BIG BUSINESS MUSIC BLU-RAY-john emms picks his fave blu-ray, dvd, concerts, and music docs of 2011


BLU-RAY, DVD concerts and music documentaries continue to be a huge entertainment source for consumers and music fans worldwide. It’s big business and as an experienced music  journalist and musician I’m here to tell you about my faves this year

Heck, even players love to watch this stuff. I have interviewed many top selling artists who love to watch other artists for the sheer joy of it. 

Old footage is being restored and new shows have amazing visuals and DTS Master Audio or HD/5.1 surround sound that will blow you out of the room. You also may have noticed Eagle Rock Entertainment and Sony are at the the top of the heap of the blu-ray music revolution.

 Sony has turned out some killer NEW blu-ray concert product.  Eagle Rock has a huge selection of old and new stuff and overall a lot of Eagle’s remastering on older material is bang on. Eagle Rock has also been working with some of the world’s biggest names in all genres and believe me there is a huge fanbase for this type of product

Of course on the other side of the coin you see some bargain non authorized blu-ray/dvd stuff that is just horrible. I only review product that I have personally watched or was sent over from the labels.  These are in no particular order and in general my full reviews ran earlier this year.

However stay tune at the end of this list and I will toss in some nuggets from years past you should pick up.

The Rolling Stones-Some Girls Live In Texas 1978-Blu-Ray-I play this a lot, because it’s back to basic Stones, playing with heart and conviction. Great remastering on the sound from Bob Clearmountain  

Bad Company-Live at Wembley-blu-ray-Easily one of the best looking shows I have watched this year. Paul Rodgers is in superb voice and the band including Mick Ralphs rises to the occasion.

Foo Fighters-Back and Forth-BLU-RAY In depth doc, career spanning. What’s it like to be Dave Grohl? He will tell you. Man, the guy works hard. Some concert footage and a good chunk on the Nirvana years. Hands down, excellent!

Peter Gabriel-New Blood-Live in London-BLU-RAY The best audio and video I have saw personaly this year. It takes guts and chops to show your catologue in a different light with a 46 piece orchestra. Spectacular, but low key.

Jeff Beck-Rock R’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul-BLU-RAY Such a killer performance. Muscianship beyond belief and you get introduced to new to you players such as sax man Leo Green, incredible nuances from singer Imelda May and Darrell Higham along with high octane drumming from Stephen Rushton. And of course Jeff Beck is the glue to the entire show. Wow! 

Heart -Night At Sky Church-BLU-RAY-You always knew how good the sisters were. But this is a potent reminder. Spectacular visuals and 5.1 mix 

Billy Joel-Live at Shea Stadium-BLU-RAY- Sony nails it with this. Stunning show, killer performance by Joel and his band with special guests. Wow!!

Deep Purple and Orchestra-Live at Montreux 2011-BLU-RAY-You read my original review. Explosive and nuanced. Incredible. A must have for millions of DP fans worldwide.

Here is a small list of other faves, some new some old

Gary Moore-The Definitive Montreux Collection-Pure blues, stunning player and sadly missed. Amazing.

Classic Album Series on DVD–Distributer Eagle Rock

Ray Charles Live in France 1961-Historic.

 Big Head Todd and Monsters DVD from 2004- Live at the Fillmore,  Killer stuff, great band

Nils Lofgren Cry Tough-2 discs 3 concerts-excellent insight

Jeff  Healey Band-Full Circle-Live Anthology-Mostly cd but with a unique dvd performance you must own 

The Last Waltz- Of course. The Band with special guests, Scorcese directs and it’s on blu-ray

Have I missed something? Probably. Please Read My Archives

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, a hip online radio host. http://emms.podbean.com/ and you can purchase john’s own music on apple itunes with this band and solo http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/mining-the-blues/id365721505

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December 2011

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