by Robert Kinsler
First ever Blu-ray release featuring Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and a new film looking at the history of The Rolling Stones highlight a roundup of new releases and reissues.
Title: Live – Architecture & Morality & More (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
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Tell me more: Over the last few years, electronica has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence with artists such as Daft Punk and Phoenix gaining critical and commercial acclaim. In the early 1980s, a handful of seminal pioneers such as Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) paved the way for that 21st century movement with their blend of British New Wave and synthpop. OMD’s 1981 masterwork “Architecture & Morality” yielded three Top 5 UK singles and propelled the group to the forefront of the movement. In 2007, the classic line-up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper toured, with the group’s London stop at Hammersmith Apollo filmed. Now that release is available on a sterling Blu-ray title featuring the full “Architecture & Morality” track listing, as well as OMD’s biggest hits. Anyone who saw OMD tear it up at Coachella 2013 with rousing performances of “Enola Gay,” “Electricity” and “If You Leave” will want to get this title for sure. Information: www.eaglerockent.com.
Title: Crossfire Hurricane (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
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Tell me more: While The Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting Tour” has been grabbing the attention of plenty of rock fans in recent weeks, the group’s full story is also coming to light thanks to the new documentary “Crossfire Hurricane.” Directed by Brett Morgen, “Crossfire Hurricane” takes viewers from the outfit’s beginnings as teens in love with American blues greats such as Muddy Waters to their status as a stadium act. Made with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones, the film fuses archive footage, new interviews and news coverage to offer a complete look at the band’s history. Bonus features include early performances captured in 1964 and 1965. Information: www.eaglerockent.com.
Title: The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One! (Shout! Factory)
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Tell me more: Fans of the Southern California synth pop-meets-ska band The Aquabats are well acquainted with the quintet’s fun-filled and upbeat musical approach. But now thanks to the successful musical television series aired on The Hub, a new generation of fans has discovered the troupe’s sonic and superhero-charged charms. The first season of “The Aquabats! Super Show!” is featured on a 2-disc deluxe DVD that also includes bonus features. The show is intelligent, appeals to “kids” of all ages and even picked up a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Series. Information: www.ShoutFactory.com.
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