New Original Paul McCartney Tune Featured on Soundtrack to New Animated Film "Ernest & Ethel"

    Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has contributed a brand-new song called "In the Blink of an Eye" to the soundtrack of the animated British film Ethel & Ernest, which is based on the 1998 graphic novel by acclaimed author and illustrator Raymond Briggs. The film and album both were released in the U.K. today, and the soundtrack is available on CD and a digital download.

    Ethel & Ernest tells the romantic story of Briggs' parents, from their first chance meeting in 1928, through the 1934 birth of their son, to their deaths in 1971. In addition to the new McCartney tune, the soundtrack album features the film's original score -- by renowned composer Carl Davis -- along with a variety of popular songs spanning from the 1920s to the 1960s.

    The album also features a version of a song that McCartney's father, James, wrote during the 1920s titled "Walking in the Park with Eloise," which was rearranged for the movie by Davis and is performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London. Sir Paul recorded his own rendition of the tune in 1974 with country legends Chet Atkins and Floyd Kramer under the name The Country Hams.

    In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Ethel & Ernest director Roger Mainwood revealed that he asked Briggs to write a letter to McCartney to see if he would contribute an original song to the project, and the rock legend agreed. Paul sang and played multiple instruments on "In the Blink of an Eye," which also features strings conducted by Davis and played by the Chamber Orchestra of London. The tune can be heard over the end credits of the movie.

    "It is an incredibly moving and fitting ending to our film," Mainwood said, "and we were very honored to have both Paul and Carl on board."

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    Vinyl Box Set Featuring Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders' 1973 Keystone Club Performances Released Today

    Fantasy RecordsIn 2012, a four-CD collection gathering together July 1973 performances by Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's side project with jazz keyboardist Merle Saunders was released under the title Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings. Now, a six-LP vinyl box set featuring those same recordings, which were taken from two concerts at San Francisco's Keystone Club, hits stores today, October 28.

    The shows featured Garcia, Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt performing an eclectic variety of covers, along with a few tunes that Merle co-wrote. Among the songs they played were Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry," Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train," Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come," The Temptations' "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "I Second That Emotion" and the classic Rodgers & Hart standard "My Funny Valentine."

    In addition to the six LPs, which are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the box set contains a booklet with previously unseen photos, updated liner notes penned by Grateful Dead expert David Gans and a collectible poster.

    In his notes, Gans says of the recordings, "This music is as exciting and satisfying 40 years later as it was on the day it was made."

    Performances from the Keystone shows originally were issued on a double LP called Live at Keystone in 1973. Additional material from the concerts were released in 1988 under the titles Live at Keystone, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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    Gregg Allman Discusses Why He Canceled Series of Shows, Reveals Title of Next Album

    Credit: Danny ClinchAfter canceling a series of recent performances because of what was reported as "serious health issues," Gregg Allman has returned to the stage and is set to headline the Atlanta edition of his Laid Back Festival this Sunday at Lakewood Amphitheatre. In advance of the show, Allman has opened up about his illness and about some of his forthcoming musical plans to

    The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reveals that he came down with a case of pneumonia in late July that led him to cancel about 20 gigs.

    "It snuck up on me, and then it just flattened me, man," he tells the website. "I ended up in the hospital…but I got the rest I needed. Now I'm feeling just fine and I can't wait to get back out on the road."

    This Sunday's Laid Back Festival also will feature performances by ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe's current group Jaimoe's Jasssz Band and others. Allman's schedule also includes a previously announced 10-show run at the City Winery in New York City in November.

    Meanwhile, Gregg also shared some new details about his upcoming solo album, which he recorded earlier this year with his current backing group at the historic FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

    "The album is entitled Southern Blood," says Allman, "and while I'm not gonna give too much away, I can tell you that it's a mixture of original tunes and some very cool blues covers. [It] should be out early next year."

    Gregg adds that FAME studio "is a very special place" to him, since it's where his late brother, Duane, "first made his mark" as a session musician.

    "It has this unbelievable vibe, man," he maintains.

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    Trevor Rabin Is "Really Happy" to Be Touring with Yes Spinoff Group ARW

    Credit: Deborah AndersonARW, the new prog-rock group featuring ex-Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, is in the middle of its first tour, and Rabin says it's the best road experience he's ever had.

    The South African-born guitarist, who played with Yes from 1982 to 1994, tells ABC Radio that he, Wakeman and Anderson had discussed collaborating together again for years, but he kept putting it off as he focused on his work as a film composer.

    "At some point Jon and Rick both said, 'Look, we're either gonna do this or we're not,' and they kind of grabbed me by the throat and said, 'OK, let's go,'" explains Trevor. "So, here we are, and I'm really happy I've done it."

    Rabin admits that it initially took him a little while to feel comfortable playing live again, since he hadn't toured for about 17 years.

    "Getting back up there was a little bit foreign to me," he maintains. "But I think after the first five shows, something kicked in and I think we're really jelling incredibly well now."

    ARW's concerts have been made up almost entirely of Yes material, and include a mix of the band's best-known songs and some deeper cuts.

    Rabin tells ABC Radio that one if his favorite highlights of the shows has been the group's performance of "Owner of a Lonely Heart," Yes' only #1 hit, during which he and Wakeman both go out into the audience and play dual solos.

    "That's kind of like a Zen moment," notes Trevor. "[And] every night it becomes more and more intense."

    ARW's U.S. tour is mapped out through a December 3 concert in Indio, California, and the band will follow that with a European trek in March. Here are all of the band's upcoming stateside dates:

    10/28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
    10/29 -- Akron, OH, Goodyear Theater at East End
    11/1 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
    11/2 -- Buffalo, NY, UB Center for the Arts
    11/4 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
    11/5 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
    11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
    11/9 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
    11/11 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
    11/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
    11/14 -- Austin, TX, ACL at the Moody Theater
    11/16 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
    11/17 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theater
    11/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort
    11/20 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
    11/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
    11/25 -- San Francisco, CA, Masonic
    11/29 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    11/30 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount
    12/2 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
    12/3 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

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    Pat Benatar's Husband, Neil Giraldo, Records Anthem Celebrating Cleveland Indians' World Series Bid

    Mailboat RecordsNeil "Spyder" Giraldo, Pat Benatar's husband and longtime guitarist, has co-written and recorded a song celebrating the Cleveland Indians' bid for their first World Series championship since 1948. A Cleveland native and lifelong Indians fan, Giraldo teamed up with members of his 1970s band Thrills and Company to create the anthem, which is called "Liftin' the Curse of the Rock."

    The tune's title references the supposed curse that befell the Indians after they traded their star outfielder Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers in 1960, which some fans believe is responsible for the team's decades-long World Series drought. The song also celebrates Giraldo's long friendship with his Thrills and Company band mates.

    The chorus to the rocking song is, "Now we're liftin' the Curse of the Rock!/ Too many heartaches, Too many heartbreaks/ We'd almost forgot!/ How to bleed...The time off the clock!/And we're liftin' the Curse of the Rock!"

    "Liftin' the Curse of the Rock," which was released under the moniker Thrills 216, is available as a digital single now at iTunes for $1.29. Some proceeds from the track will be donated to nonprofit organizations in the Cleveland area.

    The Indians are currently facing the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Each team has won one game. Game three takes place in Chicago on Friday. The Cubs, incidentally, last won the World Series in 1908.

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