The Joe Vig Top 40

Critic Joe Viglione reviews movies, books, DVDs, CDs, and has all sorts of opinions on a variety of things. The monthly Top 40 is a sort-of directory... commentaries and essays expand the thought process on RockJournalistJoeVig.blogspot.com ...so the reviews on the Top 40 aren't final, they are just the starting point to more discussion. You can always contact Joe directly at visual_radio [@] yahoo.com

Thursday, June 30, 2016

 

July 1 Ronnie Spector, Santana/McLaughlin / Jeff and Jane Hudson / Kid Gulliver and more!





________________________________


 Santana and McLaughlin
Stairway to Heaven

With the Taurus/Spirit vs. Led Zeppelin/Stairway to Heaven trial over, the rendition of "Stairway to Heaven" by Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin on Invitation To Illumination - Live at Montreux 2011 is all the more enlightening.  The two guitarists weave a magical instrumental of one of the greatest classic hits of all time and breathe new life from a different dimension into material. Material that some may think is overplayed.  When asked in an interview what "illumination" means Santana replied: "...means arriving at knowing that you always have been, never not have been and always will be good enough to have fun and play your music.  And stop picking on so much and dissecting it.  Just enjoy that you have this gift. Everyone has the gift, but very few people actually take the time to develop it."  That human philosophy, coupled with artistic expression to further define it, is what makes "The Life Divine" on this audio cd from the DVD such a relentless joy.  Is it jazz merging with the style of latter-day Deep Purple?  Yes it is, and more.  The two musical giants converge in a sort of quasi Steve Hunter/Dick Wagner unison, guitarists generating a symphony of sound. When the vocals do come in on the mostly instrumental track, it is as if the vocals of folk artists are giving a Gregorian chant, while the dual instruments veer off into their own unique personalities, splitting from the symphony into a guitar improvisation as a kind of Miles Davis-inspired trumpet style.

    The medley of "Peace On Earth," "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall," "Stairway to Heaven" etc. - as referenced above - has a classical ring - removed from Jimmy Page - more like a beautifully sliding sideways soundtrack to a psychedelic different dimension film version of Lord of the Rings, Hendrixian stylings based on Zeppelin but not their domain, nor the band Spirit's for that matter.

   The two discs contain an ocean of uplifting sound,  "The Creator Has a Master Plan" a cavalcade and blur (in a good way,) of sounds you are familiar with but placed in comfortable new fabric.   So much beautiful material put into one splendid package makes reviewing more difficult.  This played in my car stereo for weeks with a variety of sketches in my notepad which I abandoned 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2unUvqhhdIE




 _________________________________________________________________
On July 1st, 2011, the famed Montreux Jazz Festival hosted the reunion of master-guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin with their Invitation To Illumination concert. This is the first ever release of the audio from this unique concert, which includes most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album Love Devotion SurrenderInvitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 also features the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, playing harmonica on the final track.


Both Santana and McLaughlin have been regulars at Montreux throughout the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features compelling performances of the beloved tracks from   Love Devotion Surrender as well as songs that have influenced Carlos & John’s incredible careers, including songs by Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan & John Lee Hooker. This show is an incredible display of supreme musicianship by two of the most prolific guitarists to ever grace the world stage.  The line-up for this performance featured Carlos Santana (Lead Guitar & Vocals); John McLaughlin (Lead Guitar & Vocals); Cindy Blackman Santana (Drums); Dennis Chambers (Drums); David K. Mathews (Keyboards); Tommy Anthony (Guitar & Vocals); Raul Rekow (Congas, Percussion & Vocals); Etienne M'Bappé (Bass); Benny Rietveld (Bass); Tony Lindsay (Vocals); Andy Vargas (Vocals)


The evening captured on Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 was truly worthy of its title: Illuminating. A showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality, this 2CD set typifies the approach of these two great artists.

TRACK LISTING

Disc One:

1) Echoes Of Angels   

2) The Life Divine  


3) Medley: Peace On Earth / A Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall / Stairway To Heaven / Summer In The City / Our Prayer / Free America / The 8th Of January / La Marseillaise / SOCC  


4) Medley: Right Off / Guitar Interlude / Voodoo Child (Slight Return)  


5) Vuelta Abajo  


6) Vashkar  


7) Medley: The Creator Has A Master Plan / Guitar 
Interlude  


8) Naima  


9) Medley: Lotus Land Op.47 No.1 / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood 


Disc Two:

 1) Downstairs Blues  

2) Medley: Venus / Upper Egypt  

3) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord  

4) Medley: Black Satin / Smooth Criminal / Land Of 1000 Dances  

5) Cindy Blackman Santana Drum Solo  

6) A Love Supreme  

7) Shake It Up And Go

Fan tape on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Yz6oxf-uo 

The Life Divine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WeQGKXStM0 

Creator has a Master Plan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2unUvqhhdIE

2015 Montreux return of Santana and McLaughlin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54Ny-G41zLw 
________________________________________________________
3)JEFF AND JANE HUDSON





___________________________________________________
10)Steve Hunter     Camella   1980 demo version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JYCuDAtnro


















40  Bette Midler   THE ROSE (Soundtrack)


AllMusic Review by  [-]

Paul A. Rothchild produced the final Janis Joplin studio album, Pearl, as well as many a Doors disc, and the late producer was the perfect guy to tackle this tribute to Joplin featuring "The Divine Miss M" as "Pearl"/"The Rose." In March of 1980, the version of "When a Man Loves a Woman" from this 1979 film soundtrack went Top 35, and Midler's biggest hit followed her Oscar nomination, but it was a well-produced version of the title track, different from the album, which went Top Three, the gold single the biggest of her six hits up to this point in time. It's a strange twist of events, Bette's previous 1979 album, Thighs and Whispers, has technically better sounds, Arif Mardin drenching it in the disco of the day, but that artificial episode pales next to this project, which features Lou Reed's "Rock 'n' Roll Animal" bandmates guitarist Steve Hunter and drummer Whitey Glan.   READ MORE HERE:


http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-rose-original-soundtrack-mw0000191650

 





<< Home

Archives

December 2004   March 2005   April 2005   September 2005   November 2005   January 2006   May 2006   September 2006   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   January 2008   March 2008   April 2008   July 2008   January 2009   March 2009   April 2009   August 2009   August 2010   September 2010   October 2010   November 2010   December 2010   January 2011   February 2011   March 2011   April 2011   May 2011   July 2011   August 2011   September 2011   October 2011   December 2011   January 2012   February 2012   June 2012   July 2012   August 2012   September 2012   October 2012   November 2012   December 2012   January 2013   March 2013   April 2013   May 2013   June 2013   July 2013   August 2013   September 2013   November 2013   December 2013   January 2014   April 2014   May 2014   June 2014   July 2014   August 2014   September 2014   October 2014   November 2014   December 2014   January 2015   February 2015   March 2015   April 2015   May 2015   June 2015   July 2015   August 2015   September 2015   October 2015   November 2015   December 2015   January 2016   March 2016   April 2016   May 2016   June 2016   August 2016   September 2016   October 2016   November 2016   December 2016   January 2017   February 2017   April 2017   May 2017   June 2017   September 2017   October 2017  

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Subscribe to Posts [Atom]