Blues Pills – Live in Paris

I recently decided to take a chance on a band who I’d only heard single tracks from before and only a couple of those. I was in my local independent record shop and saw this live DVD/CD combination on the new rack. It’s quite a progressive shop and I’ve been surprised at the music on sale in such a small town as mine. Grateful that this sort of music was available outside of a big city, I decided to buy it – even it was a little more expensive than it might have been online.

The music comes mainly from their Lady in Gold album from 2016 and their live tour for that album, the DVD was recorded in Le Trianon in Paris on 30th October 2016. It is more blues-rock based than a lot of the music I mention on this blog but it’s a style I enjoy and they give it all such a fresh twist that it doesn’t ever feel stale. It manages to achieve an air of excitement and energy that many bands just don’t: seeing any concert footage from blues rock bands from the late 70s and 80s compared to this and it’s worlds apart, you have to go back to the early 70s to get anywhere close to the excitement, on stage at any rate.

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Arch Enemy: As The Stages Burn

My pre-order arrived on a day I booked off as annual leave. It was perfect timing because I did a school run and got home just as the postman was writing a card out. I was able to watch it that morning and what a great DVD it is. The music is excellent but also the quality of the live footage. Lots of angles and great shots but none of it feels over-edited, there is real respect for the band. It is a great reminder of what the live shows are like. I just hope that the band takes a good long rest after this tour ends, otherwise they will burn out. The whole package is excellent, great photographs in the booklet and an accompanying CD of the show as well. So glad I ordered this.

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Arch Enemy live at Wacken 2016: As The Stages Burn

So I mentioned this a few weeks ago when I first found out but yesterday evening I pre-ordered a copy of the CD-DVD Digipack from the Century Media store and I am SO EXCITED! It will be an awesome DVD and what’s even better is that I ordered the CD + DVD digipack version so I can listen to the concert when I’m travelling. I’m really looking forwards to the performance. Wacken is a mecca for metal fans, like Bloodstock and Download are in the UK, but I’ve never been to any of them so to get the DVD is probably the next best thing.

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Vehicle of Spirit: Nightwish

I finally pre-ordered my Blu-Ray copy of the Nightwish live concert film for the Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour. I am looking forward to the release on 16th December. It will tie in well with my annual leave this Christmas. I have bought a few CDs recently and a music DVD I should have posted about. I will endeavour to write something soon but life has been very busy lately!

Deep Purple in concert

I picked up a couple of budget music DVDs this week by one of the coolest bands in the world. The band is Deep Purple and the DVDs I bought were from the band in 1999 and 2006. The 1999 concert features Jon Lord and his concerto for group and orchestra with the London Symphony Orchestra. There are some good old classics and a great version of Smoke on the Water. The 2006 concert captures a great evening celebrating 40 years of the Montreux Jazz Festival, it seemed very fitting for DP to close the festival and it really does feel like a celebration.

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