Joe Jackson: Live in TokyoDecember 4, 2001
After charging through "One More Time," "Wild West," and "You Can't Get What You Want (Until You Know What You Want)" at a punishing clip, one might expect the soft-spoken Joe Jackson to shift to a lower gear. Instead, the one-time musical prodigy, pub band pioneer, and now eclectic composer revisits one of his even faster, earlier hits, "On Your Radio." If most performers risk monotony with such a move, Jackson's quiet charisma in this 1986 performance encourages pleasurable surrender and, in his more mature material, careful attention to his uniquely marbled tones, rhythms, and colors. Steeped in the influences of swing, Latin music, classical composition, and melodic balladry, Jackson is full of mix-and-match surprises, such as a delicate re-imagining of "Steppin' Out" and a growling, funky "Soul Kiss." This is a pure delight, from start to finish. Special features could be more special, however: a Jackson discography would have made sense with such a far-reaching playlist
Cheap Trick: Live from Daryl's HouseMay 5, 2016
The legendary Cheap Trick perform (and cook) with host Daryl Hall and his band.
All That Glitters: The SweetFebruary 28, 1974
In 1973, Sweet were the subject of a documentary All That Glitters for BBC Schools series Scene. Being intended for “educational purposes,” the program had to pose a relevant topic for debate among its teenage audience—in this case, “Is the music business really that glamorous?” Over a period of two to three days, Scene followed the band members Brian Connolly (vocals), Steve Priest (bass/coals), Andy Scott (guitar) and Mick Tucker (drums) as they rehearsed for a Top of the Pops appearance (which led to an outcry over Priest’s Nazi outfit) and their (now hailed as “legendary”) Christmas show at London’s Rainbow Theater.
On Tour: Matthew SweetMay 10, 2012
During a career that stretches back to the mid-’80s, Matthew Sweet has never followed trends, though his landmark 1991 album "Girlfriend" was responsible for starting one — its bone-dry, caterwauling sonics opening up a wild and picturesque new terrain for restless singer/songwriters to inhabit and explore. On Tour is a music and performance program recorded live on location at local venues in PA, NJ & DE
Cheap Trick: Front Row CenterMay 10, 2012
Well known for their four decades of almost non-stop touring and new music, the group combines their famous power pop and melodic sounds as they rock out in this special concert. Seventeen studio albums under their belt make for so many great songs including favorites like 'Surrender,' 'Dream Police' and 'I Want You to Want Me.' Filmed at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn NY in 2010.
Nick Lowe: AVO SessionOctober 28, 2012
Nick Lowe is a pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. He is best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single), and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and others. Lowe also wrote "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello.
The Knack: Live From The Rock N Roll Fun HouseApril 23, 2002
Live From The Rock ’n’ Roll Fun House offers fans everything they love about The Knack—stellar songs and a rocking performance. While this would be the last album released by the group before the passing of Doug Fieger, it represents why they maintained a rabid fan base. They were an incredible live band.
Cheap Trick: Live at ChicagofestAugust 5, 1981
Illinois Power Pop gods rock Chicago's Navy Pier during Chicagofest 1981. A monumental performance that solidified their standing as one of the USA's greatest Rock bands of all time.
The Embarrassment: Living RoomJune 11, 2012
Television program featuring a video tribute to the Wichita, KS band The Embarrassment including rare videos, some of which have never been released to the public before with Bill Goffrier, John Nichols, Ron Klaus & Brent Woody Geissmann.
Concerts for the People of KampucheaMarch 29, 1981
Organized by Paul McCartney and the United Nations, these concerts were in response to the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge’s reign, where three million persons perished in Cambodia. During the concerts, McCartney brought three generations of popular musicians together. The older generation included McCartney and the Wings, The Who and members of Procol Harum. The middle generation was represented by Queen and members of Led Zeppelin. Most notably, there was the new generation of mainly New Wavers and Punk Rockers, such as The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Clash, and The Specials.
Graham Parker & The Rumour: Live At Rockpalast 1978 + 1980August 21, 2012
At last! The legendary Rockpalast-concerts of Graham Parker remastered on 2 DVDs! Graham Parker has hold onto his reputation as one of the most important singer-songwriters for more than 30 years. Together with The Rumour , Graham Parker gave two shows at the Rockpalast. The second appearance at Grugahalle, Esssen was in 1980, where Parker opened the 7th legendary Rockpalast-Night. This time Nicky Hopkins sat in at the piano (famous for his works with The Beatles and Rolling Stones). A historical event!
The Knack: Live At Carnegie HallOctober 13, 1979
With one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time, The Knack burst onto the scene in 1979 with their own brand of straightforward power pop and a lead-off single ("My Sharona") that would top the charts and become Billboard's Top Pop Single of 1979. A true overnight sensation that would be doomed by overhype and the inevitable critical backlash that followed, The Knack were nonetheless an exciting live band with both musical chops and a sense of humor.
The Knack: On Stage at World Cafe LiveMay 8, 2007
There's much more to punky new wavers the Knack than their solitary hit 'My Sharona', and this concert recording proves the point as the band works its way through 14 songs.
The Knack: Getting the KnackOctober 5, 2004
"Getting The Knack" chronicles the controversial career of power pop stars, The Knack. Viewers will witness a compelling tale of instant stardom and spectacular failure, a story marked by heroin addiction, alcohol abuse, vicious inner-band feuding and massive critical backlash. "Getting The Knack" explores the group's career via candid interviews with the original band, producers Mike Chapman and Jack Douglas, Sharona Alperin, (the inspiration behind their biggest hit), Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, Rick Springfield, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Devo's Bob Mothersbaugh, comedian Weird Al Yankovic and many more. Narrated by Cherie Currie of The Runaways, "Getting the Knack" is augmented by scores of rare photos and previously unseen archival footage providing a no-holds barred look at the rise and fall and ultimate resurrection of the group.
The Bangles: Return to BangleoniaJanuary 1, 2007
After more than a decade apart, the Bangles reunite for a memorable concert of their greatest hits filmed live at the Hollywood House of Blues in 2000. Highlights include renditions of "Walk Like an Egyptian," "Eternal Flame," "Manic Monday," "In Your Room" and "Hazy Shade of Winter," plus a candid interview with band members Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele about the highs and lows of pop stardom.
The Complete JamDecember 15, 2003
The Complete Jam serves up a staggering 49 performances, divided between 16 promotional videos (previously available on the |Video Snap VHS collection), a seven-song excerpt from a 1980 live show, and a staggering 26 more drawn from the best of the band's television performances, ranging from their U.K. debut on Marc Bolan's fondly remembered Marc through to their nine-song farewell performance on The Tube. A couple of entertaining interviews, a photo gallery, and a short (and, sadly, very poorly narrated) documentary on the band's history complete the portrait.
Cheap Trick: SilverOctober 9, 2001
Filmed in the late summer of 1999, Cheap Trick: Silver is a 25th anniversary celebration of the Rockford, Illinois, band famous for marrying British Invasion-era pop hooks with the guitar crunch of the Who's Quadrophenia period. Shot on a sealed-off, Rockford street, the concert is an electrifying overview of high points from the group's discography. The songs plucked from each of their albums reveal a remarkable power-pop consistency over the long haul, despite the band's lengthy periods of commercial rejection and bare survival. Visibly thrilled, Cheap Trick soar here through monster hits ("I Want You to Want Me," "Dream Police") and milk every drop of emotion from masterful ballads ("I Can't Take It"). While stellar guests include Slash and Billy Corgan, it's the appearances by less famous folk (the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, a few offspring of guitarist Rick Nielsen and singer Robin Zander) that movingly underscore the populist glories of this American band.
Cheap Trick: Sgt. Pepper LiveAugust 25, 2009
The group salutes the 40th anniversary of the seminal Beatles album with a dynamic track-by-track rendition that features the New York Philharmonic, an Indian music ensemble, and an array of special guests. At the helm is Geoff Emerick who engineered the Fab Four's definitive album in 1967. Cheap Trick infuse their brand of Beatlesque power pop into a live tribute that pays homage to their musical influences. Never before performed live in its entirety by the Beatles, this footage is an exclusive opportunity to hear the complete album performed live. Extras include interviews with Cheap Trick - all never before seen. This musical release features the rock band Cheap Trick performing The Beatles' classic album SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.