Hey, kids, remember VHS? (Geez, you know you’re old when you’ve outlived jokes about Beta and reached a point where even VHS has become a punchline…)
Once upon a time, way back in 1995, Morrissey released a concert video on VHS entitled Introducing Morrissey, a performance which found the former Smiths frontman delivering a 15-song set consisting of tracks from his then-current album, Vauxhall and I, his previous effort, Your Arsenal, and several numbers which were – or certainly would become – familiar to his fans from his singles and B-sides. For reasons which we probably could find out but aren’t going to take the time to research, this performance has been languishing in our vaults and has never before been made available on DVD, but at long last, before the format becomes completely obsolete, we’re finally getting around to it. You’re welcome, Morrissey fans!
Every day, somewhere in the world, sleeping Grateful Dead fans in the middle of a deep sleep suddenly sit upright in bed, screaming in horror. Why? Because they’ve had the same recurring nightmare that strikes all Deadheads at some point: they’ve just bought a live concert recording from their favorite band, and as the sales clerk hands them their purchase, he offers an evil sneer and says, “I hope you enjoy it, because that’s it: there are no more Grateful Dead shows left to be released!”
Oh, we’re only kidding…or at least we think we are, anyway. (If you’ve ever had that dream, you may want to seek professional help.) But even if we’re not, today’s definitely not the day to worry about a lack of Grateful Dead shows, since it’s also the day we’ve just put out Wake Up to Find Out.
If you're a diehard Led Zeppelin fan, then we have no doubt that you already know about the impending continuation of our deluxe reissue program, with the next two albums in the band's discography – IV and Houses of the Holy – hitting record store shelves on October 28. While you anxiously await their arrival, however, we've created a couple of new playlists on YouTube to keep your attention at least slightly occupied 'til then.
Black Dog (Live Video): It's not officially labeled as such, but from what we can tell, this seems to be the performance of the song from The Song Remains the Same, taken from one of their Madison Square Garden shows in July 1973, which is revisited later in this playlist.
Rock 'n' Roll (Live at Knebworth 1979): It was a full-fledged event when the band played Knebworth in '79, the first time they’d performed in the UK since '75. Other artists on the bill for the festival included Todd Rundgren and Utopia, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the New Barbarians, featuring Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Ian McLagan.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
The B-52’s, The Video Album: You’ve gotten your groove on to the music, but now’s your chance to dance this mess around while watching the videos! There are 15 videos included on this compilation, and since we know you’re wondering what they are, we won’t force you to wait another minute: you’ll get “Rock Lobster,” “Song for a Future Generation,” “Legal Tender,” “Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland,” “Channel Z,” “Love Shack,” “Cosmic Thing,” “Roam,” “Deadbeat Club,” “Good Stuff,” “Tell It Like It T-I-IS,” “Is That You, Mo-Dean?”, “Hot Pants Explosion,” “Revolution Earth,” and “Debbie.” It’s a full-on party in convenient video form!
Rick James, “This Magic Moment / Dance with Me”: Depending on how long your memory may be, it’s not impossible that you might remember this track from Warner Brothers’ 1989 compilation, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, which also featured covers by Elton John, Michael McDonald, Chaka Chan, Howard Hewett, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Travis, the Pointer Sisters, Christine McVie and Friends, and El Debarge. Why did this track get a single release? Say, you don’t think maybe it’s to continue with the Rick James revival we tried to start a few weeks ago by issuing his Kickin’ album at long last, do you? Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Once upon a time, it was considered vaguely preposterous that rock ‘n’ roll and classical musical could ever be brought together successfully, but in 1969, Jon Lord of Deep Purple decided to prove them wrong, composing a concerto – with lyrics by bandmate Ian Gillan – and, along with their bandmates (Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice), performing it with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on September 24, 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The end result of that performance, Concerto for Group and Orchestra, is now available once more, and on 180-gram vinyl, no less. The reissue mirrors the version which emerged on EMI in 2002, which is to say that it includes the entire program of music performed on September 24, 1969, rather than merely the concerto. The evening began with “Symphony No. 6, Op. 95,” composed by Malcolm Arnold, who also conducted the proceedings, after which the audience was favored with a trio of Deep Purple songs – “Hush,” “Wring That Neck,” and “Child in Time” – before moving on to the three movements of “Concerto for Group and Orchestra.” For an encore, the orchestra and company returned to perform parts of the third movement.