears and laughter more than once throughout the course of the presentation.  It’s one more way that the overall presentation proves to be a welcome addition to any Clapton fan’s personal collection.

The balance of Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains, and Eric’s documentary element and concert element alone makes the “docu-concert” quite enjoyable in its own right.  The very material that makes up each of the two elements adds even more enjoyment to the overall presentation.  The last but hardly last aspect of the presentation that audiences will appreciate is the audio and video mix of the presentation’s concert element.  It has already been noted before that one reason Eagle Rock Entertainment has maintained the mantle of being the leader in live recordings for so long is the value it puts on quality production values in its recordings.  This recording is no different.  Even with the performances coming from various portions of Clapton’s tour of Asia and the Middle East, the production values never waver from one performance to the next.  It is the finishing touch on a recording that is not just a concert recording or just another space filler tour documentary.  It is the best of both worlds with the best possible presentation.  The end product is a presentation that every fan of Eric Clapton will enjoy and one more work that shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the Leader in Live Recordings.

Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains, and Eric is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.  It is available both in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at

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Rolling Stones’ Hampton Coliseum Live Recording Another Great Addition To Any Fan’s Library

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

2014 has proven to be a good year for the rock and metal communities.  New releases from the likes of Nonpoint, Linkin Park, Slipknot and others have highlighted the year’s mass of new studio releases.  While the year has proven quite fruitful for new studio releases across the rock and metal communities, it has proven to be just as positive in the way of live recordings.  And as in previous years, Eagle Rock Entertainment has led the pack right from the year’s start up to this point in the realm of live recordings.  Live recordings from Elton John, Deep Purple, Queen,  Sepultura, and so many others proved this year why Eagle Rock remains at this point the leader in live recordings.  Even with only one month left in the year after this month, the people at Eagle Rock are not sitting easily on their laurels.  The company released this week the first in a new series of archived concerts from The Rolling Stones.  From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 hit store shelves and online outlets this week.  The newly released archived concert was released this Tuesday, November 4th alongside another new release from Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains, and Eric.  This latest recording is another good addition to the collection of any Rolling Stones fan.  One reason that audiences will enjoy this recording is the show’s set list.  The show itself was recorded in late 1981.  But its set list reaches all the way back to the band’s earliest days.  It’s definitely something that audiences will appreciate about this recording.  Audiences will also appreciate the recording’s audio and video mix.  This is the case whether they purchase the SD Blu-ray or the concert’s 2CD/DVD set.  Last but hardly least of all is the companion booklet that is included with the 2CD/DVD combo pack.  It offers extra  insight into the audio and video mix, the set list and much more.  A close look at the booklet proves it to be more an extension of the concert itself than another extra tossed in just to be there.  All three factors taken into consideration together who why From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 is another welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s library.  They also collectively prove once again just why Eagle Rock continues even in the closing months of yet another year, to hold the mantle of the leader in live recordings.

Eagle Rock’s brand new release of From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 is not the first time that audiences have gotten to see this concert.  They were offered a small glimpse into this concert in Eagle Rock’s 2012 release of the Stones’ archived 1981 concert with Muddy Waters in Chicago.  Eagle Rock offered up three songs from this concert as a bonus to compliment the primary performance at the Checkberboard Lounge.  Again, that was only a glimpse into the band’s set.  This concert offers the complete two and a half hour performance by the band at the Hampton Arena in Hampton, Virginia.  The set list pulls both from what was the band’s latest album at the time in Tattoo You and from the band’s earlier days.  It includes hits such as: ‘Shattered,’ ‘Miss You,’ ‘Start Me Up,’ ‘Tumbling Dice’ and plenty of other fan favorites.  The songs themselves present a nice, wide swath of the band’s catalogue at the time.  Even more interesting to note is the manner in which the 150-minute concert’s set list was arranged.  The first half of the concert presents the band’s softer, more reserved side.  The second half–fittingly on the combo pack’s second disc–presents a much higher energy band.  Whether or not this arrangement of songs was intentional is anyone’s guess.   But it makes for an interesting concert nonetheless.  Staying on the topic of the show’s set list, audiences that pick up the 2CD/DVD combo pack will also appreciate that the set list is arranged in exactly the same order both on the CDs and on the DVD.  To some this might seem like a minor detail.  But those that have any familiarity with live recordings will attest to the fact that many times, record labels will re-arrange the set list between the audio and video sides if said concert(s) is/are available on DVD or Blu-ray and CD.  The logc behind this is anybody’s guess.  But it’s good to see that Eagle Rock Entertainment didn’t take that route in this case.  It’s just one more reason that Eagle Rock more than deservedly continues to maintain the matle of the leader in live recordings to this day.  It is also one more reason that this recording in particular proves to be another welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s library.

The set list that makes up From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 offers plenty of reason for the band’s fans to smile while they take in this recording.  Just as important to the presentation in whole is the show’s overall audio and video mix.  Audiences that take the time to read through the concert’s companion booklet will note Richard Havers’ note regardign Bob Clearmounting heading up the concert’s recording.  Havers’ also makes mention of Clearmountain recording the drums for the album version of ‘Start Me Up’ by placing a mic next to a speaker in one of the bathrooms at the Power Station studio in New York City.  It’s a light hearted recollection about the recording and why such an original process would help Clearmountain to head up this recording.  More on that and other topics in the booklet will be discussed later.  For now, audiences will appreciate Clearmountain’s work in recording this concert. That’s especially the case considering the sheer size of the Hampton Coliseum.  Thanks to the size of the coliseum, Clearmountain had his work cut out for him in terms of balancing all of the levels.  Co-directors Hal Ashby and Tom Trbovich had their own challenges as the band’s stage set-up inside the coliseum gave the band plenty of room to move around.  The end result is expert work on the part of both men.  The shots that they get along with their camera operators make the concert all the more enjoyable.  And that coupled with the show’s set list makes From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 that much more of a must for any Rolling Stones fan.

The set list that makes up From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981’s two and a half hour concert is a central aspect to the enjoyment of the concert.  Its collective audio and video mix is just as important to the whole.  Rounding out thewhole package is the concert’s companion booklet.  It has already been mentioned that Richard Havers, who wrote the liner notes for the concert’s companion booklet, included a light-hearted story about how Bob Clearmountain recorded the drums for one of the Stones’ greatest hits.  There is also insight regarding the stage setup, the incorpoation of artwork by Japanese artist Kazuhide Yamazaki.  Havers makes note of Yamazaki being so far ahead of his time in terms of his style of painting.  He mentions how that talent led to the band using his artwork for their show.  There is also a rather in-depth re-telling of the night’s events.  From the band’s entrance to its wild finish in which a much too rabid fan managed to get on stage and was promptly taken down thanks to a swift swing of the guitar by Keith Richards. That moment alone makes for plenty of laughs.  And seeing it on DVD (or SD Blu-ray) makes it even more of an unbelievable moment.  These insights and so much more included in the concert’s companion booklet show just why it is just as important to the whole presentation as the concert itself and the concert’s production values.  It’s another example of why people should give more credence to any album and recording’s companion booklet.  Audiences that give a booklet such as this more time will be amazed at just how much extra enjoyment they can add to the listening experience.  It’s one more addition in the argument against digital downloading.  People that download music don’t get that extra “oomph.”  Together with the set list and the production values, theconcert presentation in whole proves, too why audiences should consider buying CDs rather than downloading.  They prove collectively, too why this brand new recording is one more welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s library and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the leader in live recordings.

From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 is available now in multiple formats.  More information on this and other recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

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Eagle Rock Debuts New Concert Recording Series This Fall

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will debut a new series of live recordings this fall.

Eagle Rock’s new “From The Vault” series will debut this fall beginning in November with a pair of archived concerts from The Rolling Stones. From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 and From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 will be released Tuesday, November 18th. The first of the pair, From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981, features a complete two-and-a-half-hour concert. The concert was recorded at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. It was one of two shows that closed out the band’s 1981 tour in support of its then new album Tattoo You. Included in the concert are performances of ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together,’ ‘Shattered,’ ‘Beast of Burden,’ ‘Tumbling Dice,’ ‘Miss You,’ ‘Jumping Jack Flash,’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ among many other classic hits. From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 will be available on SD Blu-ray ($17.98), DVD/2-CD ($29.98), DVD/3-LP ($44.98), and DVD (MSRP TBA).

From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975, like From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981, features a full two-and-a-half-hour concert. The concert presented in this recording was taken from the band’s July 12th, 1975 performance at the L.A. Forum. It was one of five concerts that the band held at the venue from July 9th, 1975 to July 13th, 1975. Those performances were part of the band’s “Tour of the Americas ’75,” which was the first tour with the band for then new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Audiences will get to hear from this concert even more classic Rolling Stones hits including: ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Gimme Shelter,’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Midnight Rambler,’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ along with plenty of other equally well-known hits. From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 will be available on DVD, DVD/2-CD combo pack, and DVD/3-LP combo pack. The DVD/2-CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $29.98. MSRP for the DVD and DVD/3-LP will be announced at a later date.

Audiences can check out a view of the Stones’ ‘Shattered’ from From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 online now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj96Tau44OA.

Audiences can also check out a performance of ‘Star Star’ from From The VaultThe Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 online now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou90MPHZzXs.

The complete set list for both recordings is available below.

 

                          HAMPTON COLISEUM TRACK LISTING:

1) Under My Thumb

2) When The Whip Comes Down

3) Let’s Spend The Night Together

4) Shattered

5) Neighbours

6) Black Limousine

7) Just My Imagination

8) Twenty Flight Rock

9) Going To A Go Go

10) Let Me Go

11) Time Is On My Side

12) Beast Of Burden

13) Waiting On A Friend

14) Let It Bleed

15) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

16) Band Introductions

17) Happy Birthday Keith

18) Little T & A

19) Tumbling Dice

20) She’s So Cold

21) Hang Fire

22) Miss You

23) Honky Tonk Women

24) Brown Sugar

25) Start Me Up

26) Jumping Jack Flash

27) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


L.A. FORUM TRACK LISTING:

1) Introduction*

2) Honky Tonk Women

3) All Down The Line

4) If You Can’t Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud

5) Star Star

6) Gimme Shelter

7) Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

8) You Gotta Move

9) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

10) Happy

11) Tumbling Dice

12) It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

13) Band Intros*

14) Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)*

15) Fingerprint File

16) Angie

17) Wild Horses*

18) That’s Life*

19) Outta Space*

20) Brown Sugar

21) Midnight Rambler

22) Rip This Joint

23) Street Fighting Man

24) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

25) Sympathy For The Devil

*Not available on LP

 

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Rolling Stones’ “Clearly Classic” Vinyls Are Among 2014’s Best Re-Issues

Courtesy:  ABKCO

Courtesy: ABKCO

Early this Spring, ABKCO re-issued to audiences around the world three more of The Rolling Stones’ most beloved albums.  The albums in question are: Get Yer Ya-Yas Out: The Rolling Stones in Concert, 12 X 5, and the band’s hits collection Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).  All three titles were re-issued as part of ABKCO’s ongoing “Clearly Classic” series.  And for audiences that prefer the vintage sound of vinyl to the more spit-shined sound of music on a CD or an MP3, these three latest re-issues are the perfect fit.  That sound is only part of what audiences will appreciate in these latest re-issues.  That they have been re-issued with their original artwork makes each vinyl even more enjoyable for fans of The Rolling Stones.  Last but definitely not least of all, each of these re-issues can be purchased by themselves or collectively depending on whether or not one already owns the original vinyls.  All three factors together make these vinyls the year’s top three music re-issues of 2014.

The central point in the enjoyment of ABKCO’s recently re-issued Rolling Stones titles is of course its sound. And it goes without saying that the sound on these re-issues could not be better. The sound is just as wonderful as it was in the vinyls’ original releases.  Only in the case of these “Clearly Classic” re-issues, it actually sounds even better as if it was on CD.  It sounds especially impressive on the band’s live release Get Yer Ya-Yas Out: The Rolling Stones in Concert.  Considering how many years ago that concert was originally recorded, it’s incredible that it sounds as good today as it did then.  Those charged with re-mastering the sound on that concert recording or this new re-issue are to be applauded for their efforts.  Much the same can be said of the sound on both 12 X 5 and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).  In the case of the songs on the latter of that pair, they have been added to nearly every one of the Stones’ many hits collections released over the years.  So it’s nice to hear them in one of their earlier hits collections.  There’s just a different quality that can’t be fully put into words.  It is something that must be heard first hand to be fully appreciated.

Audiences will appreciate the sound of the songs on these three latest Rolling Stones re-issues.  The sound on all three vinyls is just as impressive as that of the songs in their CD re-issues. Audiences will also appreciate in these re-issues the fact that they have been presented with their original artwork. There are so many labels out there today that try to revamp albums all the way down to their cover art as a means to market the albums. ABKCO didn’t take that route with these re-issues. It proves once more just how much the company wanted to honor both the historical significance of the albums and the band itself. Even more, it also shows a certain level of respect for the audiences, too. Older audiences will appreciate this as it will add to the sense of nostalgia established through the albums’ re-issues. Younger audiences that might be hearing these releases for the first time will appreciate them more for their historical significance. A comparison of such artwork to that of so many of today’s albums shows a vast stylistic difference. Unlike so many of today’s releases, there is nothing sexy or controversial about these releases’ artwork. That means that the attention will largely be on the music. The end result is a deeper appreciation for music that is plain and simple, real.

The transfer of the Rolling Stones’ original albums from CD back to vinyl on these re-issues is impressive to say the least. The sound quality is just as wonderful as ever. The use of the releases’ original artwork makes the overall listening experience even more enjoyable whether one is new to the world of The Rolling Stones or a far more seasoned fan. There is still one last aspect of these re-issues worth noting in their success. That final aspect in the success of these albums is the ease of purchasing them. They can each be purchased now via Amazon. And all three albums are below the thirty-dollar mark. So they are also affordable for audiences. Considering that many markets lack an indie store where fans could potentially pick up these vinyl re-issues, this ease of ordering becomes an even more important aspect to their overall enjoyment and success. Get Yer Ya-Yas Out can be ordered directly via Amazon at http://smarturl.it/YaYasLP, while 12 X 5 and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) can be ordered at http://smarturl.it/12x5LP and http://smarturl.it/TTPDVinyl respectively. That cost effectiveness and ease of ordering along with the releases’ artwork and quality sound transfer back to vinyl each partners together in the overall presentation of these releases to make them absolute must haves for any true-blooded Rolling Stones fan. It also makes them three of this year’s top new re-issues.

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ABKCO Announces New Trio Of “Clearly Classic” Re-Issues

Courtesy:  ABKCO

Courtesy: ABKCO

ABKCO has announced that it will release three more classic Rolling Stones records to its “Clearly Classic” vinyl series this year.

ABKCO’s “Clearly Classic” started in 2013.It has added to that series of releases Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!: The Rolling Stones in Concert, 12X5, and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2).The new re-issues join ABKCO’s previously released Rolling Stones “Clearly Classic” re-issues Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, and Hot Rocks:1964 1971.
 
Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!The Rolling Stones in Concert has the honor of being the first live album by any artist to have reached #1 on the UK charts.The concert on this re-issue was recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden over the course of November 27thand 28th, 1969 and was the first to feature guitarist Mick Taylor.It is considered the best of the Rolling Stones’ live releases to date.The most notable performance on this recording is the band’s nine-plus minute rendition of ‘Midnight Rambler.’This record can be pre-ordered now online at http://smarturl.it/YaYasLP.
 
12X5 was the Stones’ second full length U.S. release.This album, released in October 1964, combines the band’s EP Five By Five and its singles ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’ as well as their B-sides.The record also features three more tracks that would go on to be included in the Stones’second UK full length album The Rolling Stones No. 2.The upcoming “Clearly Classic” re-issue of this album is based on the original mono mix of the album.It can be pre-ordered now online at http://smarturl.it/12x5LP.
 
Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2) is the second of The Rolling Stones’ compilation albums.It was originally released in September 1969.The first of the Stones’compilations was titled Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass).Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2) reached #2 both in the U.S. and UK upon its original release.It includes a number of the Rolling Stones’greatest and most beloved songs including: ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’,Let’s Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Honky Tonk Woman.’Fans will appreciate that even in its re-issue, ABKCO has maintained the original album’s octagonal packaging.Inside the packaging, audiences will find a poem penned by Brian Jones who would pass away only two months before the original release of this album.Jones’ poem is below.This re-issue can be pre-ordered now online at http://smarturl.it/TTPDVinyl.
When this you see, remember me,
and bear me in your mind.
Let all the world say what they may,
speak of me as you find.
 
The track listing for each of the three upcoming “Clearly Classic” Rolling Stones re-issues is listed below.
 
Track Listings:
Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert
Side 1
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Carol
Stray Cat Blues
Love in Vain
Midnight Rambler
Side 2
Sympathy For the Devil
Live With Me
Little Queenie
Honky Tonk Women
Street Fighting Man
12 X 5
Side 1
Around and Around
Confessin’ the Blues
Empty Heart
Time Is on My Side
Good Times, Bad Times
It’s All Over Now
Side 2
2120 South Michigan Avenue
Under the Boardwalk
Congratulations
Grown Up Wrong
If You Need Me
Susie Q
Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
Side 1
Ruby Tuesday
She’s A Rainbow
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Mother’s Little Helper
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Side 2
Honky Tonk Women
Dandelion
2000 Light Years from Home
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
Street Fighting Man

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