Eagle Rock [Release date 13.10.14]
This series of special editions from Eagle Rock bring together a bundle of three DVDs by an artist and at a special price. A great way of catching up if you missed them first time round.
PAUL RODGERS has most recently been schmoozing with the soulful musicians of the Royal Studios in Memphis but this 3-disc set is a fair cross-section of his work over the past two decades. Live At Montreux 1994 was recorded when Rodgers was promoting his ‘Muddy Water Blues’ album and he is joined by heavyweight friends Brian May and Steve Lukather amongst others.
Live In Glasgow recorded in 2006 is a great representation of Rodgers’ solo shows with a healthy mix of Free and Bad Company and bolstered with bonus interviews whilst Bad Company Live At Wembley was filmed in April 2010 when Rodgers reunited with Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke, the surviving members of the classic line-up. ****
RORY GALLAGHER has been rightly celebrated in recent years with a complete reissue of his albums and most recently an expanded ‘Irish Tour ’74′ set. The definitive documentary by Tony Palmer is also included here, a remarkable insight to the troubled times in Ireland and when Rory pushed more than musical boundaries.
Ghost Blues is an excellent career overview from the earliest times with Taste and demonstrating Gallagher’s enduring influence, with contributions from The Edge and Slash amongst others. This set is completed by Live In Cork when Rory returned to his native city in 1987 and is enhanced with a bonus “rough guide to Cork” showing relevant and related locations. ****
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS special edition is essential for those who want to investigate these masters of melodic rock. Let The Music Play… follows the band over four decades of music making with bonus live performances whilst the band’s ‘farewell tour’ is captured on Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 although they reformed five years later.
By the early eighties the band had morphed into a more AOR outfit with Michael McDonald on vocals epitomised by ‘You Belong To Me’ and ‘Minute By Minute’.
Ten years ago the band were filmed Live At Wolf Trap and the DVD includes six additional tracks that weren’t included on the CD version. Once again it is pretty much a Greatest Hits but with the emphasis on the band’s earlier incarnation with original members Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston. Sadly drummer Keith Knudsen (who joined in 1974) died not long after release. Bonus material includes back stage interviews. ****
Also available in this series, Tina Turner (filmed in 1996, 1999 and 2000), Jethro Tull (2001, Montreux in 2003 and German TV footage 1970-1993) and Gary Moore (Montreux in 1990 and 2010 and London 2007).
Excellent gift ideas, with remastered audio and visuals, and well-priced too.
Review by David Randall
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