Chicago in Chicago
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Don't hesitate to purchase 'Chicago In Chicago.' HDNet aired this performance late last year. The blu-ray release brings an expected top-notch sound -- uncompressed PCM stereo or else 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. The mix is excellent and vocals are spot on. Even for the most dedicated Chicago fan, there is the occasional musical nuance brought out here that may get lost in a live-concert setting.
Overall, while the setlist could be better, it's as good as you'll get given the band's long run and surplus of hit songs... starting with the entire "Ballet" (For a Girl in Buchannon), which of course opens with the band's first No. 1 single "Make Me Smile." And, while saxaphonist Walt Parazaider still is a familiar face in the signature horn section, on this particular night Mr. Ray Hermann brings a lot to the table. He has his own style, but he fits in perfectly, never missing an attack or release.
Would have given this a "5-star" rating" had it included something more obscure from the Chicago catalog... be it a medley of early material or a single rarely-performed tune as a bonus track. Next time, maybe.
Four of the original band members have been together for 45 years and they have numerous hits, so why would they have a concert with all new music? New music to any band over the age of 25 does not sell anymore. This concert showcased the talents of the two newest members, Lou Pardini and Drew Hester. Bill Champlin is missed, but the band has survived the losses of Terry Kath and Peter Cetera and has continued to thrive. The highlight of the video is the duel drum solo. The low point of the video is the fact that they only play about one-third of my favorite song, Feelin' Stronger Every Day, which they did that year to fit in most of their songs.
This would be a five star review but the encore with the Doobies was nothing compared to the concert with Earth Wind and Fire. I guess that is why the whole concert is not shown.
Here is the set list. (1:29.24)
1. Opening/Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon
2. Make Me Smile
3. So Much to Say, So Much to Give
4. Anxiety's Moment
5. West Virginia's Fantasies
6. Colour my World
7. To Be Free
8. Now More Than Ever
10. If You Leave Me Now (A fan sings for donating to charity.)
11. Call on Me
12. Old Days
13. Hard Habit to Break
14. You're the Inspiration
16. I'm a Man
17. Just You 'N' Me
18. Saturday in the Park
19. Hard to Say I'm Sorry
20. Get Away
21. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
The Doobie Brothers join in the last following three songs.
23. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
24. 25 or 6 to 4
In this concert, the band members are the following:
The two audio options are DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM Stereo.
This concert was filmed at Charter One Pavilion, in Chicago, on July 10, 2010.
Bonus discussion (40:54): At about 41 minutes, the bonus is a discussion between three of the founders of Chicago. They are Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Robert Lamm.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chicago is great. Combine them with the Doobie Brothers, and you get phenomenal.Published 8 days ago by Ray A. Kampa
Good, but Chicago: Live in Concert was better. Gave this one to friends.Published 21 days ago by Boomer80
would not play on my Sony blue ray player. Would not even recognize the disc. I returned it for a full refund.Published 1 month ago by A. Martin
The band still sounds great although not the same without Peter Cetera's lead vocals.Published 2 months ago by sm