SOURCE: Eagle Rock Entertainment

July 01, 2005 08:45 ET

Eagle Rock Entertainment's "Live at Montreux" Series Gives Music Fans Worldwide a Chance to Catch Performances From Legendary Swiss Festival on TV, DVD and CD

Montreux Jazz Festival 2005 Runs July 1 - 16 Featuring Audioslave, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and Crosby, Stills & Nash

NEW YORK, NY and LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 1, 2005 -- As the 39th Annual Montreux Jazz Festival gets underway in scenic Montreux, Switzerland on Friday, July 1, preparations are being made to record the remarkable performances that routinely take place at this legendary music lover's event. This year's Festival will include Audioslave, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Through an exclusive partnership with Montreux Sounds, Eagle Rock Entertainment is making highlights of the Festival's performances available for the first time for worldwide television broadcast as part of its "Live at Montreux" series.

Eagle Rock also has an exclusive agreement with Montreux Sounds for access to its Festival archives, including shows dating back to the 1960s. With permission from the artists and their record companies, many of these performances are being released on DVD and CD. Eagle Rock's "Live at Montreux" DVD/CD series debuted in November 2004 and has captured major artists at critical junctures of their careers (Bonnie Raitt), crowd favorites delivering classic sets (Earth Wind & Fire, Chic), and seminal artists that are no longer with us performing their greatest works (Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye). Many performances are recorded in High Definition, and are available in stereo, 5.1 surround and DTS audio.

The Montreux Jazz Festival, which marks its 40th anniversary next year, is one of the most prestigious and largest European music festivals, with more than 200,000 attendees in 2004. Under the peerless direction of Claude Nobs, the Festival has had a reputation for capturing stellar performances from well-known and up-and-coming jazz, rock, blues, r&b, hip-hop and world music artists since 1967, in a breathtaking setting surrounded by the Alpine mountains and Lake Geneva.

2005 will be the first year that Eagle Rock will make highlights from every artist's performance available for worldwide television broadcast. "The Montreux Festival is a music lover's fantasy -- nearly every major act from every genre of music has played it -- there's truly something for everyone," said Geoff Kempin, Chief Operating Officer of Eagle Rock Entertainment. "Now, music fans all over the world can view these landmark performances by their favorite artists on television, and many of them will be available later for their DVD and CD collections."

Upcoming titles in the DVD and CD series for worldwide release in 2005 include:

Artist                     Title                                   Format
Average White Band         Live At Montreux 1977                   DVD
Ladysmith Black Mambazo    Live At Montreux                        DVD, CD
Legends feat. Eric Clapton,
Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller,
Joe Sample, David Sanborn  Live at Montreux 1997                   DVD
Dr. John                   Live At Montreux 1995/86                DVD, CD
Candy Dulfer               Live At Montreux 2002                   DVD, CD
James Brown                Live At Montreux 1981                   DVD, CD
Chick Corea &
The Elektric Band          Live At Montreux 2004                   DVD
Youssou N'dour             Live At Montreux                        DVD
George Benson              Live At Montreux 1986                   DVD
Nina Simone                Live At Montreux 1976                   DVD
Suzanne Vega               Live At Montreux 2000/2004              DVD

Previous titles available on DVD and CD include:

Artist                     Title                                   Format
Johnny Cash                Live At Montreux 1994                   DVD
George Clinton & P-Funk    Live At Montreux 2004                   DVD, CD
Joe Cocker                 Live At Montreux 1987                   DVD
Al Di Meola                Live At Montreux 1986/1993              DVD
Di Meola/Ponty/Clark       Live at Montreux 1994                   DVD
Earth, Wind & Fire         Live At Montreux 1997 (+ 1998)          DVD
Emerson, Lake & Palmer     Live At Montreux 1997                   DVD
Ella Fitzgerald            Live At Montreux 1969                   DVD
Marvin Gaye                Live At Montreux: Special Edition       DVD, CD
The Jeff Healey Band       Live At Montreux 1999                   DVD, CD
Shane MacGowan & Popes     Live At Montreux 1995                   DVD
Curtis Mayfield            Live At Montreux 1987                   DVD
Charles Mingus             Live At Montreux 1975                   DVD
The Moody Blues            Live At Montreux 1991                   DVD
Gary Moore                 Live At Montreux 1990 (bonus from 1997) DVD
Bonnie Raitt               Live At Montreux 1997/1991              DVD
Nile Rodgers & Chic        Live At Montreux 2004                   DVD
Eagle Rock Entertainment is one of the leading independent sources for music audio and audio/visual programming, which it releases worldwide on DVD, CD and other formats, as well as through channels such as television and VOD. Eagle Rock's mission is to bring music fans high quality music audio and audio/ visual content from the broadest range of artists, with superior production, sound and high definition visuals, as well as other historically significant releases. Eagle Vision's extensive catalog covers every genre of music, and includes the "Classic Albums" documentary series, which tells the stories behind some of the greatest albums in rock history, and "Live at Montreux," which features performances from top artists at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival. The company's record imprints include frontline artist label Eagle Records, and the hard rock/ heavy metal label Spitfire Records. Eagle Media releases a variety of comedy, television and fact-based programming. Eagle Vision, Eagle Records, Eagle Media, Eagle Eye Media and Spitfire are imprints of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S., which is a part of Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ltd. The company's North American headquarters are in New York City. Its corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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