Monday, June 29, 2020

Legendary artists shine on far-flung titles

Whether you are looking for a great concert film title, essential reissue or something completely new, this roundup features titles aimed at discerning music lovers...

Artist: INXS
Title: Live Baby Live (Eagle Vision)
You might like if you enjoy: INXS
Tell me more: The release of Live Baby Live has provided a magical way to rediscover INXS. Filmed at Wembley Stadium in London, Live Baby Live chronicles the Australian outfit's full-length headlining concert in front of more than 73,000 fans on July 13, 1991. The band was on fire throughout the satisfying set, and the title (available via 4K and HD digital download, 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD) looks and sounds fantastic. Indeed, the original 35mm film was completely restored for the debut commercial run shown in theaters around the world in late 2019; additionally the audio was remixed and remastered by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios  the concert is presented in full for the first time and is spectacular. Watching the captivating performance by charismatic singer Michael Hutchence and his five bandmates thrill the crowd for more than 90 minutes, the parade of hits and satisfying deep cuts never falters.  Exciting takes on "New Sensation," "Original Sin" (the band's first #1 hit in their native Australia), "Mystify," "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside" and many more are obvious favorites; the band's powerful dance rocker "Suicide Blonde," soulful "Disappear," acoustic ballad "By My Side" and ornate "Lately" are among the other delights showcased across the film. The physical packages feature new 4K-sourced photography from the show, new notes from the band and an essay by broadcaster and super INXS fan Jamie East, who was in the crowd that day. Information:

Artist: Eric Clapton & B.B. King
Title: Riding With The King (Reprise Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Eric Clapton, B.B. King
Tell me more: When blues titans Eric Clapton & B.B. King teamed up to record tracks for the June 2000 LP Riding With The King, the results were glorious and earned the duo the 2000 Grammy Award© for Best Traditional Blues Album. Now an expanded and remastered 20th Anniversary edition of the album shines a well-deserved look back at the magical project. The uplifting John Hiatt-penned title track, wistful Chicago blues ballad "Ten Long Years" (showcasing King's expressive baritone vocals), blues rocker "I Wanna Be" and swinging "Days of Old" resonant with all the power that greeted the release's arrival two decades ago. Other standouts include a Delta-flavored cover of the William Broonzy & Charles Seger classic "Key to the Highway," the funky "Marry You" and poignant blues gospel cut "Help the Poor." Two additional tracks recorded during the original 1999 sessions are available for the first time; the acoustic "Rollin' and Tumblin' " finds Clapton and King trading verses on the blues standard while the LP is capped with an unheard cover of Willie Dixon's powerful "Let Me Love You Baby" featuring King in one of his most mighty vocal performances on the disc. There is a warmth and authenticity as the two long-time friends and icons share lead vocals, guitar licks, a love of the blues and musical bond across the 14 tracks. Among the famed musicians who are featured with Clapton and King are Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall II, Jim Keltner and Andy Fairweather LowThe 14-track collection is available in all formats including a 180-gram black double vinyl package. A limited edition 180-gram blue vinyl double LP set is available exclusively via Clapton's official online store and at indie retailers. The vinyl was mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles. Information:

Artist: Rogers & Butler
Title: Poets & Sinners (Zip Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Badfinger, Shoes, the Kinks, the Hollies
Tell me more: Having issued the impressive four-song EP Diana Dors in early 2019, Rogers & Butler are back with their wonderful new full-length debut Poets & Sinners. Edward Rogers (vocals) and Steve Butler (vocals, guitar) lead a musical troupe of seven other musicians who collectively display a muscular style of melodic rock strongly rooted in classic song craft and bolstered by loads of inventive touches and winning harmonies. The tuneful "A Satisfied Mind," chamber pop gems "Writing to the Moon" and "Luv Lock Bridge," nuanced title track, Kinks-flavored "Skimming Milk from the Cream" and the propulsive power pop rocker "Jump Like Alice" are among the killer originals on the inviting album. Information:

The artwork for the single "Hill So Steep" off Tara
Dente's forthcoming LP 'Truth in the Mud.'
Artist: Tara Dente
Title: Truth in the Mud (Travianna Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Emmylou Harris, First Aid Kit, Whitney Rose
Tell me more: Set for release on July 17, plan to nab Tara Dente's outstanding third album release Truth in the Mud when you can. The disc's Americana soundscape is beautifully-rendered via the artist's magnificent soprano vocals and assured song craft. Dente wrote all seven songs on the album, and a diverse range of real-life feelings and emotional drives abound across the disc. The songs are melodic, artfully arranged and herald not only the New Jersey songstress' top-tier talents but those of her terrific band The Blind Pilots. The wealth of compelling material includes the bewitching single "Hill So Steep," moody title cut, beautiful "Enough," tender confessional "Let a Good One Go" and Gypsy music-mining ace "Ain't No Time." Information:

Robert Kinsler

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