Smoke On The Water: The Metropolis Sessions CD+DVD
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It was 1988 when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake had shaken north-western Armenia. Four minutes later it was followed by a 5.8 aftershock. Whole communities and the infrastructure had been destroyed. The authorities in the Soviet Union had to ask for outside help and the iron curtain that had divided east and west was opened up to let assistance through.
Jon Dee who was asked to get footage for TV and radio out of the disaster zone felt he had to Do Something. After helping with the immediate fundraising that was taking place in London, he decided to launch a fundraising push with people from the Rock business. Having worked with the band Yes in early years, Dee got in contact with many prestigious people he now wanted to convince to be part of his project. The result was Rock Aid Armenia which was initiated in 1989 to raise
money to help those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia.
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The lead vocals on the three verses are split between original vocalist & lyric writer Ian Gillan, Bruce Dickinson & Paul Rodgers, with Bryan Adams assisting on backing vocals. The man behind the riff, Ritchie Blackmore, is one of the featured guitarists, along with Tony Iommi, Brain May, David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson of Rush & session ace Geoff Beauchamp. The rhythm section features Yes man Chris Squire on bass & Queen's Roger Taylor on drums, and Keith Emerson & Geoff Downes contribute keyboards.
What you get on the CD are 4 mixes of the track: the 1989 original, the radio mix (an interesting alternative version, but edits out the Paul Rodgers verse), an early version which features a complete vocal from Ian Gillan, plus a new mix which helps to highlight some of the performances that were somewhat lost in the original mix.
Perhaps the real gem of this package is the DVD element, which features the 40-minute `making of' documentary (previously issued on VHS), which tells the story of the 5 sessions over which the song was cut. It features interviews with many of the featured artists, plus great footage of each of them recording their contributions & some fun jamming between takes.Read more ›
It comes with 2 disks -one with the music soundtrack[cd] and the second a documentary [dvd]with the music making +some earthquake footage.I also looked on the rockaid armenia site which has some great original photos of my rock heros.
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it's very interesting dvd because i never see before . you can see the process recording and artists involved in this record . must have for classic rock fansPublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by Budiharto