The newest batch of sights and sounds, out this week.
The Doors’ July 5, 1968, concert at the Hollywood Bowl is considered by some to be the band’s finest on film. Live at the owl ’68 has now been restored using the original camera negatives, and the audio has been remixed and mastered from original multi-tracks by Doors engineer Bruce Botnick. Three previously unreleased tracks from the performance, “Hello, I Love You,” “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat),” and “Spanish Caravan,” are now included, marking the first time the concert has been available in its entirety. The set is being made available in several formats: Blu-Ray ($19.98), DVD ($14.98), digital video ($12.99), CD ($18.98), digital audio ($11.99), and double LP ($34.98). The DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital video each feature a 16×9 high-definition digital transfer with both a stereo and 5.1 audio soundtrack as well as over an hour of bonus material. Included in the additional content are Echoes From the Bowl, the Doors’ route to the Hollywood Bowl; You Had To Be There, memories of the Doors’ performance at the Bowl; Reworking the Doors, an in-depth look at how the film was restored; and three bonus performances: “Wild Child” from The Smothers Brothers Show in 1968, “Light My Fire” from The Jonathan Winters Show in December 1967; and a version of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” with specially created visuals. Drummer John Densmore, as usual, is at the helm throughout.
This is the second album by the multifaceted group, which features King Crimson/Stickmen drummer Pat Mastelotto, bassist/producer Lerenzo Feliciati, keyboardist Roy Powell, and cornetist Graham Hayne. “It seems I work with gobs of guitar and Stick players,” says Mastelotto, “but seldom do I get to interact with a horn. And Graham is a killer improviser. And while I have worked with great keyboard players, it’s been quite a while, so working with someone of Roy’s caliber is a special treat. Roy is over-the-top good on everything—piano, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizers. He also does killer iPad stuff, so he’s both old- and new-school.”
Bento, fronted by Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies, releases their debut album, Diamond Days, this week, on Gillies’ own Diamond Day label. “It’s an album of self-discovery, of finding myself,” says Gillies. “I’ve always written songs, and over the years I’ve kept a log of every idea. It’s exciting to finally see some of these ideas fully realized. Being part of something as awesome and mammoth as Silverchair required so much of myself, and at times there was very little energy left for other things. Now I feel as if I’m freed up and can satisfy my own creative output and get about doing what makes sense for me at this point.” A video for Diamond Days’ title track can be seen on the band’s Youtube page.
As a celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of their debut album, Dawn Patrol, Night Ranger has released a newly recorded greatest-hits CD/DVD package. The album and DVD were recorded live in an intimate, all-acoustic setting with a select number of fans at TRI Studios in San Rafael, California, this past May, and includes hits such as “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and “Sister Christian.” Longtime drummer Kelly Keagy is featured.