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

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

CD Review: Erja Lyytinen ~ Live In London

Scan0007Erja Lyytinen
Live In London (CD & DVD)
Tuoni Records
Release Date 8th June 2015

Live albums are in the vogue at the moment and Erja Lyytinen’s is one that will never gather dust as she transports you into the world of Elmore James and the blues that her skillful slide guitar when interpreting his work or delivering numbers she has written. The energy gained from the years of touring before setting down this capture of Erja and her band playing live is evident by the honed musicianship, immaculate timing and the pure joy of playing in front of an audience at the iconic 100 Club, London.

Opening, with a Fred McDowell number It’s a Blessing we hear just Erja’s vocals a cappella deep and full of emotion we hear a holler that is repeated by Miri and Roger and then the hard driven notes from the guitar draws the number to a close setting the scene for her live in London album. We hear the first of the four tracks that Erja was involved in writing, two of which are co-written by her long-time musical partner Davide Floreno. The guitar work on Let It Shine, is as you expect from the first lady of slide guitar outstanding with her vocals full of sultry warmth and promise pitch against the guitar adding colour and texture that draws you deep into the spellbinding performance.
In the middle of the album we have a quartet of self-penned numbers Grip On The Blues, opens with a Hendrix, psychedelic overtone from the guitar and a rhythm section that is tighter than tight so the shape and format captures and tames the vocals of Erja. This is an interesting track showing the depth of the skills Erja the Finnish guitar can offer an audience. We hear a change of tone and tempo with a track that is lighter with Change of Season, and her voice is full of controlled emotions as she sings the lyrics that have a mesmerizing quality. Back to blues with a track has an energy that flows across the auditorium with Everything Is Fine, a track that shows the synergy between the whole band they are playing as one the guitar work has a bell-like quality then gets a little dirty; Erja is both the light and dark side of the blues. Finishing this section of the concert is Hold On Together; electrifying blues that just flows and sways with the beat laid down by the rhythm section, thus Erja can take the reins and play and deliver the track with freedom that brings a warmth to her blues.

Back to Elmore James for the last three tracks, with The Sky Is Crying, Erja captures the tone and mood of this song so well and the drumming from Miri Mittinen is as ever hits the beat so that the guitar can have the support it needs to slip slide away. Closing with an eleven minute rendition of a full on spring cleaning version of Dust My Broom, and cobwebs will be cleared away with her steaming slide and soaring vocals, the bass line is delivered with purpose by Roger Inniss, the silence falls and deepens for the guitar lead break that goes quieter and quieter and the intensity just grows no wonder the audience goes wow.. this certainly hits the blues spot and a fitting closing number for this recorded concert.

TRACKS
1. It’s A Blessing (Fred McDowell)
2. Let It Shine (Erja Luytinen)
3. Person To Person (Elmore James & Marshall)
4. Hand in Hand (Elmore James)
5. Grip Of The Blues (Erja Luytinen)
6. Change of Season (Erja Luytinen & Davide Floreno)
7. Everything’s Fine (Erja Luytinen & Davide Floreno)
8. Hold On Together (Erja Luytinen)
9. The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James & Clarence Lewis)
10. It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James & Marshall Sehorn)
11. Dust My Broom (Elmore James & Joe Bihari)

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