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“Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78” [Blu-ray] by The Rolling Stones

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Title: Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78 (Blu-ray)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Rating: 3.5/5

Eagle Vision returns to their Rolling Stones roll-out with a DVD that nicely compliments Universal Republic’s recently released “Some Girls Deluxe Edition” redux. “Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78” affords us a look at The Stones on the road supporting a then #1 record in the United States. Filmed in Fort Worth Texas at the Will Rogers Auditorium, the concert like the album is a mixed bag of styles. The Mick-centric late seventies Stones clearly followed, rather than led, the music of the times. With “Some Girls” they offered their own spin on disco, punk, Los Angeles country, and even threw in a Motown cover for good measure.
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“Phoenix Rising” [Blu-ray] by Deep Purple

Artist: Deep Purple
Title: “Phoenix Rising” [Blu-ray]
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 6/28/2011
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

PiercingMetal’s own Skeleton Pete had already coined the phrase “Purple Summer” when it’s came to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s issue of a wide selection of releases from the legendary Hard Rock band and it’s absolutely correct as they have been re-issuing classic material with bonus live and demo tracks as well as unearthing vintage documentary pieces such as this one on a quality medium with additions that make the buyer say “Wow this is awesome”. One such release is the recent “Phoenix Rising” which is a documentary film for the most part but also includes some archival concert footage that has never been fully issued to fans. “Phoenix Rising” deals with the Mark III and Mark IV era of the band and showcases that roster which featured David Coverdale, Glen Hughes and Tommy Bolin; Ritchie Blackmore had left the lineup and surprised many. Since I can hardly expand on the views that Pete gave us about this era of the band, I am linking to his review on the site as he covered the DVD/CD combo version of the release. I’ll toss in my thoughts on the subtle and not too subtle differences between this edition and the Blu-ray version that is also in my hands. Read on.

Pete’s review HERE: http://piercingmetal.com/phoenix-rising-dvdcd-by-deep-purple/
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“Mindcrime At The Moore” (Blu-ray) by Queensryche

Artist: Queensryche
Title: “Mindcrime At The Moore” (Blu-ray)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 10/18/2011
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Queensryche’s “Mindcrime At The Moore” was originally released by Rhino Entertainment back in 2007 and this film captured for all time the stunning presentation of their “Operation: Mindcrime” saga which had been toured for in 2006. I was fortunate enough to catch that concert when it came to NYC and believe me it was one for the record books. The Blu-ray edition of this film is something that all of the bands fans will enjoy as it brings this incredible show to a bigger and brighter life. My views on the release remain the same, so with minor edits to reflect the higher definition version I am re-presenting them for your perusal below.

“When Queensryche chose to follow their masterpiece “Operation: Mindcrime” with a sequel, the aspect of this was the source of much debate between their long time fans and the Hard Rock/Metal community as a whole. The album while good suffered comparisons to the original which was never its intent but was to be expected even though this piece was set 20 years into the future lives of the characters we met on the original. Not long after its release the band went on tour and presented both albums from beginning to end in two incredible acts, and as you might have expected these shows were nothing short of blockbusters. It was the kind of concert that after you saw it you would muse to yourself about how excellent it would be on DVD. Fortunately for us the guys in Queensryche had the very same thoughts on their mind when they were doing this tour and as result we get the explosive DVD “Mindcrime At The Moore”. The film presents the entire concert as it was delivered on the stage and it was so massive an undertaking that each “Mindcrime” gets its own DVD. Many of you already own the first DVD that Queensryche delivered for the original “Mindcrime” tour, but outside of a couple of dramatic poses and one guest appearance on it was strictly a concert film.
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“Live At Radio City Music Hall” [Blu-ray] by Heaven & Hell

Artist: Heaven & Hell
Title: “Live At Radio City Music Hall” [Blu-ray]
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 5/13/2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

Sigh. It’s really the only way that I can start a revisit to this amazing concert film which is now not only available on Blu-ray format but also now comes care of Eagle Vision (the video aspect of Eagle Rock Entertainment). The original release came out in 2007 on Rhino Entertainment and was a blockbuster based on its capture of a reunited “Black Sabbath Mark II” lineup that now was touring under the moniker of Heaven And Hell. When Ronnie James Dio passed away in May of 2010 the Metal Realm was shattered by the news and as with all personalities of note, such an event would find both final and unreleased material being delivered to the fans in order to help them remember the joy and happiness the person lost had given them. “Live At Radio City 2007” was not released on Blu-ray format until the Eagle Vision release and since my thoughts about this amazing show have never changed I am re-presenting them for you below. I will then talk a little bit about the differences between this release and the standard edition DVD.
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“Irish Tour ‘74” (Blu-ray) by Rory Gallagher

Artist: Rory Gallagher
Title: “Irish Tour ‘74”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 4/12/2011
Genre: Blues Rock
Rating: 5/5

The debut of “Rory Gallagher Irish Tour ’74” on Blu-Ray is a welcome addition to Eagle Vision’s flotilla of Gallagher titles. It is a seminal rock documentary capturing Gallagher at the height of his popularity.

The film has been available on DVD in the past but was unfortunately represented by a rather drab, badly speckled, print that severely undercut the viewing experience. Eagle Vision’s Blu-Ray is a spectacular visual upgrade that renders all previous versions worthless. I did a side-by-side comparison for the purposes of this review with my original BMG DVD and it was like watching the film for the first time. The EV Blu-Ray edition is a beautifully detailed, color-saturated, 16X9 presentation. A restoration that finally does this Tony Palmer film justice and makes it a joy to watch repeatedly.
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