Soundstage Presents Chicago - Live in Concert
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Still, this is an excellent concert recording. I think it's far better (in sound quality) to the "Live by Request" DVD. It's also a continuous concert, which is nice. After selling more than 120,000,000 records, which include 20 top ten singles, 12 top ten albums (5 of which were # 1!) it's an enigma why this talented band has not been inducted in to the Reck and Roll Hall of Fame.
I came to this one with hope that the Soundstage brand would make sure its quality was assured....and it was confirmed!
This DVD has great sound, very good surround sound (you feel like you're there). I reviewed it on a Laptop with headphones..and it sounds so full...imagine on a home theater!
The track selection is good and the video/sound editing is perfect. The musicians give it their all, with Lamm giving some heartfelt vocals in his tracks, the brass warming up the music, the drums powering through, and everything sounding funky and rock. Nice job, Soundstage and Chicago!
THIS is the one you've been waiting for. Skip Live By Request-Chicago...go for this infinitely better one.
But about this DVD? You should buy it. It is far better than Live By Request. No commercial breaks. No guest interviews. Simply a full concert performance by guys who can bring it anytime, anywhere. This DVD is so good that I haven't been able to take it out of my player to check out the new Queen and Stray Cats DVDs, which are sitting here ready to go.
And what a concert this is. Stunning performances of 25 or 6 to 4, Hard Habit to Break, Feelin' Stronger, etc., etc. Best of all, not just Make Me Smile and Color My World, but the full Ballet for a Girl in Buchanon. Critics always rave (rightfully so) about thematic suites like Tommy, Pet Sounds, Abbey Road side 2, etc., but to my ears Ballet for a Girl in Buchanon pretty much deserves mention in that group as well.
One thing, though. If you are an old time fan, this DVD WILL make you miss Terry Kath. This is not a slight on Keith Howland, who is an excellent guitarist (but, Keith, what's up with the green Strat?), but Terry was truly special both as a singer and as a guitarist. Not to slam Bill Champlin or Robert Lamm either, but I really feel the absence of Terry's gruff growl on Dialogue, Color My World, etc.
SO, bottom line, go pick this up. And toss the Rhino remastered versions of Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago II into your cart as well.
I've never before pushed the movie room sound amp to a the levels demanded by the feel of this video. Hope the neighbors enjoyed it!
They gave a good mix of songs and styles. Their stage presence helps keep things interesting.
This DVD is vastly superior to the "Live By Request" DVD from 2002 (which is one of my favorites).
Every Chicago fan should try this DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chicago still has it. This is a great DVD and most enjoyable.
I would highly recommend it to Chicago fans out there.
What's not to like about musical legends. If you haven't experienced what it takes to make this group go this is a must see video.Published on May 12, 2013 by Richard L. Honnick
I shouldda reviewed the tracks on the dvd b4 I purchased. Most of the really good songs are mising,old days, question 67&68,I'm a man,........ Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by Paul Mazzariello
This is the first time I've seen Chicago live. I've always been a fan but never seen them live. This show rocks, no flaws except the guitar is not as loud as it needs to be to keep... Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by chuck white
This is a good show. The guys here are in fine form, and wonderfully down to earth ( versus former member Peter Cetera, whose demeanor during his Salt Lake City DVD struck me as... Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Stephen Derosier