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Splendid Renaissance at Union Chapel

Renaissance – Live at The Union Chapel (Symphonic Rock Records, 2016)

What a beautiful concert! Pioneering symphonic progressive rock band Renaissance videotaped this concert at the stunning Union Chapel in London in 2015. The group is still led by founder Annie Haslam. Her longtime collaborator Michael Dunford passed away in 2012 so Annie Haslam, who has been living in the United States for the past years, has put together a band of outstanding American jazz and session musicians.

Annie Haslam’s five octave vocals still sound particularly beautiful. She has one of the finest voices in progressive rock history. Her live band delivers an exquisite performance. The band features two extremely gifted keyboardists, Rave Tesar on piano and keyboards and Tom Brislin on symphonic keyboards, synths and samplers. Bassist Leo Traversa gets several opportunities to showcase his talent, offering stirring jazz-infused grooves. The band also features Mark Lambert on delightful acoustic guitars and backing vocals; and the creative drumming of Frank Pagano.

This concert features a mix of classic Renaissance fan-favorites along with newer material. It’s truly memorable musicianship. On the final piece, “Ashes Are Burning” the musicians perform a series of solos and improvisations including a knockout synth solo by Tom Brislin.

The DVD is available in NTSC all-region and compatible with PAL DVD players and televisions.

Live at The Union Chapel is a remarkable performance by one of the great masters of symphonic progressive rock. Annie Haslam has found a formidable band and I look forward to more recordings by this talented set of artists.

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Justin Hayward to Release “Live In Concert at the Capitol Theatre” DVD

Justin Hayward - Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre
Justin Hayward – Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre

Justin Hayward is set to release a DVD titled “Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre” on September 23rd, 2016. The intimate live performance features the legendary Moody Blues vocalist, guitarist, and composer.

The concert captured on video took place on October 20, 2014 in Clearwater, Florida. It was videotaped by award-winning filmmaker and composer David Minasian.
The DVD includes the bonus music video The Wind of Heaven

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Iamthemorning releases ‘Chalk & Coal’ Music Video

Russian progressive music duo Iamthemorning has released a music video of ‘Chalk & Coal’, the first track from new album ‘Lighthouse‘ (Kscope). The video footage is by Andrey Sytov, edited by Nik Koniwzski.

Vocalist Marjana Semkina explains that “Chalk & Coal” is the darkest song on the album with some dark jazz influence. Mood-wise it was inspired by David Bowie’s “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)”. Lyrically it represents the final twist of the album story-line, the final breakdown.”

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Other recordings available: Lighthouse and I Am The Morning.

Veruno Prog Festival – The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015 on DVD

Veruno Prog Festival - The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015
Veruno Prog Festival – The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015

A new 2-DVD set showcases Italy’s annual progressive rock gathering, Veruno Prog Festival. The collection includes performances by well-known Italian and international acts, including Area, Magma, the incredible Beardfish, the new idols Pineapple Thief, Sylvan with Arabs in aspic, the new Fabio Zuffanti band, The Runaway Totem, Japanese act Yuka & Chronoship, the Maschine and Syncage.

Veruno Prog Festival takes place in a small own near Novara in northwest Italy.

Veruno Prog Festival – The Best of 2 Days Prog 2015 features nearly 4 hours of some of the best progressive rock. available from www.btf.it

Other Veruno Prog DVDs available: Veruno 2 Days of Prog 2014 and Veruno 2 Days of Prog 2011.

Anathema Releases ‘A Sort of Homecoming’ Live Video

Anathema - A Sort of Homecoming
Anathema – A Sort of Homecoming

British rock band Anathema has released a live Blu-ray and audio collection titled A Sort of Homecoming (Kscope). Directed by Lasse Hoile, A Sort of Homecoming showcases Anathema’s homecoming concert on March 7, 2015 in the setting of the Liverpool Cathedral.

I’m really happy that this night in particular has been preserved,” said Anathema guitarist and singer, Vincent Cavanagh. “As anyone from Liverpool will tell you, to be given the chance to play the Anglican Cathedral is monumental and a huge honor. The place is absolutely huge. Just look at the cover, it was like doing a gig in Erebor!

A Sort of Homecoming is available in various formats:

– 4 disc boxed set: 2 CD concert audio (100 mins), DVD with full concert plus an additional behind the scenes film “A Temporary Peace” and concert on Blu-ray disc. In a deluxe rigid media book with 36 page booklet, presented in a slipcase.
– 2CD + DVD-V: The collection includes the complete 100 minute audio and DVD-V of the concert with 5.1 audio mixed by The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord
– Blu-ray disc: The full 100 minute concert plus an additional behind the scenes film “A Temporary Peace” with 5.1 audio
– LP: A gatefold triple 180g black vinyl LP including MP3 download code
– Digital: Concert audio only

 

 

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Jeff Beck Releases Live In Tokyo DVD

Jeff Beck - Live in Tokyo
Jeff Beck – Live in Tokyo

Live in Tokyo is the title of a new Jeff Beck DVD/Blue Ray. Jeff Beck is undeniably one of the world’s greatest guitar players. He is renowned for crossing musical boundaries, including rock, jazz, pop and blues.

Live In Tokyo was filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th, 2014. These Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass) and the set list includes some pieces from his new, as yet unreleased, studio album.

In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel.

The Enid Release New Video: Live at Crescendo, France

The Enid in 2012
The Enid in 2012

The Enid at Crescendo is the title of The Enid’s first official Live Concert Video release since The Enid Live Birmingham Town Hall in 2010. This will also be the first live footage released since the arrival of Joe Payne in 2011.

The Enid invested in a new self-monitoring system this year that allows them to do multitrack recordings of their shows. The performance at Crescendo was recorded without any technical difficulties. The Enid was able to combine its high quality audio with the HD video edit from SKOP Art Films to provide a wonderful concert. The soundtrack was mixed in 5.1 Surround.

Preview clips:

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The Who to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Quadrophenia with ‘Quadrophenia: Live In London’ DVD

The Who - Quadrophenia: Live in London
The Who – Quadrophenia: Live in London
Legendary British rock band The Who will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its iconic rock opera Quadrophenia (1973) with a DVD titled ‘Quadrophenia: Live in London’.

The Who took the music of Quadrophenia and embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark album in its entirety. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London’s Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.

Filmed on July 8, 2013, Quadrophenia: Live In London features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band’s dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of “The Real Me,” “The Punk And The Godfather,” “Doctor Jimmy” and a powerful performance of “Love Reign O’er Me.” With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today’s advanced technology in sound, Quadrophenia: Live in London reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for “5:15,” and Keith Moon for his signature song “Bell Boy.” In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as “Pinball Wizard,” “Who Are You,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Tea & Theatre,” from their 2006 release Endless Wire.

Based around the story of Jimmy, Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The project was intended to reflect the four characters of The Who and features some of Townshend’s most inspired, personal song-writing – way ahead of its time in scope and purpose – and is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who’s career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances. Newly envisioned by Roger Daltrey, the concert film combines archival footage of The Who and images of historical events that have rocked Jimmy’s world over the past 40 years.

Quadrophenia: Live in London will be available in various configurations including an expanded 5-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Metal Box which includes the High Definition Blu-Ray and standard DVD of the concert film, both in 5.1 Surround Sound audio; a two-CD soundtrack of the show; and for the first time, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire 1973 album release of Quadrophenia on a Blu-Ray Pure Audio. Extras include a 6” Mod Headlight sticker, a Mod Headlight button, and a 32-page book with liner notes and photos, all housed in a 10” metal container embossed with the movie-inspired, iconic, Mod bullseye logo painted on a Vespa SG scooter headlight.

Quadrophenia: Live in London will also be made available separately on High Definition Blu-Ray, standard DVD, and a downloadable Digital Concert Video, with the complete audio from the concert film being released as a two-CD soundtrack and a downloadable Digital Album. The 5.1 remix of the original Quadrophenia (1973) will be released as a single-disc Blu-Ray Pure Audio.

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Legendary Prog Band UK Releases Live DVD

UK - Reunion - UK Live In Tokyo
UK – Reunion – UK Live In Tokyo
UK, one of the finest progressive rock bands of all time, has released a DVD titled Reunion – UK Live In Tokyo, with a concert that took place in Japan, recorded in April, 2011. Original UK founding members Eddie Jobson (keyboards & violin) and John Wetton (vocals & bass) reunited in this post tsunami performance. They were joined by Alex Machacek (guitar) and Marco Minnemann (drums).

Track Listing

In The Dead Of Night
By The Light Of Day
Presto Vivace and Reprise
Danger Money, Thirty Years
Alaska, Time To Kill
Starless
Carrying No Cross
Drum Solo, Violin Solo
Nevermore
One More Red Nightmare
Caesar’s Palace Blues
The Only Thing She Needs
Rendezvous 6:02

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Bass Maestro Marcus Miller Discusses New Album Renaissance

Marcus Miller, the grand master of jazz funk bass has released a new video where he presents his new album titled Renaissance. The album is scheduled for release August 7th.

Renaissance presents a new band and includes eight original compositions and new versions of songs by War, Janelle Monáe, The Jackson 5 and Ivan Lins.

Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). Renaissance is only his eighth studio project since his 1983 funk pop debut, Suddenly.

Miller’s name has appeared within numerous album credits and he has dazzled audiences with performances, compositions and productions – in the company of some of the world’s most respected and accomplished players and superstars – from the mid-`70s to the present.