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The Dukes of September Live [Blu-ray]
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
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I've always been a casual fan of Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs and never thought much of Michael McDonald. So, I thought this might be worth getting. What I got, far exceeded my expectations! More simply put...I am blown away! Incredible performances by all three guys...not to mention all of the other top notch musicians playing with them. As amazing as all of them are, the stand out, for me, is Boz Scaggs. Wow! This guy's vocals are spot on, as well as his guitar playing! Every song in this concert is a standout, but the highlight for me was Pretzel Logic, where each guy took lead vocals on each of the verses. I could go on and on, but just buy the damn thing! You WILL NOT be sorry!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
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When I saw them in concert together here In Michigan at Interlochen Music Camp I wanted there concert to go on all night, first time I've enjoyed a concert like this in a long time, I hope they consider doing it again sometime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
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Love the music of all 3 artists. Right in my '70s/80's wheelhouse. Nice digital recording of the music. Sounded great on a real high powered speaker/receiver system. The Dolby Digital came across well. Boz clearly has the same voice and has not lost thing. The 3 blended well with each other. The lead guitar player in the band was outrageous. Will listen to this often.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As much as I love this Blu ray, It could've been so much more. How often to we get a group of musicians playing together on one stage that mesh so well together and the caliber of musicianship and class. As much as I am happy something was documented on the Dukes Of September, why not spend a few bucks more to make it that much better.
As it has been mentioned the audio has some weaknesses. The 5.1 DTS or Dolby Digital is good, but it could've been "Great". I have a high end home theater. Marantz Receiver and an OPPP-BDP 95/32Bit/DAC and high end PSB Speakers and Audio Quest (upper Level) Cables throughout. I had to crank up very high to hear it, The PCM Stereo mix seemed to have more bottom end w/ out 5.1 separation. The lower level's need to be mixed a lot better, some of the songs the vocals were being drowned out by the music. Listen to the end of Preztel Logic When M.McD. was singing and adlibing towards the end, the vocal mix was way to low, For DTS HD Master Audio mix, it just should've been more dynamic, better bottom end and the level a lot higher at lower level.
The Picture quality was flawless, the colors and flesh tones clear and accurate, patterns of jackets and shirts vivid and clear.

Now on to the content, Since the touring began in 2010, the shows have been 2 hour + and the songs changed a bit here and there, but a lot of songs seemed to be left off. Maybe this set was cut down to 90 minutes. specificly for this PBS special, maybe someone who was there can mention if there were additional songs played, but not on the Blu-ray. I know the broadcast was cut down to 60 minutes. to get folks interested and wanting more, so they would be interested in buying the DVD/Blu-Ray. Michael McDonald has the power and voice to do songs like "I've Got News For you" (Mike belted that song out of the park) and If you Don't Know Me By Now. As much as I know everyone knows What A Fool, but Keep This Train Rollin or Minute By Minute or even Here To Love You would've been much better song to do. Mike has a ton of Solo Material as well, I was surprised what was chosen from his catalogue, (Just My Opinion on that). No matter the current songs on the Blu-Ray, I just know there could've been another 30 + minutes that could've made this a 2 hour concert. Bonus Features: NONE, HMMMMM. This was another ball dropped. At least roll a camera during sound check or rehersals and capture the interactions between the artist and band members along with some innerviews with each artist Boz, Michael and Donald. and put some thought into some additional features, it seems that this kind' of show does not always come around a lot, why not make the most of it. As fans were never happy, we always want more or this song would've been better that that, it is just our nature, As much as I appreciate having this Blu-ray. I am left wanting more and just giving my opinion on what could 've made this a better DVD. In todays age in music being a popularity contest or a marketing contest, when you get 3 artists and a backup band of this nature, I was just hoping the people that put this together would appreciate a bit more what they had. Rock ON Michael, Boz and Donald. Looking forward to M.McD. forthcoming solo CD later this year, maybe the Dukes will do a CD of original music mixed in with the classics they are performing today.... Peace, Mike S.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
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This is the best live concert I've ever seen with 3 of the most incredible musicians.
It's a MUST HAVE!
Rochester, NY
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
Format: DVD
I saw the show in Sonoma and it was a fabulous night of good feelin' music. So many memories and such great sound. I have to put a plug in for guitarist Jon Herington who is phenomenal. I mean Scaggs is good but Herington just blew me away. Herington has been the lead guitarist for the band for several years now. Can't wait for my copy to arrive! Saw it on public tv last night and it brought all the feelings of the concert right back.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
Format: DVD
There are my three all time favorite musical artists.Their music is timeless. Followed them individually for decades. This collaboration is one for music ages.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
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I had the opportunity to attend the Cynthia Woods Pavillion concert first row. Trust me. It has been on of my greatest experiences. Look forward to receive my copy of this Bluray. MUST HAVE
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Looking perhaps a bit more portly around the old midriff than one would like – our three ageing heroes take centre stage after the band has warmed up the crowd with a funky James Brown instrumental. And were off…

Filmed November 2012 in Hi Def and from multiple angles – “The Dukes Of September” looks glorious - with the Lincoln Centre surely being one of the most beautiful venues in the world (and ideally sized too). You also begin to notice as the camera pans around the stunning band that the paint on the bass guitar is knackered, the sax is a bit rusted around the gills and the keyboards ‘White Lightning’ McDonald uses has been teleported from 1976 to 2012. In other words – these are real instruments played by real musicians - and it feels like your very own “Aja” band 'live' – a complaint I’ll gladly put up with any day of the week.

First up is a truly classy cover of The Isley Brothers “Who’s That Lady” with Boz Scaggs taking lead vocals and long-time Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington putting in blistering axework. In fact he becomes one of the heroes of the night – playing all those Jay Graydon, Larry Carlton and Elliott Randall solos we’ve known and loved all these years – not just note for note – but with an added fluidity – like he in fact played them in the first place.

The first real clunker for me is an ill-advised cover of Sam and Dave’s “Sweet Soul Music” (more cod Blues Brothers than a tribute to a classic) and a slightly underwhelming “I Keep Forgettin” also follows. But things explode when Donald Fagen goes into the funky keyboard opening of “Kid Charlemange” from 1976’s “The Royal Scam” - and you can literally hear the entire audience thinking two words – STEELY DAN! The place erupts – because they’ve waited a lifetime to hear this – the real deal – live and in your living room.

It’s followed by a fabulous bluesy cover of “The Same Thing” - a Muddy Waters Chess nugget from 1964 written by the mighty Willie Dixon. It’s followed by a genius choice – Chuck Berry’s infectious “You Never Can Tell” with McDonald playing an Accordion out front to superb effect (uses it instead of a piano for the solo giving the song a slight Cajun feel).

But after crowd-pleasing versions of “What A Fool Believes”, “Hey Nineteen” and Teddy Pendergrass’ sexy “Love TKO” – they hit the audience with a lethal triple whammy that slays them in the aisles. We get “Peg” (Fagen on Vocals), “Lowdown” (Scaggs on Vocals) and “Takin’ It To The Streets” (McDonald On Vocals) in a row. To hear Michael McDonald harmonize with Donald Fagen on “Peg” as he did on the 1977 “Aja” original is magical – then Boz gets fabulous and funky with “Lowdown” (people up dancing at this stage) – then a Soulful keyboard solo before McDonald goes into that “Takin’ It To The Streets” opening - and I’m bawling my eyes out like a big girl’s blouse. And as if that isn’t bad enough – Jon Herington then launches into the blistering guitar of Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years” – and resistance is quite literally futile.

There’s also a couple of tasty surprises thrown in: Fagen in the encore doing a fabulously slinky version of “Pretzel Logic” with Boz Scaggs taking the second verse - while midway through the set Scaggs does his own “Miss Sun” – a gorgeous yet forgotten gem from his 1977 “Down Two Then Left” album. Boz cleverly duets the lovely melody with Monet Owens (one of the sassy backing vocalists) – she scatting vocals off his guitar licks towards the end. It’s brilliant and more than a pleasant addition. And the band are just brilliant – all of them.

I’m 56 this year and would have given a small gonad to have seen and felt this dream band for real. The music still feels fresh to me – like it was yesterday. But in lieu - this fab BLU RAY will have to do.

And as the camera pans across the senior citizen crowd – like me - you can see that its way past their bedtime. But man – what dreams to savour…

“I have never met Napoleon…but I plan to find the time…yes I do…”

I know what you mean mate.

Set List:
1. People Get Up And Dance Your Funky Stuff – James Brown cover
2. Who’s That Lady – Isley Brothers cover
3. Sweet Soul Music – Sam And Dave cover
4. I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald song
5. Kid Charlemagne – Steely Dan song
6. The Same Thing – Muddy Waters cover (Willie Dixon song)
7. Miss Sun – Boz Scaggs song (sings duet with Monet Owens)
8. You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry cover
9. What A Fool Believes – Doobie Brothers song
10. Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan song
11. Love TKO – Teddy Pendergrass cover
12. Peg – Steely Dan song
13. Lowdown – Boz Scaggs song
14. Takin’ It To The Streets – Doobie Brothers song
15. Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan song
16. Lido Shuffle – Boz Scaggs song
17. Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan song
18. Them Changes – Buddy Miles cover
19. People Get Up And Dance Your Funky Stuff/Credits – The Band

THE GROUP
Michael McDonald – Electric Keyboards, Accordion and Vocals
Donald Fagen – Steinway Piano, Vocals
Boz Scaggs – Guitar and Vocals
Jon Herington – Lead Guitar
Michael Leonheart – Trumpet
Walt Weiskopt – Tenor Sax and Flute
Jay Collins – Baritone Sax and Flute
Freddie Washington – Bass
Shannon Forest – Drums
Carolyn Leonheart and Monet Lewis – Backing Vocals

AUDIO SET UP:
Dolby Digital Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Dolby DTS Master Audio
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2014
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The 3 of them were great together sharing their own songs as well as some of McDonalds favorite oldies.. The vocals were really good but that's all you get from the mix? There's not much low end & the band is really buried in the mix? Maybe that's what they wanted but I was not happy with the sound except for the vocals..
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