Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

 

Live music adds a sense of occasion, the frisson of anticipation runs through you as you await the band to strike the first note. The next best thing is a live album, Michael Schenker on Fest – Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A, here he nails it. Close your eye turn the speakers up loud and you are in the concert hall with the band. Fest – Live Tokyo is a rock concert with an overture, three movements with interludes and the finale pulling the whole show together. This gives the body of work from Michael Schenker a structure, definition and purpose that engages and keeps the audience in the hall or listening to the double CD or DVD engaged with the music.

The overture is a double instrumental helping Searching for Freedom & Into The Arena. The stage is set as with any overture.  Searching For Freedom; the applause, then you can almost hear the collective holding of breath as the first notes of his virtuoso guitar playing fall like musical diamonds from the speaker.  The opening two instrumentals are a personification of rock majesty the instruments collective takes you on a journey looking for the freedom and Into The Arena we are now at the heart of the crowd intently listening to the band featuring drummer Ted McKenna and bassist Chris Glenn pounding out the driving deep rock rhythm and Steve Mann on keys adding tonal textures and interest counter-balancing Schenker’s guitar the glorious centrepiece of the CD & DVD.

With three vocalists in this eighteen track set, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley it is not long before the vocalists join as an extra layer with words and the human musical instrument the voice.

The first movement consists of five tracks featuring vocalist Gary Barden. Starting with Attack of The Mad Axeman. Gary was the vocalist on Michael Schenker Group debut album released August 1980 entering the top five UK album chart. With UK single chart conquered by Armed and Ready, the obvious track to close out this section.  This is a band in their element, they are hitting the highs pulling out every moment of the music. Production is superb the band is tight around the flaming guitar comet that is Michael Schenker, in his natural element playing live music on a Marshall stacked stage. Gary’s vocals have deepened connecting with the lyrics as he sends out a heartfelt cry For The Nations. This is a vocalist that is back in town singing rock with the band that he feels is right for him.

A pause as Coast To Coast resets the mood before the mighty Graham Bonnet picks up the microphone for a trio of numbers in the second vocal movement of the night. Yes, the first track is Assault Attack forever associated with the power of the partnership of Schenker & Bonnet.  The music is fast the rock is frantic and we feel the heat of the live event being turned up another notch. The DVD shows Michael & Gary smiling at each other once again, the joy of playing rock is paramount as the clock is turned back.

Captain Nemo the interlude as the microphone baton is passed to Robin McAuley for a quintet of numbers.  Change of vocalist, change of feel as the melodic movement cascades from the speaker as we hear This Is My Heart live. No one will have a broken heart listening to the outpouring of rock classics. The vocal muscles are warm full of emotional contours as they curl around the guitar and conquer Love Is Not A Game. Nor, is producing live rock of this glittering quality.

All too soon, the finale is here the mighty Doctor Doctor with all three vocalists joining the howling guitar majesty of Michael Schenker.  Live music is magical, this s a recorded live album that pulls no punches you truly feel that you are there in the presences of musicians who love and understand the power of rock. One thing I am certain of there will not be a better live album produced in 2017. Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Rocks your socks off.

Michael Schenker on Fest – Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A – Inakustik

NINEpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Intro: Searching For Freedom
  2. Into The Arena
  3. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft Gary Barden
  4. Victim Of Illusion ft Gary Barden
  5. Cry For The Nations ft Gary Barden
  6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft Gary Barden
  7. Armed And Ready ft Gary Barden
  8. Coast To Coast
  9. Assault Attack ft Graham Bonnet
  10. Desert Song ft Graham Bonnet
  11. Dancer ft Graham Bonnet
  12. Captain Nemo
  13. This Is My Heart ft Robin McAuley
  14. Save Yourself ft Robin McAuley
  15. Love Is Not A Game ft Robin McAuley
  16. Shoot Shoot ft Robin McAuley
  17. Rock Bottom ft Robin McAuley
  18. Doctor Doctor ft Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo CD Rocks Your Socks Off

 

MICHAEL SCHENKER – LIVE TOKYO OUT March 2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER - LIVE TOKYO OUT March 2017MICHAEL SCHENKER
FEST “LIVE” TOKYO

FEATURING THE ORIGINAL MSG VOCALISTS
GARY BARDEN, GRAHAM BONNET AND ROBIN MCAULEY

RELEASED FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017

Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, something like this took place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”

Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members such as Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and somehow, to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”

The Band

Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass

The Vocalists

Gary Barden
Graham Bonnet
Robin McAuley

MICHAEL SCHENKER
FEST “LIVE” TOKYO

FEATURING THE ORIGINAL MSG VOCALISTS
GARY BARDEN, GRAHAM BONNET AND ROBIN MCAULEY

RELEASED FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017

TRACKLISTING

01. Intro: Searching For Freedom
02. Into The Arena
03. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft. Gary Barden
04. Victim Of Illusion ft. Gary Barden
05. Cry For The Nations ft. Gary Barden
06. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft. Gary Barden
07. Armed And Ready ft. Gary Barden
08. Coast To Coast
09. Assault Attack ft. Graham Bonnet
10. Desert Song ft. Graham Bonnet
11. Dancer ft. Graham Bonnet
12. Captain Nemo
13. This Is My Heart ft. Robin McAuley
14. Save Yourself ft. Robin McAuley
15. Love Is Not A Game ft. Robin McAuley
16. Shoot Shoot ft. Robin McAuley
17. Rock Bottom ft. Robin McAuley
18. Doctor Doctor ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley

Filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.

MICHAEL SCHENKER - "LIVE" TOKYO OUT March 2017

Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo
available in the following formats. 

The Choice is yours:-

Physical
2 CD
2 CD + DVD Combo
Vinyl LP
DVD
Blu-ray
Digital

Hi-Res download
Download
Stream

 

MICHAEL SCHENKER - LIVE TOKYO OUT March 2017

An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield

An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The RidgefieldAn Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield

Live At The Ridgefield, the first thing  you notice on this fourth live album from Todd is the cinematography is not the quality expected from a live professional shot DVD. BUT the most important part, the sound is excellent and captures the energy, enthusiasm that is Todd Rundgren. The appeal of the DVD is also the under production, this is who I am Todd Rundgren while he moves from Rock to Soul, it is his eclectic take on music the fans love the individuality, energy and connection with the audience. The show they chose to film was December 2015 at The Richfield Playhouse in Connecticut.

With a back catalogue that spans the decades from the1960’s up to now, as Todd adroitly says the evening is not long enough to fit the set list in. The set reflects the journey Todd has taken with his guitar and vocals and the set list moves from one song to another including his early days with The Nazz. The fans will love the choice yes, some favourites will not be there but he has ensured fans from all and any era will have the sound they love. From funky through to rock.
Picking out highlights as Todd puts down the guitar and funky drives the theatre, Love Science with some smart footwork as the band takes over. Following from funk Buffalo Grass a complete contrast with its luscious harmonies and a guitar that sings. The twenty-five tracks show the scope and range that Todd has delivered, melodic soulful ballads through to lead breaks that are understated letting the guitar strings do the talking. He has performed live songs not heard for decades and if you love music from both rock and soul genres this DVD/CD has it all delivered with verve and an intent to entertain with quality music.
As ever, the DVD has those extra nuggets that no CD or vinyl will ever have, this is no exception with band members interviewing each other.
The DVD/CD combo, An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield is one for the fans, this is a Todd Rundgren trip down memory lane. Every fan will remember the first time they saw Todd live, heard the number played creating a visual and aural treat to revisit the music that defines Todd Rundgren and the band.

 

An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield

An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield – Cleopatra Records

The CD/DVD package comes in a special 6-panel digipak.
Also available on limited edition vinyl.
To purchase “An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield”:
CD/DVD: HERE
Vinyl: HERE
SEVEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

CD: Track Listing:

1. I Saw The Light
2. Love Of The Common Man
3. Open My Eyes
4. Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel
5. Black And White
6. Buffalo Grass
7. Determination
8. Lost Horizon
9. Bang The Drum All Day
10. Kiddie Boy
11. Black Maria
12. Drive
13. Secret Society
14. Love In Action
15. Couldn’t I Just Tell You
16. Can We Still Be Friends
17. Hello It’s Me
18. One World

DVD & BLU-RAY EDITIONS

1. Intro / I Saw The Light
2. Love Of The Common Man
3. Open My Eyes
4. Remarks
5. Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel
6. Black And White
7. Love Science
8. Buffalo Grass
9. Determination
10. Lost Horizon
11. Bang The Drum All Day
12. Soothe
13. Kiddie Boy
14. Black Maria
15. God Said
16. Drive
17. I’m So Proud
18. Ooh Baby Baby
19. I Want You
20. Secret Society
21. Love In Action
22. Couldn’t I Just Tell You
23. Can We Still Be Friends
24. Hello It’s Me
25. One World
26. Credits

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

 

 

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album. We have waited, was it worth the wait… Yes, It was and we can shout across the land at last we can have on tap that Live magic that is King King.

Live, has captured everything a King King gig has to offer. We have the Alan Nimmo wit and the crowd’s warm heartfelt appreciation with ovations and cheers and then the silence of a mass of people listening intently. Recorded on the 14th May 2016 at Glasgow O2 ABC, in front of a home crowd with that added energy of a homecoming for Alan.

King King always exhilarates, they are a unit of musicians who build on each other’s emotional energy making as Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!”

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

Opening the twelve track album with Lose Control, which is a certainty with King King’s music; this is a jump up and down number that will raise the temperature at any venue. Glasgow is on fine form as Alan thanks the audience before launching into a Fabulous Thunderbirds number that is always sublime when it receives the King King treatment Wait On Time is no different tonight. The guitar from Alan weeps and pulls at the rock n roll vibe that Wayne picks up with a clash of the cymbal as the guitar beguiles you and pulls you in to a Nimmo musical hug.

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

The opening keys from Bob need no introduction with Long History of

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

Love. Alan, sings  “…all I have to do is close my eyes….” and instantly I am transported to the front of the crowded venue and see the kilt, Bob’s smile behind the keys, Lindsey’s cheeky grin and Wayne behind the drums with stick raised with a purpose you can actually  smell and feel the atmosphere that is a King King live show.

 

Every track is a winner there are no favourites they all send that ecstatic musical shiver down the spine but as ever You Stopped The Rain dedicated to his brother Stevie and Frankie Millers, Jealousy raises hairs on my arms and I hold by breath so that every nuance of the numbers are not missed. Heavenly!

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

The tempo ebbs and flows  and as ever King King send you a little bit Crazy, as they pull out all the stops  to entertain with top-notch music.  Closing with Let Love In, once again we have entered their world they thank us for coming we thank them once again for keeping music fun and live.  The set list takes on a stroll from their current award-winning studio album Reaching For The Light, dipping into the back catalogue of both Standing In the Shadows and Take My Hand.

 

If you have been to a King King gig this is the whole event boxed and tied in tartan ribbon for you to enjoy again and again as we wait for the next tour to begin.  For a  glorious eighty-four minutes reality is suspended and you are transported into the land of rock-blues wow! Land with King King Live!

King King –  Live – Manhaton Records – Released Friday 21st October 2016

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live AlbumA Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, that will soon be available for pre-order, includes two CDs that captures the live energy of King King’s sold-out hometown concert at O2 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016, plus a bonus DVD film of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on 13th April 2016.

Says King King’s lead singer and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “We are excited about ‘King King Live’ because it’s the first time we’ve ever released a live album.  It’s a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities. The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing.  This release couldn’t have been possible without them.”

Live Album Track List 

CD 1                                                        CD2

Lose Control                                         You Stopped The Rain
Wait On Time                                       Jealousy
Waking Up                                            Crazy
Rush Hour                                            All Your Life
A Long History Of Love                       Stranger To Love
More Than I Can Take                         Let Love In

 

Live DVD Track List

Lose Control
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take
You Stopped The Rain
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In

 

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Three Blues Kings Saluted by Joe Bonamassa

Three Blues Kings Saluted by Joe Bonamassa

 

Three Blues Kings Saluted
by  Joe Bonamassa

 

 

 

Another month and another Joe Bonamassa album. Now you have Live At The Greek Theatre an evening of tribute to the Three Kings to add to your collection. Unleashed tonight as Bonamassa captured those signature licks and lead breaks. This is a blues masterclass for a guitarist that understands the very DNA of electric blues combined with a phalanx of musicians adding layer upon layer of luscious sound.

Accompanying Joe on this sumptuous mix of DVD and CDs are Anton Fig on drums and adding to the rhythm groove bassist Michael Rhodes. The next layer added to the sound is the magical blues guitar of Kirk Fletcher and the sound of chords from the keys by the sensational Reese Wynans. Joe Bonamassa want’s a deep, expansive sound so now we have soul in the shape of the horn section Lee Thornburg’s trumpet , trombone from Nick Lan and the final piece of the horn jigsaw saxophonist Paulie Cerra. Let’s add some texture to the vocals with backing singers Mahalla Barnes, Jade McRae & Juanita who bring gospel into the mix.

You could say something about every one of the 22 tracks as Joe matches the guitar and instrumentation mix to augment the sound of the Blues Kings.  Joe Bonamassa’s presence grows as he picks up the guitar and connects to the blues. Electric blues full of Joe B’s passion for the sound he personifies he is living and breathing the sound and vibe.

Highlights are many in fact the whole concert is a masterpiece in how to give the old masters of the blues new life.  Early on I groaned – not Freddie’s King Going Dow again, there are too many interpretations already. I had to eat my thoughts this was Freddie Electric! Reese Wynans keys just sparkled through the licks and riffs. The flying V got into the blues with  Albert King’s I Get Evil, that evil feel was caught by the horns and flying fingers of Reese.  Jim Reeves’ Ole Time Religion, part of BB King’s sings spiritual the backing singers open and add to the fervent blues vibe along with Joe’s vocals and one of the three Gibson ES’s used during the live concert. Into this tantalising mix of the greats of early electric blues we have Oh Pretty Woman, and Cadillac Assembly Line just to whet your appetite for a fitting emotional rendition of the works of Albert, Freddie and BB’s the Three Kings by Joe Bonamassa.

Throughout the DVD the guitar from Kirk Fletcher adds to the emotionally charged performance adding rhythm guitar licks and lead breaks that are mouth-watering.  Closing with riding with the Thrill Has Gone, one thing is for certain the thrill of Joe Bonamassa’s guitar is not going to be diminished anytime soon!

Covers, yes JB is paying tribute to the Kings BUT! Where is his own music infusing the musical memory of this iconic Theatre, where he has dreamt of playing so long. I am sure The Greek Theatre would have welcomed the originality of his own material linking the delicious delivery of blues classics with verve and style!

Added to the concert of nearly two hours you also get the chance to see and hear bonus material including a conversation with Joe’s parents and behind the scenes.

AS he continues a celebration of Blues Heritage, beginning in 2014 as he visited Red Rocks in tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin Wolf Both tours contribution a portion of proceeds to presenting partner Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation

Once again a polished live performance, not and this is a keeper for fans of Joe Bonamassa especially if a trip to the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles was impossible. Once again Joe Bonamassa visits an iconic theatre and captures it soul with his superlative blues guitar playing Joe Bonamassa is electric!

 

Joe Bonamassa– Live At The Greek Theatre –

Out 23rd September

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

DVD

    1. Beginnings
    2. See See Baby
    3. Some Other Day, Some Other Time
    4. Lonesome Whistle Blues
    5. Sittin’ On The Boat Dock
    6. You’ve Got To Love Her with feeling
    7. Going Down
    8. I’ll Play The Blues for You
    9. I Got Evil
    10. Breaking Somebody’s Heart
    11. Angel of Mercy
    12. Cadillac Assembly Line
    13. Oh, Pretty Woman
    14. Let The Good Times Roll
    15. Never make You Move Too Soon
    16. Ole Time Religion
    17. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
    18. Boogie Woogie Woman
    19. Hummingbird
    20. Hide Away
    21. Born Under A Bad Sign
    22. The Thrill Is Gone
    23. Riding With The Kings

 

Bonus Features

Growing Up Joe ( A conversation with Joe’s parents)
Riding With The Kings (official Music Video)
Caveman’s Hacked iPhone (Behind The Scenes)
Joe’s Big Fat Greek ( Photo Gallery)

Available Formats:- 2 CD’s, 2 DVD’s Bluray and 3 LP’s

Michael Schenker Enters the Temple of Rock Live In Madrid

Michael Schenker Enter the Temple of Rock Live In Madrid

 

Michael Schenker Enters the Temple of Rock
Live In Madrid

 

 

 

A true reflection of the modern age of attending a live concert with a sea of mobile phones held aloft, as the crowd anticipates with growing applause, drummer, keys, and the with a salute Michael Schenker arrives with his Flying V.

Michael Schenker Enters the Temple of Rock Live In MadridOpening with UFO Doctor, Doctor Michael touches hands with his phalanx of fans as he announces it is Rock n’ Roll time and with a few notes played the atmosphere is electric.  The vocalist, ex Rainbow front man Doogie White  sung on though the audience themselves were happy to take on the singing duties as Michael’s fingers flew up and down the strings, everything was immaculate, precise and augmented by the Bassist Francis Buchholz and rhythm guitarist  Wayne Findlay all in harmony coming to the front. So Why Oh! Why? did Michael have the strings of his guitar untrimmed looking an irritating visual distraction? To be honest, nothing really deflected from the honest rocking sound from Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock. This is rock that refuses to make the sound over complicated it is Rock n’ Roll that hits the beat and entertains. The vocals had the clarity and depth to tower above the band as Lights Out is picked up. The rhythm section are superb this is the granite rock of the band with ex-Scorpions Bassist  Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell giving a deep secure and stable foundation for Michael’s guitar antics. Lights may be out in London but definitely not in Madrid for this UFO classic.

 

Michael Schenker Enters the Temple of Rock Live In MadridMichael’s guitars change but the rock stays focused, granite hard with sparkles of keys and resplendent guitar chords. Schenker’s eyes stare out with steely intent into the crowd as his fingers dance up and down the fret board. Everyone just standing in amazement and pure enjoyment as rock hit’s the bullseye. Madrid loved their moment in the spotlight when they were told to go crazy and see themselves in 4K, the chanting was definitely more football that rock n’ roll but certainly raised the temperature of the show.   A song dedicated tonight to those that died in Paris the week before as    Michael, Francis and Wayne Findley  swayed in unison a dance of  guitars the vocals kick in then straight into Victim of Illusion from Micheal Schenker Group. Whatever the power, skills and antics of the band all eyes and focus are on the smiling rocking colossus that is Michael Schenker.  Then we have a Scorpion pairing, Lovedrive with its vocals and the hefty rock instrumental Coast To Coast. The live atmosphere is building as the Temple of Rock delve into the back catalogue, UFO, Scorpions and the last three Temple of Rocks albums. This is a real opportunity to sit back and enjoy the entertaining rock driven antics of an axe-man who wields his guitar of choice with focused intent.

The double necked monster guitar, his new flying M, with two necks tuned differently was definitely not Too Hot To handle in the skillful hands of Schenker.

There is no argument that across the twenty-two tracks and the use of four Schenker guitars this hits the rock spot-on live and a little bit dangerous. The DVD recorded live at the Joy Eslava Concert Hall in Madrid on the 19th November illustrates that Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock is on a mission. Recorded less than a week after the Paris atrocities with the bombing of Bataclan it is not surprising they are in the thoughts of crowd and musicians alike as a tribute is paid.

If you can’t get to a live Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock gig or need a Schenker fix between live shows then this DVD fits the bill. It has everything of a live show and extras the drama of the moment is captured you just miss out on the heat and the electricity between the crowds and the artist on the stage.

A taster of what to expect on the main event a superbly produced DVD

 

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing 

  1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro
  2. Doctor Doctor
  3. Live and Let Live
  4. Lights Out
  5. Where the Wind Blows
  6. Natural Thing
  7. Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
  8. Victim of Illusion
  9. Lovedrive
  10. Coast To Coast
  11. Vigilante Man
  12. Rock My Nights Away
  13. Saviour Machine
  14. Too Hot To Handle
  15. Only You Can Rock Me
  16. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
  17. Rock You Like A Hurricane
  18. Rock Bottom
  19. Horizons
  20. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
  21. Communion
  22. Blackout

 

 

The concert is available in the following formats:

 

Physical:

  • 2 CD: INAK 9142 2CD
  • DVD: INAK 6193 DVD
  • Blu-ray: INAK 7193 BD
  • Limited Deluxe Edition: INAK 2016 LTD
  • BD 4K: INAK 7194 BD4K – as soon as can be manufactured

 

Digital:

  • Hi-Res download
  • Download
  • Stream

 

CD Review: Neal Morse Testimony and One Live

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Testimony and One Live
Morsefest 2014
Radiant Records

Released on 2 Blu-Ray or Special Edition 2 DVD/4CD Set

 

This is a musical equivalent of a T.V. series Box set; the advantage is you can dip in and out across the four albums and the music still has a form and a narrative or you can sit back, feet up a glass of your favourite tipple and let the two nights of concerts flow from your speakers for just over five hours.

 

The long-time rhythm collaborators drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Randy George plus the anchors of the musical pictures being painted are the Neal Morse Band, the keyboard delights from Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette’s guitar magic joining Neal Morse.  In then the addition of layers of sounds that fill out the textures and add a velvety lushness of sound from 4 piece horn section, 6 member female background vocal, strings and full orchestral percussion the sound is progressive and full of enchanting moments some loud whilst others take on a more subtle hue.

 

Across the four CDs is a Prog-Rock show for everyone to enjoy with the added bonus of DVDs to see the full stage show spectacular. This is music that is full of melodies and hooks of choruses that catch the ear and then the complexity of different instruments meeting through clever arrangements so that the show is a celebration of everything that is Prog-Rock as the tempos ebb and flow, the level rises and falls and the cadences of the guitars squeal as the six-strings take centre stage.

 

Neal Morse’s career whether in bands including Transatlantic and Spock’s Beard or as a solo artist this is an undertaking that takes the confidence of being a respected musician and the faith that bringing a project of this size to stage will deliver the music that has a purpose and entertains – this has been achieved whether you listen to the whole or parts of the collection the music paints for you pictures in the music mind.

 

Yes, in this length of music there are moments of self-indulgence but that can be overlooked as the sum of the whole is progressive rock that pours from keys, strings and the percussive nerve will hold the structure together it is a roller-coaster ride of delight. The vocals when used are another musical instrument as the harmonies flow around the words and then the guitar picks up the lead from the voice. This is a journey of Neal Morse’s life and challenges having left the band Spock’s Beard and finding Christianity. This is a true Prog-Rock concept journey that finds you taken on a road trip that allows you to explore the emotions, changes and challenges we all meet on the road.

 

This is for the collection of all lovers of Prog Rock and his ever growing fan base who must be delighted and at times it is like playing Name That Tune as there are snippets of tunes we all recall. The energy of live music is live and well on Morsefest 2014.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S ‘THE TIES THAT BIND: THE RIVER COLLECTION’ OUT 4th DECEMBER

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S ‘THE TIES THAT BIND: THE RIVER COLLECTION’

4CD/3DVD BOX SET OUT 4th DECEMBER

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Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ on 4th December. A comprehensive look at ‘The River’ era, the set contains 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and 4 hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. It is comprised of the original ‘The River’ double album; the first official release of ‘The River: Single Album;’ a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s famed 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, long rumored but never-before-seen; rare tour rehearsal footage; a brand new documentary “The Ties That Bind” about ‘The River;’ and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

‘The River,’ Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. In his notes, Gilmore calls ‘The River’ Springsteen’s “pivotal album—[the] hinge between the ambitious commotions that had preceded it and the more succinct musical riots, and sometimes terrifying storytelling, that followed.” (Two CDs, recently re-mastered).

‘The River: Single Album’ is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ but never released. “The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio,” he wrote in the lyrics/photo book “Songs.” The early sessions marked the beginning of a prolific 18-month long journey of writing and recording. Seven of the 10 titles on ‘The River: Single Album’ eventually appeared on ‘The River,’ some with alternate lyrics and arrangements, with outtakes like “Cindy” and a rockabilly version of “You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)” never released. Now for the first time ‘The River: Single Album’ will be officially available.

The fourth CD on the box set is ‘The River: Outtakes,’ which spans the entire ‘The River’ sessions in 1979 and 1980 and illustrate the depth and variety of Springsteen’s work during this period. Eleven songs are rarities that have never been released before, and for the most part are completely unheard and unknown even to fans, who have long considered Springsteen’s outtakes to be treasured secrets. The eleven unheard outtakes (“Record One”) were mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Eleven additional outtakes (“Record Two”) are collected from the ’Tracks’ box and ‘Essentials’ so as to put them in one place.

“The Ties That Bind” is a brand new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Zimny that features an intimate interview with Springsteen as he reflects on the tumultuous, extended period writing and recording ‘The River.’ The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of Bruce and the band in and out of the studio.

The final video component is “Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980,” a new film produced from footage professionally filmed in 1980 using four cameras and recorded in multitrack audio. The film features 24 songs — 2 hours, 40 minutes — on 2 DVDs from Springsteen’s November 5, 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Widely regarded as one of Springsteen’s finest performances, this intense show features early live versions of over half of ‘The River’ songs. Also included is 20 minutes of footage from the late September, 1980 River Tour rehearsals held in Lititz, PA, showing Springsteen and The E Street Band working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album. The film was recently edited by frequent Springsteen collaborator and Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny, and the audio was mixed in Stereo & 5.1 surround by Bob Clearmountain from the original multitrack recordings and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is packaged in a 10” x 12” box with a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs — most of which have never been seen before — plus pages from Springsteen’s notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album. Liner notes include a new essay from journalist Mikal Gilmore, the original Rolling Stone album review from 1980, and Springsteen’s updated comments about the album from the 1998 “Songs” book.

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is available for pre-order at Amazon HERE and iTunes HERE.

CD 1
The River – Record One

1 The Ties That Bind
2 Sherry Darling
3 Jackson Cage
4 Two Hearts
5 Independence Day
6 Hungry Heart
7 Out In The Street
8 Crush On You
9 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
10 I Wanna Marry You
11 The River

CD 2
The River – Record Two

1 Point Blank
2 Cadillac Ranch
3 I’m A Rocker
4 Fade Away
5 Stolen Car
6 Ramrod
7 The Price You Pay
8 Drive All Night
9 Wreck On The Highway

CD 3
The River: Single Album

1 The Ties That Bind
2 Cindy
3 Hungry Heart
4 Stolen Car (Vs. 1)
5 Be True
6 The River
7 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (Vs. 1)
8 The Price You Pay
9 I Wanna Marry You
10 Loose End

CD 4
The River: Outtakes

Record One
1 Meet Me In The City
2 The Man Who Got Away
3 Little White Lies
4 The Time That Never Was
5 Night Fire
6 Whitetown
7 Chain Lightning
8 Party Lights
9 Paradise By The “C”
10 Stray Bullet
11 Mr. Outside

Record Two
12 Roulette
13 Restless Nights
14 Where The Bands Are
15 Dollhouse
16 Living On The Edge Of The World
17 Take ’em As They Come
18 Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own
19 I Wanna Be With You
20 Mary Lou
21 Held Up Without A Gun
22 From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

DVD 1
The Ties That Bind (Documentary)

DVD 2
The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert – Part 1

1 Born To Run
2 Prove It All Night
3 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
4 Jackson Cage
5 Two Hearts
6 The Promised Land
7 Out In The Street
8 The River
9 Badlands
10 Thunder Road
11 No Money Down
12 Cadillac Ranch
13 Hungry Heart
14 Fire
15 Sherry Darling
16 I Wanna Marry You
17 Crush on You
18 Ramrod
19 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

DVD 3
The River Tour, Tempe 1980
Concert – Part 2

1 Drive All Night
2 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
3 I’m A Rocker
4 Jungleland
5 Detroit Medley
6 Where The Bands Are (Credits)

BONUS: The River Tour Rehearsals
– Ramrod
– Cadillac Ranch
– Fire
– Crush On You
– Sherry Darling

Review Recording of Joe Bonamassa ~ Live at Radio City Hall

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Joe Bonamassa
Live at Radio City Hall
Provogue – Mascot Label

 

 

The album is as you would expect songs from a live concert with cutaway applause which is throughout warm and heartfelt as New Yorkers were lapping up and loving Joe Bonamassa. Yes the album is recorded live and I personally thoroughly enjoyed hearing Different Shades of Blue the title track from his last album live. The album for me though felt flat whilst the guitar playing is superb Joe B’s vocals getting stronger and stronger but yes another album from the man who is making blues mainstream wherever he plays. CD version of  Live at Radio City Hall,  is a selection of tracks from the concert and interestingly in a different sequence from the video. Now the video is something completely different listen to this first last and forevermore whenever you have the opportunity – the music comes alive and yes the same recording but you can see, hear and feel the audience and the excitement that Joe B is feeling playing Live at Radio City a boyhood dream. All that the CD is lacking can be found here I would have had more of the live interaction incorporated into the CD to differentiate for the studio. The video has an authenticity of a live event, the build up to the show, the anticipation and excitement and throughout the DVD the warm interaction between Joe and the audience, he genuinely is having a great time playing New York at Radio City a life-long dream now reality and as well as the sell-out audience we can all enjoy the performance with two distinct segments opening for himself as acoustic Joe with the Fabulous Huckleberries entertaining and weaving their magic. As the cheers die down the stage is dark and Mats Wester on his nyckelharpa entertains and then the stinging sound of Joe Bonamassa plugged in and electric, with horns and the keys of Reese Wynans the temperature goes up a few degrees and we are pulled into the music once again. This is the drama missing from the album this is live music in your living room and Mr Bonamassa is on fire.

The acoustic set is a musician comfortable with the blues and his music with the confidence to explore and experiment as the Huckleberries weave in intricate Celtic melodies the melding is a perfectly tightly formed Celtic knotted blues full of intricacies and hidden depths. Dust Bowl opens the set full of driving energy and then introduces the skillfully used feature throughout the DVD of the split screen connecting Joe with the other musicians on stage ensuring the viewer at home connects to Gerry O’Connor (Irish Fiddler) Mats Wester (Mandola & nycleharpa), Reese Wynans (keyboardist) and Lenny Castro (Percussionist) there may be no bass but the bass lines are filled in by dramatic and interesting keys and percussion. The nyckelharpa adds a special sound full of celtic warmth and the sound whirls and swirls around the acoustic guitar and Joe’s vocals are strong adding another dimension to the percussive mix as shown on Still Water, the waters may be still but the music is dynamic and very good. When he introduces the The Huckleberries and says ‘Hi!’ to the audience you’re not sure who was more excited to be there Joe Bonamassa or the crowd… no the most excited is Joe. Slide Guitar and Black Lung Heartache, show his dexterity on the acoustic and the instrumentation is once again superb drawing the Blues out of the Delta and twisting it into World Roots derived music. Closing the Fabulous Huckleberries set with a blond wood acoustic guitar and a gentler tone the melodies flow and Joe’s vocals are the best I have ever heard them, the piano from Reese is beautiful on Happier Times. This is unmistakably a clever opening set the cinematography is superb as the camera angles give you a feeling of watching the show and being there as an integral part of the audience.

The electric hour shows Joe as a confident bandleader with the timing sharp and the music pure, the tempo goes up the music texture changes as his regular touring band join him on stage for the main event. This is an artist mature and confident in his own music and the musicians he has surrounded himself with, Keyboardist Reese Wynans, rhythm section of bassist Carmine Rojas and Tal Bergman on Drums and a horn section that is pure delight Lee Thornberg, trumpet, Nick Lane, trombonist and Paulie Cerra on saxophone. The centre-piece is most definitely the searing guitar sound produced by Joe the lead breaks pull you in so you are totally self-absorbed in every action he makes. The set comes alive with and energy and intensity on Hidden Charms, the horns snap and crackle the rhythm section and power and Joe is having fun on stage. The set moves smoothly from one song to the next as you find yourself wanting to hear the next offering but not wanting to stop relishing the track a little bit longer as on Living On The Moon with the horns filling to tonal gaps with their full tour-de-force. His version of Double Trouble is full of tension and the contours of sound is outstanding and the use of little gaps and gentle solos before the lead break is spellbinding. This is blues that is happy to have some funk to change the tempo and play with the beat Love Ain’t A Song has the full funky sound. We even have a Happy Birthday for his Mom on stage before the music picks up again with JB’s big Band approach to the blues with I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues gain it is the power of the vocals that surprises and the control of the guitar just enough so that your interest is maintained and your ears are awash with a cascade of sound that rises and falls shaping the mood. Closing the set with a ballad that allows the tempo to slow and reflect on the quality of musicianship heard tonight at Radio City Music Hall , he filled the stage and auditorium with a rich warm sound that simply delighted.

The set is a banquet of Joe Bonamassa guitar playing, acoustic and electric there are the visual delights and the tasters of two newly recorded songs, then the next musical delicacy nine unreleased live tracks then the main course of over two and half hours of live footage, all bought together thanks to the artful production of Philippe Klose plus a collectors book and you even have sneak preview into his childhood.

The Bonus is for every fan now and in the future as home, Joe Bonamassa as he shares his thoughts from a young child through to today; we see how the wardrobe is put together and insight from his Mom Debra; it all feels very natural and you get to know the real Joe.

For the first time we have a discrepancy in the doodle paws with the DVD coming out on top.
CD – EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

DVD – TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

CD Tracks
1. I Can’t Be Satisfied
2. One Less Cross To Bear
3. Living On The Moon
4. I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept the Blues
5. Dust Bowl
6. Trouble Town
7. Still Water
8. Different Shades of Blue
9. Happier Times
10. Never Give All Your Heart
11. Hidden Charms
12. Love Ain’t a Love Song
13. So, What Would I Do

DVD
Bite the Big Apple (titles)
Dust Bowl (The Huckleberries)
Trouble Town (The Huckleberries)
Still Water (The Huckleberries)
Different Shades of Blue (The Huckleberries)
The Huckleberries – Introducing Acoustic Band
Black Lung Heartache (The Huckleberries)
Happier Times (The Huckleberries)
Never Give Your Heart
Hidden Charms
Living On The Moon
I Can’t Be Satisfied
Double Trouble
One Less Cross to Bear
Love Ain’t A Love Song
Introducing the Electric Band
“Happy Birthday Mom!”
I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues
So, What Would I do?

Bonus Feature
Joe Bites The Big Apple – Behind The Scenes

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Robert Cray Band ~ 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

Robert CrayThis is a double delight to celebrate Robert Cray’s achievement of playing to packed theatres for four decades and the music played on the CD/DVD combination that is 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. His regular band, bassist, friend and collaborator Richard Cousins , Dover Weinberg on keys and drummer Les Falconer with Robert Cray out front are enjoying entertaining, engaging with the crowds and are joined by vocalist Kim Wilson, Lee Oskar on harmonica, tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madalo on trumpet and saxophonist Tom Scott.

The album opens with the familiar intro regarding flash photography and welcome the one and only Robert Craaaaaaaaaaaay! And the show begins with that familiar stratospheric Fender Strat sound and then the warm and rounded tone of his vocals as I Shiver all over. One thing is for certain when the guitar is played as clean as Cray does there is nowhere to hide it is faultless or rubbish and 4 Nights of Forty Years Live he hits the right note, tonal ping to accentuate the emotions of the lyrics he is singing, the voice and guitar are in perfect harmony. This is Robert Cray at the top of his game full of confidence and a deep understanding of the music Poor Johnny with a harsher guitar sound and the tale unfurls and the audience once again is captivated. There is jazz and soul that has cavernous depths and a rich tonal gradient as played in the much loved track Love Gone To Waste. The songs have been picked to reflect the range of Cray’s style; we have rock radio favourites Bad Influence and Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – a track every audience expects and demands to hear.

DVD opens with Black and White stills of Robert Cray and him talking about the music then the music begins who needs talking as you see the band in studio rehearsing I Shiver with the trumpet, keys and centre stage Mr Cray himself. There are snippets of thoughts form Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan and many others praising, enjoying and loving Robert Cray’s Blues and powerful performances. The DVD has that added dimension you can see the show up close through the cameraman’s lens; perfect entertainment to sit back and let the music dilute your troubles and woes with each note reality fades and there is a new reality you and the music of Robert Cray.
It is also fantastic to see young Mr Cray live in the 1980’s playing at festivals in the hot sunshine making the blues a hot commodity, he has never lost that magic touch on the guitar.

Some tracks are on both formats but there are enough variations so that you will listen to both at different times and behind the scenes and thoughts are always interesting allowing the fan to understand what makes Robert Cray the force he has been over forty years with his clean and seemingly simple style, he is the blues.

4 Nights of 40 Years Live, is a must for the phalanx of Robert Cray’s music and everyone demands vocals that zing and guitar playing that is note perfect surrounded by musicians that just want to make the music sound deep, full of blues and tonal delights. Robert Cray is the master of the Blues that connects as he weaves in influences from the last forty years this is music celebrating yesterday, playing today and will be enjoyed long into the future.

‘4 NIGHTS OF 40 YEARS LIVE’

OUT: 28th AUGUST 2015

LABEL: MASCOT LABEL GROUP

FORMAT: CD/LP/DIGITAL/DVD/BLU RAY

 

4 Nights Of Forty Years Live Trailer

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Robert Cray ~ 4 Nights of 40 Years Live (CD/DVD) – Mascot Label Group

Track Listing CD

Disc 1 Disc 2 (bonus)
1. I shiver 1. I Guess I Showed Her*
2. I’’ll Always Remember You 2. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)*
3. Poor Johnny 3. Smoking Gun*
4. Won’t Be Coming Home 4. Still Around*
5. Your Good Thing Is About To End 5. Too Many Cooks ^
6. Sittin’ On Top Of The World 6. T-Bone Shuffle ^
7. Wrap It Up
8. Love Gone To Waste * Live at Dutch TV Show Countdown 1987
9. Bad Influence ^ Live at SFO Blues Festival San Francisco 1982
10. These Things
11. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
12. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
13. Time Makes Two

Track Listing DVD
1. Intro/I Shiver
2. T-Bone Shuffle
3. Love Gone To Waste
4. I Guess I Showed her
5. I’ll Always Remember You
6. Your Good Thing Is About To End
7. Too Many Cooks
8. Wrap It Up
9. Won’t Be Coming Home
10. Smokin Gun
11. Sittin’ ON Top Of The World
12. Two Steps From The End
13. Bad Influence
14. These Things
15. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
16. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
17. Time Makes Two
18. These Things

October U.K. Tour

Sat 3 October – Lowry, Salford
Mon 5 October – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tues 6 October – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Weds 7 October – Truro Hall, Truro
Fri 9 October – The Anvil, Basingstoke
Sat 10 October – Theatre Royal, Norwich
Mon 12 October – Barbican, London
Tues 13 October – Sage, Gateshead
Weds 14 October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Fri 16 October – Town Hall, Birmingham
Sat 17 October – City Hall, Salisbury
Sun 18 October – Orchard, Dartford
Mon 19 October – Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
Weds 21 October – Town Hall, Cheltenham
Thurs 22 October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Fri 23 October – Alban Arena, St Albans

Bad Influence