Check out these releases for the music fans on your Christmas lists.
‘ROY ORBISON-THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION,’ (Monument/Legacy Recordings/Roy’s Boys LLC,☆☆☆☆☆)
This career-spanning 26-track CD pulls together hits from Sun, Monument, MGM and the Traveling Wilburys.
My favorites include “Oh Pretty Woman,” “You Got It,” “Crying,” “In Dreams,” “Dream Baby,” “She’s A Mystery To Me,” “It’s Over,” “Ooby Dooby,” “Not Alone Anymore” and “Handle With Care.”
Your favorites are likely included as well, so if you haven’t gotten a more expensive collection, this is the one for you.
‘Last Of The Mississippi Jukes,’ Robert Mugge (MVDvisual, ☆☆☆☆)
This Oct. 21 DVD release presents Robert Mugge’s 2003 film about the fading tradition of Mississippi’s juke joints, focusing on Jackson’s Subway Lounge and Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
A large part of the film concerns efforts to save Jackson’s Summers Hotel from demolition, but there are tons of cool blues performances.
My favorites are Chris Thomas King (from “O Brother Where Art Thou?”), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dennis Fountain and Pat Brown, Vasti Jackson, The House Rockers and King Edward Blues Band, Patrice Moncell, David Hughes and Virgil Brawley, George Jackson, Levon Lindsey and J.T. Watkins. Many of these perform together as well as separately.
Blues backers will dig this show and may want the soundtrack album if it’s still available.
‘Growing Up Live/Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped,’ Peter Gabriel (Eagle Rock Entertainment, ☆☆☆☆)
This Sept. 16 two-DVD package, also available in Blu-Ray and digital, presents Peter Gabriel with two different bands with and without signature theatrics in a variety of settings.
DVD One blends Gabriel and band interviews with the songs, including “hits” like “Solsbury Hill,” “Digging In The Dirt,” “Sledgehammer” and “Biko” (massive crowd singing at the end). There are five bonus songs with Gabriel and band in the studio.
DVD Two shows the same songs being performed before a French audience, with few interruptions other than occasional camera swoops. The rapturous audience reaction is even more apparent.
Peter Gabriel fans will enjoy this presentation. Other readers may prefer the more theatrical Peter Gabriel concerts reviewed over the years.
‘My Way: A Kick-Ass Girl Rockumentary,’ (MVDvisual, ☆☆☆☆)
This Nov. 4 DVD contains the story of a Kittanning, Pennsylvania, girl, stuck in a failing marriage to her drummer/husband and a corporate job.
She breaks free and heads to the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with her female Estonian tambourine player.
They meet lots of folks on the trip, including former stars like Ron Jeremy, Steven Adler and Rikki Rockett.
Things go far from smoothly once they arrive in California, but it’s an entertaining movie with some cool music.
Ricky Flake, music fan and former punk rocker, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org