QUEEN ‘The Complete Review’ [Release Date 09/11/2009]
Its close to 20 years since the tragic death of Freddie Mercury, meaning that Queen [at least the version that mattered] have been absent longer than they ever existed as the quite extraordinary group who made so much incredible music between 1973 and 1991. Featuring contributions from friends and close colleagues of Queen, and with comment and critique from some of the finest rock journalists in the world, plus much rare and classic footage – including seldom seen performances of their finest tracks – news reports, location shoots, photographs from private collections, a host of other features, and a multitude of extras, this package will prove a delight to the millions of fans who to this day worship one of the very few rock group to have earned the accolade of truly great band.
LITA FORD ‘Wicked Wonderland’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
The First Lady Of Hard Rock is back!
Pioneering Hard Rock queen Lita Ford returns to action this autumn with 'Wicked Wonderland', a disc brimming with loud and lusty new tunes.
"The new album is extremely heavy, extremely sexual. I would say it's my best album yet. As soon as you hear the vocals and lead guitar, you know it's Lita. But at the same time, it's completely different, because it's so heavy." (Lita Ford)
With 'Wicked Wonderland', her first full-length studio release since 1995's 'Black', Lita shows that her flair for sexy, stomping, searing sounds has only gotten more vivid – which is mighty impressive, given a history that includes such classics as 'Kiss Me Deadly' and 'Close My Eyes Forever'. This release, created in tandem with husband Jim Gillette is a hard and heavy affirmation of the sensuality and smarts that have carried her through three decades of action.
The 13 cuts certainly touch on the sort of headbang-inducing riffage that gave Lita her start way back, but there are also surprises aplenty from the smoking slide guitar that punctuates the bluesy 'Scream' to the psychedelic industrial swirl that envelops 'Everything'. It's a potent blend, propelled by in-your-face drumming and Lita's effortless steamy vocals. With pelvis-pounding rhythms and lascivious lyrics of tunes like the appropriately-titled 'Indulge' and the so-nasty-its-nice 'Crave', Lita shows off her trademark ability to purr seductively and deliver a well-placed knockout punch on no-holds-barred songs like 'Piece (Hell Yeah)'. 'Wicked Wonderland' showcases an artist who's clearly got plenty to say and no shortage of ways to say it. A sweeping, melodic and emotional old-school Hard Rock record combined with a lot of Metal influences – A must-have in any Metalhead's collection.
"Everybody has their own Wicked Wonderland. It's a place where you can do whatever you want and get as freaky as you feel. These songs are my version of that – they're all about my life." (Lita Ford)
THE KINKS Where Have All The Good Times Gone’ OUT NOW!!
* This unique CD and book set illustrates how the Kinks soon became one of popular music's most significant bands influencing a plethora of styles from hard rock to Britpop.
* Bonus Feature: Enhanced Video Bonus Tracks
* The 72-page book features a biography of the band during the sixties and a track-by-track analysis of every studio album up to 1978.
The Kinks made some of the most enduring classic pop records of the sixties and seventies. They were also an original and powerful live act. This CD typifies the incredible and original song-writing talent of Ray Davies and features stunning rare live appearances drawn from live television recordings and film soundtrack archives from around the world. This CD and book will delight long term fans, collectors and new comers discovering The Kinks for the first time.
LED ZEPPELIN ‘Communication Breakdown’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
* Double DVD and book set outlining the history of this legendary group
* The DVD features highlights from rare live footage of Zeppelin in concert as well as candid radio and tv interviews with the band.
* There are contributions with ex-Melody Maker rock critic Chris Welch, producer Rob Corich, writer Mick Wall who travelled with the band aboard the infamous Starship plus comment and analysis by Jerry Ewing of Classic Rock, Malcom Dome of Total Rock and radio, Led Zeppelin author Dave Lewis and other musicologists.
* Bonus Feature: Image Gallery
* The 72-page colour illustrated book features a biography and in-depth track by track analysis of all of Zeppelin's studio albums
With an astonishing 200 million record sales Led Zeppelin are one of the most successful bands in rock history. This double DVD and book set illustrates why Led Zeppelin are still held in such high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success and their influence on generations of music lovers all over the world and who were widely viewed in their hey-day as the biggest band in the world. This documentary DVD and book will delight long term fans, collectors and new comers discovering Led Zeppelin for the first time.
RAINBOW ‘Since You've Been Gone’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
* DVD and book set charting the history of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW
* The DVD features interviews with Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner, Bob Daisley, Bobby Rondinelli and Doogie White, alongside archive interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore.
* Bonus Feature: Image Gallery
* The 72-page colour illustrated book retells the experiences of the band in their own words.
Rainbow produced some of the finest hard rock music ever recorded, under the creative leadership of Ritchie Blackmore. The film gives a rare insight into the workings of the band which endured countless line-up changes, from the early Ronnie James Dio years and how the band was able to overcome the loss of its singer and lyricist to reach a new level of commercial success. This documentary DVD and book will delight long term fans, collectors and new comers discovering Rainbow for the first time.
THIN LIZZY ‘Don't Believe A Word’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
* An in depth audio documentary and book set on the history of Thin Lizzy
* The CD features interviews with Phil Lynott's mother and contributions from former band members Eric Bell, Darren Wharton, Snowy White and guitar legend Brian Robertson and of course Phil Lynott himself.
* There are other contributions from the the first band manager Terry O'Neill
* Also includes extensive excerpt performances of 'The Boys Are Back In Town', 'Whisky In The Jar', 'Wild One', 'The Sun Goes Down', 'Sha-La-La', 'D|ancing In The Moonlight', 'The Rocker', 'Cold Sweat' and 'Emerald'.
* The 72-page colour illustrated book features a biography in depth interviews with Eric Bell and Terry O’Neill and includes many rare archive photographs.
Thin Lizzy were often seen as the hard boy's of rock and were unrivalled as a live act. Their charismatic frontman and bassist Phil Lynott wrote most of their hits which are still familiar sounds on the airwaves today. This is an in-depth look at the history of the group with reflections and first hand accounts from family and band members.
This documentary CD and book will delight long term fans, collectors and new comers discovering Thin Lizzy for the first time.
RAMMSTEIN ’Tanz Metal’ [Release Date 02/11/2009]
For over fourteen years, Berlin's Rammstein have been at the forefront of what is known as Industrial Metal or as it's known in their native Germany Tanz Metal [Dance Metal]. From their early days as part of the Neue Deutsche Harte (German Industrial Metal) scene and now a worldwide concern, Rammstein continue to push the musical boundaries with their pounding rhythms and explosive live shows. On 'Rammstein: Tanz Metal' we venture behind the music and explore the inner workings of one of the world's most intriguing & enterprising rock bands.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ‘Bruce Springsteen's DVD Jukebox’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]
It was more than 40 years ago that Bruce Springsteen began working as a professional musician and performer, but for over a decade prior to that he was developing his talent; crucially by listening to the records that would not just infuse his entire mind and body, but which would equally provided the guidance, inspiration and encouragement to achieve the extraordinary skills he has been honing to perfection in song-writing, musicianship and performance ever since.
This 150 minute film traces the artistic root of Bruce Springsteen in a manner no documentary has ever attempted before, and in so doing shows the incredible influence the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Mitch Ryder, Van Morrison, Phil Spector, Pete Seeger and numerous others have had upon his muse. The film also looks at literary, political and other influences to provide a complete picture of the most potent inspirations Bruce ever stumbled upon.
Featuring rare footage of Springsteen and all of the featured artists, plus revealing archive interviews with The Boss himself, and brand new contributions from former E Street Band member Vini Lopez, Springsteen drummer Gary Mallaber, the legendary Gary (US) Bonds, History Professor and Folk Music expert Ronal D. Cohen, English Professor and author of It Ain't No Sin to be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen, Eric Alterman, former editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone magazine Anthony De Curtis, British music author and biographer of Van Morrison, Johnny Rogan and many other colleagues, writers and historians.
BON JOVI ‘Heaven Can Wait’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]
Bon Jovi have spent more than 20 years at the top and during that time have sold in excess of 100 million albums. They maintain one of the most loyal fanbases in Rock and, unlike virtually all of their so-called contemporaries from the mid 1980s; have proven themselves to be a band of lasting quality and true integrity. Bon Jovi: Heaven Can Wait tells their full story revealing how these boys from
STONE ROSES ‘The Lowdown’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]
They single-handedly changed the face of Indie-rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and by fusing dance rhythms and guitars in a manner many had tried but few had succeeded at before, The Stone Roses proved themselves to be much, much more than just another jangly guitar band from the ever growing Manchester scene. With their eponymous debut achieving true classic status almost overnight, and paving the way for what soon would be known as Britpop, the Roses were nothing if not instrumental in providing the impetus for the last great
BOB DYLAN'S THEME TIME RADIO HOUR ‘The Best Of The Third Series’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]
Following the huge success of Chrome Dreams previous compilations featuring tracks played by Bob Dylan on the first and second series of his Theme Time Radio Hour, we now proudly present a further 52 tracks as played by Bob across the third series of the show. The selections are equally as eclectic, fascinating and enjoyable as those he played during the first and second series, and again each show was themed by subject matter. Extensive liner notes again provided by Dylan expert and editor-in-chief of
VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Hope For The Holidays’ [Release Date 23/11/2009]
A charity album to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation featuring unreleased material from: The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Fabrice Morvan [formerly of Milli Vanilli], Joey Curatolo of Rain, the Beatles Experience filmmaker Bryan Singer, plus rarities from Weezer, Collective Soul and Jon Anderson of Yes. A fabulous collection of new holiday songs to help spread awareness and support for Type 1 Diabetes.
Hawkwind first came together in 1969 formed in Ladbroke Grove,
YES ‘The Lost Broadcasts’ [Release Date 16/11/2009]
In 1969, Yes managed to fit in a number of TV appearances both in the UK and Europe, including the first appearance featured on this DVD filmed for the German television programme 'Beat Club' in November 1969. The tracks performed here are 'No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed', 'Looking Around' and 'Survival'. Of the three tracks, 'Looking Around' and 'Survival' were from the first Yes album and 'No Opportunity' was a Richie Havens song the band had worked up for live performance and would feature as the opening track on the bands second album 'Time and A Word' which would be released in July 1970.
The next clip featured here is a colour clip of the band performing 'Time And A Word'. The performance is a lip synched performance as was the norm for many television programmes of the time and the band seem to be enjoying themselves performing the title track of their second album.
Despite the good natured performance however, there was an underlying tension which had arisen during the recording of 'Time And A Word'. Peter Banks is featured here in possibly one of his last TV appearances with the band he helped to form. The next section of footage comes from another 'Beat Club' appearance filmed on the 19th of April 1971. The two tracks featured on the programme which was aired on the 24th of April were 'I've Seen All Good People' and 'Yours Is No Disgrace' however researchers recently found a second take of 'Yours Is No Disgrace' which is slightly faster than the original take. This second take has remained in the vault until now as it was decided to use the first take rather than the slightly faster retake. Following on from these TV performances, Yes would finally break through with their third album, The 'Yes' album and, following more changes in lineup, which saw Rick Wakeman replacing Tony Kaye, the band would go onto even greater success with albums such as 'Fragile', 'Close To The Edge' & 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' in the seventies through the eighties with albums like '90125' and 'Big Generator', and then to the bands most recent studio album, 'Magnification', which was recorded with a full orchestra in 2001 The performances featured on this DVD however are from the very early days of the band. You could say from a time 'Before and Beyond' their massive success; but the spark of what made them the massively successful band they became is visible here for all to see and hear.