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    Santana – Live at Montreux 2011 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 27th, 2012

    Carlos Santana is too cool for words. When I say that, I refer to both his widely-acknowledged status as a “Guitar God” and to the fact that he doesn’t utter a single word until the 21-minute mark of his latest concert film, Santana — Live at Montreux 2011.  Santana may not be chatty, but he and the rest of his eponymous band do a valiant job of holding your attention throughout most of this 167-minute concert in Montreux (which is in Switzerland, and I’m only a little ashamed to admit I had no idea where Montreux was located before I watched this disc).
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    The Doors – Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on February 8th, 2012

    Some music due to my age and music exposure, I just do not quite get. Led Zeppelin, Eagles (once I got out of college) or Black Sabbath, I love. Rush? I can not stand them. Pink Floyd? Way over-exposed to the point where I just do not want to listen to them except one in a while and only to certain songs. The Doors? Hrmmm, well I do like some of their songs. As it just so happens, the Blu-Ray review I have for you today involves my favorite Doors song, L.A. Woman.

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    Owl City – Live from Los Angeles

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on February 3rd, 2012

    Owl City’s popularity was born out of social networking websites such as Myspace. From the days of uploading songs while living in his parent’s basement, to going #1 on Charts in an astounding 24 countries, Owl City (aka Adam Young) continues to ride his hysterical success into his inevitable, first concert film.
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    The Love We Make

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on February 1st, 2012

    The title of this documentary stems from the quote “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” In this film, said “love” refers to the love and support Paul McCartney, and other major celebrities, give to New York in the immediate wake of 9/11. Starting from early rehearsals and finishing with McCartney’s closing performance at the “Concert for New York” benefit, we watch one of the most famous people on the planet demonstrate his uncanny sense of humility and humanity as he proves he is a “man of the people.”
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    Our Idiot Brother (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on December 14th, 2011

    “Here’s the thing, I… I live my life a certain way. And that is that I like to think that if you put your trust out there, I mean, if you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, they’re gonna want to live up to it. It doesn’t always work out, clearly, but, more often than not, I think that if you do, people will rise to the occasion. I really believe that.”

    In a deck of Tarot cards there is a major arcana card called The Fool. It depicts a young man wearing colorful motley clothes and carrying all his possessions in a bag on his back.
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    The Rolling Stones: Some Girls – Live in Texas ’78 (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on December 14th, 2011

    Quick, ask me a question that involves Rock and Roll music. Chances are the answer to that question is either the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. The answer was Nickelback? Oh, then the question must have been: Name a Band that only had two good albums and spent the rest of the time copying their own music repeatedly until you wanted to smash Chad Kroeger in the face. Anyway, our review today takes us to 1978 and the Rolling Stones. See, I told you all avenues lead to the Beatles or Stones.
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    Deep Purple with Orchestra – Live at Montreux

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 5th, 2011

    The latest incarnation of Deep Purple is going the route of many “classic” rock and/or metal bands, and are putting being accompanied by a symphony for a special release. This particular concert closed out the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival.
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    Usher : OMG Tour Live from London

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 3rd, 2011

    Somewhere, somehow, Usher has been dubbed the reigning “King of R&B.” I understand his sales are immense and popularity is undeniable, but I am hearing his name being said in the same sentence as James Brown and Michael Jackson. Those are insanely high standards to live up to, so I was was expecting a lot from the “OMG Tour” live performance.
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    God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on December 1st, 2011

    My parents were always an oddball lot when it came to music. My mom liked the crooners and if she ever did touch rock and roll, it was something very light and airy. My dad however was a totally different animal. He listened (and still does) to Led Zeppelin, the Moody Blues and Queen. But perhaps one of his favorite albums of all time is Paranoid by Black Sabbath. The front man for Sabbath is the one and only Ozzy Osbourne. I find myself in a fortunate position where I get to review his documentary, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.
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    River Why (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on November 23rd, 2011

    Fishing is fairly foreign to me I admit it. The idea that you have to get up at the crack of dawn just to sit in a rusted over boat without saying a word to only catch not a darn thing seems like a waste of time if nothing else. The television fishing shows on TBS do not make it sound any better either. The only thing appealing to me about it is if you can find some beautiful scenery to fish in. Perhaps a place like Oregon, which is the setting for our new review: The River Why.
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    Queensryche Mindcrime on the Moor

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 6th, 2011

    Somewhere between Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd lies Queensryche’s concept albums Operation Mindcrime parts one and two. Part One was released in 1988 and has since been heralded by many as one of the finest heavy metal albums (concept or otherwise) of all time. The sequel arrived in 2006. This concert film is from the subsequent tour that featured the band playing both albums in their entirety, back to back, with actors, animations, and an elaborate stage setup to perform this rock opera.
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    Cream – Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2005

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 2nd, 2011

    Here are four evenings music fans did not anticipate coming, yet anyways hoped for. In 2005 Cream reunited for the first time since their breakup (save for one performance when they were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1993) for four concerts at the legendary Royal Albert Hall. The bad blood between the members of Cream was almost as famous as their influential music. With that in mind, it is wonderful to see these extremely talented men play just as tightly as they did in the 1960s, and some might argue that they’ve never played better than at these shows.
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    Dream Theater – Live at Budokan

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 2nd, 2011

    Bubokan is one of those venues that has become a goal for any major band. Dream Theater had toured Japan numerous times over the course of 12 years but never yet rocked this venue. Japan is, and has been, one of those markets that tends to embrace things differently than North America or Europe; and Progressive Metal is not exactly rocking the Top 40 stations (at least, not since RUSH were in their prime…and even then…). It was only a matter of time that the most relevant “Prog” band playing today would make it to Budokan, and they celebrated by making it into a concert film.
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    Fall Classic at Fenway Park (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 14th, 2011

    For those who do not know, I am not a typical sports fan. I primarily watch three sports, none of which are football. I love me some wrestling, hockey, and the legendary sport of baseball. The Phillies have been my team for over 30 years and even though they took it hard this year in the playoffs, I look forward to more baseball in the years to come. I also appreciate the history of baseball so I was certainly curious to see a couple of great Red Sox teams come to Blu-Ray in this A&E presentation.
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    Pretenders: Loose in L.A. (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 4th, 2011

    It is concert time folks and I got another good from the folks at Eagle Rock Entertainment. Hope my audience today likes the Eighties rock and roll because we got a doozie of a band tonight. They are The Pretenders famous for such songs as Message of Love and Back on the Chain Gang. Like many bands of their time, they are formed from the heart of England but they have fully embraced the American way. But without further adieu, let’s go to the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Maybe they can “Bring out the Biker” in all of us (once I figure out what that means).
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    Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 21st, 2011

    If left to my own devices, I would probably have dismissed Jeff Dunham as nothing more than a novelty act. He’s a ventriloquist and most of their profession relies on the fact that they can throw their voice and perform various parlor tricks with their dummies. However, my wife and others have turned me on to the fact that Jeff is more than a novelty act. He’s a comedian and a darn good one at that. He just happens to employ characters (certainly not dummies) to help him.
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    Counting Crows: August and Everything After – Live at Town Hall (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 7th, 2011

    Somehow in addition to my love for bad action movies and cartoons, I have developed another feather in my cap as being one of the people on this site that regularly reviews concerts and musical documentaries on dvd or blu-ray. This is despite the fact that about the only musical talent I possess is the ability to sing glam metal or hair band rock. Okay, perhaps I can sing some other rock songs too but I would not consider myself a musical aficionado. So today’s musical act to review? That would be the Counting Crows.
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    Bad Co.: Live at Wembley (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on July 24th, 2011

    Hard-rock guru of the seven seas (as long as you count the porta-johns) here with another musical review courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. This one is entitled: Bad Co.: Live at Wembley. The concert played on April of 2010 to a packed house. As the booklet inside the package indicates, “…for a band to achieve this level of brilliance is extremely rare, to capture it on film, nearly impossible.” Well that is exactly what they did and it is my pleasure to bring that review home to you.
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    Deep Purple: Phoenix Rising (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on July 20th, 2011

    Bands tend to change members about as often as I change my disposable razor. Heck, in some cases perhaps more often. (I really need to get a new razor) Whether it is a lead singer or perhaps a drummer, in some cases nobody is safe when people start arguing (ask Michael Anthony of Van Halen). But for this review, I was presented with a band that had changed members quite a few times. In fact, only one of the original members remains and he is the drummer. Meet Deep Purple.
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    Heaven & Hell: Radio City Music Hall — Live! (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on July 7th, 2011

    A good friend of mine and I have had long-standing difference of opinion about Black Sabbath. He has no interest in anything post-Ozzy. I continued to buy Sabbath albums though all the band’s different incarnations, and while some releases did, I confess, require a greater degree of loyalty than others, the Ronnie James Dio studio albums (Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer) have always been favorites of mine.
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    Sheryl Crow: Miles from Memphis – Live at the Pantages Theatre (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on June 19th, 2011

    More often than not, I don’t listen to too many female musicians. Most of them fall into the hard rock (Lita Ford, Donnas) or 80’s/90’s pop dance (Taylor Dayne, Sheena Easton). Occasionally, I will be wowed by good looks and a magical voice. I am a man after all. But when I received Sheryl Crow: Miles from Memphis – Live at the Pantages Theatre, on Blu-Ray, I was not sure what to think. Sure, she had looks but Crow’s music is ever-changing. However, I am certainly willing to give it a listen.
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    David Byrne: Ride, Rise, Roar (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on June 12th, 2011

    As one could probably guess from my tender age of thirty five years, I listen to lots of 80′s music. Not only did I grow up in it, the music was energetic and often thoughtful (without being too depressing). But the thing I remember most about the music on a whole is the brilliant videos behind them. David Byrne of Talking Heads was the head (literally) of one of my favorites, Burning Down the House. A great musician and pop legend, David Byrne is back to entertain us in Ride, Rise, Roar.
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    Jeff Beck Rock’n'Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on January 11th, 2011

    Musically, I’ve been told before that I’m not that broad. I primarily like my hard rock and it doesn’t matter whether it is a flashy piece from the 80′s or a grungy alternative piece from the 90′s. But there is something that a lot of the music I listen to has in common with each other. A great guitar track. From the brilliance of an Andy Timmons to the soothing energetic sound of a Tom Cochrane. It is only fitting that a blu-ray capturing the guitar god simply known as Jeff Beck graces my door step. Furthermore, he is having a party honoring the late Les Paul. This ought to be a treat.
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    Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 31st, 2010

    Classic Albums is a television series that airs on VH1. Each episode is basically a short documentary chronicling the genesis and creation of a, you guessed it, classic album. These stories are told through archival footage, video clips, and interviews with the band members, production people, along with fans and notables in the industry. This episode highlights two seminal albums by Canadian prog-rock legends Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures.
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    Dio: Holy Diver – Live (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 20th, 2010

    The album, Holy Diver was released on May 25th, 1983. It was Dio’s best work featuring two singles that would hit the American top 40. It would actually take a full year for the album to hit Gold and almost 6 years to reach Platinum status. However, Dio remains popular today and is still listened to around the world. With that said, it is my pleasure to bring you the last recorded concert of one Ronnie James Dio as he plays the Astoria Theatre in London, England.
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