Last week's Top 10 Plus 2015 Part Two ended with an early September album; so there were leftovers for a Part Three. This week will feature my thoughts on a concert from Jeff Lynne's ELO, a 1970 festival performance from Irish band Taste and a punk-flavored recording from a female Brooklyn band.
'Live In Hyde Park,' Jeff Lynne's ELO (Eagle Rock Entertainment, HHHHH)
This Sept. 11 DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital release presents Jeff Lynne's ELO with the BBC Concert Orchestra, filmed in Hyde Park last September as part of BBC Radio 2's "Festival In A Day."
I attended an Electric Light Orchestra show at their career peak, which revealed great playing, sound, stage design, and possible pre-recorded stuff. That isn't needed with this huge new crew, including Lynne's longtime keyboardist Richard Tandy. The bonus film reveals even more about Jeff's career and abilities.
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Every concert song is good; but my favorites are "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle," "Showdown," "Livin' Thing," "Strange Magic," "Can't Get It Out of My Head" "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Handle With Care," presented as a tribute to Roy Orbison and George Harrison.
This show is a video greatest hits album for ELO fans.
'What's Going On-Live At The Isle of Wight,' Taste (Eagle Rock Entertainment, HHHHH)
This Sept. 18 release is available in DVD, Blu-Ray, two-LP, CD and digital formats; and it presents seminal Irish rock band Taste (Rory Gallagher/guitar and vocals, John Wilson/drums and Richard McCracken/bass) playing before a humungous crowd before disbanding over money and management problems at the end of a European tour. Formed by guitarist/singer Gallagher in 1966, Taste released two studio albums ("Taste" 1969 and "On The Boards" 1970). The concert is at the center of a documentary by Murray Lerner. The DVD gives viewers the option to watch the concert alone and contains other bonus songs. The CD and LP versions also contain extra tunes. I can see that Taste was on the way to international popularity, and where Rory's reputation as one of the hottest live guitarists of all time began.
'Chartreuse,' Sharkmuffin ((State Capital/Little Dickman Records, HHH 1/2)
This release was streamed on Aug. 7, and I heard just enough for me to request that a friendly publicist with up-to-date equipment burn me a copy. Sharkmuffin is a trio from Brooklyn (Tarra Theissen: vocals/guitar, Natalie Kirch: vocals/bass with drums here by Patty Schemel). These are pretty good blasts of punk-poppy music. Favorites: the title song, "Mondays," "Secrets" and the throbbing "Now," all of which typify the "punk-noise" tag Sharkmuffin has given itself. Fans of either will enjoy this recording or selected songs by download.
Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.