Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sights and Sounds: Jeff Healy Band, Warren Haynes, Curt Smith

With the holidays just around the corner, there is no better time to start thinking about what gifts you might want to get some of your favorite music fans! In this post, I highlight a number of forthcoming releases that are definitely worth seeking out...


Full Circle: The Live Anthology With Three CDs and One DVD Lands November 1, 2011

Eagle Rock Entertainment celebrates the life of Jeff Healey (1966-2008) with the November 1 release of Full Circle: The Live Anthology, a beautifully packaged boxed set containing three CDs and one DVD. [MSRP $29.98]

Known as one of the great guitar players of his generation, Healey, blind since age one, played the guitar on his lap, pedal-steel style. His soulful vocals and instrumental dexterity criss-crossed genres with ease but his heart was firmly entrenched within the blues-rock tradition.

Three complete concerts, captured in stunning aural clarity (Dolby Digital Stereo) are represented in this incredible set. In 1989, the Jeff Healey Band supported its See The Light debut album by performing at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. In 1991, the band toured Switzerland appearing at the St. Gallen Open Air Festival (on CD and DVD in this set). In 1995, after achieving international fame, they returned home to Toronto for a rousing hero’s welcome in front of a hometown crowd, in support of their Cover To Cover album.

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.


Disc 1 (CD):

Live At The Montreal Jazz Fest – 1989

1. The Better It Gets

2. I’m Tore Down

3. My Little Girl

4. Blue Jean Blues

5. Confidence Man

6. I Need To Be Loved

7. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky

8. Angel Eyes

9. Roadhouse Blues

10. Hide Away

11. That’s What They Say

Disc 2 (CD):

Live At The St. Gallen Open Air Festival – 1991

1. My Little Girl

2. Blue Jean Blues

3. I Think I Love You Too Much

4. How Long Can A Man Be Strong

5. I Can’t Get My Hands On You

6. Full Circle

7. Angel Eyes

8. Guitar Solo

9. See The Light

10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Disc 3 (CD):

Live At The Hard Rock Toronto – 1995

1. I Got A Line On You

2. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues

3. As The Years Go Passing By

4. Yer Blues

5. Stuck In The Middle With You

6. Evil (Is Going On)

7. Angel

8. See The Light

Disc 4 (DVD):

Live At The St. Gallen Open Air Festival – 1991

1. My Little Girl

2. Blue Jean Blues

3. I Think I Love You Too Much

4. How Long Can A Man Be Strong

5. I Can’t Get My Hands On You

6. Full Circle

7. Angel Eyes

8. Guitar Solo

9. See The Light

10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps


Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Volume 4, a 2-disc live benefit concert featuring Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & Friends, John Hiatt & The Goners, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, moe and more will be released December 6, 2011 via Evil Teen. The Benefit Volume 4 was recorded at the 14th annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC on December 21, 2002. Proceeds from the album will Benefit the Asheville Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Listen to "Worried Down With The Blues" by Gov't Mule here:

The Benefit Volume 4 features over 2.5 hours of scorching blues, roots and rock including Bob Weir & Friends versions of classic Grateful Dead songs including "Truckin," Gov't Mule favorites "Sco-Mule" and "Worried Down with the Blues" and a mind-bending slide guitar/pedal steel duel between Warren and Robert Randolph set to "Shake Your Hips."

The Christmas Jam tradition continues this year with the 23rd installment in Warren's hometown of Asheville, NC on December 10 featuring Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov't Mule and more. For more info:

Warren Haynes is ranked #23 on Rolling Stone's Best Guitarists Of All Time list and his recent solo Stax/Concord Music Group release Man In Motion debuted in the Billboard Top 20.

Track listing and full credits:
Featuring: Bob Weir & Friends, Gov't Mule, Jerry Joseph, John Hiatt & The Goners, moe., Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Sons of Ralph

With very special guests: Artimus Pyle, Audley Freed, Dave Schools, DJ Logic, Dr. Dan Matrazzo, Greg Rzab, Jon Smith, Mike Barnes

Produced by Warren Haynes

1. Carolina In My Mind - Warren Haynes w/Don Lewis
2. 111 - Sons of Ralph
3. Nine Pound Hammer - Sons of Ralph w/Warren Haynes
4. The Kind Of Place - Jerry Joseph
5. Climb To Safety - Jerry Joseph w/Robert Randolph, Dave Schools & Matt Abts
6. Looking Out My Window - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
7. Shake Your Hips - Robert Randolph & The Family Band w/Warren Haynes & Danny Louis
8. Dark Star Jam > Mexico - moe.
9. Opium - moe. w/Warren Haynes

Disc 2:
1. Ride Along - John Hiatt & The Goners
2. Tiki Bar Is Open - John Hiatt & The Goners w/Jon Smith
3. Memphis In The Meantime - John Hiatt & The Goners w/Warren Haynes
4. Shakedown Street - Bob Weir & Friends
5. Truckin' - Bob Weir & Friends
6. The Other One - Bob Weir & Friends
7. Worried Down With The Blues - Gov't Mule w/Greg Rzab
8. Sco-Mule - Gov't Mule w/Greg Rzab, Dr. Dan Mattrazo, Jon Smith, Mike Barnes & DJ Logic
9. Simple Man - Gov't Mule w/Dave Schools, Artimus Pyle, Audley Freed, Mike Barnes & Rob Barraco


Tears For Fears Co-Founder To Reissue Out Of Print Solo Album

Tears For Fears co-founder Curt Smith has announced that he’ll be re-releasing his long out-of-print solo album, Mayfield, on November 15, 2011 via his own KOOK Media imprint and eOne Music Canada (for Canadian digital sales). The release will include a new bonus track, “Trees,” featuring Janice Whaley.

“Mayfield was a band I formed after moving to New York, a couple of years into my hiatus from Tears For Fears,” Smith says. “The premise was to not use my name (hence “Mayfield”: Curt-is Mayfield, get it?) and just try to rediscover the joys of music through playing live. We played at downtown New York clubs like Brownie’s, Mercury Lounge and CBGB’s. Those were a couple of the most enjoyable years I’ve spent as a musician.”

The songs on Mayfield, written with Smith’s longtime collaborator Charlton Pettus, were recorded live, with overdubbing and editing used sparingly. The album, released in 1997, was recorded in just three weeks. In addition to Smith (who played bass and handled all the lead vocals), Mayfield’s members included Pettus on guitar and backing vocals, Doug Petty on keyboards, Russ Irwin on keyboards and backing vocals, and Shawn Pelton on drums. Petty and Pettus have played in the Tears For Fears touring band since 2004.

The album’s original tracklist remains intact, and includes a bonus re-recording of the song “Trees.” Musician Janice Whaley, known for “The Smiths Project,” used multiple loops of her own voice as the instrument bed for the track, to mesmerizing effect, and Smith laid down a new lead vocal. Fans who already own Mayfield will be able to purchase the bonus track by itself via digital download.

“Mayfield” will be available in digital format from all major online retailers, and in physical CD format from and at Smith’s shows. Smith also plans a limited edition Mayfield deluxe bundle that will include exclusive collectibles, which will be available only on his website at

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