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Welcome to the VintageRock.com Digital Lounge. This is where we offer you a feast of information and multimedia on the latest CD, DVD & Blu-ray Disc releases from your favorite Vintage Rock artists. Turn it up!

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Jeff Beck

In the summer of 2016, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Beck set the stage ablaze with incredible live versions of “For Your Love,” “Beck’s Bolero,” “’Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” “A Day In The Life,” “Blue Wind,” and more. The night also included a legendary list of special guests including Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and the great Buddy Guy. Fortunately, the show was captured on video and the resulting Live At The Hollywood Bowl is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and CD, thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment. Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – twice! First, as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist in 2009. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of 8 Grammy Awards during his long career. From his time with The Yardbirds, to the Jeff Beck Group and his solo career, Jeff Beck’s sound and stylistic exploration has mesmerized fans and critics worldwide. This concert captures his musical journey, with a set list spanning from his first Yardbirds’ recordings to recent tracks from 2016’s Loud Hailer. As the evening progressed, Beck was joined onstage by those legendary peers. The show climaxed with all guests delivering a stirring encore performance of “Purple Rain” in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a few months before the concert. Live At The Hollywood Bowl is a stellar showcase of Jeff Beck’s history and musicianship, and a fitting addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s collection of Jeff Beck titles. Check out the teaser below.

Release Date: 10/6/17


 

The Who

Four years after their smash album Dig, Los Angeles hard rockers Heaven & Earth releases their followup album Hard To Kill on Quarto Valley Records, available for pre-order via Heaven & Earth’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering the album, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta. The band features Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has played wiith Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and the Rolling Stones. The 11 new songs on Hard To Kill ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan. “We feel that Hard To Kill is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four Heaven & Earth albums, as well as a few surprises.” Check out the the lyric video for “The Game Has Changed,” featured on Hard To Kill, below.

Release Date: 10/06/17


 

ELP

BMG’s comprehensive Emerson, Lake & Palmer release series continues with Fanfare: Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1997. This impressive box set collates nearly three decades of work from the immense musical talent of keyboardist Keith Emerson, bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Carl Palmer. The set offers a wealth of ELP treasure for their ever-increasing fanbase: All of ELP’s 11 albums remastered; five previously unreleased CDs of never issued recordings; a never-before-issued triple vinyl set (Live In Italy, May 1973); 5.1 Surround Sound audio mixes, plus some high quality memorabilia including a 40-page hardback book with rare band photos, as well as tour programs and a must-have repro 7” of "Fanfare For The Common Man." ELP were one the most successful rock bands of the 1970s with a wild stage act and sales of over 40 million albums. Their first seven albums all made the UK chart Top 10 and U.S. Top 20. Their penchant for appropriating themes from classical music and the group's more nuanced, textured approach to symphonic arrangements set them apart from their more bombastic guitar-based contemporaries of the time. Despite the passing of both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake in 2016, Carl Palmer continues to play shows all over the world with Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. For a taste of what will be included on Fanfare: Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1997, check out the video of "Fanfare For The Common Man" below.

Release Date: 09/29/17


 

Gregg Allman

Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from Greeg Allman whose contributions truly shaped rock for the past four decades. Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s Grammy-nominated Low Country Blues, the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists, including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn. It is, quite simply, a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations. Check out the official trailer of Southern Blood below.

Release Date: 09/08/17


 

Steve Howe

Legendary guitarist Steve Howe will add a second volume to his Anthology series from Rhino with a collection that highlights his key contributions to groups like Yes and Asia, while also rounding up his numerous collaborations with musicians like Paul Sutin and Oliver Wakeman. Anthology 2: Groups And Collaborations is a three-CD set spanning more than 50 years of Howe's prolific career with 56 tracks that mix hits with a generous selection of unreleased recordings, including several with Keith West, who was Howe's bandmate in Tomorrow and The In Crowd. Starting with his work in the mid 60s, the collection opens with songs that Howe recorded during brief tenures with bands like The Syndicats ("Maybellene," 1964), The In Crowd ("Blow Up," 1967), Tomorrow ("Revolution," 1968) and Bodast ("Nothing To Cry For," 1969). Also included in the set are Howe's memorable contributions to Yes and Asia, two of the world's most successful progressive rock bands. Hits like Yes' "Roundabout" and Asia's "Heat Of The Moment" are featured along with rarities like "Montreux's Theme," a song Yes recorded during sessions for 1977's Going for the One, and "Masquerade" a previously unreleased tune by Asia. "When The Heart Rules The Mind" from GTR, the supergroup Howe founded in 1986 with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, is here, as well as "Brother Of Mine," a song the guitarist recorded in 1989 with Yes members Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman. The Steve Howe Trio, a jazz band he started with his son Dylan on drums, is covered with "Kenny's Sound" and "Sweet Thunder." The set's final disc includes songs Howe recorded with Fish of the band Marillion ("Time And A Word," 1993), keyboardist Oliver Wakeman ("The Forgotten King," 2001) and Paul Sutin ("Voyager," 1995). For a glimpse of what you can expect from Anthology 2: Groups And Collaborations, check out "Montruex's Theme," a rarity from Yes, below.

Release Date: 08/11/17


 

Quiet Riot

Known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, Quiet Riot became a global sensation thanks to their monsterous smash hit album, 1983’s Metal Health. That album topped the Billboard album charts for several months and the follow-up album Condition Critical went double platinum. Quiet Riot continues their historic journey in 2017 with Road Rage on Frontiers Records. Led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (a member since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin, the band continues to be an unstoppable force. Road Rage was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the addition of American Idol alumni Durbin in the vocalist slot, a new version of the album was cut with the new and improved lineup. The results are everything Quiet Riot fans could have hoped for. Coming nearly 10 years after the passing of original vocalist Kevin DuBrow, Road Rage, recorded with the support of DuBrow's family, offers exactly what you would expect from Quiet Riot: Arena ready hard rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs. "Can't Get Enough," the first single and video (featured below) from the album, is a perfect example of how powerful Road Rage is.

Release Date: 08/04/17


 

Santana and Isley Brothers

Power Of Peace is a studio album from Santana (Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana) and The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie). Recorded in 2016, the album is the fulfillment of a dream, a musical collaboration connecting Santana and The Isleys on a mind-bending journey through some of the immortal soul, funk, blues, rock, jazz and pop songs that continue to inspire them. Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album's main producer and arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals, Power Of Peace covers songs first made familiar by the Chambers Brothers ("Are You Ready," "Love, Peace, Happiness"), Swamp Dogg ("Total Destruction to Your Mind"), Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"), Billie Holiday ("God Bless the Child"), Eddie Kendricks ("Body Talk"), Curtis Mayfield ("Gypsy Woman"), Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon ("I Just Want to Make Love to You"), Dionne Warwick and Jackie DeShannon ("What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love"), Marvin Gaye ("Mercy Mercy Me - The Ecology"), Leon Thomas ("Let the Rain Fall on Me") and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson ("Let There Be Peace on Earth").Power Of Peace features a new song, "I Remember," written and sung by Cindy Blackman Santana, who plays drums on the album, and produced and arranged "Higher Ground" (along with her husband, Carlos). A family affair, Power Of Peace features two Santanas #8212; Carlos (guitar) and Cindy (drums) #8212; and four Isleys: Ronald (vocals) and Ernie (rhythm guitar) and their respective spouses, Kandy Johnson Isley (Ron's wife, she sings background on "God Bless the Child," "Body Talk" and "Gypsy Woman") and Tracy Isley (Ernie's wife, she also sings background vocals on "God Bless the Child").You can listen to "What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love" below.

Release Date: 07/28/17


 
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