Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: “Classic Albums: Paranoid” (Blu-ray)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 6/29/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
If you are among the hardest core of the Black Sabbath followers in the Metal Music Republic then there is a good chance that you want to own this release in the higher quality Blu-ray version as opposed to the standard DVD which comes to the world at the very same time. There is no real difference other than the visual and audio which is a lot crisper and cleaner than on the other edition.
Continuing to deliver the often outstanding VH1 series “Classic Albums”, Eagle Vision delivers the goods on one of Heavy Metal’s most influential albums of all time – Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. I could end my thoughts about this release right here because it is unlikely that any Metal heads exist that don’t want to know the thought and creative processes that went into making such a legendary album. Sabbath as a band had debuted the year before with their self-titled album and yes this was a killer but it was not until the release of the second LP “Paranoid” that the larger part of the world was made aware that something heavy this way comes. I’m sure that when the Sabs were composing this eventually classic release that they were simply trying to come up with a solid follow-up to their debut and as many a heavy music fan will attest, “Paranoid” is one of the greatest of all time when it comes down to it. If you disagree with me, take a look at your friends music collections whether they be LP, CD, pre-recorded tape and even those that might still have a working 8 Track. You will probably find the album “Paranoid” in more than 75% of the observed sample. That being said, it is amazing to listen and learn from this documentary as it presents views from the full lineup of Sabbath and each offers up their insight as to where their creative head was at the time they did it.
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Artist: Meat Loaf
Title: “Classic Albums: Bat Out Of Hell”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 10/3/2006
“Well I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday” – Those were the words sung by Meat Loaf on the absolute classic track “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”. It was 1977 and I knew that song from beginning to end. I have to stop and laugh at the notion that none of my friends or I were of the age to properly realize what he was actually singing about yet we all knew the song from beginning to end, word for word. Such was the level of impact and appeal of the “Bat Out Of Hell” album and thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment this DVD takes the time to bring you inside the heads of those who helped to create it. Jim Steinman wrote the juggernaut recording and the DVD gives the viewer some background on how he and Meat Loaf first met. The pair surely had their work cut out for them for not only was operatic and theatrical Rock not entirely sellable, but a front man of Meat Loaf’s capacity was not exactly album cover and magazine worthy. After having more doors slammed in their faces than either of them could remember they met Todd Rundgren, producer, guitarist, genius who decided to give them a chance. Todd appears on the DVD as well offering his insight on some of the recording secrets. For a program that runs just under an hour, there is a lot of information to absorb. It’s fun to watch Meat Loaf years later at the mixing console as he plays with the tracks and shows off some of the parts that he is still proud of today. Steinman also takes time to sit at the piano and show how some parts were built upon and you even hear from the two backup singers associated with the record. The album features the recorded voice of Ellen Foley (does anyone remember her from “Night Court”?) and Karla DeVito, who sang live and performed in the promotional videos.
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Artist: Sex Pistols
Title: “Never Mind The Bollocks”
Label: Eagle Vision USA
Release Date: November 19, 2002
The Sex Pistols, a band that had a short career of merely two years, but yet produced one of the most influential records of all time which ignited a punk revolution. This DVD “Never Mind The Bollocks” takes you inside the makings of this record, including interviews with John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, original Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, producer Chris Thomas, engineer Bill Price, producer and soundman Dave Goodman and manager Malcolm McLaren. All talk about how the Pistols were one disorganized group that has a clear message they wanted to get across which set crowds into a punk rock frenzy.
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Artist: Deep Purple
Release: “Classic Albums: Machine Head”
Label: Eagle Vision
Of all classic rock albums Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” probably has the most harrowing tale of gestation. As most rock fans know “Smoke On The Water” is not just a song with the most abused riff in music history but it also tells the story of how Deep Purple came to record in Switzerland and found themselves almost instantly in dire circumstances. This DVD from Eagle Vision documents that saga through interviews with Purple’s best known “mach” members, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore, as well as producer/engineer Martin Birch.
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Title: “Classic Albums – Nevermind”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 2005
A welcome addition to Eagle Vision’s “Classic Albums” series is this DVD documenting the creation of Nirvana’s 1991 Number 1 charting album “Nevermind”.
In its time “Nevermind” hit a nerve with listeners across generations that immediately and effectively filled a gap in popular music of the day. The beauty of the album is that it offered a unique soundscape that drew in teens as well as older rock fans and provided music with more “real teeth” than all the latex makeup “Thriller” zombies MTV could screen in the early 90’s.
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