Sunday, September 06, 2015

New music DVD titles roundup: Glen Campbell, Simon and Garfunkel, George Strait, Aerosmith

Affecting tributes to the artistry of Glen Campbell, George Strait and Simon and Garfunkel, as well as a recent concert film from Aerosmith celebrate seminal artists.

Artist: Glen Campbell
Title: Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me (Virgil Films)
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Tell me more: When Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me was aired on CNN earlier this summer, the documentary chronicling singer-guitarist Glen Campbell's courageous battle to perform a farewell tour while suffering with Alzheimer's disease set attracted an all-time high audience for a CNN Films broadcast with almost three million viewers. The film, directed powerfully throughout by James Keach, provides an honest look at Campbell, his career and wide-ranging influence. While special appearances by the celebrated likes of The Edge (U2), Vince Gill, Steve Martin, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney add depth to the proceedings, it is the very personal story of Campbell, the love he shares with his family and the strength he draws from music making that make this film especially poignant. Information:

Purchase 'Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me' on DVD here

Buy the 'Glen Campbell I'll Be Me' Soundtrack here

Artist: George Strait
Title: The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: George Strait, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride
Tell me more: An enthusiastic, capacity crowd of more than 100,000 fans gathered inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in June 2014 to catch a special performance featuring legendary country singer George Strait and a wide range of guests. Whether kicking things off with the uptempo "Check Yes Or No," singing emotive ballads "A Fire I Can't Put Out" and "Lead On," or showcasing his distinctive vocals on the breezy "River Of Love," the Texas native's connection with the audience is fully captured across the three-hour film. The wealth of guest appearances includes Strait sharing vocals with Vince Gill on the infectious "The Love Bug" dance-minded "Fool Hearted Memory" with Jason Aldean, the authentic "Jackson" featuring singer Martina McBride, the spirited duet "How 'Bout Them Cowgirls" with Miranda Lambert and many more. As if the winning 40-song set wasn't enough, bonus features on the DVD package includes commentary from Strait on the final record-breaking night of his "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" and interviews with the guests. Information: 

Purchase 'George Strait/The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium' on DVD here

Artist: Simon and Garfunkel
Title: The Concert in Central Park (Sony Legacy)
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Tell me more: Released in early August as a stunning CD/DVD deluxe edition, Simon and Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park is the perfect way to revisit the 10-time Grammy Award winning duo's legendary reunion concert staged in New York City's Central Park on Sept. 19, 1981. Performing in front of an estimated 500,000 fans, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel offered up a mix of their most beloved work (including a few select hits pulled from their solo careers). Both the audio and video has never sounded or looked better, and watching the talented pair profoundly touch thousands with potent versions of "Homeward Bound," "America," "Scarborough Fair," "The Boxer," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and many more still brings chills. An essential moment forever captured, it also serves as a bittersweet reminder that Simon and Garfunkel may not sing together again. Information:

Buy 'Concert in Central Park' here

Artist: Aerosmith
Title: Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Aerosmith
Tell me more: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith are among rock's most famed '70s-spawned artists, and the band's 45-year career is embraced on Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, a 20-song set captured at England's Donington Park in June 2014. Highlights from throughout the top-selling American rock band of all time are featured with consistently-energetic versions, including early nuggets like "Train Kept A-Rollin'," "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion," or post-70s radio favorites including "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," "Janie's Got A Gun," and "Jaded."  Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is available in a number of formats, including as a Blu-ray + 2 CD, DVD + 2 CD, DVD + 3 vinyl LP, and digital formats. Information:

Purchase 'Rocks Donington 2014' [Blu-ray] here

Robert Kinsler

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