Movies

Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (2013)

Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (2013)

If you have any doubt who the greatest singer in the history of metal, heck, maybe in the history of rock ‘n’ roll is, just pop this DVD into your player and fast forward to the second song.

On Second Thought: Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux (2013)

On Second Thought: Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux (2013)

In 1995, she was trudging herself across a desert and screaming out an angst-ridden tune that was possibly about the dude from “Full House.” My teenaged-self went into overdrive at this Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux (2013)

Maybe no song in this forthcoming live set so perfectly illustrates the contentment and joy that the now-married new mother Alanis Morissette seems to enjoy now as does “Thank U,” her set closer at Montreux last year.

Pat Metheny Group – We Live Here: Live in Japan (2013)

Pat Metheny is such an accomplished figure that it’s easy to overlook his cohorts in the Metheny Group — making this new live document an endlessly instructive journey.

Ringo Starr, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh – Ringo at the Ryman (2013)

Ringo Starr, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh – Ringo at the Ryman (2013)

Don’t let the goofball demeanor fool you: Ringo Starr is the model of consistency these days, as solid and professional a frontman as there is — and maestro of one of the last decades’ most reliably entertaining guest-packed tours.

Peter Frampton – Live in Detroit (2013)

Peter Frampton – Live in Detroit (2013)

You may be asking yourself: Another live Peter Frampton? Already? I know I was. But there is at least one good reason for this one, beyond the snazzy 5.1 Surround Sound, and yet another interaction of all of the hits. His name is Bob Mayo.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2012

2012 marked a number of musical events, including the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do.” The limited-edition anniversary “Love Me Do” single represents just one of many Fab Four-related products released this past year.

Harry Nilsson – The Point: Definitive Collector’s Edition (1971; 2012 reissue)

Harry Nilsson – The Point: Definitive Collector’s Edition (1971; 2012 reissue)

Is the Harry Nilsson soundtrack to this children’s film, absent the script and Ringo Starr’s memorable narration, strong enough to stand on its own? Probably not. But as a gift of seldom-heard songs from a lost musical genius, it certainly delights.

Steven Van Zandt brings in ex-Beatles drummer as consultant on new film with Sopranos’ David Chase

Steven Van Zandt brings in ex-Beatles drummer as consultant on new film with Sopranos’ David Chase

The forthcoming film “Not Fade Away” gave Steven Van Zandt a chance to reunite with his old Sopranos director, as well as an opportunity to delve back into his love of all things rock ‘n’ roll.

Stray Cats – Live at Montreux (2012)

It figures, amidst the 1980s’ buttoned-down conservatism, that the ’50s would become talismanic — and that the Stray Cats would be such big hitmakers. Yet, a new Eagle Rock concert DVD makes it clear there’s still something to be learned from those rockabilly-loving post punks.