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America: Live in Chicago [Blu-ray] (2008)

Gerry Beckley , Dewey Bunnell , None  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Richard Campbell, Willie Leacox, Michael Woods
  • Directors: None
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWVAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

America: Live in Chicago presents a unique and intimate performance from the legendary band that defined the early 70's folk sound and ruled the Top-10 charts with their evocative harmonies and acoustic-styled musicianship. The memorable 20-song set includes greatest hits as well as rare live versions of "Head and Heart", "Till the Sun Comes Up Again" and "The Last Unicorn" – plus a special on-stage appearance by Christopher Cross on the song "Lonely People." Song List: Riverside, Ventura Highway, You Can Do Magic, Don’t Cross the River, Daisy Jane, The Last Unicorn, I Need You, Head And Heart, Till The Sun Comes Up Again, Tin Man, Muskrat Candlelight, The Border, Woman Tonight, Only In Your Heart, California Dreamin’, Lonely People (with Christopher Cross), Sandman, Sister Golden Hair, All My Life, A Horse With No Name

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How a concert on Blu-ray should sound September 14, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
While I would not consider America one of my all time favorite groups during the decade of the 70's and early 80's, I am familiar with the majority of their hits such as: "Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair, A Horse with No Name" which are all performed on this Blu-ray.

Live concerts on Blu-ray have to be one of the most beneficial recipients for this newest of high definition home entertainment formats. Visually stunning 1080i/p resolution with a broad color space utilizing uncompressed lossless audio codec's (in this case: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio) comes closest to the ultimate goal of replicating live performances within the comfort of one's own home theater. Potential though, is always one thing with the end result at times far different than expected as many of us have experienced on the multitude of concert or film titles in our collections.

Visually, America: Live in Chicago is typical of the staged performances found on the majority of Soundstage's productions. Bright primary colors wash typically sparse stage backgrounds with well lit accurate flesh tones and the expected sharpness on all close-ups. Cuts and dissolves are mostly appropriate for the rhythm of the songs being performed as one would expect from veteran Soundstage Director Joe Thomas.

Sonically though, it took just moments into the first track (Riverside) when Gary Beckley began his individual guitar riff that I realized this latest addition to my ever growing collection of Blu-ray concert titles would be in that small group that actually delivers on the promise of sonic clarity and one I now consider as a reference on how a proper audio mix should be produced.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Koch Vision and Soundstage presents "AMERICA LIVE IN CHICAGO" (2008) (77 mins/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- The early-'70s light folk sound that became popular in America was defined by the very band that shared a name with the country that embraced them. America ruled the Top 10 charts of that era with their evocative harmonies and acoustic-styled ... Full Descriptionmusicianship. America's performance on the acclaimed PBS concert series Soundstage features all their greatest hits along with riveting versions of 'California Dreaming' and 'Nowhere Man' - plus an interview with founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell.

America owned the charts in the 1970s with their folk-infused pop, and the band now enchants fans once more in this intimate live performance. Filmed for PBS's Soundstage concert series, the remarkable set includes all of America's hits, such as "Horse With No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair," and features a special duet with singer-songwriter Christopher Cross.

Track Listing in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English

1. Riverside
2. Ventura Highway
3. You Can Do Magic
4. Don't Cross The River
5. Daisy Jane
6. The Last Unicorn
7. I Need You
8. Head and Heart
9. Till The Sun Comes Up Again
10. Tin Man
11. Woman Tonight
12. Sandman
13. The Border
14. Horse With No Name
15. Sister Golden Hair
16. Lonely People (with Christopher Cross)
17. Muskrat Candlelight
18. Only In Your Heart
19. California Dreaming
20. All My Life

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Bonus interview with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound and steady video (for a change) September 10, 2011
By Rick
Format:Blu-ray
Received this yesterday and watched it today. Really sharp picture. Calmly produced unlike most of these concert videos so not too much cutting back and forth with the cameras. The venue seems a little sterile like the show was put together just for this recording but the band sounds great none the less. Very nice audio quality in both surround and stereo modes and the video is very crisp. Definately worth the $15 for any fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Hi ~ I too have been waiting Moonsages for this release to come to be. What a magical event this was, it was a whirlwind dream come true time for me getting to be there at the Soundstage Studio. Picture this, a big stage with a backdrop of screens all showing America's history of album covers. The sound, lighting and acoustics were all top notch. Add America coming on stage and there was a Right Back at You Magic all around for this taping. America performed their hearts out, and adding to this treat was Henry Diltz, long time friend of America joining them on Don't Cross the River and HWNN, playing his banjo. Christopher Cross also joined America to sing and play on Lonely People & HWNN.I too am hoping that this dvd will be of the full playlist of songs done that night. We were treated to the known America gems, and we also were treated to such hidden gems, as Survival, Till The Sun Comes Up, Head and Heart, Everyone I Meet is From California, and a pinch me this is for real moment when Gerry sang All My Life. If you have never been to an America show, this dvd is a must have for you, I guarantee after watching it you will want to find the next scheduled America live show in your area. Thank You to all that are involved in bringing about the release of this dvd. I am also looking forward to the interviews from this evening. Take care and Ride On America! Nancyh :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars America At It's Best
What a great classic rock group that hasn't lost anything in all these years of performing. They truly are a group that has withstood the "test of time". Read more
Published 10 days ago by ALAN CHAMBERS
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST OKAY.
I am amazed at how quickly my amazon orders arrive here in southeastern PA. Free 5-9 day shipping usually arrives in 5 days. Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Kowalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
really a great Blu-ray
just as expected.
specially sound and a great selection of songs as the best of America titles
Published 2 months ago by R. Rey Mendez
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk
The only sound on this DVD was in the intro and right after the concert. The most important part was void of any sound.
Published 2 months ago by Keith Kinderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show! ! !
My boyfriend and I saw the concert (DVD) playing in a restaurant and we felt in love with it. An excellent live concert.
Published 3 months ago by Mayra Itsele
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu ray Dvd Concert
America does all of their hits on this dvd...The sound is really exceptional with clear guitars and very good vocals. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Glenn L
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really great performance.
SoundStage does an awesome job. The visuals are great and the sound is good. I own four SoundStage blu-rays and the bass on this one is a little high. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars America: Live in Chicago
This is really a very good video concert performed by America. I had one other from the 70's that is really good and had been looking for quite awhile until I stumbled across this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Good performance in a mediocre stage setting.
The original performers still sound good. However, their stage setting is rather average. This disc will probably be received OK by American fans. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. R.. Fectionist
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy Sound, So-So Performance
I see one of the top reviews favorably mentioning the sound quality of this blu-ray. I have to wonder what they are listening to - or on. It's not the worst. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Herbert
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