Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Royalty on display: Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Scorpions

Several essential documentaries and a remastered live album from the Fab Four are available now.

Artist: Everly Brothers
Title: Harmonies From Heaven (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: The Everly Brothers, the Beatles, Bo Diddley
Tell me more: "Any musician with a set of ears was influenced by the Everly Brothers," Graham Nash says at the beginning of the excellent documentary film Harmonies From Heaven, newly available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital. Later on, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards opines: "They were the country side of rock 'n' roll." "Harmonies From Heaven" features not only Nash and Richards, but Art Garfunkel, Dave Edmunds, Albert Lee and many more influential musicians and industry insiders who discuss how they were influenced by the Everly Brothers. From 1957 to 1962, brothers Phil and Don Everly scored success on both the pop and country charts with a string of undeniable hits, and the energy and magic of the brothers' ascension is celebrated across the documentary. In addition to the 90-minute documentary Harmonies From Heaven, there is a bonus disc with a full-length concert film captured at a nightclub in Sydney in 1968 featuring the Everly Brothers performing "Bye Bye Love" "Wake Up Little Susie," "Cathy's Clown," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and many more unforgettable classics. Information:

Buy 'Harmonies From Heaven' [Blu-ray version]

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: Classic Albums  Pet Sounds (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson
Tell me more: The 11th album released by the Beach Boys was definitely a keeper. Pet Sounds is one of those amazing albums like the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Zombies' Odyssey and Oracle that continues to win converts as time races on. And the wonder of the Beach Boys' masterpiece is wonderfully detailed courtesy of the latest "Classic Albums" documentary series, Classic Albums  Pet Sounds available Sept. 23, 2016. The creation of "Pet Sounds," recorded in late 1965 and early 1966, is well detailed in this winning documentary that is bolstered by interviews with all the surviving members of the Beach Boys and other involved in the disc's creation. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the new release of Classic Albums  Pet Sounds includes more than 30 minutes of additional interviews not included on the original broadcast version. Information:


Artist: The Beatles
Title: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
You might like if you enjoy: The Beatles
Tell me more: Just when you think you have heard everything the Beatles have ever recorded, along comes another jewel to help celebrate the legacy of the Fab Four. Released earlier this month, the Beatles' Live at the Hollywood Bowl (available on audio CD, vinyl and digitally) truly captures the energy and fan frenzy of Beatlemania. Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl during a trio of sold-out summertime dates in 1964 and 1965, the original recordings have been remastered by Giles Martin, the talented son of the Beatles' late producer George Martin. The great news now, that is unlike the 1977 vinyl release, the Beatles' stellar voices and musicianship can be heard clearly above the girls' screams. In addition, there are four additional bonus tracks not included on the original release. Information:

Purchase 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl' CD version

Artist: Scorpions
Title: Live in Munich 2012 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: AC/DC, UFO
Tell me more: After more than 50 years, Germany's Scorpions are still very much in the game. One of rock's most enduring and best-ever hard rock outfits, the quintet's legacy and distinctive sound is celebrated across the new concert film Live in Munich 2012. Filmed at the final concert stop of the Scorpions' "Sting In The Tale" world tour, the event finds the band delivering a powerful punch at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on Dec. 17, 2012, a true homecoming show. Highlights include the power ballad "Still Loving You," rockers "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "The Zoo" and "Big City Nights," and the timeless political-minded ballad "Wind Of Change." Information:

Buy 'Live in Munich 2012' [Blu-ray version] here

Robert Kinsler

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