Sunday, June 01, 2014

Sounds of the '70s celebrated via Toto, Milk Carton Kids, 'Festival Express,' Little Feat

Robert Kinsler takes a look at some recent DVD releases highlighting continuing interest in the far-flung sounds of the 1970s…

This year has seen a burgeoning interest in the sounds and styles of the 1970s. Look no further than the growing interest in Toto and Little Feat, the welcome reissue of Festival Express as well as the popularity of the retro-mining folk duo Milk Carton Kids.

Artist: Toto
Title: 35th Anniversary Tour - Live in Poland (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Toto, ASIA
Tell me more: Toto knew the perfect place to celebrate and chronicle the band's 35th anniversary tour last summer. Filmed at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland in June 2013, the group performed an energetic and memorable show in front of a capacity crowd that greeted the classic rock band like they were the next big thing. All the group's hits are featured across the two hour-plus performance, with a 10-minute performance of the epic "Africa" a definite highlight courtesy of a lush arrangement that includes a world music-styled breakdown and amazing Nathan East bass solo. A behind-the-scenes feature looks at the band with 2014 interviews sheds lights on the group's rise from a group of San Fernando Valley, California high school pals to bona fide hit makers. Information: and
Purchase '35th Anniversary Toto Live in Poland'

Artist: The Milk Carton Kids
Title: Live From Lincoln Theatre (ANTI-)
You might like if you enjoy: Simon & Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers 
Tell me more: While the beautiful harmonies and gentle melodies enveloped in The Milk Carton Kids' folk sound recalls Simon & Garfunkel, there is more to the duo's approach than their famous musical ancestors. On the newly-issued concert film Live From Lincoln TheatreKenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan prove why they are as popular with Millennials as Baby Boomers. The introspective "The Ash & Clay," harmonies-laden "Honey, Honey" and ornate "Years Gone By" with sensational guitar work from Pattengale (who also directed the film) are among the winning songs featured during the concert. Humor is also a key element of the duo's live show, as evidenced by Ryan's masterfully delivered Bob Newhart-styled intros on a number of the songs. Information:
Buy 'Live From Lincoln Theatre' here

Artists: Janis Joplin, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, more
Title: Festival Express (Shout! Factory)
You might like if you enjoy: Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy
Tell me more: A financial disaster when the train-anchored five-day tour stretched across Canada in summer 1970, the aptly-titled Festival Express ultimately proved to be an artistic triumph featuring some of the era's greatest artists in enduring performances. Shout! Factory's recently-released 2-disc DVD version of Bob Smeaton's 2003 documentary of the tour (also available on Blu-ray) truly captures the spirit and amazing performances by the celebrated likes of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, bluesman Buddy Guy, the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Band and more. In addition to the original documentary film and theatrical trailer, there are a number of bonus performances too. Information: and
Climb aboard 'Festival Express' here

Title: Live in Holland 1976 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Classic Little Feat, the Grateful Dead
Tell me more: Thirty-five years after the untimely death of Lowell George, the classic line-up of Little Feat he co-founded with Bill Bayne lives again on the wonderful Live in Holland 1976. The special CD/DVD collection showcases the six-member band at the top of their powers, playing that magical blend of blues, rock, country, folk, soul and jazz that was the group's own. The collection (which includes the June 7, 1976 concert on audio CD and on an accompanying DVD) includes many of their best-known songs ("Rock and Roll Doctor," "Feats Don't Fail Me Now," "Dixie Chicken" and "Fat Man In A Bathtub"). Information:
Purchase 'Live in Holland 1976'

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