Thursday, January 13, 2011

Superstar Drummer Carl Palmer of ELP & ASIA to Release Debut Instructional DVD, "CARL PALMER DRUM SOLOS" on February 22

Carl Palmer, long regarded as one of the most innovative and skillful drummers in rock history and founding member of both Emerson Lake & Palmer and ASIA, is the subject of an exciting new instructional drum DVD, simply entitled, Carl Palmer Drum Solos. Due for release on February 22, 2011, by Music VIdeo Distributors (MVD), the video is a unique note-for-note study of Palmer drum solos from the legendary Brain Salad Surgery era of ELP, through his years with both ASIA and his own band.

The DVD captures three classic Palmer solos from different time eras, and presents them at three different speeds: 25%, 50% and 100%. By watching the solos in the slowest motion, drummers can carefully see exactly what Palmer is doing and how he appears to be doing it. In addition, the DVD comes with note-for-note sheet music transcriptions of each solo, which can be easily downloaded with Adobe Reader.

"I have long resisted putting out an instructional drum DVD, despite many calls for it in the past, " says Carl Palmer, who currently records and tours with both the re-formed ASIA, and his own Carl Palmer Band. "However, when the idea for this video was brought to me, I immediately liked it. It enables other drummers to get inside how I have crafted and arranged my solos over the years. A drum solo is an extremely personal work of art, but others can learn from it and develop their own percussive expressions. That is what I hope this DVD will do for those who use it."

The idea was conceived by fellow drummer and Carl Palmer fan, Eric Fischer, who, with long-time Palmer/ELP archivist Tony Ortiz, combed through hours of Palmer-related concert footage before settling on the ones used for this DVD. Among the performances are Palmer's immortal drum solo from ELP's 1974 California Jam television concert. Long regarded as one of the greatest drum solos of all time, it remains the gold standard by which most other rock drum solos have been judged. The video was co-produced by Fischer, Ortiz, Palmer, and Palmer manager, Bruce Pilato.

MP3 audio files of the solos are also included on the disc, complete with MIDI soundtracks, so drummers can play along at the 25%, 50% and 100% speeds. Bonus footage includes a brilliant snare drum only solo, a Palmer solo from his ELP-offshoot band "3" with Keith Emerson & Robert Berry; and an extensive Carl Palmer photo gallery, featuring images from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown; ELP; 3; ASIA; and the Carl Palmer Band.

"This is not an instruction in the traditional sense of the word," says Palmer, " I view it as more of an examination of my work as a drummer and percussionist, that comes with an invitation for all drummers to join in. I learned my craft studying the work of the great drummers such as Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich; hopefully, this DVD will offer that same kind of inspiration."

Carl Palmer emerged on the music scene at the age of 15, playing with a number of established UK bands such as Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Atomic Rooster during the 1960s. In 1970, he formed one of rock's earliest supergroups, Emerson Lake & Palmer; and a decade later he launched ASIA, another supergroup with Geoff Downes, Steve Howe and John Wetton. He has performed and recorded in reunions with both ELP and ASIA, and also tours regularly with his own band. Since the beginning, Palmer has sold over 50 million records, and was named one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time, by Rolling Stone magazine.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trek Stars Go West, Betty White, Dennis Hopper on DVD 12/7


Starring WILLIAM SHATNER, LEONARD NIMOY, DEFOREST KELLEY and JAMES DOOHAN. This NEVER BEFORE RELEASED two disc set showcases the stars' appearances on classic (and some completely forgotten) western programs from the 50s and 60s. Disc 1 includes: Tate (1960): Episode Comanche Scalps starring LEONARD NIMOY and co-starring a young ROBERT REDFORD in the critically-acclaimed but obscure series Bonanza (1960): Episode The Ape co-starring Leonard Nimoy and Dan Blocker. Outlaws (1960): Episode Starfall Parts 1 & 2: Starring William Shatner, Cloris Leachman and more in a feature-length adventure. Disc 2 includes: The Lone Ranger (1949): Episode Legion of Old-Timers featuring Deforest Kelley, Clayton Moore & Jay Silverheels. Last of the Mohicans (1957): Episode The Scapegoat starring Lon Chaney Jr. and James Doohan. Outlaws (1960): Episode Shorty featuring Edward Binns, Alfred Ryder and Leonard Nemoy. White Comanche (1968): The cult classic tamale western starring William Shatner & Joseph Cotton.

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If you've been anywhere near the planet Earth in recent weeks, you may have noticed that legendary comedienne BETTY WHITE has become a worldwide sensation, culminating in her stellar performance hosting Saturday Night Live. Betty White in Black and White is the first comprehensive and incredibly entertaining retrospective of the birth of Bettymania. Experience several episodes from Betty's first acclaimed hit series, Life with Elizabeth (1953-55), along with Betty's own daytime series The Betty White Show. Included also is an incredibly rare episode from November 1954 where Betty sings, dances and is joined by surprise guest RIN TIN TIN, plus a heartfelt message from MARTIN & LEWIS! The DVD also includes a key episode from Betty's second series from 1957, Date with the Angels featuring BILL WILLIAMS, RICHARD DEACON (Mel on The Dick Van Dyke Show) and NANCY KULP (Beverly Hillbillies). The Betty White Show (1958), is another "lost series" included with the DVD and showcases live sketches, singing and dancing and a variety of guest stars. Well over 3 hours in the evolution of a superstar! Featuring the DVD premiere of BETTY WHITE a video history includes: Two classic episodes from Life with Elizabeth: Whistler’s Sister and Nursery Rhymes From The Betty White Show 1954, Betty delivers live commercials for Geritol and the 7-Day Diet Plan; and two classic episodes from Date with the Angels: Return of the Wheel and Tree on the Driveway From The Betty White show 1958: Episodes Vacation and Jealousy.

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A brand-new retrospective featuring the early TV and film-works of the late, multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, DENNIS HOPPER. The celebrated actor, Oscar-nominated filmmaker and noted visual artist rose to fame in mid-century Hollywood as a co-star and friend to rebel icon James Dean. Follow Hopper from his 1955 screen debut on the critically acclaimed MEDIC, to a juvenile delinquent charged with murdering the "Mama's Boy" on a riveting episode of PUBLIC DEFENDER, and a standout dramatic turn on THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW. Features the following: Hopper's debut in MEDIC (1955) with the episode Boy in the Storm. From PUBLIC DEFENDER (1955) with the episode Mama's Boy. Hopper's appearance on THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW (1955). Dennis' landmark starring role in Curtis Harrington's NIGHT TIDE (1961), completely restored and uncut. From PETTICOAT JUNCTION, Dennis appears as a latter-day beatnik. Plus previews from the great man's versatile career including the delinquent classic KEY WITNESS and the legendary NIGHT TIDE.

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