Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Live At Blair' featuring Alison Brown Quartet, Roger McGuinn's 'Thunderbyrd' DVDs coming next week

Two exciting and highly-anticipated DVD releases are set for next week. I wanted to share the news since these under-the-radar collections may not be in stores forever. Indeed, I recently had a pal complain he could no longer get an out-of-circulation DVD title that featured the Beatles and it had been issued everywhere a few years ago...

Alison Brown Quartet 'Live At Blair' DVD set to arrive in stores on Tuesday, Oct. 26

Forthcoming DVD to also feature Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet alum)

Filmed at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Live At Blair showcases the virtuosic Alison Brown Quartet on a riveting set of the group’s best-loved compositions. Filmed in HD, recorded in high-end audio and featuring a guest appearance from multi-instrumentalist and David Grisman Quintet alum Joe Craven, this is the GRAMMY-award winning artist’s first live DVD recording in a 15-year career that spans eight albums, countless tours, appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in the Wall Street Journal.

RELIX.COM HOSTING PREMIERE OF ROGER MCGUINN'S THUNDERBYRD ARCHIVAL ROCKPALAST PERFORMANCE the online home of Relix Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of ROGER MCGUINN'S THUNDERBYRD performing "Eight Miles High". This video was taken from the forthcoming DVD ROGER MCGUINN'S THUNDERBYRD ROCKPALAST Westcoast Legends Volume 4.

You can view it on the homepage.

This performance which took place at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany on July 23 and 24 of 1977 is finally being released from the ROCKPALAST archives and will be in stores on October 25, 2010 from MIG Music.

With his band THUNDERBYRD (a tribute to Bob Dylans's Rolling Thunder Review) that included Rick Vito on guitar, Greg Thomas on drums and Charlie Harrison on bass and vocals, MCGUINN celebrated his musical history, including BYRD'S classics such as: "Turn Turn Turn", "Mr. Tambourine Man", and "Eight Miles High".

ROCKPALAST is a world renowned German television series that began airing in 1974 on the German television station Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Translated into English as "Rock Palace" the television series still airs today. Over the years countless artists and bands have appeared on the show and now MIG is pleased to present four memorable performances from some of Rock's most iconic bands and musicians. All of the recordings will be available in CD and DVD format, with the exception of the JOHN CALE release which has a Double CD, Double DVD and an LP version and the ROGER MCGUINN release which is available only on DVD.

Other ROCKPALAST releases from MIG on October 25th include:


Recorded at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany on October 13, 1984 JOHN CALE starts off his set with the classic "Autobiography" this concert features CALE at his very best. The performance includes songs such as "Caribbean Sunset", "Fear is a Man's Best Friend", "Paris 1919" and a breathtaking version of the Velvet Underground classic "Waiting for the Man"

Supported by David Lichtenstein on drums, Andy Heermans on bass, and David Young on guitar, this performance remains to this day one of the most spectacular concerts in the history of ROCKPALAST


In sharp contrast to the first performance, you can see and hear CALE'S solo performance recorded the year before on March 6th at the Zeche Bochum. Here you will find the more introverted JOHN CALE: A man with his guitar and piano performing his all-time classics.

MICHAEL SCHENKER has always been an artist who never made false compromises. Even when he was the guitarist in world famous bands such as The Scorpions and UFO his unique style soon became the trademark sound at the time for each of these bands. By the end of the Seventies, the typical confines of being in a band began to limit Schenker more and more. So he took the next logistical step in his career and left UFO to form his own band, THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP.

Filmed on January 24, 1981 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany, this concert presents the first MSG album almost in its entirety (and almost in the same running order) including the two greatest songs SCHENKER created with UFO: "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom" After more than 20 years this intense hard rock document finally is available to all fans in perfect quality.

From the first notes of "Lettin' Go" you can hear an experienced band celebrating a compact, homogenic, and straight forward performance. UFO took to the stage on November 29, 1980 at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. During this show they tore through their hits including: "Lights Out", "Too Hot to Handle", "Only You Can Rock Me", "Cherry" as well as a magnificent cover of Elvis Presely's "Mystery Train". Ending the night with a breathtaking encore which included "Rock Bottom" and "Doctor Doctor", this concert remains a stunning document of the power and perfection of one of the greatest hard rock bands that have ever existed

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