Sometimes we can type until our fingers are battered, bloodied stumps and still fail to come up with anything that’s a patch on that which some poor, harried blurb writer managed to spit out seconds before popping down the pub for a few pints. So what are Ten Years After all about? Take it away Blurbie…
“In the beginning God made the guitar. Then he created a new breed of guitar Gods to play it, and Alvin Lee of Ten Years After was the fastest guitar-slinger in the West.”
After five years of promises, Ten Years After finally release their first live DVD with the new line up, "Live At Fiesta City". Recorded at the Fiesta City Festival in Verviers, Belgium on August 30th 2008, in front of a 5000 capacity crowd, it is a great showcase of the band's talents in a live environment. What you see is exactly what happened that night: no technical doctoring, no overdubs, just TYA at their finest. Included on the DVD as added bonuses are interviews with each band member, biographies, plus a photo montage synchronized to "I Think It's Gonna Rain All Night".
This superbly recorded double disc (the original engineer was Eddie Kramer, best-known for his work with Hendrix) captured over a weekend worth of dates in February 1970 at the venerable New York City venue catches the Brit boogie quartet at the peak of their powers. These shows were sandwiched between their triumphant Woodstock set and the release of Cricklewood Green, generally considered the band's best work. They find the group primed through years of roadwork, as well as obviously excited to be playing in front of an appreciative N.Y.C. crowd…
Jane were a German progressive rock outfit who recorded for the legendary Brain imprint in the early and mid-‘70s. While more feted label mates like Cluster and Neu! favored austere ambient experiments and driving minimalism, Jane delighted in ambitious displays of their instrumental virtuosity. LIVE AT HOME was recorded in 1976 and features darkly progressive psychedelia that blends doomy, Sabbath- derived riffs with Hawkind-like psychedelia and free form improvisational excursions.
I've seen Counting Crows live several times. I admit fully to being a fan and there are several reasons for that. (See how "Mr. Jones" is already slipping into this piece?) I was quite pleased to receive a copy of the Counting Crows' concert DVD, August And Everything After: Live At Town Hall. This particular concert is unique because for this one show, the set list was the album August And Everything After, (and is there a fan out there who doesn't love this album?) played beginning to end. After watching this DVD, I think I would have given my right leg to be at that show. I've always loved Adam Duritz's lyrics because his metaphors have always spoken to me.
Francis E. "Bud" DeTar was a long time resident of Brockport, NY. Born in Albion, NY, in 1922 and died on November 23, 2008. A well known local musician, Bud was a graduate of Rochester's Jefferson High School (1938), SUNY Brockport and the Eastman School of Music. Bud was an Army combat veteran of World War II in Europe. He served on the faculty of the music department at SUNY Brockport. Throughout his life Bud was a performing musician and bandleader in the Rochester area, with The Dixieland Ramblers, The Gates Swingers and other popular groups. The concerts performed by The Bud DeTar Big Band at the SUNY Brockport campus, several seasons in the 1990's, were quite memorable.
Elephants of Scotland was formed in 2010 in Burlington, Vermont, where they set upon the challenge of starting a progressive rock band in a place better known for jam bands and cows. EoS released their debut album Home Away from Home in the spring of 2013 which was met with positive reviews and praise from the international progressive rock community. On the strength of this album alone, they were invited to play the prestigious three-day international progressive rock festival RoSfest in Gettysburg, PA in 2014. EoS opened the Saturday line-up at RoSfest at the acclaimed Majestic Theater with a blistering 90-minute show and a standing ovation that was recorded in High Definition video and 24-bit digital multi-track audio. This was released as a live album/DVD package in the spring of 2015.