Monday, September 15, 2014

The Doors to issue 1968 film 'Feast of Friends' on November 11

One of rock's most groundbreaking artists, it's great to see that the Doors continue to have new music and art to share more than 40 years after the passing of Jim Morrison. Here is exciting news relating to the release of the film 'Feast of Friends.'

The Doors to issue never-released 1968 self-produced film
'Feast of Friends' on DVD, Blu-ray on November 11 via Eagle Rock Entertainment

Title also includes UK documentary and rare bonus footage


New York, NY (September 15, 2014)--Fans of THE DOORS will savor the news about the November 11 street date of a never-before-released documentary film produced by the band.  Titled Feast of Friends, the intimate and rare look at the explosive rock band is, after 45 years, finally being released.  Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison’slegal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never completed.  Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC have painstakingly remastered the audio and video and compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open. 
In April of 1968, filming began for what would become the first and only film produced about The Doors, by The Doors.  Funded by the band and helmed by friend and fellow film graduate Paul Ferrara, the footage shot for this film would become the well from which the majority of future documentaries and music videos about the band would draw. This film became Feast of Friends, as Paul Ferrara thought it was a great lyric to use for the title.  Other than a few appearances in film festivals the following year, an official release would never be seen. Until now. 

If not for a poor quality bootleg copy circulated among collectors and eventually via the Internet, the film’s existence would have scarcely been known beyond the circle of diehard Doors fans. By many accounts, the original source of that bootleg is thought to have been Morrison’s own copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971 after recording what would be The Doors’ final album.  Concealed in a paper bag and forgotten at a friend’s house, Morrison would never reclaim it, as he passed suddenly a few days later.
Feast of Friends offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer ’68 tour. Whilst never truly completed, as the production funding was abruptly cut due to the band’s political problems stemming from Jim’s arrest in Miami, the film provides a stylistic approach in true 60’s cinéma vérité style.  The film is comprised of concert performances which are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat - playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, this is the first official release. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Jim Morrison, the film has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.
As well as the full version of Feast of Friends, this amazing release contains three important bonus features.  The first is Feast of Friends: Encore.  A newly produced feature using footage shot for Feast of FriendsEncore is a complimentary piece that provides a deeper look into the life of the band during this period as they tour, record, travel and even vacation together. The program avoids the typical selection of hits and makes use of The Doors’ rare recordings to accompany this unreleased footage.  Encoreshowcases the band’s recording process as The Doors record one of their biggest hits, “Wild Child.”  Viewers will follow the band as they break from touring to sightsee, play poker in their hotel room and witness an unedited interaction with Jim and the “Minister at Large” who attempts to determine “just what the hell it is (they’re) doing.”  Fans will also see a newly unearthed solo backstage performance by a singing Robby Krieger, a poem by Jim Morrison (while, in the background, you can hear Ray Manzarek’s piano work on “Love Street”), a never-before-seen altercation with legendary photographer Richard Avedon, a tranquil scene of Jim and his friends at peace in the cool waters of the Kern River, and much more.
Next is The Doors Are Open – A British TV documentary originally aired on December 17th, 1968, focused around the band’s performance at London’s Roundhouse, which took place just days after the completion of filming for Feast of Friends. Interspersed with the band’s music are intense scenes from the Vietnam War, political leaders, and riots back in the States. The Doors Are Open highlights the political relevance of The Doors’ opinionated lyrics and iconic sound while giving context to the tumultuous times in which they were living. Although previously released, the film has suffered from numerous sound and picture quality issues. Now the image quality has been dramatically improved and the sound has been transformed by Bruce Botnick to be as true to the original live sound as possible. 
Also included is The End - a feature that was filmed in Toronto, Canada in August 1967. This performance of ‘The End’ was for The O’Keefe Centre Presents: The Rock Scene – Like It Is.  It was originally broadcast on October 16, 1967 in Canada, and August 1, 1970 in the US as part of a musical program called The Now Explosion. In addition to the performance, it includes an introduction by Noel Harrison and later interviews by John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and longtime Doors collaborator Danny Sugerman. Many fans consider this recording to be one of the best Doors performances ever caught on film.
Feast of Friends paints a chaotic yet gentle picture of the humanistic side of The Doors seldom captured by anyone - at that time or since.  At one moment Morrison is fighting off legions of ravenous fans while at the same time taunting them to keep pressing on. These films represent the most requested visuals from The Doors via fan polls worldwide, finally presented together in stunning style; Feast of Friends is an historical piece of 60’s filmmaking that is important to both The Doors’ fans and the wider world of cinema.

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Erasure's new album 'The Violet Flame' streaming on USA Today

Fans of Erasure should immediately check out the stream of the duo's next album, titled The Violet Flame, which is available on the USA Today site. I am loving this record...Here is the media release and all the information on the forthcoming disc...


It’s all about hope, forgiveness, being given a new chance and the world being your oyster” - Andy Bell
Watch the euphoric video for Erasure’s brand new single, ‘Elevation’, out this week, September 16th,here: This is the first single from Erasure’s forthcoming album, The Violet Flamereleased September 23rd. Produced by Richard X, you can listen to a pre-release stream now from USA TODAY here.

The single, featuring BT’s transcendent reworking of this uplifting rush of a track will be available for sale along with re-workings from CutmoreClub Clique and more. Listen and share BT’s remix here.

Erasure’s worldwide tour is already underway, and the band have partnered up with Live Nation and Yahoo to live-stream their September 27th, 2014 concert, live from House of Blues Boston.  This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.  You can watch the Erasure show live on September 27thhere.

From the moment that The Violet Flame opens, the listener is drawn into Erasure’s empowering sense of optimism. Once again - as they approach 30 years of songwriting, having sold 25 million albums and achieved more than 40 hit singles - with their 16th studio album, the globally-adored duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have created another stunning success of emotionally-charged electro-pop with euphoric, synth-fuelled melodies that strike instantly to the heart.

The Violet Flame, recorded in New York and London and produced by Richard X, sees Erasure express an infectious zest for the future. The album’s creation – so soon after the release of 2013’s Snow Globe - followed a different path to previous Erasure releases. As ever, the songwriting was entirely collaborative but this time, the warmth of Miami gave a perfect backdrop for the album writing and the starting point, unusually, was Vince’s pre-recorded dance grooves. This proved to be a more instant method of songwriting that saw the songs flow at great speed.

“I found them very inspiring and the tunes just came out”, reflects Andy. “This time it was much more off the top of the head. All that we said was that we’d like to make an uptempo dance record. And that’s how it came out.”

The Violet Flame is available now to pre-order. As well as the standard version, The Violet Flame will be available as limited 2-CD edition, which features Erasure’s legendary live performance at Mute’s Short Circuit festival in 2011. In addition, there will be exclusive versions which include the 3-CD deluxe boxset as well as a VIP ticket bundle, featuring the album, premium ticket and opportunities to meet the band and much, much more, all available here.

The Violet Flame Tour is underway now, with special shows through the US including Las Vegas on Halloween and New York City on New Year’s Eve (full details below). Tickets are on sale now, full details from: http://www.erasureinfo.com/concerts/

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Bob Seger, The Empty Hearts,Ourlives, iRig Mic Mic HD


Happy Friday everybody! Here is a fun-filled roundup to get your weekend started...


Bob Seger's new studio album 'Ride Out' is now available for pre-order

Standard version of "Ride Out."
Capitol Records recording artist Bob Seger’s highly anticipated new studio album, Ride Out, is available now for pre-order on iTunes.com/BobSegerand Amazon.  Fans who pre-order the album will receive two instant grat tracks, “Detroit Made,” a hi-octane tribute to classic cars, and the tender ballad “You Take Me In.”  Ride Outis also available in a special deluxe edition featuring three bonus tracks (see attached tracklisting). The Standard Album will also be released on 180 gram vinyl.  All versions of the album will be released in stores October 14th.   The official music video for Bob Seger’s “Detroit Made”  premiered exclusively on RollingStone.com.  

On his 17th studio album, Ride Out finds Seger holding true to his legendary sound, effortlessly marrying blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock ‘n’ roll. Seger offers a collection of new songs, including “All of The Roads” and “Hey Gypsy,” that are a powerful and personal addition to the GRAMMY® Award-winning rocker’s extraordinary catalogue, rich with character and passion, and the great American songwriter’s always compelling take on the world around him.

Deluxe version of "Ride Out."
Seger also lends his signature style to several personal favorites written by other artists, including the driving first track, “Detroit Made” written by John Hiatt, “California Stars” featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie and music by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand,” and “Adam and Eve” penned by acclaimed Australian singer/songwriters Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

“I’m real excited about the album,” says Seger adding, “I hope the fans like it.  We worked real hard on it and here it is!”

Produced by SegerRide Out was recorded at Nashville’s historic Ocean Way Recording studios, with backing from a stunning array of Music City’s greatest musicians: Academy of Country Music Guitar Player of the Year 2014 Rob McNelley (who also serves as lead guitarist in Seger’s current live band), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Tammy Wynette), keyboardist and longtime live guitarist Jim “Moose” Brown (Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley), and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Joe Walsh). Vince Gill lends harmony vocals to “Listen,” while background vocals throughout the album come courtesy of Laura Creamer, Shaun Murphy, and Barbara Payton. RIDE OUT was mixed by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Lord-Alge (U2, Muse, Foo Fighters).

Seger is a multi-talented artist, songwriter, producer, and bandleader whose indelible body of work has affirmed his place in the annals of American music.  Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger has sold over 52 million albums and has earned 13 platinum and 7 multi-platinum RIAA Certified sales awards, including such landmark albums as Night MovesStranger In TownAgainst The WindLive Bullet and Nine Tonight, all of which have sold in excess of 5 million units. 

Pre-Order on iTunes.com/BobSeger
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The Empty Hearts announce new tour dates


"This is a pure delight. It's worth the investment, the time and the space in your mind. Fill the void with The Empty Hearts." Popdose

Photo: Robert Matheu
Santa Monica, CA, September 11, 2014: The Empty Hearts, the band featuring members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, have announced tour dates in October on the east coast and in Japan (see dates below). The band features Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke on drums, Wally Palmar on vocals, harmonica and guitar, and Andy Babiuk on bass. Co-produced by the band and Ed Stasium, The Empty Hearts is a raucous collection of tunes with each player's rock 'n' roll stripes on display - a bracing sound shaped by influences which span decades and include '50's American roots rock 'n' roll, 60's British invasion and 70's garage-punk. The album was recorded at Fab Gear Studios in Rochester, NY and also includes the Faces' Hall of Fame keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano. The Empty Hearts is available worldwide on 429 Records. 
The Empty Hearts (a name coined by Little Steven from his secret list of unused band names), is a band who sound like musical cohorts - who all came of age in the 70's and 80's music scenes and play by a DIY punk rock code of ethics. A self-proclaimed band of "rock and roll lifers", the chemistry clicked immediately--they are all connected having come together as a band of friends. 

Says Blurt Magazine: "What's great about The Empty Hearts' self-titled debut is that it proudly wears its influences on its sleeve and yet it sounds totally fresh. You get the feeling these guys had a blast making this record - which, apparently, they did." 


Confirmed Tour Dates:
10/16    Londonderry, NH        Tupelo Music Hall
10/17    Ardmore, PA               Ardmore Music Hall
10/18    Brooklyn, NY              The Knitting Factory
10/19    Cranston, RI               RICPA - Park Theatre
10/22    Tokyo, Japan              Billboard Live (2 shows)
10/23    Tokyo, Japan              Billboard Live (2 shows)

 
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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

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Icelandic indie-rock band Ourlives will release new album on October 14
Stream Ourlives New Song “Blissful Ignorance” Now At InterviewMagazine.com

Iceland’s best-kept indie-rock secret Ourlives will be releasing a new record, Den of Lions, on October 14 via Spartan Records. In anticipation, the band has premiered a new track called “Blissful Ignorance” today with InterviewMagazine.com.
Den of Lions is available now for pre-order at iTunes and on limited edition vinyl LP from Spartan Records at http://spr.tn/denoflions. All pre-orders will receive an instant download of “Blissful Ignorance.”


Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, musical prowess and pedigree innately runs through Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson’s veins. Together they are Ourlives, and over the last nine years they have been meticulously assembling the lush and layered musical narrative Den of Lions. Contributing to the post-Britpop tradition of bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, and Travis, Ourlives fuses together delicate textures with driving guitars and drum work, and seamlessly transition between spare and intimate ballads and soaring, declarative anthems.
“We’ve been in love with big sounding songs for as long as I can remember,” says Árnason. “With Den of Lions we tried to approach each song as honestly as possible. Each one had its own path, and we were not afraid to let it go where it naturally wanted to go.”
Nearly a decade in the making, Den of Lions emerges as a heartbreakingly gorgeous examination of love and darkness, intimacy and isolation, and paranoia and clarity. The record features 12 tracks overflowing with lush soundscapes, many of which have already been featured in a number of U.S. television shows on MTV, ABC and NBC networks.
By all accounts, Ourlives has received a warm and enthusiastic American reception. “Good music always finds a way to rise to the top, although sometimes it takes a little luck along the way,” says Árnason, “Icelandic artists have a good track record of getting heard outside of Iceland, and we are very proud and excited to continue that trend. Our label, Spartan Records, could not be more passionate about our band and they have been amazing to us. We have complete trust in them.”
“Discovering Ourlives on a trip to Iceland in 2010 and now being able to call them my great friends is proof of how small music can make the world,” says Spartan Records owner/operator John Frazier. “We are honored to release the band’s debut US full-length and can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with them just as much as we have.”
Den of Lions Track List:
1. Blissful Ignorance
2. Out of Place
3. Blurry Eyes
4. Núna
5. Anything Can Happen Now
6. A Sight To See
7. Seven Ways
8. Loose Lips
9. We Lost The Race
10. Too Much
11. Heart
12. Where Is The Way?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Deep Purple with Orchestra's 'Live In Verona' coming to Blu-ray/DVD/digital video on October 21

While traveling through Italy many years ago, I had the fortunate experience to catch a live performance of Puccini's amazing Italian opera 'Turandot' at the historic Arena di Verona. Now comes word that a performance by classic hard rockers Deep Purple's performance at that same ancient Roman venue is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats on Oct. 21... 

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE
 
DEEP PURPLE WITH ORCHESTRA
LIVE IN VERONA 
 
~ON DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL VIDEO~
 
~OCTOBER 21, 2014~

On October 21, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Verona by Deep Purple on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats.  This amazing performance includes such Deep Purple favorites as “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Strange Kind Of Woman,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Highway Star,” “Woman From Tokyo,” and many more, but with a twist – the added embellishment of a full symphony orchestra.
 
Filmed in the spectacular surroundings of the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre originally built in 30 AD, this concert from the summer of 2011 captures Deep Purple joined on stage by the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt for performances of all their classic tracks.
 
The line-up for this show features Ian Gillan (vocals); Ian Paice (drums); Roger Glover (bass); Steve Morse (guitar); and Don Airey (keyboards).  As bonus features, Live In Verona includes two extra tracks, “Hush” and “Black Night,” both of which were also recorded that night.
 
Deep Purple remain one of the finest hard rock bands on the planet and are undoubtedly at their best when performing live. On Live In Verona, the orchestral arrangements give an added depth and range to the familiar songs. Playing with the orchestra and performing in such a historical location embellished Deep Purple’s already electric stage presence to new heights, delivering a brilliant show.
 
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
 

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TRACK LISTING
1) Deep Purple Overture  
2) Highway Star  
3) Hard Lovin’ Man  
4) Maybe I’m A Leo  
5) Strange Kind Of Woman  
6) Rapture Of The Deep  
7) Woman From Tokyo             
8) Contact Lost  
9) When A Blind Man Cries  
10) The Well Dressed Guitar               
11) Knocking At Your Back Door  
12) Lazy  
13) No One Came  
14) Don Airey Solo  
15) Perfect Strangers  
16) Space Truckin’  
17) Smoke On The Water

U2 to release 'Songs of Innocence' via Interscope Records on October 14, 2014

By now many (if not most) of you have already listened to U2's new album 'Songs Of Innocence' via the iTunes release on Tuesday. Here are more details on the album, including a deluxe version set to land next month...I've been listening (and loving) to 'Songs Of Innocence' since its release and will have plenty to say in my column that runs next week...


U2 To Release "Songs Of Innocence" On Interscope Records October 14

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE FOR NEW ALBUM COMES ON THE HEELS OF HISTORIC ITUNES INITIATIVE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014


U2 photo courtesy of Interscope Records
U2's latest studio album Songs Of Innocence (Interscope Records), containing 11 new tracks, will be released on October 14th, 2014.  The news comes after the album was gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

Songs of Innocence is U2's most personal work to date, charting the band's earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.
The track listing for Songs Of Innocence is as follows:
The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
Every Breaking Wave
California (There Is No End To Love)
Song For Someone
Iris (Hold Me Close)
Volcano
Raised By Wolves
Cedarwood Road
Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
The Troubles
In addition, U2 will be releasing a deluxe version of Songs Of Innocence, which will contain an acoustic session of select songs from the album plus four additional tracks:
Lucifer's Hands
The Crystal Ballroom
The Troubles (Alternative version)
Sleep Like A Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Billboard: U2's 'Songs' Arrives, But Giveaway Model Will Push Back Its Billboard 200 Debut

I received this update in my inbox from Billboard and it's definitely worth reviewing. I've been listening to the new U2 album since yesterday, but my full-length review won't run until next week. My initial reaction is the album is very strong...



According to Billboard, while U2 surprised the music world by releasing its new albumSongs of Innocenceyesterday (Sept. 9, 2014) as a free download to iTunes Store account holders and for streaming on Beats Music, you won't see it on the Billboard 200 albums chart for another month and a half.

Free or giveaway albums are not eligible for inclusion on Billboard's album charts and do not count toward sales tracked by Nielsen SoundScan (which supplies data for Billboard's sales-driven charts). 
Once Songs of Innocence goes on sale beginning Oct. 14, it will then set its sights on Billboard's sales charts. On that date, the album will be available in both standard and deluxe editions to physical and digital retailers, as well as on streaming services other than Beats.

​Full article: 
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6244160/u2-songs-of-innocence-free-charts

On a related note, check out the New York Times' in-depth and mostly positive assessment of Songs of Innocence from writer Joe Pareles here. For a different take on the album, check out Lindsay Zoladz's negative review on the Vulture site. I am always cautious to dive in and write an album review with only a few listens/ less than a day to live with the music, but both writers seem pretty sure of all things related to the disc. I always figure if an artist is going to spend months or years working on an album, I owe it to them to listen to the album at least 3 or 4 times, and do it over a few different days to "live with the music" for a bit before writing my full review.

Photo of U2 courtesy of Interscope Records

Monday, September 08, 2014

Glen Campbell to release last song he ever recorded on September 30

Bittersweet news to be sure, but I am always happy to champion the music of the great Glen Campbell...

COUNTRY ICON GLEN CAMPBELL TO RELEASE LAST SONG HE EVER RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

"GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME" OFFICIAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK EP Slated for 9/30 on Big Machine Records

Courtesy of Big Machine Records
NASHVILLE, TN (September 8, 2014) – Honored in 2012 with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell has recorded his last song. 

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was written by Campbell and Julian Raymond specifically for a new documentary titled GLEN CAMPBELL...I’LL BE ME. Produced by Raymond, the song was recorded in the Los Angeles-based Sunset Sound Factory and East West Recording Studios. The song will be released on September 30 to all digital retailers. 

With a mere handful of piano chords, then a swell of harmonies, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” opens into the poignant, yet clear-eyed revelation of the things Alzheimer’s steals.  Almost lumbering through the melody, Campbell’s weathered tenor confesses the painful truths of what is lost, the cost – and the reality that it will all be lost to him, the man who can’t remember. Pedal steel weeps, strings bathe the melody that rises against drums and an electric guitar that mirrors the unbreakable passage of life and time.

GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME is an epic human drama that intimately showcases the man and his music throughout Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Chronicling the story of love, laughter, resilience and power of song, this film shows how against all odds, America’s greatest country star would not give up. Directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), GLEN CAMPBELL...I’LL BE ME will open in theaters in New York on October 24, followed by a national release to 50 cities.

Big Machine Records will proudly release a soundtrack for the film that also features The Band Perry, who previously paid tribute to Campbell during the 2012 GRAMMY Awards. The project also features Campbell’s daughter Ashley Campbell who performs an original song. 

“We are so honored to not only release Glen Campbell’s final recording, but to be associated with such a profound film that will help raise awareness of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and spotlight the important role of those who care for them, ” remarked Big Machine Label Group President CEO Scott Borchetta who serves as the project’s Executive Producer with Keach. 

Previewing the full body of work, GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME SOUNDTRACK EP will be released on September 30 and include the following tracks: 

1. I'm Not Gonna Miss You
Glen Campbell at the Grove of
Anaheim. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
    

         
2. Gentle On My Mind
 (performed by The Band Perry)                              
3. Home Again 
(performed by Ashley Campbell)                                    
4. Wichita Lineman 
(Live from Ryman Auditorium)


5.  A Better Place (Live from Ryman Auditorium) 

A complete soundtrack featuring additional tracks from the film will be released later this fall. 

Additionally, several of today’s biggest musical stars appear in the film to pay tribute to the legend including Bruce SpringsteenBill Clinton, The Edge (from U2), Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Taylor Swift,  Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith, and The Band Perry. 

See the trailer for the film at http://glencampbellmovie.com

Click here to read my review of Glen Campbell's performance at the Grove of Anaheim in October 2010. What a fantastic performance.