Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre

Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre

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Director: Jim Gable, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire

Cast: Jim Gable, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire

     
 

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In the '70s, Chicago were the band who brought the punch and sophistication of big band jazz to rock by putting guitars and a horn section side by side, while Earth, Wind & Fire added a polish and intelligence to funk and disco grooves with their smooth arrangements and stylish songwriting. In the summer of 2004, these two ground-breaking bands were still going strong

Overview

In the '70s, Chicago were the band who brought the punch and sophistication of big band jazz to rock by putting guitars and a horn section side by side, while Earth, Wind & Fire added a polish and intelligence to funk and disco grooves with their smooth arrangements and stylish songwriting. In the summer of 2004, these two ground-breaking bands were still going strong, and they treated their fans to a co-headlining tour in which each group played a set of their greatest hits before teaming up for several songs together. Chicago With Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek captures this star-studded tour during its Los Angeles stop at the world-famous Greek Theater. Chicago's set list includes "Saturday in the Park," "Make Me Smile," "Old Days," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," and more, while Earth, Wind & Fire's song list includes "Boogie Wonderland," "Serpentine Fire," "After the Love Has Gone," and "That's the Way of the World." The groups team up for "Shining Star," "25 or 6 to 4," and more.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
UPC:
0014381380248
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:52:00
Format:
HD

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Drum Duel

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Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole dvd set is amazing, but the final tune "25 or 6 to 4" is UNBELIEVABLE!!! I've watched it at least 10 times and I am always mesmerized....I saw this concert live in Summer 2005, and I hope and pray they tour again in '06!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From first note to last this is a 3 hours ride that you won't forget! Both bands start out the show together playing tunes from each group including a fantastic rendition of Chicago's Dialouge parts I & II. EW&F then takes the stage for an hour of all of thier top hits. With Philip Bailey's smooth and soulful voice and Verdine White's energetic bass playing this is a great set. Bill Champlin takes center stage to sing his After the Love is Gone which he penned before his tenure with Chicago started. The second half of the show starts out with a "drum duel" with Chicago's Tris Imboden and all 3 EW&F drummers take turns in a playful but entertaining duel to outdo each other. This feature is on disc 2 as a Bonus Feature and should be viewed between the EWF & Chicago sets to get the effect as it was at the live show. Chicago then comes onstage and performs all of thier classic 70's hits including the full Ballet for a Girl in Buchanon which is listed on the credits as the "make me smile medley". Where they got that from I do not know. Philip Bailey takes center stage to sing Chicago's If You Leave Me Now, and sounds great in doing so. One of the highlights of the show. The Chicago set ends with Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away from Chi 16, and after a brief interlude to bring out EW&F's instruments the 2 bands launch an almost 30 minute jam session featuring 3 hits each from EWF & Chicago. If you are a fan of either band or both or of 70's music in general this is one dvd set you can not miss getting!
azcamden12 More than 1 year ago
We really enjoyed this DVD that we purchased in 2009. It took us back to our youth, listening and watching on our big screen TV. Interesting enough our 20- something son-in-law loved it as well and it proved to be some fun intertainment for our adult family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This double DVD of both bands in concert is truly both bands at their best. I truly recommend the double DVD to anyone who likes both of these two bands. The finally was truly great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this DVD! Chicago and Earth,Wind, and Fire blend their music so beautifully. Separately, they are wonderful. Together, they are amazing. I hope they tour together and come to my hometown someday soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Q: Take a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns, mix it with a mystical funk group and what do you get? A: A sparkling new concert DVD combining the music of two classic horn bands—Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire “Live at the Greek Theatre.” (Shelf date: June 28, 2005) In the show taped in high-definition at the conclusion of their 2004 summer tour, the two-band powerhouse has the Greek Theatre crowd on its feet for most of the three-plus-hour concert. The show was originally recorded for a pay-per-view concert that aired on cable systems in early 2005. The two-disc DVD set opens with the groups hitting the stage en masse—complete with six horn players, two drummers, three percussionists, two bass players, three guitarists, et al., launching into Chicago’s “Beginnings.” “When we open and both bands are on stage, people are like agog,” Chicago founding member and trumpet player Lee Loughnane said during the 2004 tour. “They’re like ‘oh my God, you guys really are playing together.’” Putting two bands on stage at once is often a train wreck in the making. A muddy sound mix can plague the effort or whole sections of one band or the other get left out. Instead listeners are treated to a sparkling mix and interplay among the horn players that only adds to the classic tunes. Clearly the sum is greater than the already exceptional parts. Next is EWF’s majestic “In the Stone,” cross-pollinated with Chicago’s “Dialogue.” Like a club DJ, the bands somehow mix the two songs together with stunning results, using an a cappella bridge. After some friendly banter—and a coin flip—between Chicago’s Robert Lamm and EWF’s Philip Bailey about who should play next, Chicago leaves the stage and Earth, Wind & Fire launches into a funk-filled set – mixing in classics like “Getaway,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “That’s the Way of the World.” Chicago’s Bill Champlin returns to the stage and takes over lead vocals on the EWF hit “After the Love is Gone” – a song he penned before he joined Chicago in the early ‘80s. Given that a DVD mixes sight AND sound, EWF is the more entertaining band visually. Verdine White is a special effect in his own right, prompting some to call the lanky bassist the “Energizer Bunny” of the band. The man absolutely never stops moving. Motown-like moves and cajoling of the audience to dance and sing along play into the party atmosphere that marks an EWF show. While the members of EWF are better entertainers than their counterparts in Chicago, both bands are peers musically. Earth, Wind & Fire are just more fun to watch. Starting on disc two, Chicago powers its way through its own impressive catalogue of hits, stringing together “Make Me Smile,” “Colour My World,” “Saturday in the Park,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” as part of its set – mostly focusing on their early hits. “Let’s get lost in the 70s,” says keyboardist Robert Lamm to the cheers of the audience filled with graying baby boomers, as he introduces “Call on Me” and “Alive Again.” The bands again swap vocalists on “If You Leave Me Now,” with Bailey and his soaring tenor making the ballad sound better than it has since Peter Cetera left Chicago two decades ago. The two bands claim combined sales of more than 150-million records and albums. Both have collected their share of Grammies and American Music Awards. EWF was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. But despite their credentials, it is not a pairing that immediately evokes the same sort of “that’s a great idea” response as the “Piano Men” tours of Elton John and Billy Joel in past years
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Concert like actually being there. Great music. Great energy. Very enjoyable.
Anthony_in_Texas More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Chicago fan. My college years were in the early '70s and I still try to make a Chicago concert each year. This production is superior to any Chicago DVD out there. This Blu-ray resembles actually being there. However, I do skip all of the Earth Wind & Fire songs that do not also include Chicago as those songs are not my type of music. There is plenty of Chicago content that makes that a minor inconvenience.
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