Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the simultaneous release of Jeff Beck: Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul on DVD and Blu-ray on February 22, 2011. Filmed in high definition at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City this past spring, this musical celebration of the great Les Paul features selections of his songs and other great rock ‘n’ roll tracks. [Pre-book order date January 28, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]. Additionally, ATCO will be offering a CD of this exclusive show, featuring 20 live tracks from the evening, on the same day.
On June 9, 2010, which would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday, Jeff Beck and a host of special guests paid homage to the musical icon at the very club where he performed every Monday night. Rockabilly songstress Imelda May and her band, led by Darrel Higham, as well as Gary US Bonds, Brian Setzer and Trombone Shorty, join Beck on many of the tracks. This collection of talent, performing in the clubs intimate setting, truly captures the spirit of Les Paul’s weekly gigs, and the DVD puts the viewer right there in the audience for a showcase of stunning musicianship and truly great songs. Spotted in the audience at this spectacular event is an amalgam of stars, such as David Bowie, Meat Loaf, Steven Van Zandt, Paul Shaffer, Kirk Hammett, and Nils Lofgren. Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul includes the classics “Bye Bye Blues,” “Sitting On Top Of The World,” “Mockin’ Bird Hill,” “Peter Gunn,” “How High The Moon,” “New Orleans,” “Walking In The Sand,” and many more! In addition to the music, the DVD contains a host of bonus features: An interview with Jeff Beck; Behind The Scenes; “At home with Jeff Beck & his guitars”; “Jeff Beck & Les Paul – Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonite” and “Les Paul & his little black box.”
I’ve been exposed to Beck in the past but only through his own works; this time around we get him (and a cavalcade of others) playing some of Les Paul’s most famous songs in a club setting that isn’t as intimate as the previous Beck Blu-ray (Live at Ronnie Scott’s), but still pretty tame compared to most other massive concerts. There are few guitarists that can play quite like Jeff Beck and to see him in such an intimate setting for nearly thirty songs was nothing short of spectacular. For one thing any videos you’ve seen of Beck in concert before were massive venues, but with this concert you have fans mere inches away from him as he plays some absolutely astonishing songs with the guitar.
The enjoyment from the concert doesn’t stop at just Beck either; the aforementioned guest stars of Gary US Bonds, Brian Setzer, Trombone Shorty and others all make for a unique outing and the bonus behind-the-scenes features that are also included on the set is an absolute blast to listen to (and watch). In all there are twenty-seven songs on this Blu-ray to take in and there isn’t a dull one in the bunch. The full set-list includes:
1.) Baby Let’s Play House
2.) Double Talkin’ Baby
4.) Train Kept A Rollin’
5.) Poor Boy
6.) Cry Me A River
7.) My Baby Left Me
8.) How High The Moon
9.) Sitting On Top Of The World
10.) Bye Bye Blues
11.) The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
12.) Vaya Con Dios
13.) Mockin’ Bird Hill
14.) I’m A Fool To Care
15.) Tiger Rag
16.) Peter Gunn
17.) Rocking Is Our Business
19.) Sleep Walk
20.) New Orleans
21.) Walking In The Sand
22.) Please Mr. Jailer
23.) Casting My Spell On You
24.) Twenty Flight Rock
25.) The Girl Can’t Help It.
26.) Rock Around The Clock
27.) Shake, Rattle & Roll
Overall it’s a solid concert with not only great guest appearances but also just an amazing concert by Beck from beginning to end. Highly Recommended.
Eagle Vision HD brings the concert to Blu-ray in a standard Elite Blu-ray case complete with an eight page booklet detailing not only how the concerts came to be but also profiling the guests and Beck himself. Menus for the set are simple and easy to navigate, while the AVC encoded 1080i image looks quite fantastic. I’m never sure why Eagle Rock never goes full 1080p with these transfers (though as is the 50gb disc is filled up with 38gb of data—not sure how much more space the progressive transfer would eat up, but maybe there just isn’t room in some cases), but in any case the detail available for this concert is quite high, while at the same time there is a bit of softness to it, likely a culprit of the low-level mood lighting. Still, there are plenty of fantastic visuals accompany the pristine array of audio options available. The DTS-HD Master Audio track is the “king” of the set, but the LPCM Stereo mix is surprisingly almost as strong (assuming you have an A/V Receiver that can matrix it out to your other speakers properly). All of the content on the disc is presented in 1080i, including the extra content.
An interview with Jeff Beck
Behind The Scenes
“At home with Jeff Beck & his guitars”
“Jeff Beck & Les Paul – Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonite”
“Les Paul & his little black box.”
It’s a nice little dusting of extras and ones that help you appreciate this concert special all the more.
Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.