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All My Loving
Music Video Distributors)

While the music world of 2007 celebrates all the magic that came of Monterey Pop and the whole L.A. / San Francisco axis on West Coast, a DVD that finally came out in 2007 takes a unique look at the cultural revolution spiraling out of London in 1967. Instigated by The Beatles—and specifically made at the bequest of John Lennon—noted U.K. film maker Tony Palmer was inspired to put direct a pop music documentary designed to capture some the greatness that was then happening in the U.K. and specifically London. According to Palmer, ‘It was John Lennon’s idea—the film. He said to me ‘you’ve got to do something to get these guys exposure on television. They’re hammering at the door, except the guys on the inside are deaf, and probably dumb & blind as well.’ So I did, and All My Loving was the result. Even using the title was his suggestion. It caused a hell of a stir, but then I suspect he knew that it would.’ In England, and probably the whole world in 1967, the most visionary person in the music world was John Lennon. Thanks to Lennon’s revolutionary vision that year, All My Loving features key bands who made bold statements in the music world of 1967—including rare performance video footage and interviews with The Beatles, Cream, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Frank Zappa and more. Among the memorable chapters on the hour long movie is an incredible psychedelic day-glo Pink Floyd video for “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.” As Palmer proved on his excellent Cream at the Albert Hall filmed later in 1968, All My Loving isn’t some ordinary festival retrospective. It’s Palmer’s heady, sometimes disturbing look at the whole scene in play on the world stage and how if played out in London during 1967. Back in 1967 when Palmer crafted his unparalleled rockumentary—as well as time between when it was actually shown on the BBC in March of 1968—there was no blueprint for what was happening and in the spirit of ‘67, Palmer approached the highbrow concept All My Loving with a fresh, innovative vision. Considering it was shown once, late night on BBC television nearly forty years ago, thank the lord it has finally come out, available on DVD through the iconoclastic U.K. record label Voiceprint, with U.S. distribution from the ever cutting edge video mavens at Music Video Distributors. Among the most important rockumentaries of the year 1967, All My Loving makes essential video viewing forty years on, and the DVD is capped off by an excellent 2007 interview with Palmer.


Live At The BBC 1967-1970

Not merely content with creating some of the most adventurous concept albums of the ‘60 and perfecting the term progressive rock, The Moody Blues were also frequent guest stars on a number of BBC related radio and TV shows between 1967-1970. The heyday of the second Moody Blues lineup—the one with both Mike Pinder and Justin Hayward—’67-’70 was the time when the great U.K. rock legends were defining progressive music as we would come to know and love it. Nay sayers who doubted that the Moodies could hold their own in a live setting—no doubt because of the orchestral Mellotron drenched arrangements of Pinder and the studio genius of producer Tony Clarke—will eat their words upon hearing Deram’s 41 track double CD set. Although several of these tracks are scattered as bonus cuts on Deram’s 2006 Moody Blues Deluxe Edition remasters, Live At The BBC 1967-1970 is the first time all the Moodies BBC tracks of that era have been collected under one roof. A second CD of live performances from a variety of television shows—including tracks from Tom Jones Show (1968) and Lulu’s TV show (from 1968)—along with in depth 2007 liner notes and never before seen color photos of the Classic 7 Moodies lineup seals the deal on this vital retrospective.



The Traveling Wilburys Collection

The bootleggers were hip to the one and only Traveling Wilburys back in the ‘90s, compiling and cross-sectioning rare studio remix tracks and related music by all TW members, some of which is brought to light here. A pair of essential rarities here include a cool, never before heard cut from the first Traveling Wilburys lineup with Bob Dylan singing an unusual ELO style prog-rock track from the early ‘70s. That song, “Like A Ship” and a never before heard Wilburys version of “Runaway” with the late great Del Shannon are just two of four bonus cuts on a double disc Rhino remaster of The Traveling Wilburys Collection. Reissued by Rhino in May 2007, the triple disc set bookends the two studio albums on a CD apiece, adding in a 16 page (standard) or 40 page booklet (on the deluxe set), with liners by Mo Ostin. Both versions of The Traveling Wilburys Collection include a never before seen 24 minute documentary on the Wilburys, with the DVD adding in 5 video clips. Shook by the passing of Lefty Wilbury (a/k/a Roy Orbison) on 12/6/88, Spike Wilbury - George Harrison, Clayton Wilbury - Jeff Lynne, Muddy Wilbury - Tom Petty and Boo (Dylan) soldiered on and came up with a nearly as great second album in 1990 but by the early ‘90s that magic of the original five Wilbury brothers was the stuff of legends.


Rock Goes To College

Back in 1979, the jazz-rock scene that started so promisingly in the early ‘70s was peaking. Like volcanic ash rising to the surface of the instrumental fusion world, Bruford forged the talents of the greatest jazz-rockers of the age. Founding Yes drummer Bill Bruford—joining forces with Dave Stewart (keyboards), Allan Holdsworth (guitars) and Jeff Berlin—was a short lived musical miracle that recorded one brilliant vocal / instrumental debut effort with jazz singer Annette Peacock in 1977 and a second Bruford quartet album in 1979. Holdsworth and Ms. Peacock didn’t stick around long enough for The Bruford Tapes—caught live at My Father’s Place on Long Island—but now it seems Bill has unearthed a live concert CD and companion DVD, originally recorded and filmed for the BBC at Oxford Polytechnic on March 7th, 1979 with the original five Bruford members including Ms. Peacock. Not quite as glorious sound-wise as The Bruford Tapes, the 2007 CD Rock Goes To College is nevertheless the only live artifact of the power and grace that Bruford and this legendary lineup brought to the jazz-rock world in 1979. The DVD and CD booklets also feature extensive discography info and some truly ironic liner notes from Bill Bruford.


Live At Massey Hall

If the role of an artist is to break new ground while also keeping a mindful eye on past glories, few artists are doing as good a job as Neil Young. Castigated by some for taking an anti-Iraq War stance on his brilliant 2006 CD/DVD Living With War - In The Beginning, Young remains a vital force in the rock world. Recorded live on January 19, 1971, Live At Massey Hall captures an acoustic live set recorded live on Young’s home turf in Toronto. Impeccably recorded, the 17 track live CD blends a number of solo songs with other tracks Young recorded around the same time with CSN&Y and before with Buffalo Springfield. The Massey Hall CD features several acoustic covers from After The Goldrush but as long time fans know, waiting in the wings was 1972’s Harvest and Massey Hall debuts several Harvest tracks including the exquisite medley of “A Man Needs A Maid / Heart Of Gold Suite,” combining two rock classics with great effectiveness. Produced by Young and long time producer David Briggs, Massey Hall is the latest installment in Young’s in depth Archive Performance Series, which is shaping up to be among the most significant reissue series of the 2000’s. In addition to the CD, Live At Massey Hall also comes as a CD with a DVD combo-pak featuring the complete live CD and a DVD with rare live and documentary footage. Later in 2007 Young is promising to release his long awaited 8 CD, 2 DVD + 150 page book as Neil Young: The Archives Vol. 1 - 1963-1972.

The Essential Alan Parsons Project
(Arista / Legacy)

One of the premier reissue labels still alive and well, Sony Legacy obtained the rights to Arista and the whole RCA catalog a few years ago when Sony merged with BMG and they’ve been cranking out some amazing titles for audio collectors and music fans. High on the list is The Essential Alan Parsons Project. Parsons has sold untold amounts of albums since the mid ‘70s and they do the symphonic rock world a service with their fine distillation of the early Parsons repertoire. Parsons rose to fame working early on with great musicians as is well documented with his lengthy apprenticeship at EMI records working alongside England’s legendary studio engineers and audio producers late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Drawn from ten different Parsons studio albums, these songs sound better now than they did 27 years ago. As this 34 track essential collection indicates, Parsons and his cohort Eric Woolfson employed a range of great players including guitarist Ian Bairnson. Among the vocalists vocalists appearing include Colin Blunstone, Gary Brooker, John Miles and Woolfson. Legacy’s Essential APP is the best bet for an overview but Arista and Legacy have big plans for the entire Parsons catalog, so prog-rockers should check it out.




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