Look out for these albums and DVDs released this week.
Renaissance was the quintessential orchestral progressive rock band of the ’70s, as evidenced by their classic double album from 1976, Live at Carnegie Hall. That album saw the band being backed by the New York Philharmonic. This live DVD/CD package, which represents a recent reunion tour, features a less ambitious presentation (read: no orchestra) and only singer Annie Haslam and songwriter/guitarist Michael Dunford from the group’s classic lineup. New York’s Frank Pagano covers longtime drummer Terrence Sullivan’s original parts with style.
Gabriel’s concert film from 1994 featured drummer Manu Katché, bassist Tony Levin, and the rest of the Gabriel band in Modena, Italy, playing hits and album tracks culled largely from So (1986) and Us (1992). This new reissue adds the bonus track “Red Rain,” a time-lapse film of the stage set-up, a featurette on the making of the film, and an orchestral version of “The Rhythm of the Heat.”
The triple-disc version of this best-of comp from the Des Moines, Iowa, metal band features hit singles, popular album tracks, a live CD of the group’s 2009 Download Festival performance, and a DVD containing all of their music videos as well as ten new videos created by percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan. Clown’s regular rhythm section cohorts, percussionist Chris Fehn and drummer Joey Jordison, are of course all over the set.
Remastered deluxe editions of singer/guitarist Bob Mould’s post–Hüsker Dü band’s first two albums and EP. Both sets included B-sides, complete live concerts, and substantial booklets with band interviews. In addition to Mould, Sugar featured drummer Malcolm Travis and bassist David Barbe.
This double-disc collaboration between Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was jump-started in 2011 with the charity single “Out Of My Mind.” Gillan and Iommi’s creative affiliation goes back nearly thirty years earlier, however, to the 1984 Sabbath album Born Again. Bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica), recently deceased keyboardist Jon Lord (Deep Purple), drummer Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and guitarist Linde Lindström (HIM) appear on “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water,” while the rest of the collection is rounded out with odds and ends from both leaders’ careers. Continuing the motivation behind the first single, this album was conceived to help rebuild a music school in Gyumari, Armenia.