Legendary musician Glen Campbell is the first featured artist in a series of albums titled British Live Performance Series. This particular concert was recorded in Doncaster, England in 1990 and features a young and vibrant Campbell singing and playing like the truly gifted musician he has always been.
The set is made up of songs, which are now classics in the Campbell canon. "Rhinestone Cowboy," his signature sits alongside memorable versions of Jim Webb's "Galveston" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
He dedicates "Try a Little Tenderness" to the soccer fans in attendance during this UK performance and then covers "Wichita Lineman," another Webb tune Campbell made famous.
Campbell is an extraordinary guitar player - he played sessions for everybody from the Monkees and Phil Spector to the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley - and showcases that talent here.
Sadly, this great legend was diagnosed with Alzheimer's back in 2011. But 25 years ago when this live set was recorded, Glen Campbell was at his peak as a vocalist and instrumentalist. When you listen to this, you'll understand why the Arkansas-born musician enjoyed a 50-year career during which he sold more than 45 million records.
A year ago in September 2014, bandleader Jeff Lynne brought together a version of ELO to perform together for the first time in 30 years. They played live in Hyde Park and that remarkable performance is captured here with Live In Hyde Park by Jeff Lynne's ELO.
This concert DVD is accompanied by the documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO. The bandleader has been involved in every aspect of the production and wanted the sound quality of the live concert to be as perfect as possible. "It's important to me that viewers experience the Hyde Park show exactly as it was performed on the night...in stereo, Lynne says. "
Lynne goes on to explain, "It seemed like the entire 50,000 were singing and clapping along, which carried on for the whole night. The Hyde Park concert turned out to be one of the most memorable shows ever for me."
Here is a complete track listing:
“All Over the World”
“Can’t Get It Out of My Head”
“Sweet Talkin’ Woman”
“Turn to Stone”
“Handle With Care”
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“Roll Over Beethoven”
This is a stunning live performance by one of the greatest bands ever.
Certainly the most important band to come out of Norway, a-ha is celebrating their 30th anniversary by re-releasing a four-CD/one DVD set of Hunting High and Low. The album was first released in June 1985 and would produce five singles: "Take On Me,' "Love Is Reason," "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.," "Train of Thought" and "Hunting High and Low."
Hunting High and Low was originally expanded and remastered in 2010 but the record is now given much more attention in this five-disc set.
Disc 1 Hunting High and Low (original release remastered)
Disc 2 The Demos 1982 - 1984
Disc 3 Singles, Extended Versions & B-Sides
Disc 4 Alternate Mixes (previously unreleased)
DVD The Videos
This is truly stunning collection by one of the greatest practitioners of synth pop and pop rock to emerge from Europe in the '80s. A truly exceptional box set that will have you humming along with the hits in no time.
This astonishing 5-CD set is a fitting homage to one of the best and most creative bands to emerge from the mid-'60s English music scene. Fronted by the inimitable and gifted vocalist Steve Marriott, the Small Faces were frontrunners in bring together elements of pop, rock and psychedelia.
Here, their music has been perfectly represented. CD one brings together a sort of best of collection. The remaining four CDs are built around the band's first two albums - Small Faces and From the Beginning - including a disc given over to rarities, charming outtakes and a BBC Sessions collection.
The box set is augmented with a comprehensive 72-page booklet including card stock photos.
The set had been earmarked for release in the UK only but Polydor Records is making this astonishing collection available in the U.S. as well.
Here is a rundown of what's inside:
Small Faces – Small Faces: The Decca Years – 1965-1967
01. What’cha Gonna Do About It
02. What’s a Matter Baby
03. I’ve Got Mine
04. It’s Too Late
05. Sha La La La Lee
06. Grow Your Own
07. Hey Girl
08. Almost Grown
09. All Or Nothing
11. My Mind’s Eye
12. I Can’t Dance With You
13. I Can’t Make It
14. Just Passing
16. E Too D
17. Don’t Stop What You’re Doing
18. Come On Children
20. One Night Stand
21. You Need Loving
02. Come On Children
03. You Better Believe It
04. It’s Too Late
05. One Night Stand
06. What’cha Gonna Do About It
07. Sorry She’s Mine
08. Own Up Time
“Any time, any stage,” Snider says in a new Facebook post. “But let’s do this old school – no costumes, no pyro, no bull–. Let’s just get up there and rock. I will bury you, son.”
The argument began back in March, when the Twisted Sister frontman questioned why Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have continued forward with replacement players in Kiss. Stanley then fired back, calling Snider a “wannabe” and his band “a bunch of buffoons.”Continue
When Donald Trump appeared at a pro-war with Iran rally in Washington D.C. today, he walked on to the R.E.M song “The End Of The World As We Know It,” a very unsubtle message that did a great job of characterizing the hyperbolic doomsday predictions that neo-conservatives have been smearing President Obama’s historic Iran peace deal with.
If you may recall, this is not the first time Trump has used music without permission. He played “Rocking In The Free World” by Neil Young at his announcement speech; Young is a Bernie Sanders supporter and was furious at Trump for his illegal use of the song.
The band R.E.M was similarly not pleased, and issued a “cease and desist” on Twitter: “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him” said founding member Mike Mills. The lead singer of the band, Michael Stipe sent this email to the Daily Beast:
“Go f*ck yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Watch it here, if you must:
Following Jim Morrison's death in1971, the three remaining members of the Doors - keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore - carried on and continued to make music. They recorded two albums as a trio: Other Voices and Full Circle.
Other Voices came out three months after Morrison's passing. Both Manzarek and Krieger share the lead vocalist duties. They are both more than passable singers but it's almost impossible to dismiss the idea of Morrison himself singing these songs. Still, "Tightrope Ride" and "Ships w/Sails" are alluring in a strange and offbeat way.
Full Circle was released in 1972, a year after Other Voices. It features some nifty guitar work from Krieger and the kind of dark and dangerous melodic arrangements that were such a benchmark of the Doors' classic albums.
It's sad that Morrison is no longer here but in an attempt to keep the Doors legend alive, the remaining three members assembled these two albums in an attempt to capture some of the magic of the Morrison-era records. These releases signify the first time the albums have been made available on CD and vinyl. They may not be the most striking musical moments the band ever created but they certainly convey the allure and magic that was such a part of the original sound.
The Bad Boys From Boston brought their raucous rock to the UK in June 2014 and tore apart Donington Park in Leicestershire with an extraordinary performance, which had been captured - luckily for all of us - on DVD. Filmed in high definition, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 had a nationwide theatrical release back in February of this year and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Aerosmith headlined the now legendary Download Festival as part of their Let Rock Rule Tour. The set included every Aerosmith classic including "Livin' On the Edge," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Walk This Way," "Dream On" and many others.
If there was ever any doubt about Aerosmith - singer Steven Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer - still being able to rock, this DVD should dispel all of those notions. Tyler has been blessed with one of music's great voices and here he sings his heart and lungs out and never misses a note. The band is as tight as they have ever been and it's no wonder they are still such an elemental part of the music business so many years after first coming out.
No one does the rock thing better than Aerosmith and here you not only get to hear the magic but you can see it as well.