Guitar works by New Zealand composers continue to display a richness of imagination and sense of colour that makes them intensely attractive to listeners. In 1990 Jack Body wrote African Strings, which transcribed music of the Madagascan valiha tube zither and West African kora harp to captivating effect. John Psathas’ Muisca refers to the Chibcha-speaking people of what is now Colombia in music of conversational vitality and driving rhythm. Anthony Ritchie evokes lovers’ dances in Pas de Deux and there is a beautiful arrangement of the famous traditional Maori love song Pokarekare Ana.
Good to Be Bad is the tenth studio album by Whitesnake released in April 2008. This is the first album of new studio material in a decade, since 1997's Restless Heart, not including the four new tracks recorded for the 2006 live album Live: In the Shadow of the Blues. The album charted at number 8 on the Top Independent albums, number 23 on the Top Canadian albums, number 62 on the Billboard 200 charts, and number 7 on the UK Albums Chart. In November 2008, Good to Be Bad won the Classic Rock Award for "Album of the Year". The Dinosaur Rock Guitar forum honored the album with a 2008 Dino Award for "Best Album of the Year".
Super deluxe six disc edition boasts an abundance of material. Disc one features a 2016 remaster (by Andrew Walter at Abbey Road) approved by Charlie Burchill and the second disc gathers 12-inch remixes and instrumentals of the singles, a few of which enjoy their CD debut. Various edits and B-sides can be found on the third CD in the set while disc four features previously unreleased BBC John Peel and Kid Jensen radio sessions, recorded in February and August 1982. All ten tracks on disc five are previously unreleased; made up of alternative mixes and demos and the icing on the cake is the sixth and final disc which is a DVD, featuring Charlie Burchill and Ronald Prent's 5.1 surround sound mix, first released on the now long out-of-print DVD-Audio in 2005. This mix of the album is a unique 'full duration' mix which is different to the standard version. DVD also includes promo videos and a few Top of the Pops performances. Note, this is a DVD-V unlike the DVD-A/V disc from previous Simple Minds box sets.
Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart treats fans to an intimate performance at New York’s Iridium in this special episode of Front & Center. She first rose to fame in 1999 with her single “LA Song (Out of This Town)” which was a number one hit in New Zealand and peaked in the top five on the US Adult Contemporary chart and number 7 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 Chart. Hart performs some material from her latest album, Fire On the Floor, including “Jazz Man,” “Let’s Get Together,” and “Fat Man.”
Split Enz were always a phenomenal live act who truly shone when on stage. 'Live, Alive Oh' is a brand new 30 track compilation containing live versions of all of their biggest hits and most well known songs. Disc One, the first 17 tracks, is from their 20th Anniversary Tour of New Zealand in 1993, the tracks from which have been previously released. Disc Two contains 13 tracks from Auckland's Vector Arena from their farewell tour of NZ in 2008, none of which have ever been released. Lovingly compiled by Eddie Rayner, the concept was to create an updated and definitive live greatest hits collection by this most unique of bands.