Tag: 2017

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: The Who – Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall (2017)

On 13 October 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment release TOMMY – LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL by The Who on DVD, Blu-ray, 2-CD, 3-LP, Digital Video and Digital Audio. This unbelievable concert film captures the first ever live performance by The Who of TOMMY in its entirety and boasts over two hours and twenty minutes of content. The show includes all time classics like ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’, ‘Amazing Journey’, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, ‘I Can’t Explain’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘I Can See For Miles’ and many more!

In April 2017 The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera TOMMY live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career. Previous Who live shows had always dropped two, three or four songs from the album but for this show in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust the band would perform every song. With specially created animations on a huge screen above the stage and creative use of lighting the concert told the story of the “deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure played a mean pinball.” In addition, at the end of TOMMY, the sell-out crowd were treated to a short set of Who classics. Always a great live band, this performance was a thrilling ride from start to finish.

As well as the incredible full show, we also include some great bonus features. There is a behind the scenes featurette, plus also full screen animations of both The Acid Queen and Pinball Wizard with the live performance audio.

01 – Overture (Live)
02 – Its A Boy (Live)
03 – 1921 (Live)
04 – Medley Amazing Journey Overture (Live)
05 – Sparks (Live)
06 – Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (Live)
07 – Christmas (Live)
08 – Cousin Kevin (Live)
09 – The Acid Queen (Live)
10 – Do You Think It’s Alright (Live)
11 – Fiddle About (Live)
12 – Pinball Wizard (Live)
13 – Theres A Doctor (Live)
14 – Go To The Mirror! (Live)
15 – Tommy Can You Hear Me (Live)
16 – Smash The Mirror (Live)
17 – Underture (Live)
18 – Im Free (Live)
19 – Miracle Cure (Live)
20 – Sensation (Live)
21 – Sally Simpson (Live)
22 – Welcome (Live)
23 – Tommys Holiday Camp (Live)
24 – Were Not Gonna Take It (Live)
25 – I Cant Explain (Live)
26 – Join Together (Live)
27 – I Can See For Miles (Live)
28 – Who Are You (Live)
29 – Love, Reign O’er Me (Live)
30 – Baba ORiley (Live)
31 – Wont Get Fooled Again (Live)

In Memoriam: Robert Thomas “Bobby” Freeman (June 13, 1940 – January 31, 2017)

bobby-freemanRobert Thomas “Bobby” Freeman (born June 13, 1940 – January 31, 2017) was an African-American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and record producer from San Francisco, California. He is best known for his two Top Ten hits, the first in 1958 on Josie Records called “Do You Want to Dance” and the second in 1964 for Autumn Records, “C’mon and Swim”.

Freeman was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He started singing in a doo-wop group, the Romancers, in his early teens, and first recorded with them for Dootone Records in 1956. Their recordings included “House Cat”, included on several later rock and roll compilations. However, the group soon fell apart, and Freeman started a new group, the Vocaleers (not to be confused with an earlier group of the same name who recorded “Is It a Dream”).

He also recorded some solo demos, including “Do You Want to Dance”, which were heard by a visiting record label executive, Mortimer Palitz of Jubilee Records. He signed Freeman to the label, and had the original recording overdubbed in New York by session musicians including guitarist Billy Mure. Released on the Jubilee subsidiary label Jamie, “Do You Want to Dance” quickly rose to number 5 on the pop chart and number 2 on the R&B chart in early 1958, when Freeman was still only 17. The song was covered later (as “Do You Wanna Dance”) by Del Shannon, the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, Bette Midler, John Lennon, Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan & T.Rex, the Mamas & The Papas, Bobby Vee and the Ramones.

Freeman appeared on American Bandstand and toured with such musicians as Fats Domino, the Coasters, and Jackie Wilson. Several of his follow-ups on Laurie, including “Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes” and “Need Your Love”, a ballad, also made the pop charts. He left Laurie in 1960 and signed with King Records, reaching the charts again with “Shimmy Shimmy”. However, several of Freeman’s later recordings for King in the early 1960s went unreleased, for unexplained reasons. He did not return to the charts again until 1964, after signing for the Autumn label, when he had his second top ten hit with “C’mon and Swim”, a song written and produced by 20-year-old Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone. Freeman’s final hit was “S-W-I-M”, later in 1964.

In 1964, Bobby Freeman played nightly at the Condor Club in San Francisco where Carol Doda performed her topless go-go dancing shows. Mainly supporting himself as a singer in clubs by the late 1960s, he continued to release singles on various small local labels through to the mid-1970s, but met with little commercial success. He has performed at the Bay Area Music (“Bammy”) Awards in recent years. – Wikipedia