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Soundstage Presents Chicago - Live in Concert (2004)

Chicago  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chicago
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DSQ10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

One of the most loved bands in rock history, as well as one of the most commercially successful-with 50 hit songs in the U.S. alone, 18 gold records, a Grammy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame-Chicago have maintained the unflagging devotion of millions of devoted fans throughout their 37-year career. Begun with the goal of incorporating the diverse musical range of their hometown Chicago, and incorporating the big-band aesthetic that included horns which had been virtually left behind in the world of rock and roll, Chicago went on to create a sound that remains unparalleled in rock music. Incorporating rock as only one genre among the many that they drew from, the band courageously rejected the trappings of celebrity in order for the music to stand on its own. This DVD documents a live show that was broadcast on PBS in June of 2003 where they play many of their hits from throughout their long career, including "25 or Six to Four," "You're the Inspiration," "Saturday in the Park," and "Beginnings," among many others.

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the Great Band, Chicago December 12, 2004
By Rik22
As noted in other reviews, this DVD, which features a live performance of the supergroup Chicago that aired on PBS, is recommended highly over their other live DVD, "Live by Request" which was shown on A&E. The less-than-excellent sound and visual editing on the A&E disc has been corrected on the Soundstage production and makes this DVD a worthy document of one of the great rock bands of all time. The vocals are tight and well mixed and the horns, those all-time great horns, sound fat and up front in the mix. The video editing is crisp and professional. The selection of songs finds a nice, if not usual, set of hits, blending ballads and rockers that display this group's eclectic abilities. Highlights include a blazing version of "I'm a Man" from the band's very first album, "Chicago Transit Authority". In this rendition, they've added a horn part to this tune-that-has-no-horns and the group simply, cooks. "Free" is another upbeat rocker that is given excellent treatment in this set. Original founding member Robert Lamm is especially good on this DVD, with pop evergreens, "Beginnings" and "Saturday in the Park" sounding as fresh as if they were written yesterday, not 30 or more years ago. This DVD, "Soundstage Presents Chicago-Live in Concert" is highly recommended for all Chicago fans and all fans of popular music. Nice work, Chicago!!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band, Great Concert October 9, 2004
I had seen the Chicago Soundstage on TV last Summer and just purchased the DVD today. It's a fantastic recording. The horn section sounds(and looks)great. Keith Howland's guitar is not as vivid as should be, tho.

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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! A Chicago QUALITY DVD November 26, 2004
I own Live by Request, and I was disappointed with the horrible sound mixing. DON'T BUY THAT ONE.

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 Years On: Still Bringin' The Chops November 20, 2004
Ah, the mighty Chicago. My first favorite group. Sadly, as popular as they became and as popular as they have remained, Chicago has never, EVER, received the true artistic acclaim they deserve. It is simply absurd that Chicago is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Period.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than being there if you have a home theater November 26, 2005
By Rex
Just finished this awesome concert experience in our home theater. Enjoyed every minute of it. This DVD is easily worth twice the price. The camera work and sound quality is exceptional considering this was a live concert rather than a studio project.

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!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product November 6, 2004
Chicago is alive and well. This DVD showcases the band's talents and shows that some groups get better with age.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence
Voice slightly off - horns and music beyond excellence
Published 1 month ago by James Wm. Rummerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy this DVD
Chicago still has it. This is a great DVD and most enjoyable.
I would highly recommend it to Chicago fans out there.
Published 6 months ago by DianeGhig
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundstage Presents Chicago - Live In Concert
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 17 months ago by Richard L. Honnick
1.0 out of 5 stars Music sucks
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 more
Published on December 20, 2010 by Paul Mazzariello
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring down the house
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 more
Published on April 13, 2009 by chuck white
5.0 out of 5 stars As Close As it Gets to the Original Sound
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 more
Published on April 13, 2009 by Stephen Derosier
2.0 out of 5 stars dvd
not what I had expected from chicago. a poor and bad recording all around, but that happens when you can no longer sample in-store
Published on January 26, 2009 by scoop
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundstage Presents Chicago in Concert
Very enjoyable. Would reccomend to person's who remember the group and like their music, or music similar.
Published on December 28, 2007 by Thomas W. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Great sound!
Got a home theater? You will really enjoy hearing this on it - it's amazing! The A/V installer uses it to check our sound and to impress potential customers.
Published on July 11, 2007 by Dog Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recordings & Great gift idea !
Got this for my husband for Christmas and he is SO happy with it! He's really happy when I told him how inexpensive it was... :)
Published on March 27, 2007 by Sassy Gammaw
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