Columbia Records & Legacy Recordings Set to Release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition for First Time on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

2CD Edition Also Available Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Columbia Records and Legacy Recording, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001297451) in three configurations (2CD, 2DVD, Blu-ray Disc) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Bob Dylan "The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Deluxe Edition" to be released March 4.  (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Bob Dylan “The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition” to be released March 4. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

On October 16, 1992, New York City’s hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants, legends and archetypes who’d come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first Columbia Records album and play a selection of Dylan songs–from culturally iconic (John Mellencamp’s no-nonsense “Like A Rolling Stone”) to bootleg obscure (Lou Reed’s acerbic take on “Foot of Pride”)–that had moved and inspired them over the decades.

The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O’Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinead O’Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more.  Providing musical backing throughout the show was an ensemble dream team featuring three members of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, G.E. Smith on guitar with Jim Keltner and Anton Fig on drums.

Dubbed “Bobfest” on stage by a jubilant Neil Young, the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reached a transcendent crescendo with an unforgettable performance and all-star jam featuring the evening’s honoree. Viewed anew from a 20-year perspective, Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition is a remarkable testament to the enduring legacy and ongoing musical influence of Bob Dylan. That valedictory gathering from more than 20 years ago proved to be a mid-career retrospective of a recording artist and performer who continues to inform and transform the cultural landscape.

The Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition is the first Dylan title to follow the historic November 5 release of Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One, a colossal library box housing the artist’s official Columbia Records album canon, from 1962’s Bob Dylan through 2012’s Tempest.

Struck from a new High Definition video master with remastered audio, The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition makes this historic all-star musical event available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Seventh Annual GRAMMY® Week Celebration, Honoring Neil Young

ANNUAL CELEBRATION WILL HIGHLIGHT SOUND QUALITY AND PAY HOMAGE TO TWO-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER AT THE VILLAGE STUDIOS IN WEST LOS ANGELES ON JANUARY 21, 2014

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® (www.producersandengineers.com) will celebrate its Seventh Annual GRAMMY® Week Event honoring two-time GRAMMY winner Neil Young for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014,at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014,airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development,

The Recording Academy Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

The Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs and continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.

Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives.

The efforts of the P&E Wing continue to raise awareness about the importance of sound quality and the preservation and integrity of recorded music,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year, it is with great honor that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community. The contributions of Neil Young are innumerable, as is his incomparable body of work, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with this legendary artist.

As the Producers & Engineers Wing 2014 honoree, Young joins an impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, and Jerry Wexler. For more than four decades, he has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity, and his achievements have been matched by his unwavering humanitarianism. In recognition of his influential accomplishments and charitable endeavors, Young was honored as the MusiCares® Person of the Year in 2010. Continue reading