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Top of the World Tour: Live

Top of the World Tour: Live

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by Dixie Chicks

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Documenting the Dixie Chicks' acclaimed 2003 world tour, Top of the World: Live was recorded live onstage during the North American leg of the tour. The double-disc set features 22 songs, representing each of the Chicks' past three multi-platinum albums. Released concurrently is an 18-track DVD, also called Top of the World: Live, which also includes a


Documenting the Dixie Chicks' acclaimed 2003 world tour, Top of the World: Live was recorded live onstage during the North American leg of the tour. The double-disc set features 22 songs, representing each of the Chicks' past three multi-platinum albums. Released concurrently is an 18-track DVD, also called Top of the World: Live, which also includes a bonus video, "Top of the World."

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Dixie Chicks were indeed on top of the world when they launched their supporting tour for their chart-topping 2002 album, Home. As the tour rolled on, they stepped into some controversy, as lead singer Natalie Maines claimed during the buildup to the 2003 Iraq War that the trio was ashamed to be from the same state as President George W. Bush, leading to a prolonged talk radio-fueled media firestorm that hurt their image within country, even as it didn't diminish their sales. Still, it was hard for them to avoid the spotlight, and Maines even seemed to court it as she baited arch nemesis Toby Keith during the Country Music Awards, and it's to their credit that during this hectic year they produced music as good as that captured on the double-disc live souvenir Top of the World Tour: Live. Spanning no less than 22 songs recorded on a variety of dates during the 2003 world tour, the album captures a good cross section of hits and highlights from their Columbia albums, which is also a good representation of their set list for the 2003 tour. While there are no surprises either in song selection or in musical approach (unless a cover of Bob Dylan's "Mississippi" or an appearance from Emmylou Harris counts), and while the performances aren't all that different than the studio sets, it's nevertheless a solid, enjoyable listen that contains all of the Dixie Chicks' big songs, thereby revealing both the breadth and depth of their repertoire. And, as an added bonus, there's a nice visual allusion to the turmoil of the previous year in the liner notes -- a nice picture of the trio posed defiantly in front of Freedom Hall. It's a nice added touch to an already winning set.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dixie Chicks   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
Roscoe Beck   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Snare Drums,Djembe
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Electric Baritone)
John Mock   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Concertina,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,tin whistle,Irish Whistle
Lorenza Ponce   Violin,Leader
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Truitt   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Robby Turner   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Linda Ghidossi de Luca   Viola
Henry Metcalfe   Organ
Keith Sewell   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Background Vocals,Soloist
Natalie Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
John Deaderick   Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Emily Robison   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Hiroko Taguchi   Violin
Roger Cabot   Organ
Jason Deleu   Organ
Todd Green   Organ
Bob House   Organ
Martie Maguire   Fiddle,Mandolin,Viola,Soloist,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Ryan Merfy   Organ
Richard Randall   Organ
Amy Tinkham   Staging

Technical Credits

Marty Stuart   Composer
Matraca Berg   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Maria McKee   Composer
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Mike Henderson   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Troy Johnson   Composer
Radney Foster   Composer
Dixie Chicks   Producer,Executive Producer
Patty Griffin   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Bryan Jones   Guitar Techician
Richard Leigh   Composer
Lloyd Maines   Composer,Producer
John Mock   String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Marshall Morgan   Composer
Lorenza Ponce   String Arrangements
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Maia Sharp   Composer
Randy Sharp   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Jane Richter   Contributor
Annie Roboff   Composer
Darryl K. Roberts   Video Images
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Ken Mitchell   Contributor
Todd Sullivan   Road Manager
Fern Alvarez   Engineer
Martie Seidel   Composer
Mark Selby   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Natalie Maines   Composer
Terri Hendrix   Composer
Emily Robison   Composer
Tanya Ross-Hughes   Contributor
Richard Dixon   Contributor
Tom Cusimano   Contributor
Russel Felton   Lighting Assistant
LeRoy A. Bennett   Production Design
Johnnie Branham   Monitor Engineer
Richard Coble   Tour Manager
George Elizondo   Video Director
Brad Ervin   Engineer
Drew Finley   Programming
Bill "Frosty" Frostman   Lighting Assistant
Jason Hill   Drum Technician,Percussion Technician
Kevin "Kap" Kapler   Engineer
Benny Kirkham   Lighting Director
Andrea Mack   Lighting Assistant
Kim Maguire   Cover Photo
Martie Maguire   Composer
Jeff Mauss   Tour Accountant
Tom Oatley   Guitar Techician
EJ Wojtowicz   Contributor
Mindi Pelletier   Road Manager
Brian Rachko   Engineer
Scotty Reikowsky   Monitor Engineer
Lawrence Rupp   Contributor
Richard Schoenadel   Engineer
Stephen Schumi   Lighting Assistant
Carl Tovey   Stage Manager
Amy Tinkham   Choreographer
Troy Takagi   Merchandising
Luis Lopez   Video Images
Susan Gibson   Composer

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Top of the World Tour: Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
crustydusty More than 1 year ago
My view of the Dixie Chicks is  a tad skewed because i traveled with them on their tour in 2003. I was in 65 shows in the U.S. and eight shows in Canada. They were exceptional because of my view of country music is that it is highly talented and praiseworthy. The girls were great. Their singing was very good to excellent. their music was highly enjoyable and their attention to their fans was excellent as well. Their personal opinions were not an issue with me because I was one of three bodyguards assigned to their protection. All three ladies were ladies first and they treated us very well.  Its been a while now since we travelled with them and I personally listen to their songs daily,where I work now on a large ranch in northern San Diego. I'm a security specialist on the thirty-seven square mile ranch and alone most of the time and enjoying their music along with other country songs satiating my mind at the cusp of heaven's gate. I'm writing this review because I have just wrote a book on my life as a ghetto cop and sergeant in the south and east Los Angeles area. I liked their songs and their personal attitudes as we spent four months together on the road. I mentioned in my book that I hope they get back together because their fan base was excellent. Virtually no problems occurred as we travelled the entire U.S. They cheered the girls all along the way and behaved great. I know that if they ever get back together they will have a large fan base from the get go. Marty McGuire was my charge and she was magnificent with her fiddle/ violin. I'm sure a lot of folks are hoping the Dixie Chicks will get back together and create a reemergence of their songs that will be highly successful. I'm associated with them since the road trip but because of my book and who have read my book really like my stories. The Dixie Chicks were a part of my life, four months on tour, and are mentioned in my book along with other notable and highly praised actors and actresses. With the exposure of my book I hope most of the "Chicks" fan base, will join with me in a plea to suggest they get back together so we can enjoy their songs again. This writing is a start and if their fan base care to join me with this plea, please go head and start now with you own opinions of the absence of their songs and E-mail them and let them know you agree with me. Lawrence J. Rupp     
Guest More than 1 year ago
These outspoken, amazing musicans have proved how amazing the daring sense of freedom can be, and how great blurgrass music can be melted into pop culture. A must have, the Dixie Chicks are amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're reading this you already know the Chicks are phenomenally talented and that their music is great. This CD is a bargain. Twenty-two excellent songs, performed live, at one low price. However, if you're cash-strapped and HAVE TO CHOOSE, buy the DVD instead - then you get to SEE them perform most of these songs and get the wonderful, heart-breaking Top of The World music video as a bonus. If you can buy both the CD and the DVD, though, please do. Aside from giving yourself the gift of their amazing talent, you'll be showing support to a group that has been virtually banned from most radio stations.
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