Eagle Lands Again

Eagle continues to release great music DVDs and two here also have companion CDs. From The Basement is a DVD of live, in-the-studio performances from various artists of the From The Basement television series, which originally aired on IFC last year. This is quite an eclectic cast of artists, including the White Stripes, Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Damien Rice and Jose Gonzales. The most exciting performances are the two from Radiohead and the two from the group’s lead singer Thom Yorke. This series is part of the recent rebirth of music on television that places the emphasis on live performances in a unique setting. From the Live At Montreux series is Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration from 2008. The two-DVD set includes 31 performances from a wide range of artists that reflect the diversity of styles in which Jones has worked, although of course the emphasis is on jazz. Some of the artists are Petula Clark, Herbie Hancock, Mick Hucknall from Simply Red, Angelique Kidjo, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, and many more. Disc two also features a documentary Thank Q. A Montreux Tribute to Quincy Jones. The documentary includes rehearsals, backstage access and much more. Another concert DVD is Procol Harum In Concert With The Danish National Concert Orchestra & Choir. This beautifully photographed concert took place in 2006 at Denmark’s Ledreborg Castle. The magnificent setting and Procol Harum’s music supported by a full orchestra and choir make this not so much a concert, but an event. The disc also includes a 1974 televison special of the group’s 70s heyday lineup. Of the eight performances from the television special are such Procol Harum classics as “Bringing Home The Bacon,” “Toujours L’Amour” and “Grand Hotel.” There is also a companion CD. Finally, don’t miss Warpaint Live from the Black Crowes. Recorded in 2008 in Los Angeles at the famed Wiltern, this is the group’s third live DVD. There is also a live DVD of the group’s two Robinsons brothers. On this DVD, the band performs most of the Warpaint album, one of their best studio albums ever. The group just seems to get better with age and this newest live concert DVD is a must-have. Of course there is also a companion CD, covered in a previous issue of this magazine.

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Melissa Flagg is in charge of Communications for LI Pulse. She is also a freelance photographer specializing in vintage automobiles. View her work at melissapopephoto.com