Recognized for many years as one of the best
guitarists of his generation, Steve Hill is becoming more and more
known as a true one-man band. He dazzles wherever he goes on stage
as he really plays every instrument on his own. With The One-Man Blues
Rock Band, the multi-instrumentalist offers his first live
album, recorded at La Chapelle in Quebec City last November. You can
hear 12 original blues rock songs, including three acoustic pieces.
We can also hear two covers, including the incomparable "Voodoo
Child (Slight Return)" that he plays almost better than Jimi
Hendrix himself. On this tenth career album, which he considers
as his most successful, Steve Hill impresses with his vast talent.
One could challenge anyone to guess the number of musicians on stage
as he takes possession of the whole stage. The only regret is that
we cannot see him perform. When will we get a DVD? In the meantime,
don’t miss him on stage if he plays in a venue near you, since he
will leave soon for a long tour in the United Kingdom and Germany
where he gets more and more popular.
After the release of her third album, Lhasa de Sela
traveled to Iceland to participate in the Reykjavik Arts Festival
and to offer two concerts on May 23 and 24, 2009. The album Live
in Reykjavik contains 14 songs performed on that occasion. In
addition to the pieces from her first two albums, Lhasa presents a
great version of Sam Cooke's “A Change is Gonna Come”.
Accompanied by her musicians, including guitarist Joe Grass,
the female singer offers a nuanced performance in front of an
attentive and conquered audience. This audience was far from
suspecting that this would be one of the last public performances by
Linkin Park's album One More Light was just
out when the world was shocked by the suicide of its singer, Chester
Bennington, at the age of 41. Five months later, here is an album
recorded live on different dates of their most recent tour in South
America and Europe. They will have been the last performances of one
of the greatest singers of rock music in the 2000s. Half of the 16
songs offered come from this seventh and last album of the band,
including the hit title-song that has become a true anthem to
Bennington since his death. The greatest hits include "What I've
Done", "In the End", "Numb", "Heavy" and a piano-voice version of
"Crawling". Here is an album that takes on a whole new meaning with
the departure of Chester Bennington.
In June 2015, the Ontario band was performing on the
stage of the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. It is
this unique recording that is presented on this 60-minute CD. We can
hear some recent songs, but especially classics like "The Old
Apartment", "Brian Wilson", "One Week" and "If I Had $1,000,000". We
can also hear their version of Men At Work’s "Who Can It Be
Now". The sound quality is particularly exceptional and the band
appears at its best. Here is a good way to rediscover this great
Eric Clapton –
Live in San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale) (2 CD)
Eric Clapton and JJ Cale collaborated for the
album The Road to Escondido in 2006, but never promoted it on
stage since Cale had an aversion about touring. He did appear on
stage for one concert only for five songs on March 15, 2007 at
iPayOne Center in San Diego. These five tracks form the heart of
this double live album, released three years after the death of Cale.
The first CD starts with no less than five Derek & the Dominos
songs, including "Little Wing", the
Jimi Hendrixcover. Subsequently, Cale got on stage with
"Anyway the Wind Blows" and "After Midnight". Their collaboration of
five tracks is completed at the beginning of the second CD with the
classic "Cocaine". You can feel the joy that have had the two
friends getting back together to play music. After getting alone
with his musicians for pure blues, Clapton concluded the set of
nearly two hours with the inevitable "Wonderful Tonight", "Layla"
and "Crossroads". Less focused on his hits than some other of his
live releases, Live in San Diego offers a rather unique
concert where the guitar and friendship occupy the center of
attention. A great tribute to the late JJ Cale!
Eric Clapton and
Guests – Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar
Festivals (3 CD)
Founded in 1999 by Eric Clapton, the Crossroads
Guitar Festival aims to support the Crossroads Centre, a rehab
centre in Antigua. Several editions of the festival have appeared on
CD and DVD over the years and this triple album is a compilation of
the best of these festivals. Clapton is accompanied by the greatest
blues musicians such as Buddy Guy, B.B. King,
Jimmie Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Robert
Cray, Albert Lee, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr.
There are also forays into rock and country at various times, and
artists from different backgrounds can be heard such as Carlos
Santana, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, Vince Gill,
Willie Nelson and Steve Winwood. This compilation can
assemble these exceptional talents in one place, making it a must
for blues fans.
In 2012, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny created the
Unity Band, that would grow later with the addition of
multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi. This double album
recorded live at the Black Box Theatre in New York in 2014 is a
single recorded and filmed performance. The main feature of this
band is that their music is mostly based on the brass and rhythm
section, leaving at the same time less space for the guitar of
Metheny. In addition to the tracks of the two albums of the Unity
Band, there are pieces from Metheny’s long career that now spans 40
years. The style of the album goes from classic acoustic music with
more sustained rhythms, and even atmospheric world music. There's
something for everyone in a very nice listening ensemble, despite
nearly two hours of music.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau
has often played together since the early 1990s, while they have
their own separate careers. In 2011, they joined forces for a tour
as a duo. It is the European leg of the tour which is represented
here with live recordings from July and November 2011. The CD
contains six jazz pieces including several that stretch in what
appears to be a long jam. Included are compositions by Redman and
Mehldau, but also standards of Charlie Parker
("Ornithology"), Thelonious Monk ("In Walked Bud") and
Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington ("The Nearness of
You"). The duo forms a symbiotic tandem, very pleasant to listen to.
Following his Canadian debut,
Influence, issued in 2015, the
Torontonian comes back right away with a live album. Recorded at the
Silver Dollar Room in Toronto on April 14, 2016, Scorched Earth
contains seven tracks including several that are stretching for a
total of nearly 40 minutes. In this live context where the jam and
guitar dominate, Sayce is reminding more than ever his idol,
Jimi Hendrix, even if Stevie
Ray Vaughan never seems far away either. This live recording
certainly can make us discover all the musical talent of Philip
Sayce, without artifice.
After the Cole Porter recordings for
movies, the John Wilson Orchestra returns with those of the
Gershwin brothers, legendary George and Ira.
George Gershwin has always oscillated between jazz and classical
music and that is exactly what offers the John Wilson Orchestra with
light classical music punctuated by entertaining jazz. The 75-minute
album was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, certainly a
magical evening considering the quality of the works offered. It
contains extracts from Girl Crazy, Funny Face, An
American in Paris, Shall We Dance and many more.
Listening to the applause after several pieces played, the crowd
seemed conquered. An excellent album for fans of light classical and
The legendary folk rocker remains as productive
despite his 70 years of age. After a first collaboration with
Promise of the Real in 2015 for
The Monsanto Years, they release a
double album of their performances of last year, on a background of
animal sounds and other atmospheres directly from the earth. In
fact, Earth is an album that is so raw that the music seems
to take the second place. We must even pump up the volume to get an
earful. The Nelson brothers (Willie's sons) are
struggling to give tone to this double CD that contains good songs
yet, but it is the animals that unfortunately steal the show. The
basic idea remains more than valid, but you do not buy a Neil Young
album for his animal recordings. Too bad!
Recorded in August2014,Live+is notreallya summaryof the career
ofJeffBeckbecause itignoresmuch ofhis bestsongsinstead focusingon having funwith the
guitarin different styles.
For example, he reworks The Beatles’
"ADay in the Life" in
someharderbluesmoments. We can hear
personal versions ofStevieWonder’s
Wing" and"Danny Boy".
In addition to the14tracks recordedin
concert,we can discovertwo new studio songs:"Tribal"
and a cover of "MyWhiteTiledFloor".
Even if the record seems
Beck whohas lost none ofhis skillon the guitar.
The Toronto band celebrates 30 years of career
this year and they offer us a very solid live album recorded at
Massey Hall, a mythical theater in Toronto. The band offers us no
less than 14 of their best compositions to date, filling at the same
time the entire CD. Greg Keelor, Jim Cuddy and company
offer us among others the inevitable "Lost Together", "5 Days in
May", "After the Rain" and many more. Blue Rodeo fans will get
thrilled about it. (November 2015)
To celebrate her 10-year career, the Brazilian
singer performed before an enthusiastic crowd in her home district
of Vila Madalena in Sao Paulo. The more than 66-minute album
combines the best of her three albums in an intimate atmosphere
where the crowd seemed to be part of the show. We can hear some
quite different versions of the original, more acoustic or with
other influences of the world. Céu goes briskly between different
rhythms: bossa nova, reggae, rock, etc. Note her beautiful
performance of Bob Marley’s "Concrete Jungle".
This double live album presents the pop rock band
when it was at the peak of its career. It includes recordings during
three concerts given between June 24 and 26, 1975 at the Capital
Center in Largo, Maryland. On this 34th album by Chicago, you can
hear as many as 24 songs among their most popular for a total of
nearly two hours. You can hear again with pleasure the hits
"Beginnings", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Old
Days" and "25 or 6 to 4". The sound quality is not perfect, given
the technology of 40 years ago, but it is interesting enough to make
us appreciate the band's talent, which incorporates elements of jazz
to its pop rock / soft rock style. Here is the perfect album for
their hardcore fans to go back to their memories of that era.
The John Coltrane Quintet – So
Many Things: The European Tour 1961 (4 CD)
These four CDs present a series of live recordings by
John Coltrane and his quintet during the European tour of 1961. We hear
performances at the Olympia in Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki and
Stockholm. The saxophonist is accompanied among others by talented
multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy. This tour would mark a shift
not only in Coltrane's career, but in the history of jazz, with a step
During the tour for the
No Place in Heaven album, Mika
gave a concert accompanied by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (L’Orchestre
symphonique de Montréal). It is this symphony recording that is
offered here. We quickly find that the melodic pop music of Mika
adapts beautifully to symphonic arrangements and the result is a
beautiful blend perfectly showcasing the songs of the artist. The
orchestra is very present throughout the record, but it never
overshadows the singer's unique voice. Here is a great way to
rediscover the greatest hits of Mika.
After numerous major concerts, including opening
for Taylor Swift, the Christian alternative rock band was
ready to release its first concert album. So here is Live from
the Woods at Fontanel, recorded in front of 4,500 people in
Nashville on September 13, 2014. The 17 tracks on two CDs cover all
their albums except the debut. Since the concert was recorded during
Rivers in the Wasteland tour, it
is normal to find several songs from this album (there are 9 of 11).
It includes an 8-minute jam version of "Oh Carolina" and a version
of "Wanted Man", which turns into a hard rock cover of Modest
Mouse’s "Float On". One can of course also listen to their
greatest hits, including "The Outsiders" and "Brother". You can
clearly hear the crowd at several moments of the album, especially
during quieter passages or between songs, which helps create a
beautiful festive atmosphere, even in our living room. Needtobreathe
offers us an energetic and contagious performance, an essential
album for fans of the group.
The last live album by Van Halen goes back to
1993 with Sammy Hagar at the microphone. Now here is the
return of David Lee Roth in a concert recorded in front of a
crowd of 44,000 people in Tokyo, Japan. The other change on the
album is the replacement of bassist Michael Anthony by
Eddie Van Halen's son, Wolfgang. In terms of the songs
offered on this double album, they are all tracks recorded by Roth,
for a total of 25 including most of the biggest hits of the band.
Even though they may no longer have the enthusiasm of their best
years, the four musicians still know how to demonstrate all their
talent in a classic Van Halen performance.
The Guitar Heroesalbumwas recorded
on July 12, 2013atVancouverIsland
masters of theTelecasterguitar: James Burton,AlbertLee,AmosGarrettand David
on record,without any editing orreworking.The fourliving legendsplaygreatclassics ofblues androckabillyas "That's All Right (Mama)",
"Susie Q", "Sleep
Walk" and "Flip, Flopand Fly". A mustfor everyguitarfan!
The Texas guitar virtuoso got considerable
success with his album
Blak and Blu in 2012. He now has a
double live album containing 15 tracks of his best pieces and blues
classics. Even if you cannot help but compare him to Jimi Hendrix
and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Clark remains perfectly
representative of the new generation of bluesmen. Here is a live
album of 96 minutes including quite exciting moments. (December
the legendary folk rock
down in historyforits size. This album
that tourfor a total of78 minutes. Thetracks were recordedin adozen concertsbetweenChicago,
New York,SanFranciscoand London.Thereareobviouslytheir biggest
hits, but most of all thetracks offeredare playedstrongly by the musicians.CSNYwere at the peakof their artat that time,
despite some internal differences.
Itwas already plannedto release alive albumafterthe tour,butthese recordingshave remainedwell hiddenfor 40 years,untilGrahamNashdecidedtooffer them to us for their 40th anniversary.In addition to this
we also finda box ofthreeCDs and a DVD.
Miles Davis Quintet – All of You: The Last Tour 1960 (4 CD)
After 5 yearsof partnership,John
Coltraneand Miles Daviswouldmakeone lasttour togetherin 1960. This4-CD
the tourin Europe.Trumpeterand saxophonist
were oftenplaying twice
a night at that time, sowe could seethem constantlyevolve
in their play.The
on these CDshave been cleaned andremasteredto faithfully
reproducethese performancesdating back to 54 years.The result isnearly 5hours of music,
interview with JohnColtrane.The main disadvantageof
these many recordings is thatthe same
piecescan be heardseveral times. Otherwise,
since you will notlisten
to allat once anyway,
it is less problematic.
The 4 CDsare
accompaniedby a beautifuldetailed36-page bookletin which authorandtenor saxophonist
SimonSpillettgives a detailed technical commentary ontheperformances andsolos.Very interesting
anda mustfor any
fan ofjazz! (December 2014)
Produced by Michael and the legendary Phil
Ramone (his last project before his death in March 2013),
Symphonica portrays the popular symphonic tour of George Michael
in 2011-2012. You can hear a selection of songs from his 30-year
career, as well as covers of his favorite artists (Terence Trent
D'Arby, Elton John, and others). Several of his hits are
ignored and Michael does not seem to fully exploit the potential of
the symphony orchestra with his voice. He will probably still manage
to satisfy his beforehand conquered fans.
Mvula - Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley at
Abbey Road Studios (Live)
The young singerfromBirmingham, Englandpresents a newversion of
from herexcellent album
Sing to the Moon
releasedlast year.She is accompaniedfor
the occasionby theMetropoleOrkest
Buckley, everything recorded at
thelegendaryAbbey Road Studiosin
London.The presenceof the 52musicians in the orchestraadds some theatricality
to her music, although some softerpiecesdo not seem sodifferent from the originalwith alreadybeautiful
arrangements. Little work onpost-production was
the voice ofLaura
for a couple of times.With this record,
her fans canrediscover
thesongs they likedwith a new perspective.
The Montreal folk singer offers a live album
recorded between Montreal, Paris, London, Belgium, Ireland, Italy,
Sweden and Norway. We can hear a few covers as Bruce Springsteen’s
"The Ghost of Tom Joad", Félix Leclerc’s "Le petit
bonheur", Leonard Cohen’s "Avalanche" and
Charles Aznavour’s "Emmenez-moi".
Recorded during the tour that followed the release of her excellent
album Watching You Think
in 2010, Leave the Light On somehow makes a summary of the
highlights of that tour. NEeMA is currently working on recording a
new album to come by the end of the year.
The folk trio began recording all of his concerts
in 1980 in order to have a look at their effectiveness on stage.
When they went into all of their material in 2004 in order to select
the songs to be included in a box set, they found great recordings,
with a wonderful sound quality. Discovered: Live in Concert
contains 13 of these rare live recordings of which only one appeared
on record, "Mi Caballo Blanco". The CD allows us to rediscover the
effectiveness of the vocal harmonies of the trio. (December 2014)
This albumby saxophonistJoshuaRedmanpresents
him inconcertwith his trioat twovenues.There are 4songs recordedin October
2009at the Jazz
Standardin New York City and3songs recordedin February2013 atBluesAlleyin Washington, D.C.We hearnoguitarorpianoonthese recordingson which
onlybass and drumsaccompany thesaxophone
of Redman.He presentsthreeoriginal piecesand standardsofKurt Weill/BertoltBrecht, Jay
Redmandoes not hesitate toimprovise, once againdemonstratingallhis musicianship.
Scottishcontemporary folksingerRachelSermannigave a concertin 2013 at
small town of
Yukon for the Dawson City Music Festival.
This concerttook placeabout a year afterthe
release of herfirstalbum,
Under Mountains.The CD contains10 songsplusan intro,
and it allows us to
rediscoverthe music ofRachelina context other thanthestudio, in front of anaudience.
post-punk trio led by extravagant Lydia Lunch presents a unique
concert of 11 tracks recorded in Italy, in addition to offering a
re-edition of their 2011 album,
Trust the Witch. During the concert,
you can discover all the passion of Lunch and her band, even if the
sound turns somewhat mediocre. Even if the band does not revolutionize
anything musically, the fact remains that their energy is contagious.
Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos – Live at
the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
live album was recorded on August 31 and September 1, 2011 in San
Francisco. This is the first live album by Ry Cooder in 25 years. For
the occasion, he is accompanied by a full orchestra including singers
and a horn section of 10 musicians, the Mexican group La Banda
Juvenil. Only two of the 12 tracks offered are Cooder originals and
he is mainly playing classics he likes. Note among others two Woody
Guthrie songs, "Do Re Mi" and "Vigilante Man", which take a new
orientation (polka for the first one and blues for the second one). The
presence of the crowd helps to recreate the atmosphere of the show, as
well as the interventions between songs.
houseduo consisting ofGaspardAugéandXavier deRosnayparticipated inan extensive tourfollowingthe release of
Audio, Video, Discoin
2011. On July 19,
2012, theywere at Les
Arenes de Nimes,and
the concert wasrecorded to bepresented here onCD.
The duoprovesgreater dexteritythan
on the otherlive albumavailable in their early
A Cross the Universe.
beautifully, in addition to carryingthe crowd intheir adventure.The main issueis that
we’re only entitled tothe
soundportion of the event, so
that on several occasionswe
wouldalso like to be able todiscover thevisual.
Despite this minordetail,bothFrench guys
showtheirstabilityin front of alarge audienceand provethat they have nothingto
envy to theirbig brothers of
Following the release of her very good album
MDNA in spring 2012, Madonna has once
again embarked on a major tour. She is now immortalizing that
extravaganza on two CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray. The 2 CDs have 24 songs
totaling 115 minutes, mostly recorded at two concerts in Miami on
November 19 and 20, 2012, but which also contain footage from other
shows. It contains many songs from the recent years, and most of her
greatest career hits in often quite different versions from the
original. The sequences between tracks are always very successful, which
leaves very little downtime. Also, the crowd can be heard on the
recordings, which helps us to get quickly in the special atmosphere of
Through the Never (Music from the Motion
Picture) (2 CD)
Through the Never is
above all a movie in IMAX 3D, but this is the album that accompanies it.
It is a double album containing many Metallica classics recorded live in
August 2012 in Edmonton and Vancouver. Although it is the music from the
movie, the album allows us to rediscover the essential by the band still
played with all the energy of the past. Hardcore Metallica fans will be
all smiles while listening again to "Creeping Death", "For Whom the Bell
Tolls", "One", "Master of Puppets" and "Battery". Those who have rather
discovered them with the very popular black album in 1991 will also be
pleased with "Wherever I May Roam", "Nothing Else Matters" and of course
"Enter Sandman". Unfortunately, we don’t have the best sound quality,
and some technical problems have even passed straight to the final mix.
The film gives us still a great excuse to get back right to the best of
the Metallica repertoire.
at Work is a double album of 23 tracks
recorded live during a tour in Germany, Austria and Luxembourg by the
Italian singer and guitarist. Accompanied by three musicians, Testa
offers smooth songs carried on by his superb style at classical guitar.
The booklet contains texts in Italian, but also in French, German and
English. With Men at Work, Gianmaria Testa managed to literally
bring us into his world. An excellent live album!
the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (2 CD)
On these twoCDs recordedlivein
New York City in2011
andin Torontoin 2012, there are 34songsby the lateKateMcGarrigleperformed bydifferent
alla family story sowe can hearher sisterAnna, her children
MarthaWainwright,and otherfamily members.
Broken Social Scene
on twotracksby the magic oftechnology,"Proserpina" and ahomedemo,"I Just Want to MakeIt Last".Far from beingmaudlin, this double albumis meant to bea celebrationof the workof the artist.Profits fromthe sale of thealbumwill go to theKateMcGarrigleFoundationsupportingcancer care andresearch.
stage that the Boston band with Irish ancestors the Dropkick Murphys are
at their best. So, it was a particularly good idea to release a live album
recorded at 3 concerts in Boston in 2002 during the St. Patrick
festivities, the Irish day. The atmosphere is totally awesome and the
festive and contagious punk rock of the Dropkick Murphys seem to have
conquered the people present at the concert. They also presented a few
effective covers like only them can do, like for example "Fortunate Son"
of the legendaries Creedence Clearwater Revival. The 25 tracks of
the CD never give us a time to breathe for 74 minutes and, even if some
are a little weaker musically, they all move and are all very effective.
The crowd is well present on the record, without being too present, and it
adds a lot to the atmosphere. If there is one CD by the Dropkick Murphys
you should have, it’s this one that is at the same time a good anthology
of their career until then. (July 2005)