The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, HOUSE OF CARDS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with Robin Wright, this year’s Golden Globe® winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama). This series continues to sizzle with intensity as the ruthless Underwoods stop at nothing to climb the political food chain.
With their ringing, bagpipe-like guitars and the anthemic songs of frontman Stuart Adamson, Scotland's Big Country emerged as one of the most distinctive and promising new rock bands of the early '80s, scoring a major hit with their debut album, The Crossing; though the group's critical and commercial fortunes dimmed in the years to follow, they nevertheless outlasted virtually all of their contemporaries, releasing new material into the next century.
This first album embraces some of Artenovum's best works recently presented by Freebeat Music Records. It also includes some previously unreleased tracks. Songwriter and producer Frank Doberitz a.k.a. Frank Borell is well known for his unique sound and is part of a new generation of modern chillout music scene and appears on over 300 compilations such as "island of chill" with his top sellers "wellness feeling @St.Tropez", "Mauritius I c u again" and "Isla margarita" which is listed in the iTunes electronic Charts since 7 years. Artenovum, his new project, has found a niche somewhere between Enigma, Mike Oldfield and Schiller and presents a new trip through a fantastic world of space night sound like the earlier TV shows. He is also well played in some of specialized radio shows…
With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland's Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and the Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of E-Bow. The unique sound of "In a Big Country" garnered the band considerable attention and a Top 20 single in the U.S. The Crossing, however, is an album whose richness goes beyond the single. The more subdued "Chance" is sparser and its personal lyrics are every bit as heartfelt as the more populist-inclined anthems like the wonderful "The Storm" or the thundering "Fields of Fire." The lyrics are straightforward and, despite the grand themes of many of the tracks, manage to steer clear of being overly pretentious. While this album earned the band a gold record, Big Country's sound and image (reinforced by the members' tartan checked shirts) resulted in them being tagged a novelty, and they never duplicated their initial success in America.