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The Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre 1982 Farewell Tour (2011)

Michael McDonald , Bruce Gowers  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael McDonald
  • Directors: Bruce Gowers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, 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: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050JN8BE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Recorded at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California in 1982, this concert was the last date on the Doobie Brothers' "Farewell Tour". It was an emotional night and would be their last gig for 5 years. The band played a set containing all their best loved hits from across their career and were joined by founding member Tom Johnston for the last two tracks, with former members John Hartman (also from the original line-up), Tiran Porter and Michael Hossack coming on stage for the celebratory finale of "Listen To The Music". The band are in fantastic form and rise to the occasion magnificently, they can rarely have delivered a better performance throughout their distinguished career. - LINE-UP: Pat Simmons - guitars & vocals; Michael McDonald - keyboards & vocals; Keith Knudson - drums; John McFee - guitars, violin & harmonica; Cornelius Bumpus - saxophone, keyboards & flute; Chet McCracken - drums & percussion; Willie Weeks - bass; Bob LaKind - Congas. - TRACK LISTING: 1) Listen To The Music 2) Sweet Maxine 3) Rockin' Down The Highway 4) You Belong To Me 5) Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me) 6) Long Train Runnin' 7) Black Water 8) Minute By Minute 9) Slat Key Soquel Rag 10) I Keep Forgettin' 11) Out On The Streets 12) What A Fool Believes 13) Jesus Is Just Alright 14) Takin' It To The Streets 15) China Grove 16) Listen To The Music Five tracks from the concert that were cut from the original 1982 film: (1) Little Darling (I Need You) (2) One Step Closer (3) Dependin' On You (4) Real Love (5) No Stoppin' Us Now. - Interviews with the band members and manager.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ain't got no worries.... July 4, 2011
By j.
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....because this DVD is totally restored in 2011. Excellent video and sound. I listened to the show in stereo, DTS 5.1 and Dolby 5.1 tracks, and found Dolby 5.1 in the standard sound-field was the best.

The concert is 74 minutes + (16 songs - Listen to the music starts and ends the show), plus there are 5 more concert songs from the same show (22 minutes) as a bonus. Also, there are some bonus musician interviews (Not during the concert, but as a bonus).

All the songs are great and very well done. There are a few surprise guests form the Doobies past on stage for the last few songs too.

This concert video will remain close to the DVD player and not end up at the bottom of the pile as a memory. NOTE: Check out the CD version for the track listing and sound samples - The CD sound samples do not do the concert justice - The concert sound is sensational.

The 2 extra songs on the DVD are I keep forgettin' and No stoppin' us now.

Hope this helps, j.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Nine Years overdue July 8, 2011
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This concert first aired on Showtime in the Fall of 1982 and this dvd is the complete concert as shown on that program (except for the additional songs added as bonuses).
The only reason I was interested in this show was the return of Tom Johnston to the Doobie lineup, and he doesn't disappoint - although he sings only one of his signature songs with the band.
I can only add, here, that his permanent return to the band (in 1987) marked one of the happiest days of my life.
This DVD will really please Michael McDonald fans. It marks the end of his "top dog" status with the band. He plays once in awhile with the band these days, but the original incarnation of the band can't be beat in my opinin.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Judge Victor Valdivia, DVD Verdict-- There's probably no more terminally unhip classic rock band than The Doobie Brothers. Lacking the bad-boy glamour of the Rolling Stones, the mystique of Led Zeppelin, the devoted following of the Grateful Dead, or the sheer popularity of the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers have always been dismissed as musical lightweights despite their undeniable popularity. In some ways, however, that very lack of pretense is what makes the band's best songs still enjoyable even decades later. The Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre is a TV special filmed at the last performance of the band's 1982 "farewell" tour (though they would reform some years later) and it demonstrates that the Doobies' most enduring music, especially the songs recorded later in the band's career, remains worthy of respect. The concert was filmed at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, on September 11, 1982.

What the concert makes clear is just how much the band changed when singer Michael McDonald joined. When the Doobie Brothers began recording in the early '70s under the direction of original singer/songwriter Tom Johnston, they were a pleasant guitar-boogie band, as heard in hits like "Listen to the Music" and "Black Water." Johnston left in 1976, however, and was replaced by McDonald, who changed the band's sound to reflect his affection for jazz and R&B. McDonald expanded the Doobies' audience substantially with hits like "Minute By Minute," "Takin' It to the Streets," and "What a Fool Believes," the latter of which scored the band a Grammy Award and was a multiplatinum smash. The band plays both sides of their music with equal skill but the difference is clearly evident in the audience's response.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid back rockers put all into concert finale at Greek September 12, 2011
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

I was fortunate to catch the Doobie Brothers live in 1975 or 1976. I'm not really sure. I caught them with a friend of mine, Daniel Timothy Moore, who passed away a few years back.
The Doobies had just added Michael McDonald to the mix and released one of their best albums Takin' It to the Streets, which launched two singles "Wheels of Fortune"'and the title cut.
I was especially impressed with the stage presence of Tom Johnston, who sang lead on "Wheels" and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter who was ablaze with energy.
The Doobie Brothers got their name from, not a band member, but a housemate Keith "Dyno" Rosen. The guys originally called the band Pud. Johnson would say later they got the name "because Dyno had a fondness for `doobies' (slang for marijuana cigarettes)."
My friends at Eagle Rock recently released Doobie Brothers: "Live at the Greek Theatre 1982" on DVD and on a two-CD set.
The two hour DVD'has all their greatest hits including "Rokin' Down the Highway,"'"Long Train Runnin,'" "Black Water,"'"Minute by Minute," "China Gove" and many more. Even my personal favorites turn up -- "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Out On the Streets" and "Listen To the Music."
This would not be just the final tour, but final show of the tour so you can feel the hometown heroes feed off the audience and visa versa.
Of course, if you're a true fan you know the Doobies are still rockin' with two of the original members, Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons and have a new CD out, World Gone Crazy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three words September 4, 2011
I can review this DVD with three words. Wow! Wow!! and WOW!!! I am 63 yrs. old and Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre is pure excellence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the closing of an era.
This is a first rate performance, and would be the last for the Doobies for quite some time. Everyone is in top form, and the home crowd really propels them forward.
Published 20 days ago by Erik L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Rockin' Down your Highways with this DVD..
I first saw the Doobie Brothers in concert in 1975 at the H.I.C. In Honolulu.. My then girlfriend " Barb " gave me my first album by this group and I was hooked.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Baer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for Doobie fans like me. Me and my Mom watch it at least once a week!!
Published 1 month ago by Yolanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Producing Better DVD's
I've only seen the Doobies in Syracuse, NY in 1975 and locally just last month. I'm not a Michael McDonald fan and was glad he wasn't at these concerts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caveman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item was just as described. Fast service.
Published 2 months ago by D. Viray
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic concert, though not as great as the two ...
A fantastic concert,though not as great as the two concert dvd set of the DOOBIES @ their pinacle in the 70's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith E. Hunsucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected
Not as good as I expected. If you are a big Michael McDonald fan, buy it otherwise but a different Doobie Brothers DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Great show, Live in L.A. at the wonderful venue the Greek Theater.....great line up of songs, some I didn't know, but now love.....just a great show worth every penny
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars jaime c.
great show memorable night in california theatre greek i recommended this dvd this band have great musician good music rock
Published 4 months ago by jaime c.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I caught this show originally on TV and recorded it (still have the VHS tape). Swore I'd get myself a copy if it ever came out on DVD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rodney Steen
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Lead vocals on Sweet Maxine / Rockin' Down The Highway
Actually I see a singing drummer here!
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