November 6, 2009

Lots of New Stuff to Buy in November (Christmas Gifts???)

(I took this info from Dave White's wondreful site:  About Classic Rock)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 'Singles Collection' CD/DVD box set

Release date: November 3, 2009
Creedence Clearwater Revival managed a feat few bands attained. Through the late '60s and early '70s their singles were all over Top 40 AM radio at the same time that progressive FM stations were playing their non-single (or B-side) album tracks. It is those familiar singles that are highlighted in this two-CD set. A bonus DVD contains four CCR videos.
John Fogerty - 'Comin' Down The Road: The Concert At Royal Albert Hall' DVD

Release date: November 3, 2009
The timing of the release of this 2004 concert video probably has less to do with the CCR box set released on the same day than with Fogerty's Live By Request appearance on PBS a few days later. This performance at Royal Albert Hall came 37 years after Fogerty and CCR performed there in 1971. The set drew from the artist's CCR and solo catalogs.
'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live' DVD box set

Release date: November 3, 2009
No, these are not the just-staged Rock Hall 25th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden. No doubt, that will come sometime after they are telecast on HBO. This three-DVD set consists of performances and speeches from the Rock Hall induction ceremonies of the past 24 years. The package might best be summed up by Mick Jagger's observation as Rolling Stones were inducted at the 1989 ceremony. "Tonight you see us on our best behavior. But we re being rewarded for 25 years of bad behavior."
AC/DC - 'Backtracks' CD/DVD box set

Release date: November 10, 2009
AC/DC's Backtracks: The Ultimate AC/DC Experience is a box set of "studio and live rarities" on three CDs, two DVDs, and a vinyl album, accompanied by a coffee table book and fistful of reproductions of posters, flyers and stickers. A limited edition (for serious collectors and very generous gift-givers only, at $200+) comes packaged in an actual working guitar amp.

'The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2 - Let It Rock' CD

Release date: November 10, 2009
Jerry Garcia is remembered as much for his work ethic as his musicianship. In 1975, Grateful Dead were recording Blues For Allah, The Grateful Dead Movie was in production, and still Garcia found time for one of his many side projects, Jerry Garcia Band. In November 1975, JGB played The Keystone Berkeley, in the shadow of the University of California campus. This two-CD set was recorded during that performance.
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Ray Davies - 'The Kinks Choral Collection' CD

Release date: November 10, 2009

As lead singer and principal songwriter, Ray Davies had much to do with The Kinks' distinctive (and highly successful) style. He also has much to do with keeping the band's music alive and fresh. In 2007, he enlisted the Crouch End Festival Chorus to collaborate in recording choral arrangements of Kinks classics like "You Really Got Me," "All Day And All Of The Night" and "Waterloo Sunset."

Paul McCartney - 'Good Evening, New York City' CD/DVD

Release date: November 17, 2009

Good Evening, New York City is a two-CD, one-DVD set recorded during Paul McCartney's July 2009 performance at the new Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium.) Macca performs a mix of material from his solo, Wings and Beatles catalogs.

The Doors - 'Live In New York' box set

Release date: November 17, 2009
Nearly 40 years after The Doors played four shows at the Felt Forum theater at New York's Madison Square Garden, those performances, in their entirety, are being released in this six-CD set. Most of the material on Live In New York is being released for the first time. These were the band's last New York performances with Jim Morrison, who died just a few months later.

Steve Morse Band - 'Out Standing In Their Field' CD

Release date: November 17, 2009

The former Deep Purple guitarist is back with Steve Morse Band's 12th studio release. Morse's virtuosity is front and center -- all 11 tracks are instrumentals. Out Standing In Their Field is a fusion of rock, jazz, funk, and country, in keeping with the range of styles the artist has sampled over the years.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 'Live Anthology' box set

Release date: November 24, 2009
Compiling this four-CD set was no small feat when you consider the sheer volume of performances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers between 1978 and 2007. Engineer Ryan Ulyate compiled more than 400 titles from more than 3,500 concerts. Producers (Ulyate, Petty and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell) promise a realistic mix -- no fixes or overdubs -- to accurately reproduce the live experience.

2 comments:

Bond said...

I was actually sitting on the stage for the Jerry Garcia show at the Auditorium theater in Rochester in 1975...Nicky Hopkins was so drunk he did not come out for the second set...but Jerry was on fire tat night and I got some awesome pictures

Perplexio said...

Excellent gift ideas. Some other gift ideas for music lovers (some of these have been out for awhile):

Beach Boys Pet Sounds box: A box set featuring the Beach Boys landmark album, Pet Sounds in stereo (it was originally recorded in mono), backing tracks, acapella versions, alternate versions (different lead and/or background vocals, etc.)

Chicago - The Box: Chicago's 5 CD, 1 DVD box set. This is worth it largely for the bonus DVD featuring concert footage from a 1972 show at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago showing the band in their prime. They play one song from Chicago VII and 3 songs from Chicago V.

Sons of Champlin The Ariola Years: Psychadelic SF Bay area band and regular performers at Bill Graham's Fillmore. Between 1975 and 1977 they released 3 albums on the Ariola America label which was later absorbed by Sony. The masters were thought lost until a few years ago. Bill Champlin purchased the masters from Sony for a pittance and had them released on an indie label as a 3LP on 2CD set. This is the first time these albums have been available on CD.

Hunters & Collectors - Horn of Plenty: All of the albums of the now defunct Aussie pub rock band (active 1980-1998), 2 CDs of rarities & live material, & 2 region 0 PAL DVDs. This set features deluxe packaging and is a limited pressing. Once it's sold out it's gone for good!

Two Lane Blacktop: A must have DVD for fans of the James Taylor & the late Dennis Wilson. As both musicians show off their acting chops in this early 70s road movie. JT & Wilson (in their only acting roles) play the "Driver" and "Mechanic" respectively as they drive their souped up '55 Chevy in a cross country race against Warren Oates in his Pontiac GTO. The winner gets the loser's pink slip.

Electra Glide in Blue: Robert Blake plays a motorcycle cop keen to be promoted to detective. Various members of Chicago make cameo appearances (Chicago trumpeter Lee Loughnane is the only member of the band with a speaking part but he has one of the best lines in the movie: "You're looking for information? You're standing in pigshit!") The movie was directed by James William Guercio who produced Chicago's first 11 albums.

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