Classic Albums Series 3 Announced

Eagle Eye Media and Pioneer Entertainment have announced a third set Of Classic Albums DVD Series Documentaries Releases beginning in November 2001 that comprises of five titles focusing on albums by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Elton John and Lou Reed.

3 of the 5 DVDs were released earlier this month on the 6th November on R1 DVD, and after a little research I have discovered that several of them are already available on R2 DVD so where possible I have included release information for both regions...

The first 3 titles are already available on both regions; dates for last 2 titles have been included while specifications are from the R1 editions although I believe the R2 Discs are identical. The discs retail at $24.95 (R1) and £17.99 (R2).

Classic Albums - Metallica: Metallica

  • 93 minutes
  • 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio

New, in-depth interviews with vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, bass guitarist Jason Newsted and drummer Lars Ulrich highlight the video, as well as extensive comments from producer Bob Rock, engineer Randy Staub, orchestra arranger Michael Kamen and journalists David Fricke of Rolling Stone, Lonn Friend and others. Among the extra DVD segments are Hetfield and Ulrich discussing Metallica's song writing procedures, Newsted performing the bass guitar part he wrote as the foundation of "My Friend of Misery" and Rock recalling strange incidents that led him to choose working on 'Metallica' instead of a solo album by Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

Classic Albums - Judas Priest: British Steel
  • 110 minutes
  • 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio

'Classic Albums' takes a fascinating look at this important work created by vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Dave Holland. In-depth interviews with Halford, Tipton, Downing, Hill, producer Tom Allom and heavy metal experts such as journalist Mick Wall are included. Hard-core fanatics will be delighted watching Tipton, Downing and Hill all demonstrate the signature riffs, chords and licks of the best-known songs on 'British Steel'.

DVD bonuses include the music videos for "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight," Halford discussing how he got injured during his final concert with Judas Priest and current drummer Scott Travis explaining how he hooked up with the band and ultimately became aware of Tim "Ripper" Owens, who sang in a Judas Priest tribute group in Ohio before getting hired to replace Halford.

Classic Albums - Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • 90 minutes
  • 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio

New interviews with John, lyricist Bernie Taupin, producer Gus Dudgeon, guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson are among the many features, as well as rare vintage footage from the recording sessions. (Sadly, there are no interviews with bassist Dee Murray, who died in 1992 of a stroke triggered by malignant melanoma.)

Classic Albums - Lou Reed: Transformer
  • Already available on R2 DVD (released November 5th) the R1 is released December 4th
  • 82 minutes
  • Widescreen

Reed, David Bowie, Mick Ronson (who died of liver cancer in 1993), Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke, photographer Mick Rock and other rock notables reflect on
'Transformer' and its timeless appeal. Among the DVD bonus features on this 'Classic Albums' volume are Flowers' more extensive comments and performance of the bass parts on "Walk on the Wild Side," Reed's memories of meeting Warhol and his thoughts on poetry and his own admittedly simple chord structures for songwriting.

Classic Albums - Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast
  • Released on December 3rd (R2) and December 4th (R1)
  • 80 minutes
  • Widescreen

Iron Maiden's complex, literate style of heavy metal was bound to yield a masterpiece, and the band made one with 1982's 'The Number of the Beast'. The making of 'The Number of the Beast' is traced in Eagle Eye Media and Pioneer Entertainment's 'Classic Albums' documentary, and it will be released on DVD on December 4, 2001.

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