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Soundstage Presents Michael McDonald - Live in Concert (2004)

Michael McDonald  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael McDonald
  • 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: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DSQ1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

With a diverse range and an incredible popular appeal, Michael McDonald has been entertaining audiences with his own brand of "blue-eyed soul" for years, continually turning out catchy and inspirational pop music influenced in equal parts by Memphis-style soul, rhythm and blues, and soulful ballads. First attaining popularity with the legendary Doobie Brothers, McDonald has gone on to be a guest performer on recordings with many acclaimed artists such as Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, and many others. On this live performance, broadcast by the BBC in July 2003, he is reunited with fellow Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons as they perform such Doobie classics as "What a Fool Believes," "Blackwater," and "Taking it to the Streets," as well as McDonald's solo hits; the performance is highlighted by the guest appearance of Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford, the visionary husband and wife songwriting team.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances of old and newer hits April 26, 2006
I have 2 other DVDs of Michael McDonald (Doobies -- Wildlife Concert, Michael McDonald -- A Gathering of Friends) and this one is just as good if not better than those. MM sings his solo hits (Sweet Freedom, I keep Forgetting), his hits with the Doobie Brothers (Minute by Minute, What a Fool Believes, Takin' It to the Streets, You Belong to Me), and songs from Motown 1 album (I Heard It through the Grapevine, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing). Patrick Simmons & Tom Johnston from the Doobies also sing 2 of their songs (Black Water, Take Me in Your Arms).

MM is backed up by an outstanding band and singers. I really enjoyed the performances. On his own songs with the Doobie Brothers, I felt he performed them better on this DVD than on the Doobies -- Wildlife Concert, which happened to be a really great performance. He is also backed up by Ashford and Simpson on the Motown songs.

I thought the sound quality was very good; I had no problems with it.

If you're a MM fan, you will really like this DVD! It is a great sampler of some of his best songs with the Doobies, his solo hits in the 80's and the Motown songs. If you want just one music DVD of MM's songs, this is the one to get.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start - But What A FINISH !! October 22, 2004
About a year ago my son (from Chicago) called to tell me all about the great Michael McDonald concert he attended at the WTTW SoundStage Studio. He knew I was a old DuBee fan from long ago and exclaimed almost breathless - "Dad - you gotta check this out when it comes on TV!!"

Imagine my suprise when I discovered the DVD out a few weeks prior to the airing of the program. I sat back and waited to be knock over --but -- oopps -- the first couple of songs left me scratching my head (no hair) and wondering which concert Ben had seen.

It took the dynamic duo of Ashford and Simpson - taking the stage with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to start the wheels a turning in my head - "Hey - this might be OK afterall."

When Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons arrive along with a kick ass new guitar star - things really take off.

Always steady - the Sound Stage crew delivers a top notch program - both audio and video - now produced by Steve Dahl - keep up the good work Steve!

Definitely a keeper - have listened now at least twice a week!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HI-Def? No Widescreen? March 14, 2005
By HogDog
4 stars because it is not a widescreen format. What are the people at Soundstage thinking? This is a must have for all U Michael McDonald fans. Excellent audio / video. Definitely a high definition video transfer - but why is it in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Nonetheless - program your DVD player to 16:9 widescreen and it will reformat the aspect ratio. Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons from the Doobbies join in. Very good backing band as well...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Runnin' June 27, 2005
I've always been a huge Michael McDonald fan and had taped this Soundstage show when it aired on PBS, so I was thrilled to find it had been released as a DVD and snapped it up.

The DVD is worth it, to me, just to be able to hear Michael's live version of his Doobies hit, "It Keeps You Runnin'," a completely different take on that song.

Other highlights include having guests like Ashford & Simpson singing along on the Motown classics and Michael's new versions of them, as well as bringing out Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons to play some Doobies songs.

I've seen Michael and his band play live for the past five or six years. With the smash success of his MOTOWN CDs, the crowds have gotten bigger and the band has become a little harder to get to after shows--but I'm thrilled for all of them.

Everyone has been gracious and incredibly nice, and I've heard nothing but great things about McD.

A super talent with a genuine affection for great music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert, soulful...great video and sound quality December 19, 2004
The Soundstage doesn't fail me, and this is the second DVD I own from their collection (Chicago's DVD is the other, very good too). The VIDEO and SOUND is at top-notch standards, 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital, (and 2.0 for your older systems).

Michael gives a very soulful performance, and his band keeps a good balance by holding the groove when the music requires it, and pumping out hard energy when it needs it.

This is a great DVD. You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, poor sound quality October 15, 2005
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Being a big fan of Michael McDonald, I could hardly wait to play the DVD when it arrived. I love the selection of songs, but the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. When I compare this the other music DVDs I own, such as The Eagles Farewell I Tour, the sound quality is definitely inferior. It sounds like someone simply held up a microphone from a distance and recorded it. I guess I'll stick to CDs if I want to listen to Michael.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five, and nothing less! July 5, 2009
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I like to write reviews on Amazon, but often find it hard to be objective. At the conclusion of this DVD, I had to run to my computer to comment. This concert is a full five stars! My only negative is that it was only 53 minutes long. Even that was packed with the feeling that I like to get from concert DVDs.

Someone said something about the sound quality being poor. I can only say that that person must not have a system to run it on. On my (somewhat old) 5.1 system, this concert was as potent as the original concert. If you're running decent equipment, you won't be disappointed.

This was the first concert that I played on my new 42" TV. The video quality need make no apologies, either. When combined with the sound, I thought I was in Best Buy watching this on a $5000 system!

As for the content, what can you say? It's Michael Mc Donald singing both the Doobie hits, and the Motown remasteries. A visit from Nick and Valerie -- ba da bing! Great concert (albeit short).

It's a great "come over and watch" concert for singles; and a good "hey hunny" to spring on your spouse. Highly recommended!

I will be buying two more of these DVDs as gifts to friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice item
Published 2 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So smooth. The master!
Published 2 months ago by rorschach
5.0 out of 5 stars love lovelove this cd great entertainment
love, love, this cd great entertainment what a phenomenal singer with friends, I love watching this Cd, it is like being at a live concert.
Published 9 months ago by Audrey Pryor
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Talent
As always Michael preforms hit after hit with a cast of special guest. A must have DVD for every Doobie Brothers fans
Published 18 months ago by robert olson jr
5.0 out of 5 stars The best...
I would order again and I loved the movie. It was fast service and good movie quality to watch .
Published 19 months ago by Vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael McDonald Live
As I have written before, you just can't see a bad live concert of Michael McDonald!! He has remained the same wonderful and soulful singer for over 30+ years now. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sue Stiffler
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Michael McDonald fan
If you like the Doobie Brothers, and you're a Michael McDonald fan, I'm almost certain you'll really like this DVD. Read more
Published on February 7, 2010 by N. Crowhurst
3.0 out of 5 stars michael mcdonald timeless talent and blue eyed soul
I am a long time fan of Michael Mcdonald. I love his new material but still long for some of the early recordings especially if on DVD. Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by Peter E. Safir
3.0 out of 5 stars Michael McDonald and Friends
PBS' Soundstage was revived in 2003 as a forum for presenting some of today's most important artists in intimate live settings. Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
2.0 out of 5 stars Better next time !
Love the guy for his great voice. But the DVD "Gathering of friends" is .. much much better !
Published on June 13, 2008 by Bruno Leunen
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