The album that broke America; that stated a political manifesto; that toured to sell-out crowds worldwide and formed the creative synergy that informs their almighty shows to this day, War was the beginning (or fruition?) of so much for a young band on the cusp of monumental success.
This film takes you to the very heart of War. With the help of immaculately researched archival performance and interview footage, War is here deconstructed and analysed by a dedicated team of critics and insiders.
Revolutionary. Political. These two words sum up the The Clash s double-album London Calling. Tracks such as Spanish Bombs, London Calling, and The Guns of Brixton explore the bands familiar themes of working-class rebellion and anarchy, and define the album. But this is much more than a punk rallying call, as this ground breaking album combines an eclectic array of styles, including reggae, rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock. The result is one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded.
This documentary examines the recording of Pink Floyd's first double album, Ummagumma, a release that combined new studio material with audio of a live performance by the band.
Robert Ealey is no spring chicken. After singing in local Texas bands for years, he finally started recording in the '90s – I Like Music When I Party was the fourth album he cut after starting his recording career. Like the others, it's a greasy colleciton of Texas blues, spiked with a bit of soul. Ealey's voice may be gravelly with age, but it's by no means gone, and with the support of his youthful backing band, he can really bring it home. There's nothing deep here – just party music, played good and simple. Sometimes, that's enough.
One of the first African musicians to gain widespread international recognition, Hamza El Din is a Nubian master of the oud, or the fretless lute. Western listeners are as likely as not to have been exposed to his work via the Grateful Dead, who played with him on-stage occasionally. (El Din also helped arrange the Dead's tour of Egypt.) He played an integral role in modernizing Nubian music, using his work to both evoke and tell stories of Nubian life. El Din was originally trained to be an engineer, but changed direction and enrolled in the Middle Eastern School of Music, where he began to compose his own songs. On a fellowship to study Western classical music in Rome, he met American Gino Foreman, who exposed Hamza's work to Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. This resulted in a contract with Vanguard. His mid-'60s debut, Al Oud – Instrumental and Vocal Music From Nubia, was one of the first "world music" recordings to achieve wide exposure in the West.