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October 17, 2007

The Breakdown: Jimi Hendrix, Keith Jarrett, Tom Petty, REM

Filed under: Music,News,The Breakdown — Tom @ 9:51 am

Not a huge week here, but that’s kind of a relief, isn’t it? And yet, still enough to sap your wallet of quite a bit of dough anyway. That’s the life of a music addict.

Keith Jarrett – My Foolish Heart: Live at Montreux: I think there’s an annual requirement that Keith Jarrett must issue some kind of musical good. There are only a handful of years in his career that have not resulted in some kind of album under his name – 1969, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1997, and 2002. The kicker is that in the many years he did release music, he often released multiple titles. That’s just remarkable. Equally remarkable is that this release is in the year of the 25th anniversary of the trio featured here – pianist Jarrett with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

This two disc set covers the jazz standards the group is known for – songs you probably know, but, as always, given a fresh and probably greatly extended reading by this powerful trio.

On a side note, I know I read a contingent of “fans” have vowed to never again give money to Jarrett after he erupted at camera-wielding festival attendees:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB9mMABRM0c”>music, right?

Jimi Hendrix – Live at Monterey CD/DVD: Speaking of cameras . . . a bunch followed Hendrix around the festival in question, the debut of the band in the US, filming not only his performance but also a documentary about the man himself and the festival. The DVD includes all of this, plus some previously unreleased interviews with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, and two songs (“Stone Free” and “Like A Rolling Stone”) from an earlier performance in England. However, the CD includes one song not on the DVD, “Can You See Me,” as, somehow, that did not get filmed. But, the CD lacks the extra two songs the DVD has. See how they get you here? If you’re a Hendrix nut, you kinda gotta buy both, and at a mere 42 minutes for the CD, there’s really no excuse for this – those extra songs should have been on the CD, or “Can You See Me” on the DVD in some form.

Tom Petty – Running Down a Dream DVD: Boy, has Best Buy got the deal here. Seriously, you’d be pretty foolish to pass this up, regardless of your stance on exclusives or big-box stores. While other stores will be getting a two-disc, four-hour version of director Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary on Petty and the Heartbreakers, Best Buy will get their own special version with four discs. The third disc is a DVD of the 30th anniversary date in the band’s hometown of Gainesville, Florida, and the fourth is a 9-track CD of rarities, and all with a price of $24.99. Can you seriously say no to that? I didn’t think so.

REM – Live: You can’t get much more explanatory than that title, huh? Two CDs and a DVD of the same material from a February, 2006 pair of shows in support of the band’s lowest moment, Around the Sun, Blogcritics’ (and official Friend of Lookout For Hope) Josh Hathaway has a great review that pretty much sums up my every issue with this release. This is one I’ll have to wait on until I feel a great need for some new R.E.M. material, since they apparently have opted to take a really, really long time to release the remasters that looked to be imminent when the IRS years best-of, And I Feel Fine, came out last year. Maybe next year . . . ?

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3 Comments »

  1. Fortunately for us fans (the real ones, not the boycotting ones), Keith Jarrett’s performing style really lends itself to consistent recorded output. His trio is so good at what they do that it’s really easy to slap a performance onto a disc and release it. Kudos to ECM for continuing to support this stuff.

    I’ve been a huge fan of Jimi’s Monterey performance since I bought a vinyl copy of it in high school. Looks like it may be time for an upgrade…

    I managed to snag a promo copy of the R.E.M. set at work last night. I can never leave that job, the freebies are too good to pass up.

    Comment by Chris — October 17, 2007 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the shoutouts and linky-love!

    The Petty set is specatcular enough to make it worth dealing with the devil that is SatanBestBuy.

    What’s present on the R.E.M. package is good but could have been so much more.

    Comment by Josh — October 18, 2007 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, and the other reason I meant to leave a comment… the estate of Jimi Hendrix’s handling of his music goes up my ass sideways. I hate giving them money almost as much as I hate rewarding Satan Best Buy. I’m sitting this release out altogether. Line in the sand.

    Comment by Josh — October 18, 2007 @ 1:56 pm | Reply


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