(2006/PARAMOUNT) English/F/ES, NTSC, Code 1, Color, 130 Mins., plus bonus features including 12 never before seen musical numbers, documentary and more;
(2003/Alpha) English, 1953-1956, b&w, 106 Min.; Following the success of the ´Topper´ movies, the well-loved characters created by Thorne Smith were brought to life on the small screen from 1953-1956. One of the show´s young screenwriters, Stephen Sondheim, would go on to greater fame as lyricist for such major musicals as ´West Side Story´! Several of the four episodes contain the original commercials! Directed by Philip Rapp, Lew Landers and Leslie Goodwins. Starring Leo G. Carroll, Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling a.o.
(Vee-Tone Records) 10 tracks - The Cavern Club - The Jazz & Skiffle Years (Special 60th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) - 10” Blue Vinyl (Individually numbered 001-500) - Special Features: • An official Cavern Club 60th Anniversary special release • Only 500 individually numbered copies worldwide • Superior high gloss heavyweight card sleeve, with ‘flap-back’ sleeve shrink wrapped • Special 10” blue vinyl pressing • Stunning artwork featuring rare Cavern Club archive photographs and original record release information • Features original recordings from George Melly, Merseysippi Jazz Band, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Mose Allison, Lonnie Donegan, Beryl Bryden, Chas McDevitt, Johnny Duncan and Dickie Bishop _ Post-War Britain saw a move away from Big Bands to that of more smaller Jazz combos, from which the Skiffle phenomenon evolved. By the late 1950’s, Liverpool alone had around 200 Skiffle groups, with the Cavern Club showcasing both new and established artists. The Skiffle craze swept Britain for around 3 years, laying the foundations for the British Rock ‘n’ Roll scene. The Cavern first opened its doors on the 16th January 1957, purely as a Jazz venue showcasing British and US performers. Top of the bill on that opening night was the Merseysippi Jazz Band (featured on this collection) supported by the Wall City Jazzmen, Ralph Watmough Jazz Band and the Coney Island Skiffle Group. At that time Skiffle groups were seen as acceptable by the Cavern management (part of the Jazz scene), no Rock ‘n’ Roll was allowed to be performed, although John Lennon famously pushed the boundaries when the Quarrymen played the Cavern slipping in a Rock ‘n’ Roll tune! In London, the ‘cool’ mellow sounds of the Modern Jazz scene were quickly picked up by the fashionable ‘Modernists’ of the late 50’s and early 60’s. This movement quickly spread across the country, the likes of Mose Allison, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes were all hugely popular and influential on the musical development of the diverse ‘Mod’ scene. Furthermore, the influence of Skiffle on the development of British popular music cannot be underestimated. Skiffle groups quickly morphed into Rock ‘n’ Roll groups by the late 1950’s, the tea chest bass being replaced by electric bass guitars and acoustic guitars by electric. Members of The Shadows, Led Zeppelin, The Hollies, Deep Purple and of course The Beatles (The Quarrymen) all cut their teeth in Skiffle groups. To mark the Cavern Club’s 60th Anniversary year, this special limited edition 10” blue vinyl LP (individually numbered 001-500) celebrates its diverse musical heritage, showcasing some of the legends of Modern Jazz and Skiffle that performed at the Cavern in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The Cavern was even the official base for the Liverpool branch of the ‘Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Club’. Passionate about Skiffle, Donegan used his Skiffle Clubs to encourage young musicians to get on stage and give it a go. Although Donegan visited the Cavern, he was far too big a name to perform there in those days, but he did take to the stage on the 24th of May 2001 for a special one-off gig. The Cavern Club - The Jazz And Skiffle Years isn’t just a historical record of the Cavern’s rich and diverse musical heritage, it’s a stunning collection of great music. Featuring all things Jazz, from Trad. to Modern, through to Skiffle. This special collection features Jazz legends George Melly (UK), Liverpool’s very own Merseysippi Jazz Band (UK), Ronnie Scott (UK), Tubby Hayes (UK) and Mose Allison (USA). On the flip side, we feature five popular Skiffle pioneers - Lonnie Donegan (UK), Beryl Bryden (UK), Chas. McDevitt (UK), Johnny Duncan (USA) and Liverpool’s very own Dickie Bishop (UK). Paul McCartney paid homage to his Skiffle roots in 1999, recording a fine cover of Bishop’s ‘No Other Baby’ on ‘Run Devil Run’ album, you can hear the original right here!
Taschenbuch - 492 Seiten - Omnibus Press - 2010 - Englisch ´Tony Fletcher has demonstrated extraordinary depth in his research and vibrancy in his writing. Not only was I fascinated by his stories of times and styles about which I knew little, but, in those areas in which I knew a lot, he has connected all the dots for me.... ) Oh, yeah, and it´s a damned good read:´ comes an incisive history of New York´s seminal music scenes, encompassing the ways in which the city´s indigenous art, literature, theater, and political movements converged to create such unique sounds, as well as the music´s vast contribu-tions to our culture. With great attention to the characters, from trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie to Tito Puente, Bob Dylan to the Ramones, All Hopped Up and Ready to Go takes us through bebop, the Latin music scene, the folk revival, glitter music, disco, punk, and hip-hop, as they emerged from the neighborhood streets of Harlem, the Village, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. ´A fly-on-the-wall vantage point to some of the most important musical happenings in popular history, the book is equally as good about covering the city of New York itself and how this amazing city helped influence all of this incredible music. I enjoyed this book almost as much as I originally enjoyed all the music it covered:´ ´With dazzling prose and rich detail, Tony Fletcher brings to life the colorful characters, tortured geniuses, and ambitious visionaries behind a half-century of diverse music brewed in New York City.... [It is] filled with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and astute musical descriptions that make you want to hear every single song cited in the book´ ´This is the first time I have seen anyone attempt to chronicle the whole of New York´s popular music, and Tony is remarkably successful in his endeavor:´
Der zweite Kinofilm der Beatles zählt auch nach über 40 Jahren immer noch zu den schrillsten, originellsten und musikalisch wertvollsten Leinwand-Abstechern einer Pop-Band. Die DVD-Neuauflage überzeugt mit deutlich verbesserter Bild- und Tonqualität sowie diversen Extras. Natürlich ist die Storyline von Help! obskur, sprunghaft und je nach Sichtweise albern oder lächerlich. Die Liverpooler Pilzköpfe hangeln sich von einer aberwitzigen Szene zur nächsten, immer verfolgt von diversen mehr oder minder cleveren Interessengruppen, die ihnen einen wertvollen Ring abjagen wollen. Doch auch wenn vieles konstruiert wirkt, verströmt der Film einen angenehmen, warmen Charme, den man in Zeiten von perfekt durchstrukturierten, stromlinienförmigen, mit Spezialeffekten überladenen Hollywood-Blockbustern nur noch selten geboten bekommt. Die surrealen Pop-Art-Kulissen, die zahllosen ebenso skurrilen wie originellen Details und die fast schon anarchische Regie von Richard Lester haben Help! zu einem zeitlosen, funkensprühenden Kleinod werden lassen, das in der restaurierten DVD-Fassung mit deutlich aufgewertetem Ton und Bild besticht. Die Höhepunkte des irgendwo zwischen Austin Powers, Monty Python?s Flying Circus und den alten James Bond-Streifen anzusiedelnden Spektakels sind natürlich die sieben Songs ´´´´Help!´´´´, ´´´´You?re Going To Lose That Girl´´´´, ´´´´You?ve Got To Hide Your Love Away´´´´, ´´´´Ticket To Ride´´´´, ´´´´I Need You´´´´, ´´´´The Night Before´´´´ und ´´´´Another Girl´´´´, die in voller Länge zu hören sind und heute noch genauso viel Magie verströmen wie 1965. Aber auch zwischendurch werden immer wieder Lieder wie ´´´´A Hard Day?s Night´´´´, ´´´´She?s A Woman´´´´ oder Beethovens ´´´´Ode an die Freude´´´´ angespielt, wodurch der knapp 100-minütige Film auf einer zweiten Wahrnehmungsebene zu einem in sich schlüssigen, federleichten Musical-Event wird.Darsteller:George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eleanor Bron, Leo McKern, Ringo Starr, Roy Kinnear, The Beatles, Victor Spinetti
(2009/SUNDAZED) 1968 Columbia Debut Album Although they would go on to become one of the most commercially successful acts of the 1970s, most observers agree that Blood, Sweat & Tears’ 1968 debut effort Child Is Father to the Man remains the ambitious ensemble’s finest and most enduring musical statement. The band’s only album under the leadership of legendary singer / keyboardist Al Kooper, Child Is Father to the Man stands with such late-’60s art-pop landmarks as the Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle and Love’s Forever Changes in capturing the period’s seemingly limitless creative possibilities. Child Is Father to the Man is a brilliant reflection of the desire of Kooper—a former member of the seminal Blues Project and a key collaborator in Bob Dylan’s early electric work—to use an expanded instrumental lineup to explore a broader range of sounds, styles and compositional approaches. Towards that end, he launched Blood, Sweat & Tears, recruiting a stellar assortment of players from the worlds of rock and jazz, including ex-Blues Project guitarist Steve Katz, former Buffalo Springfield/Mothers of Invention bassist Jim Fielder, jazz drummer Bobby Colomby and noted jazz horn players Randy Brecker, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius and Jerry Weiss. The resulting album (produced by fabled studio genius John Simon) was a seamlessly eclectic psychedelic-rock-jazz-classical fusion, with such diverse tracks as Kooper’s gritty compositions ´´I Can’t Quit Her´ and ´´I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know,´ as well as his playfully arty ´´House in the Country´ and ´´The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud,´ along with stirring readings of Tim Buckley’s ´´Morning Glory,´ Harry Nilsson’s ´´Without Her´ and Randy Newman’s ´´Just One Smile.´ Kooper’s expansive musical vision may have been a bit too far ahead of its time. Although it was a favorite of early FM album-rock DJs, Child Is Father to the Man barely scraped the Billboard Top 50 and failed to produce a hit single. However, in the years since, the album has been widely recognized for its expressiveness and originality, and embraced by successive generations of listeners. For instance, it received a prominent placement in Rolling Stone’s 2003 ranking of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Now, Child Is Father to the Man is back in its original vinyl format with Sundazed’s definitive new LP edition. With meticulously reproduced original cover art, this vintage musical landmark has been remastered from the original analog master tapes and is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl.
180 gram vinyl! 1965’s punningly titled My Little Red Book of Winners is one of Manfred Mann’s most eclectic efforts, with the band stretching out into more sophisticated musical territory on ´´My Little Red Book,” their historic collaboration with Burt Bacharach. They also deliver memorable original compositions like the autobiographical ´´The One in the Middle,” and indelible readings of classic tunes by Bob Dylan, the Coasters and Maxine Brown. Although many of the British Invasion’s most prominent bands were comprised of inexperienced rockers learning their craft as they went along, Manfred Mann was something different. The versatile British quintet, which took its collective name from that of its South African-born keyboardist, was comprised of four seasoned musicians with a solid grounding in jazz and blues, plus a charismatic frontman who was also one of England’s finest blue-eyed soul singers. Together, the five members of Manfred Mann—or the Manfreds, as their fans called them—turned their diverse talents towards rock ’n’ roll, and came up with a series of albums and singles that are among the catchiest and most enduring of the period. Now, Sundazed reaches back to present Manfred Mann’s first five U.S. albums, out of print for decades and reissued for the first time in their original vinyl format, mastered from the original tapes and featuring complete cover art.
CD on Bear Family RECORDS RECORDS by Various Artists - Bear Family RECORDS - A Taste Of Bear Family RECORDS Bear Family Records – Making old music feel young again! Since 1975, Bear Family has been reissuing state-of-the-art LPs and CDs. In fact, label founder Richard Weize has repeatedly said that if he had more money, he would only issue more records. Although associated with fanatically complete editions, Bear Family should be equally renowned for thematic compilations: check out the extensive single CD series and boxes devoted to subjects as diverse as the year-by-year history of R&B and soul music (´Blowin´ the Fuse,´ ´Sweet Soul Music´ and funk coming soon), the year-by-year history of country music (´Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music´), musical histories of the Vietnam War (´Next Stop Is Vietnam´) and nuclear age songs (´Atomic Platters´), Jewish music recorded in Germany during the Nazi era (´Beyond Recall´), calypso music recorded in Trinidad (´West Indian Rhythm´). Look out for Bear Family´s profiles of unjustly forgotten singer-songwriters like Jim Ford, and DVDs of classic blues, country and rock ´n´ roll artists, and so much more. And let´s not forget those career-encompassing or golden era-encompassing sets of rock ´n´ roll icons including Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Bill Haley, Duane Eddy, or the Beatles´ Hamburg recordings. Or similarly definitive sets of country legends like the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe, to name a few. Or blues/R&B sets by Freddie King, Louis Jordan, the Platters, and many more. Bear Family has also devoted lavish boxes or definitive CDs to trailblazers, neglected geniuses, or simply great musicians who deserve to be better known. Perhaps only Bear Family would devote an entire box to artists like Jimmie Driftwood (the folklorist who composed Battle Of New Orleans ), Cliff Bruner andis Texas Wanderers, or risqué blues legend Julia Lee. These days, digital downloads and out-of-copyright laws have cheapened some of this great music, but at Bear Family it is always presented with the loving attention to detail that it deserves. Every set includes elements that no other reissues can touch: fabulously restored sound, lavishly illustrated booklets or hard-covered LP-size books with fanatically complete discographies, unpublished photos, and definitive texts from some of the world´s best writers. In some cases, you might be able to get the music cheaper elsewhere, but you will never get the 360-degree Bear Family experience anywhere else. Critic Dave Marsh said, ´´In the confines of my office are 52 Bear Family box sets. Each is a part of my life´s education, an example of how to do things not just completely but right, how to treasure music for the right reasons, not just because it´s a thrill.´´ And, finally, a word about Bear Family´s mail order business. There are 30,000 titles encompassing too many genres to mention. Hassle-free ordering. Worldwide shipping. And a reputation built on customer service since 1975! Bear Family Records – Number 1 in high quality reissues. Country, rockabilly, beat, soul, r&b, rock ´n´ roll, schlager, teenbeat, bluegrass, soul, western swing, cajun, calypso and much more… Here´s just a taste of what Bear Family Records has to offer: Charlie Walker – Honky Tonk Women It´s true that Charlie had second thoughts before recording this Rolling Stones classic, but we´re glad he did it because we think it´s the ultimate version. Our 5-CD Charlie Walker boxed set ´Pick Me Up On Your Way Down´ is a must-have for any serious fan of genuine honky tonk music! Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real Harmony singing rarely gets any better than the Louvin Bros. Hailed as heroes by everyone from Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris to today´s young singing sensation First Aid Kit, the Louvins´ influence on truly great music is ongoing and never-ending. Our 8-CD boxed set ´Close Harmony´ presents their complete recordings. Buddy Covelle – Lorraine Loud, wild, and nearly out-of-control. That was Buddy Covelle. He´s on one of our 27-volume rockabilly series ´That´ll Flat Git It.´ Yes, that´s 27 individual volumes of primo rockabilly…with more planned. Check out the informative booklets and the best-ever sound quality! Big Joe Turner – Boogie Woogie Country Girl Bear Family has a deep catalog of