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

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Bonus feature: Drum Duel
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • UPC: 014381034523
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,569

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chicago
Earth, Wind & Fire
Technical Credits
Jim Gable Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening: Earth, Wind & Fire - Program Start; Beginnings [5:52]
2. Opening: Earth, Wind & Fire - In the Stone [4:23]
3. Opening: Earth, Wind & Fire - Dialogue (Parts I & II)/Magic Mind [12:02]
4. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Boogie Wonderland [2:20]
5. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: System of Survival [1:31]
6. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Jupiter/Getaway [6:28]
7. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Serpentine Fire [3:50]
8. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Kalimba Story [6:02]
9. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Got to Get You Into My Life/The Way You Move [6:50]
10. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: After the Love Has Gone [5:10]
11. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: That's the Way of the World [4:32]
12. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Reasons [6:59]
13. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Fantasy [5:18]
14. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Let's Groove [3:31]
15. Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Mighty Mighty [4:22]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Chicago Set: Make Me Smile Medley - Make Me Smile/So Much to Say, So Much to Give/Anxiety's Moment/West Virginia Fantasies/Colour My World [14:04]
2. Chicago Set: If You Leave Me Now [4:54]
3. Chicago Set: Call on Me [2:55]
4. Chicago Set: Alive Again [3:47]
5. Chicago Set: Hard Habit to Break [5:04]
6. Chicago Set: Mongonucleosis [3:33]
7. Chicago Set: Old Days [3:26]
8. Chicago Set: Just You and Me [6:42]
9. Chicago Set: Saturday in the Park [3:44]
10. Chicago Set: Feelin' Stronger Every Day [4:15]
11. Chicago Set: I'm a Man [4:54]
12. Chicago Set: Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away [6:19]
13. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - September [3:12]
14. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - Free [5:46]
15. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - Sing a Song [2:54]
16. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? [3:16]
17. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - Shining Star [4:08]
18. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 [6:27]
19. Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - End Credits [2:53]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Program Start
   Track Selection
   Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS 5.1
      Dolby Digital 2.0
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Program Start
   Track Selection
   Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS 5.1
      Dolby Digital 2.0
   Extras
      Drum Duel
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Concert

    Concert like actually being there. Great music. Great energy. Very enjoyable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chicago

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best production of a Chicago concert! This Blu-ray HD video is amazing. The 5.1 soundtrack makes this a must buy for any Chicago fan.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Double the pleasure

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    25 or 6 to 4

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EW&F + CHICAGO = FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire ‘Make Me Smile’ in new DVD concert

    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

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