Time Life’s Robin Williams Profile Is A “Genius” Tribute To A Legendary Entertainer

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Robin Williams is one of the greatest figures in the modern history of entertainment.  From his early career in the 70s in San Francisco to his later years, Williams offered smiles, laughs and even deep emotional feelings to audiences around the world.  That is why his death in 2014 is one of the greatest losses that the world has ever suffered.  Finding a way to pay tribute to such a legendary figure could not have been easy for anyone to do, but late last year, Time Life released a wonderful tribute Williams in the form of the new 22-disc collection Robin Williams: Comic Genius.  This tribute to a man who truly was a comic genius, is one that every fan of the late great entertainer will appreciate.  That is proven in part through the very content that is presented throughout the set.  It will be discussed shortly.  The program guide included with the set strengthens the foundation formed by the set’s content.  It will be discussed a little later.  The formats on which the set is available put the final touch to the set’s presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Robin Williams: Comic Genius.  All things considered, they make this collection a genius choice for any Robin Williams fan, regardless of which set said fans choose.

Time Life’s new Robin Williams profile, Comic Genius is a fitting tribute to the late, great entertainer.  That is proven in part through the set’s collective content.  The content featured in this expansive set includes performances from Williams’ earliest days in San Francisco, full-length episodes of his timeless sci-fi sitcom Mork & Mindy, appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tonight Show and even full-length stand-up specials and far more.  Audiences get to experience Williams’ evolution as an entertainer through all of the noted content.  It is interesting to see how nervous Williams obviously was so early in his career and how confident he eventually became in watching through the set.  That is one of the ways in which the content proves so important.  On top of that, the majority of the content is full-length content.  There are some pieces that were edited, such as one of his early San Francisco shows.  It was edited in order to focus only on his set.  The same applies with some of the SNL material.  The band performances are edited out, but that is not that much of a loss.  The full-length “Weapons of Self Destruction” performance is yet another way in which the content proves so important to the set’s presentation.  Originally recorded in 2009 in the nation’s capitol, the special finds Williams at the top of his game, sharing nonstop jokes about politics, the nation’s social state at the time and various other items.  His pacing throughout the course of the roughly 90-minute presentation is solid from start to finish, as are the transitions from one subject to the next.  It should be noted here that the noted special is not family friendly (nor are many of his appearances).  Interestingly enough, that in itself is key to discuss in examining the set’s overall content.  That is because while there is a lot of explicit content presented throughout the set, there is also some more family friendly material (I.E. the Mork & Mindy episodes).  Simply put, that contrast of his more explicit material and more family friendly content, alongside the overall profile of his personal and professional growth, makes this overall presentation one that is an expansive, in-depth presentation of who Robin Williams was.  It creates a whole new appreciation for all that he did over the course of his career to entertain the masses.  This shows overall why the content presented throughout this set is so important to the set’s presentation.  It thoroughly illustrates everything that made (and still makes) Williams a legend.  It is just one part of what makes this collection so enjoyable.  The program guide that comes with the set is just as important to the presentation as the primary content.

The program guides that are featured with Robin Williams: Comic Genius are important to the set’s whole in that they clearly outline the contents of each disc.  This allows audiences to know specifically what content is on which disc.  This saves plenty of time when trying to decide which disc a person wants to watch.  Many people discount this item, but in reality it is very important.  As if listing the general content is not enough, the guides also point out the original air date of each presentation within the bigger set.  This is nothing new from Time Life, and is just as welcome here as ever.  It gives the set a little more depth with that little history tidbit of sorts.  When this is considered along with the set’s general content, the whole of the items makes for plenty of enjoyment for audiences and plenty of reason to own either set.  While each element is critical in its own right to the overall presentation of Robin Williams: Comic Genius, they are just part of what makes this set so appealing.  Its availability on more than one platform adds to its presentation.

Robin Williams: Comic Genius is available on separate 12-disc and 22-disc sets.  The 12-disc set is spread across two discs while the 22-disc set is even more expansive, obviously.  Of course the 22-disc set is more expensive than the 12-disc set.  However, the extra money is money well-spent.  That is because it gives an even more thorough examination of Williams’ career on the big and small screen.  Regardless of which platform one chooses, audiences will still get plenty of entertainment and engagement from every disc and every presentation.  Audiences will see Williams’ roots, his late career and plenty in-between.  In other words, regardless of which set audiences purchase, audiences will have plenty to appreciate and enjoy, as has been evidenced here.  Simply put, regardless of which set one buys, audiences will agree that the set in general is a genius tribute to a comic genius.

Time Life’s recently released tribute to Robin Williams is a wonderful profile of one of the greatest entertainers in the modern history of entertainment. As noted in this review, that is due in part to the overall content presented throughout each of the set’s platforms.  The content shows Williams’ evolution as a performer while also showing his family friendly and more explicit side.  The program guides that compliment the content helps make choosing the content easy for audiences.  The fact that the set is available on two separate platforms – a 12-disc and 22-disc set – gives audiences options, and regardless of audiences’ choice, they will be ensured plenty of entertainment and engagement time and again.  Robin Williams: Comic Genius is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Time Life is available online now at:




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Delta Rae Rolls On With Late Night Performance, Upcoming Performances

Durham, North Carolina’s Delta Rae is everywhere right now.  The band has a new video out.  It’s had performances all across the country, and all across the late night run.  And last night, it made another stop on the late night circuit as it performed on The Late Show with Jay Leno.  The video from last night’s show isn’t up yet.  But Delta Rae fans can keep an eye for video of the band’s performance online at http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/episode-guide/2012-11-26/2012-11-30

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Those who haven’t gotten to see the band’s live TV performances still get the chance to see the band live as it is still touring in support of its debut album, Carry The Fire.  The band will be performing at App State’s Legends Social Center in Boone, North Carolina this Thursday.  It will follow that up with a performance at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Friday.  The current tour dates come on the heels of the release of the video for the band’s latest single, ‘Dance in the Graveyards.’  Audiences can check out the video for the new single now online at http://youtu.be/lPOM0IUsd_0

After checking out the band’s new video, fans can check on the band’s full tour rundown and get all the latest from the band online at http://deltarae.com, http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband, and http://twitter.com/deltarae

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Smashing Pumpkins To Perform On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins bandmates–Jeff Schroeder (guitar), Mike Byrne (drums), and Nicole Fiorentino (bass)–will perform this Thursday evening on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  The band is expected to perform the latest single from its album, ‘The Celestials.’  Smashing Pumpkins’ new album, “Oceania” is in stores now.   

The band just recently completed a near month long tour of Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.  For all the latest news on U.S. tour dates and all the latest news from the band, go online to http://www.smashingpumpkins.com, http://www.facebook.com/smashingpumpkins, http://twitter.com/smashingpumpkin, http://twitter.com/BillyCorgan, and http://www.youtube.com/smashingpumpkins.

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NC band releases major label debut this week

Another North Carolina band is putting the “Old North State” on the map once again.  Durham, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae will release its major label debut, “Carry The Fire”, Tuesday, June 19th on Warner Brothers Records.  The band will celebrate its debut with a performance next on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Monday, June 25th.  The band was signed to WB Records by legendary A&R rep Seymour Stein.  Stein is known for having signed other major acts including:  Madonna, the Talking Heads, and punk forefathers, The Ramones.

Delta Rae is comprised of six members, three of whom are siblings.  The band is known for crafting its own version of Americana style sounds.  The band will celebrate the release of its album tomorrow with a sold out show at the famed Troubador in Los Angeles tomorrow night.  The band will also be performing at a special event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles tonight with Seymour Stein.  Along with those dates, Delta Rae will also be performing a few dates in North Carolina as aprt of its tour to support this debut release.  The band will be performing a Hometown Album Release Show at the Cats Cradle in Carrboro on July 27th.  It will be in Asheville the following day at the Bele Chere Festival.  And then on August 23rd, the band will perform Kelly’s in Nags Head. 

Fans can keep up with all the latest from Delta Rae online at http://www.delatrae.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/deltarae, and the band’s official Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband.

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Chris Robinson Brother hood announces tour dates to support debut album

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has officially announced dates for its tour in support of its debut album, “Big Moon Ritual.”  The tour will take the band to thirty-nine cities across the country throughout the Summer and into the Fall.  The tour kicks off this Thursday in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It will then take the band through a handful of dates in the southeast, before heading to the midwest.  From there, the band will swing back to the east coast, starting in the Northeast and head down the coast, including a pair of stops in North Carolina.

North Carolina fans will get to see the band live July 1st in Winston-Salem at Ziggy’s.  Then it will make a trip to Wilming to perform July 3rd at the Greenfield Lake Amphtheater in Wilmington. 

The band will perform its single, ‘Rosalee’ on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno June 5th.  That’s the same day that the album hits store shelves.  “Big Moon Ritual” will be followed up by a companion album, “The Magic Door”, in September.  More information on the band is available online at http://www.chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CRBrotherhood, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheCRB.