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Minimum Vital Releases First Live DVD

Minimum Vital – Chapître 3
French progressive rock band Minimum Vital has a new DVD. Titled Chapître 3 (Musea Parallèle FGBG 9032), the video is the first DVD ever released by the band.

Minimum Vital was captured live March 4th, & 5th, 2011, at Bègles’ Mussonville Chapel. The brothers Payssan are shown busy playing guitars, keyboards and percussions on the six titles featured here. Thierry & Jean-Luc Payssan are accompanied by bass player Eric Rebeyrol. Three other compositions, recorded in February 2012, are featured as bonus.

Minimum Vital is amongst the most original bands from the 1980s French progressive rock scene. Thierry & Jean-Luc Payssan mix virtuosic progressive rock with jazz-rock fusion, Medieval music and the southern European traditional music.

The album “Envol Triangles/Les Saisons Marines” includes the first audio-cassette (1985) and the first vinyl (1987). Next came “Sarabandes” (1990) on the Musea label.

La Source” (1993) featured female singer Sonia Nedelec and her counterpart Jean-Baptiste Ferracci. They used a language of their own, mixing Latin, Occitan (a dialect from the South of France) and Portuguese.

The live video “Les Mondes De…” includes the 51 minute performance at Los Angeles’ ProgFest 1994. It comprises pieces from the three first albums, as well as unreleased tracks.

Esprit D’Amor” came out in 1997. “Au Cercle De Pierre…” (1997) shows the live experience of the band. The CD includes twelve titles, including an unreleased studio track and a multimedia file with biography, music and video.

After a seven-year silence Minimum Vital released a new studio opus tiled “Atlas” (2004).

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In-depth Grateful Dead Documentary “Dawn of the Dead” To Be Released on DVD May 22

Dawn of the Dead” is the title of an In-depth documentary about the legendary psychedelic band The Grateful Dead. In the mid-1960s a new type on contemporary rock music emerged out of San Francisco (California). Known as ‘psychedelia’, it was pioneered by a close-knit community of local bands who merged traditional American forms such as folk, country, blues and rock & roll with new sounds often developed under the influence of psychedelic drugs. Bound up with the social and cultural changes for which San Francisco was also the focal point, it was a combination that made for a radical re-imaging of youth culture.

Dawn of the Dead follows the movements, events and sounds of those heady days, and traces the story of the definitive band of the psychedelic age, The Grateful Dead. Giving time too for the involvement of San Francisco’s other lead players such as Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, The Charlatans and Quicksilver Messenger Service, the program explores what it was that, for a while, turned San Francisco into a 1960s Shangri-La.

The film includes brand new interviews with Grateful Dread manager Rock Scully; the Dead’s experimental professor, Tom ‘T.C.’ Constanten; Big Brother’s Peter Albin; Mike Willlhelm from The Charlatans; publicist and official Dead biographer, Dennis McNally; Counter-Culture and Dead author and journalist (and host of ‘The Grateful Dead Hour’), David Gans; Merry Prankster and best friend of the late Ken Kesey, Ken Babbs, plus comment, criticism and review from Rolling Stone’s Anthony De Curtis, Village Voice’s Robert Christgau and Mojo’s Ritchie Unterberger.

Also including the rarest archive in existence, live and studio footage of Grateful Dead and the other San Francisco bands, vintage interviews, location shoots, news reports plus the music that soundtracked the entire movement, which all together make for the most detailed overview yet of the social upheaval on America’s West Coast which ultimately changed the world forever.

Iconic Film Yellow Submarine by The Beatles Restored for DVD and Blu-ray

The 1968 animated feature film Yellow Submarine by The Beatles has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release on May 28 (May 29 in North America). The film’s songtrack album will be reissued on CD on the same date.

Currently out of print, the classic film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.
The DVD and Blu-ray reissue includes several bonus features: a short making-of documentary titled “Mod Odyssey” (TRT: 7:30), the film’s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, several brief interview clips with others involved with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos. Both Digipak packages will include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by Yellow Submarine aficionado John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios).

As a fan of animation and as a filmmaker, I tip my hat to the artists of Yellow Submarine, whose revolutionary work helped pave the way for the fantastically diverse world of animation that we all enjoy today,” writes Lasseter in his essay.

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

“I thought from the very beginning that the film should be a series of interconnected shorts,” remembers Edelmann. “The style should vary every five minutes or so to keep the interest going until the end.” These styles included melding live-action photography with animation, 3-dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic “rotoscoping” where film is traced frame by frame into drawings. The entire process took nearly two years, 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists, ultimately producing a groundbreaking triumph of animation.

On April 24, Candlewick Press will release a new, compact hardcover edition of the Yellow Submarine picture book, a read-aloud journey for the whole family. Featuring the lighthearted wit of the film’s script alongside original artwork from the movie that has charmed children and adults through several generations, the beautiful, 40-page book will be sold by retailers everywhere. An interactive digital version of the book is also available as a free download on Apple’s iBookstore for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch at www.iTunes.com/TheBeatles.

Yellow Submarine synopsis:

Once upon a time … or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humor, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.

Yellow Submarine Songtrack [CD]

1. Yellow Submarine
2. Hey Bulldog
3. Eleanor Rigby
4. Love You To
5. All Together Now
6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
7. Think For Yourself
8. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
9. With A Little Help From My Friends
10. Baby, You’re A Rich Man
11. Only A Northern Song
12. All You Need Is Love
13. When I’m Sixty-Four
14. Nowhere Man
15. It’s All Too Much

Swedish Prog Band Änglagård Release Video with the First Rehearsal for New Album

Änglagård
Swedish progressive rock band Änglagård have released a video which is the first of a series documenting the recording of their new album. The first video focuses on the preparations for the first drum session. This was the first time in eight years all members gathered to play together.

Änglagård was formed in 1991 when Tord Lindman and Johan Högberg were looking for musicians with an interest in the progressive and innovative music of the early seventies. Thomas Johnson and Jonas Engdegård replied to their ads and eventually joined the band. In September, Mattias Olsson joined the group, bringing his classical training as a drummer. Anna Holmgren joined Änglagård in the spring of 1992 replacing the previously engaged flute player.

Anglagard - Hybris
The first album was titled “Hybris“. The progressive rock community embraced the new band and they were invited to play at the annual Progfest in Los Angeles in May 1993.

The second album, titled Epilog, a completely instrumental affair, was recorded in the summer of 1994. The group disbanded in 1995. The recordings made during Progfest which were eventually released as “Buried Alive” in 1996.

In 2011, Änglagård got together again. The musicians began recording a new album that will contain the two new songs played in 2003 along with brand new material. The band returns to NEARfest in 2012 and more concerts are likely to happen.

The current line-up includes Jonas Engdegård on guitars; Anna Holmgren on flutes & saxophone; Johan Brand on bass guitars and Taurus; Tomas Johnson on pianos, mellotron & synthesizers; and Mattias Olsson on drums and percussion.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer “40th Anniversary Reunion Concert” Released on DVD and Blu-ray

Emerson Lake & Palmer - 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert
Legendary progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP) reformed for the first time since 1998 for their final show to headline the High Voltage Festival in London on Sunday, July 25th 2010. The concert celebrated the 40th anniversary of the creation of Emerson Lake and Palmer. Now it’s available on DVD under the title Emerson Lake & Palmer – 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert.

Emerson Lake & Palmer was a predominant force in the foundation of progressive rock. The band consists of Keith Emerson, the explosive keyboard who came from the Nice, the sultry vocals and extraordinary bass of Greg Lake from King Crimson and the theatrical and extraordinary drumming of Carl Palmer, who emerged from Atomic Rooster.

The 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert video is a show that brings back the same theatrics that the highly creative combination of Keith Emerson’s legendary keyboards, Greg Lake’s extraordinary voice, and the dramatic drumming of Carl Palmer brought to their core fan base and to the new generations.

Song list:

  • Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression – Part 2
  • The Barbarian
  • Bitches Crystal
  • Knife Edge
  • From The Beginning
  • Touch and Go
  • Take A Pebble/Tarkus
  • Farewell to Arms
  • Lucky Man
  • Pictures At An Exhibition
  • Fanfare for the Common Man/Drum Solo/Rondo

Bonus Materials:

– Interviews with managers, Rock music journalist, tour manager and archivist.

– Contains brand new interviews by Rock DJ Nicky Horne with Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer