SIZZLING–geddit?–PLATTER OF THE WEEK: David Bowie – Blackstar (ISO) :: You’d think that suffering a heart attack after recording the less than holy holy Heathen would’ve warned him to resist the dark side, but nooooooooooooo.
Various Artists – Moogfest 2006 Live (MVD Visual DVD) :: When it comes to aural affection, Moog synthesizer adherents are the most avid. Jan Hammer hurts ’em with a solid set that spans his solo career, from his work with Steve Kindler and Jeff Beck to his Miami Vice days. Meanwhile, an unrecognizable Keith Emerson knifes away through a marathon performance of “Tarkus” using his trademark 15-foot-high patch board. Both lads still have their speed freak chops intact; close your eyes and you’ll swear it was 1973. If you still delight in the classic Moog “bee-yow” synth sound, then this DVD’s for you.
Rick Wakeman – Amazing Grace (MVD Visual DVD) :: Wherein the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll keyboardist sits down at the grand piano for an acoustic interpretation of the world’s greatest rock of ages hymns. This one features live and studio performances along with-don’t laugh-some truly evocative scenes of nature. Rick also personally introduces each hymn with an educational historical overview. And since his speed freak chops are still just as fast as Emerson’s, it’s interesting to compare Rick’s reverent rendition of “Jerusalem” with Keith’s electronic one on Brain Salad Surgery.
Read it all at Source: JEFFREY MORGAN : biographer of ALICE COOPER and THE STOOGES