February's New Music DVD Releases: Neil Young, Iggy Pop, K.D. Lang
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Neil Young "Neil Young Archives Volume 1 (1963-1972)" (Reprise)
After much anticipation and several delays, folk-rock icon Neil Young on Feb. 24 will finally release the massive 10-disc set chronicling nine years of his early career. "Archives Volume 1," also available on Blu-Ray the same day, and both with a steep price tag, features 128 audio tracks, a third of them previously unreleased, including "Aurora," performed by Young's high school outfit, The Squires. A significant hardback book with handwritten lyrics, letters and other memorabilia accompanies the box set, as well as hours of video and thousands of images.
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"Lust for Life"
Following Iggy Pop on his 1986 tour in support of his then newly released album, "Blah Blah Blah," this interview-riddled DVD, available now, provides an inside look at the post-Stooges musician. Though a short 41 minutes, the Dutch-produced film includes a sit-down with late guitarist Ron Asheton, discussions on why the Stooges split, and a rare 1977 clip of Iggy Pop and David Bowie performing "Funtime."
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"Live in London With the BBC Concert Orchestra"
Right on the heels of "Watershed," her first studio release in more than eight years, K.D. lang is celebrating the Feb. 3 DVD release of her 2008 concert with the BBC Orchestra at London's historic St. Luke's. Featured songs on the 86-minute disc include "Helpless," "Wash Me Clean," "I Dream of Spring" and her biggest hit, "Constant Craving." Lang's well-known version of Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah" also made the cut.
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"Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and the Drum"
This isn't the typical live performance DVD. The legendary Joni Mitchell has teamed up with choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre of the Alberta Ballet Company to create an informative ballet using select Mitchell songs. Mitchell and Grand-Maitre address environmental neglect through dance and songs such as "For the Roses," "The Beat of Black Wings" and "Big Yellow Taxi." Available now, the hour-long performance combines music, dance and art--a project Mitchell considers the best of her career.
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"Whomp at the Warfield"
Modern-day blues singer Taylor Hicks is bringing his 2007 concert tour to Soul Patrol fans at home Feb. 17. Recorded at San Francisco's Warfield Theater in May 2007, this 84-minute disc showcases Hicks' characteristic high-energy live performance with songs "Gonna Move," "Heart and Soul," "Soul Thing," "The Fall," "Naked in the Jungle" and several others.
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More new releases:
The Clash, "The Clash in Tokyo: Sun Plaza Hall, January 2, 1982" (101 Distribution)
Il Divo, "At the Coliseum" (Sony)
Rhythm Devils, "The Rhythm Devils Concert Experience" (StarCity Recording/MRI)
Jon Anderson, "Tour of the Universe" (Studio T Limited)
Barenaked Ladies, "The Barenaked Ladies: The Barenaked Truth" (Casablanca Kids)
Cecilia Bartoli, "Maria: The Barcelona Concert & Malibran Rediscovered" (Decca)
Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley, "Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley's Rock 'N' Roll All-Star Jam" (MVD Visual)
Genesis, "Genesis: Afterglow Collector's Edition" (Classic Rock Legends)
Madonna, "Like a Virgin: The Ultimate Critical Review" (Classic Rock Legends)
Iron Butterfly, "Concert & Documentary: Europe 1977" (ABC Records UK)
Roger McGuinn, "Live at the Basement" (MVD Visual)
The Moody Blues, "Inside the Music" (Classic Rock Legends)
Rick Springfield, "Live and Kickin'" (MVD Visual)
Vanilla Fudge, "When Two Worlds Collide" (Zeit/MVD Visual)
Deep Purple, "Live 1974" (IMV/Blueline)
David Sanborn, "Live at Montreux 1984" (Eagle Rock)
The Waitresses, "Live at Hurrah: Pocketful of Change â€" A Concert Film" (Cherry Red)
Cinderella, "Tales from the Gypsy Road" (Cherry Red)
The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, "Live in New Orleans" (Time Life)
B.B. King, "Live in Africa '74" (Shout! Factory)
Otis Redding, "Respect Live 1967" (Shout! Factory)