Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sights and Sounds: Counting Crows, Deep Purple, Mr. Big, Buddy Jewel

If it's Monday, it must be time to highlight the release of a number of upcoming new releases and reissues. What follows are some highlights that have recently landed in my inbox. Enjoy!

Counting Crows - August And Everything After - Live At Town Hall is set for release on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011


Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the simultaneous release on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on August 30 of August And Everything After – Live At Town Hall from Counting Crows. The DVD and Blu-Ray are the first-ever video releases from this acclaimed band and all formats of this release feature the complete album August And Everything After performed live with extended running times and a few surprises. The set list of this live show includes the hit singles “Mr Jones,” “Round Here” and “Rain King.” [Pre-book Order Date August 5, 2011, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]

Counting Crows’ debut album August And Everything After was released in late 1993 and went on to sell over seven million copies in America. On September 18, 2007, the band performed the complete album live at Town Hall in New York City.

The lineup for this stellar evening captured on August And Everything After – Live At Town Hall was: Jim Bogios (drums, vocals, percussion); David Bryson (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals); Adam Duritz (vocals); Charles Gillingham (piano, hammond B-3 organ, accordian, harmonica, vocals); David Immergluck (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, pedal steel, vocals), Millard Powers (bass, vocals, piano); Dan Vickrey (electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, vocals). This live showcase of their complete debut album proves what truly great performing artists Counting Crows are.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

1) Round Here / Raining In Baltimore
2) Omaha
3) Mr. Jones
4) Introduction To Perfect Blue Buildings
5) Perfect Blue Buildings
6) Anna Begins
7) Time And Time Again
8) Rain King
9) Introduction To Sullivan Street
10) Sullivan Street
11) Ghost Train
12) A Murder Of One



It was the summer of 1968. Lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paice, bassist Nick Simper and vocalist Rod Evans, known collectively as Deep Purple, released Shades Of Deep Purple. The introduction to America was the Top 5 hit “Hush.”

On July 26, 2011, Eagle Rock Entertainment will re-release one of the greatest debuts in all of hard rock, Shades Of Deep Purple, in addition to its follow-up, The Book Of Taliesyn (originally released four months later that same year), and their 1969 self-titled third album. All three re-releases come complete with bonus tracks of b-sides, studio outtakes and BBC jams. [MSRP $9.98]

Shades Of Deep Purple indeed had many colorations. The high percentage of instrumentals immediately set them apart from their peers. Their covers of The Beatles (“Help”), Cream (“I’m So Glad”) and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (“Hey Joe”) are totally unique. Clearly, this was a band heralded for greatness.

The Book Of Taliesyn cemented their rep for swirling keyboard drama and the kind of electric guitar soloing that only the greats could pull off. This time the hit was a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman.” But it was the creative reworking of another Beatles tune, “We Can Work It Out,” as well as a righteous rockin’ treatment of Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High,” jamming on for over 10 minutes that caught the attention of the underground.

Deep Purple, the album, capped off a tumultuous year in rock’n’roll history (1969). Deep Purple, the band, was obviously meant to start trends, not follow them, which led them to become one of the most influential rock bands in history. Their cover of Donovan’s “Lalena” is true to the spirit of the song: simplistically beautiful, one that singer Evans captures dramatically. With a mix of the psychedelic and the growing jam mentality that infused these tracks with dynamic musicianship, originals such as “The Painter” and “Emmaretta” alone carved out a hunk of Blackmore’s growing legend. And Lord’s liquid organ fills permeated the mix with the kind of high-octane quiver that was cinematic in scope. This is the album that gave a hint to the direction the band would pursue upon vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover replacing Evans and Simper on the very next album.

MR. BIG Embarking on U.S.A. Tour

New Release What If… Out Now!

MR. BIG will once again unleash their brand of brutal fury on their first U.S. tour in 15 years starting July 30th, in SanDiego at the 4th & B. Returning fresh from a successful run of tour dates overseas, vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey, will be hitting the road in the United States this summer in support of the band’s new album, WHAT IF… "Man, it's been a long time,” states guitarist Paul Gilbert. I can't wait to play our first show in AMERICA in about 15 years. It's gonna be huge!"

What If… is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.

Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", Green-Tinted sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover".

What If… is released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.

What If… track-listing includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won't Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the video clips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

In other Mr. Big news, the next single from the new album, “American Beauty,” will ship to radio in July in support of the tour.

MR. BIG on tour:

30 San Diego, CA 4th & B
31 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club

2 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
4 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
5 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
6 Modesto, CA Xclamation Festival
8 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
9 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
13 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
16 Pittsburgh, PA Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
17 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
19 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
20 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
23 New York, NY BB King’s
24 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
26 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
27 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
30 Houston, TX House Of Blues
31 Dallas, TX House Of Blues

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Buddy Jewell, winner of USA Network’s Nashville Star debut season, releases his latest album project I Surrender All and signs with Cathy Nakos of CN Productions for management direction.
Last year, Buddy formed his own label imprint, Diamond Dust Records, which was inspired by his dedication to our US troops and Christian charity organization Compassion International. The debut single "Somebody Who Would Die For You," topped the Christian Country chart. His new single "Jesus, Elvis and Me" is shipping to Country, Gospel and Christian Country stations this month.
The new album project is available online at iTunes and Amazon, as well as other online outlets. Fans can resource Buddy online at

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