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Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway Coming to a Close

The Soul of Rock 'n' Roll's Zappa Plays Zappa DVD giveaway is coming to a close today. Thanks to all those who entered. There was a lot of interest so I'll definitely be considering hosting other giveaways of this type in the future.

An email will be sent to the chosen winners today for a confirmation of their address, and then their free copy of the latest Zappa Plays Zappa DVDs should be on the way. If you entered, keep an eye on your email today for a confirmation notice, and reply with a confirmation ASAP or I might have to give your DVD set to someone else.

Final Week of the Soul of Rock and Roll Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway

That's right we're coming down to the final week of the Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll. I just wanted to make sure that as many people who might be interested in getting a free copy of the Zappa Plays Zappa DVDs gets to enter before time is up. The contest will end promptly on May 21st, exactly one month from the start date of April 21st, so make sure and enter if you haven't already.

Traffic Live in 1972 to Celebrate Steve Winwood Turning 60

It's hard to imagine that back in the early 60s with the Spencer Davis Group that Steve Winwood was a mere 15. It was only 4 years later that he would put together the band Traffic, one of the first bands to delve into jazz fusion. I first came to know about Steve Winwood through his work in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, but it didn't take me too long to check out Traffic and the rest of his catalog. Although some people might be more familiar with his solo work in the 80s, I always though that Winwood was at his best with Clapton and Traffic.

The Uplifting Magic of Santana Live: A Concert Review

There is always something extra special about going to a concert that cannot be found in other music formats. Albums, even live albums, just don't seem to be able to capture all of the energy and atmosphere in the room when a band is on stage performing. That isn't to say that the albums aren't any good as usually they're very good at capturing the energy of a specific musical moment, but it is a different experience than a concert. Concert have just more magic, and a more palpable energy.

Zappa Plays Zappa: DVD Giveaway

I was lucky to be offered the opportunity to do something with the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll I have not done before. It's a special event to give something back to the readers... a contest giveaway.

Partnering with Big Honcho Media, the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll is going to be giving away a number of copies of the new Zappa Plays Zappa DVD set. I'm pretty interested in this DVD release myself as I heard that the ZPZ tour was just incredible, critically acclaimed and a lots of fun, so I thought that being able to give away a few copies to some lucky Zappa fans would be pretty cool.

Zappa Plays Zappa: A DVD Review

There's been a number of amazing concert tours in the past few years... many of which I was lucky enough to attend. Certainly up near the top of the ones I wish I could have seen is the Zappa Plays Zappa tour. Critically acclaimed, this project was the brain child of one Dweezil Zappa, who put together an amazing band, complete with a few special guests, to tour performing the music of his late father, Frank Zappa. Having not been able to see Frank when he was still performing, I thought this was a really cool idea and was looking forward to catching a show.

Digital Beatles Fan Remasters Released Online

This is easily one of the coolest stories I've heard about in a long time. Beatles fans have only been waiting for someone to come along, remaster the original albums and release them in updated CD (or other format) versions. It's not that the original CD releases are of a horrible quality, but they are from back when the format was first starting out and with new production techniques and the ability to preserve audio quality digitally it just seems like new remastered versions would be far superior.

Rock and Roll Feature: Freak Out with the Mothers of Invention

This is the seventeenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Paul Rogers and Queen to Record New Material?

Little interesting bit of music news floating around recently. Apparently the collaboration between Paul Rogers and Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen is ending up being quite a good match. The trio (although I'm sure there's a bassist there somewhere too, it's just not John Deacon) is even planning on recording new material under the name Queen. The group released a track called "Say it's Not True" back in 2007 on World Aids Day... a logical charitable choice... but apparently there were longer recording sessions and they're all digging what they're hearing.

James Taylor: One Man Band

A few nights ago I was watching PBS again (no surprise by now I expect) and I caught another interesting concert event: James Taylor: One Man Band. The show was songs taken from the CD/DVD set of the same name that was released just last year. Now, I'm not a huge James Taylor fan compared to some, but I do appreciate his music and thing many of his songs and many of he early albums are complete classics. I've seen James Taylor live before, but this particular event really caught my eye because it is just Taylor on stage with his guitar(s) and keyboardist/pianist Larry Goldings.

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