Highly-anticipated collections featuring Alabama, Deep Purple, Genesis and Yes are available now on DVD and/or Blu-ray.Artist: Alabama
Title: Alabama & Friends At The Ryman (Eagle Vision)
You might like if you enjoy: Alabama, Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson
Tell me more: Since reforming to perform a benefit concert to assist victims of a series of devastating tornados that hit their home state in 2011, Alabama has been busy carving out a successful second act in the world of country music. The recently-released “Alabama & Friends At The Ryman” finds the group not only playing some of its biggest hits (“Dixieland Delight,” “Mountain Music” and “Song of the South” to name a few), but joining forces with country music’s biggest 21st century names to bring new shades to other classics (notably Jason Aldean joining forces on “Tennessee River,” an affecting “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go” with Trisha Yearwood, and a powerful “My Home’s In Alabama” featuring Jamey Johnson). Information: thealabamaband.com.
Artist: Deep Purple
Title: Live in Verona (Eagle Vision)
You might like if you enjoy: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin
Tell me more: When it comes to historic venues, few places compare with the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater built in 30 AD. So it’s fitting that Deep Purple opted to perform and film a once-in-a-lifetime concert with a full orchestra at the ancient venue while on tour in summer 2011. That stunning concert is captured on “Live in Verona,” where the five members of Deep Purple are in perfect sync with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt orchestra. Highlights include the driving “Hard Lovin’ Man,” heavy blues rocker “Maybe I’m a Leo,” heroic “Perfect Strangers” and symphonic “Knocking at Your Back Door.” Information: eagle-rock.com.
Tell me more: Filmed in November 1981, “Three Sides Live” captures Genesis at that seminal moment in time when the band (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson) was transitioning from a groundbreaking progressive rock outfit into the pop-rock superstars they would be become a few years later. Previously only available on grainy VHS or as part of a limited edition box set, the 16mm film footage has been fully restored and “Three Sides Live” looks and sounds terrific. The infectious “Misunderstanding,” progressive “Dodo / Lurker” and thrilling “Abacab” are among the performance highlights, while the film captures plenty of behind-the-scenes footage of the band. Information: eagle-rock.com.
Tell me more: After 10 years, the wait is finally over for Yes fans. Yes’ “Songs From Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert” (available on a 2-disc DVD, and 3-disc audio CD) captured Yes on the band’s last tour to feature the classic line-up of singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Alan White. Memorable performances on the collection include the ambitious “South Side Of the Sky” (with Howe and Wakeman both getting to shine), the Renaissance-flavored “Turn Of the Century,” and a wonderful version of “I’ve Seen All Good People” where Yes includes a bit of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” effectively into their artful arrangement of the song. Information: YesWorld.com.
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