14 NOV 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
'THE PALE EMPEROR' TRACKLISTING:
Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge
The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles
Warship My Wreck
Slave Only Dreams To Be King
The Devil Beneath My Feet
Birds Of Hell Awaiting
Cupid Carries A Gun
Odds Of Even
12 NOV 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's eponymous debut album in 1974. A superb collectors box set entitled R40, released on November 11, 2014 (DVD and Blu-ray), brings together live performances by Rush from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio," "R30," "Snakes & Arrows Live," "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour," plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013.
To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974, which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes two Rush originals, "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser," as well as their cover of Larry Williams' "Bad Boy," made famous by the Beatles. The bonus disc also features five songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976, such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park," the rarely performed full, 7-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock and Key" from the Hold Your Fire tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when Rush fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rush are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The 10 DVD (or 6 Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the 10 discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages, each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of Rush live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of Rush live performances, beautifully presented.
Available for purchase from Amazon here.
05 NOV 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth has released her first live CD, Coming Home. A PBS concert special, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, will air on November 28, 2014 and will be available on CD and DVD. Billboard recently premiered a "making of" video, which can be viewed here.
"The whole experience was very emotional," Kristin Chenoweth said of the historic performance that's captured on Coming Home, her debut release for Concord Records and first-ever live, career-spanning album.
The aptly titled, 15-song set captures the versatile star singing for a rapturously enthusiastic crowd at the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The personally charged concert finds Chenoweth accompanied by an expert 11-piece band incorporating strings, horns and woodwinds, along with a trio of backup vocalists and the Broken Arrow High School Choir. The set list spans her entire stage and screen career and encompasses the breadth of her musical interests, incorporating Broadway classics, timeless pop standards and contemporary material, covering a remarkable amount of stylistic ground while providing a compelling showcase for Chenoweth's abundant talent and charisma.
"When I'm in a concert setting, I don't have to play a role," she notes. "It's more of a challenge to sing as yourself, because you can go to a very raw place that you don't always want to share, or maybe you don't mean for it to come out. But it's all part of being an artist and letting people see who you are. And hopefully when people listen to this CD, they'll have a better idea, or maybe even a different idea, of who Kristin Chenoweth is."
For more on Kristin's thoughts about her new album, you can check out Perez Hilton's exclusive interview here.
CD at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/ChenowethHomeCD
17 OCT 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Concord Music Group is proud to announce the forthcoming vinyl reissue of Bill Evans’ The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961, one of the greatest live jazz recording sessions of all time. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the four-LPs box set is packaged with a 12-page booklet, complete with new liner notes by reissue producer Bill Belmont, as well as the original liner notes by the producer of the initial recordings, Orrin Keepnews. Reproductions of Keepnews’ session annotations and photographer Steve Schapiro’s proof sheets from the performances add vintage context to the packaging. As a bonus, a stunning metallic and black poster of the famous cover—Evans, in profile, deep in concentration at his piano—completes the box set.
Ranked time after time as one of the best live jazz recording sessions in history, and yielding two of Evans’ most classic albums (Waltz for Debby, Sunday at the Village Vanguard), The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 represents the pinnacle of spontaneous musical communication: three men breathing as one on a tiny bandstand. The performances on these LPs demonstrate a new and more interactive approach to playing as a trio, one in which all instruments carry melodic responsibilities and function as equal voices. Keepnews recalls in his liner notes that “from the very first moments of the recording, it was impossible to ignore the importance of these performances.”
Everything Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian had been working on for the previous 18 months led to this moment on June 25, 1961. The little-known pianist and his trio performed afternoon and evening sets that Sunday to a small audience that unknowingly sat through what would become a very famous—and final—set by the trio (the 25-year old LeFaro died tragically in a car accident just days later). These recordings provide something of a sonic time capsule: sequenced in the original order of the five sets, the audience’s murmurings and applause are peppered throughout; even an interrupted take is left intact. Belmont recalls the process of piecing the performance back together during the remastering process: “As was the practice with early live recording, the songs [on the original album] were faded just after the last note, and much, if not all, of the audience and banter from the stage was removed. So the first stage of the process was to find the reels—if they existed—and try and make a reconstruction of everything that was recorded…The task was to try to make the show flow as closely as possible to what had been recorded.”
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