It was an astonishingly bold concept by the producer Lou Reizner to present the Who's rock opera 'Tommy' as a dramatised, all-star extravaganza. Originally released as a double LP in a slipcase with lavish, illustrations, this was the first ever 'coffee table' album. And it proved a huge best seller when first released in 1971 and helped on its way by the hit single version of 'Pinball Wizard', sung with gusto by Rod Stewart on the album. Among the other guest performers accompanied by the mighty orchestra and choir are Pete Townshend, Sandy Denny, Richie Havens, Stevie Winwood, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Maggie Bell, Ringo Starr and even movie actor Richard Harris. This important CD re-issue serves not only as a tribute to the genius of the Who and composer Townshend, but as a memorial to Lou Reizner, a pioneer of multi-media projects, who died aged just 43 in 1977. A real collector's item, this brings back golden memories of rock's boldest, brashest era.
From the footage of the 2003 world tour that didn't make into the original edit, Classic Media Group present 'Yes – The Director's Cut'. Recorded live during the 35th Anniversary World Tour, this is the 'wonderous' songs and the 'wonderous' stories of YES, the world's finest progressive rock band. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage and previously unreleased live performances at the N.I.A, Birmingham and The Glastonbury Festival which have only been seen before in edited clips and now due to the demand from fans, have been included in full in this new 'Directors Cut'. *Featuring the 'Classic' line-up, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Rick Wakeman.
'Amazing Grace' – The DVD presents stunning visual interpretations shaped from a timeless collection of beautiful, inspiring, instrumental arrangements of traditional hymns, with variations on some of the most popular melodies and themes ever produced. 'Amazing Grace' has been arranged and performed by music legend and TV/Radio personality Rick Wakeman, to reveal a stunning and emotive selection of internationally celebrated Christian hymns. The DVD features Rick Wakeman recording live in the studio on acoustic piano, crafted with motion pictures, high-end graphics and emotive imagery to bring to life a collection of material that many will be familiar with, whether from a religious background or not. 'All Things Bright and Beautiful', 'Amazing Grace', 'Jerusalem', 'Morning Has Broken' and 'Abide With Me' are just some of the hymns featured, which have served both historic and important roles in worldwide Christian communities, and in fact all walks of life
As a second instalment of Friday Music's extensive YES 180-Gram Audiophile Half-Speed Master Series, we bring you their most famous and hit-filled album 90125. Originally released in 1983, this incredible album marked the return of vocalist founder Jon Anderson and original keyboardist Tony Kaye, plus their new guitarist Trevor Rabin, along with the great Chris Squire and drummer champion Alan White. Includes the original album cover art elements, protective poly sleeve for the album cover and the smash hits 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart', 'Leave It' & 'Changes' all impeccably half-speed remastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music studios and at Capitol with Ron McMaster. Mastered from the original Atlantic vault tapes!!!
Colosseum's energetic brand of Jazz and Blues-influenced brand of Progressive Rock music made a powerful and lasting impression on the music scene. In 1994 the long-awaited reunion of the classic Colosseum line-up became a fact! Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke and Chris Farlowe teamed up again, and this double album was recorded during a sold-out show, in Cologne, Germany and features the complete and unabridged concert. * Drummer Jon Hiseman originally formed the band in 1968, with saxophonist Dick-Heckstall Smith, and bass player Tony Reeves. Hiseman and Heckstall-Smith had played together in the Graham Bond Organization and all three musicians had recently been in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. * In their original three-year lifespan, Colosseum racked up three U.K. Top 20 albums, while simultaneously blowing the socks off of Germany and the rest of Europe, and parts of the Americas. The reunion, after two decades was, judging by the music here, a lot like the coming home of six impassioned musicians of majestic grandeur, playing with the dynamic confidence of virtuoso musicians who understand the past, present and future of music. * The band's flamboyant enthusiasm still intact in all its glory after more than thirty years, Colosseum perform original and stunningly recreated arrangements of their classic favorites, combining the awesome power of their blistering Jazz-Blues-Rock Fusion with delicate, bittersweet touches.
For many visitors, Liverpool is one giant theme park… and the theme is the Beatles. At least, such is the suggestion of Spencer Leigh, Liverpudlian, Disc Jockey for BBC Radio Merseyside and investigator of the Beatles phenomenon for over forty years. Together with Spencer and Beatles historian Ray O'Brien, we explore over sixty key Beatles sites, including the Cavern Club, and the homes where John, Paul and George were brought up, as well as no less than three houses with associations to Ringo's childhood. At the same time, we meet on location over twenty personalities who made the Liverpool scene the epicentre of the sixties cultural explosion, including Allan Williams (the man who gave away the Beatles), Bill Harry (friend of the Beatles and founder of the immensely influential paper 'Mersey Beat'), Kingsize Taylor, (the man who brought rock'n'roll into Liverpool), and that's just for starters. This mammoth five and a half hour programme is essential viewing for anyone who was around at the time, and all the others who wish they had been!
'The Beatles London' is without doubt the most detailed investigation of the legendary group at this point of their career. It is guaranteed to provide new insights both for the Beatles fan and the dedicated chronicler of the history of popular music. Presented by Richard Porter, founder of the 'London Beatles Fan Club' and author of the 'Guide to the Beatles London', the program takes the viewer to key Beatles' sights of London, such as EMI Studios and the iconic pedestrian crossing at Abbey Road; the Fab Four's London homes; Decca Studios where they failed their audition and much more.
Limited Edition – 1000 copies – coloured Vinyl / Gatefold Cover!!!! A sensual homage to to the most raunchy, erotic film music from the vaults of Italian 60s & 70s cinema. The finest in italian 60s soundtracks course Vol. 1 a sensual homage to to the most raunchy, erotic fim music from the vaults of italian 60s & 70s cinema The first volume in a series dedicated to the most raunchy, erotic beat film music from the vaults of Italian 60s & 70s cinema. Brass pasta sound for hot nights from some of the most acclaimed Italian composers of all time: Bruno Nicolai, Pierro Piccioni, Armando Trovajoli, Luis Bacalov, Riz Ortolani.
Filter are an Industrial Rock band much in the vein of Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins. Formed in 1993 they have released three full length albums and are now once again actively touring. The Very Best of Things (1995-2008) spotlights 14 of the band's finest including studio recordings, rare radio edits and soundtrack contributions. Their biggest selling UK album sold 10,000. The band will be touring the UK in April 2009 supporting Papa Roach. Front man Richard Patrick will be available for full promo activity prior to release.
Friday Music are pleased to have the world famous Spinners (Detroit Spinners) in our catalogue, and what a cool way to kick off the Spring of 2009 with their huge album from 1979 'Dancin' And Lovin''. Featuring the #1 "Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl", "Body Language" and more smash dance floor hits. Out-of-print for over a decade, this new CD version boasts remastering from the original Atlantic vaults tapes soulfully by Joe Reagoso (Boz Scaggs, Doobie Brothers) at Friday Music Studios. Includes the original art elements & photos. First in the extensive Spinners Remasters Series on Friday
My Chemical Romance
'I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love', the critically acclaimed debut release from My Chemical Romance produced by Thursday lead vocalist Geoff Rickly, pulls back the curtain on MCR's humble beginnings within a small New Jersey community destined for greatness. My Chemical Romance quickly became one of the biggest bands on the modern rock scene, going platinum in the US and selling over two million copies worldwide. Eyeball Records are proud to make this early masterpiece available on vinyl for the first time.
The world sorely misses Warren Zevon. What a talent and what a great album he left the world with 'Excitable Boy'. This Jackson Browne / Waddy Wachtel-produced album broke Zevon's career wide open in 1978. Includes 'Werewolves Of London', 'Johnny Strikes Up The Band' and 'Lawyers Guns and Money'. Features good friends like Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, JD Souther, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Half-speed mastered from the original Asylum Records vault tapes by Joe Reagoso (America, Boz Scaggs, Doobie Brothers) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster. Includes original art elements, lyrics, and poly sleeve for LP cover protection. Look for more Warren Zevon 180 Gram Half-Speed Masters from Friday Music Vinyl soon!
Accept are one of the most influential Heavy Metal bands, the band's music is featured in the smash Mickey Rourke film 'The Wrestler'. First time on LP since the 80's. Deluxe Gatefold Edition with unseen photos and liner notes. A must for every fan. Comment from vocalist Udo Dirkschneider about this album: "I would say that this album is the result of pure anger (note: I destroyed 3 microphones during the production). Following our experiences with "I'm A Rebel" we made it our goal not to be influenced musically by anyone outside of the band this time. One example are the lyrics of "Son Of A Bitch" that are absolutely anti record company. With this album you can say that the Accept sound was born & brought us attention across Europe & a tour with Judas Priest. Furthermore, this album was a starting point for many musicians playing their own music".
Unleashed are one of the most influential bands in the Death Metal genre. This album features some of the best, in-your-face death metal in years, the CD was released in 2008, and now the vinyl is being released as a deluxe gatefold edition. Touted as one of the originators of Swedish Death Metal, Unleashed have been spreading the Viking Death Metal message for almost 20 years now, and Valhalla is still a long way away. With every album, the message grows. The new breed that won't be led. We Define the road ahead.
Jeff Beck is a true rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and the adoration of legions of fans. In 2007 Jeff Beck performed a series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott's club in London. They became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the famous and the fans. This DVD features pieces recorded across the different nights and presents the best version of each track. Jeff is also joined by guests Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton for some very special performances. This is the first ever concert film approved for release by Jeff Beck. Features classic tracks from across Jeff Beck's career including 'Beck's Bolero', 'Led Boots', 'Scatterbrain', 'Where Were You', 'Angels (Footsteps)', 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers' and his now iconic version of 'A Day In The Life'. Follows on from the success of the CD release (EAGCD396).
Paul Butterfield brought a young band to the Rockpalast night in Essen, Germany. His second guitarist, Peter Atanasoff, was just 19. The disciple of the great blues masters had become a mentor to a whole new generation of musicians. Paul Butterfield: born 1942 in Chicago, died in Hollywood in 1987. Inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. This DVD pays tribute to a great musician. DVD Collection Series of the legendary Rockpalast TV Shows on WDR Germany. Recorded September 15th, 1978. Includes an interview with Paul Butterfield and his band.
The band's concert turned out to be one of the highlights of the first Rockpalast series (1977 to 1986). At the tender age of fifteen, Randy California had played with Jimi Hendrix and his band of that time, Jimi James and the Blue Flames. Hendrix even wanted to take him to Europe, but Randy's mother decided that her son was too young and moved back to California with him. That his guitar style was strongly influenced by Jimi became apparent during the Rockpalast concert when he performed Hendrix versions of the Dylan numbers 'Like A Rolling Stone' and 'All Along The Watchtower', adding an imposing bass foundation with his Moog synthesizer, which he operated like the foot pedal of an organ. Randy and his stepfather, drummer Ed Cassidy, had been the hard core of the numerous Spirit line-ups since 1968. Cassidy's drum set-up was impressive and included – like a classical orchestra – two timpani. His drum solos were considered highlights of the concert. Larry "Fuzzy" Knight completed the three-piece whose sophisticated arrangements consisting of rock, jazz, blues and psychedelic elements still had all the power of a "simple" classic rock trio. A special highlight came towards the end of the show when Dickey Betts, who had appeared on stage with his band Great Southern before Spirit, brought out his wall of amps again to jam with Spirit. One review even claimed that this jam had been the best performance broadcast by German television by that time. His melodious Southern rock guitar presented a striking contrast with Randy California's tougher guitar style. Back then, it was still possible on ARD TV to broadcast the Rockpalast night "open ended", i.e. the show wasn't over before the last note had been played. This DVD is an "in memoriam" release: on 2 January 1997, Randy California only just succeeded in rescuing his son Quinn from a dangerous current during a beach holiday in Hawaii. California himself drifted out to the open sea and was never seen again. He died at the age of 46. Part of the DVD Collection Series of the legendary Rockpalast TV Shows on WDR Germany. Recorded on March 5th, 1978. One of the best concerts of the first Rockpalast series. Duration: approx. 113m
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