You can identify Michael McDonald's baritone within seconds of hearing it. This Blue-Eyed Soulster's vocals meshed perfectly with the Doobie Brother's laidback sound, and his solo material got increasingly middle-of-the-road during the '80s and '90s. McDonald, who still looks like a condo-dwelling Grizzly Adams, ended the century on a high note: Blue Obsession may not win him any new fans, but it reminds his old ones why they liked him in the first place.
Michael McDonald Concert Films
I'll Take You There: An All-Star Celebration of Mavis Staples
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThis historic, all-star concert features over twenty performances by Gregg Allman, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many more. Filmed at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, this show was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and American icon, Mavis Staples. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, I'll Take You There includes exclusive interviews, many by the artists, exploring Staples' cultural and musical impact. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
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Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minOne of the most loved bands in rock history, as well as one of the most commercially successful-with 50 hit songs in the U.S. alone, 18 gold records, a Grammy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Chicago have maintained the unflagging devotion of millions of devoted fans throughout their 37-year career. It began with the goal of incorporating the diverse musical range of their hometown Chicago, and incorporating the big-band aesthetic that included horns which had been virtually left behind in the world of rock and roll, Chicago went on to create a sound that remains unparalleled in rock music. Incorporating rock as only one genre among the many that they drew from, the band courageously rejected the trappings of celebrity in order for the music to stand on its own. This program documents a live show that was broadcast on PBS in June of 2003 where they play many of their hits from throughout their long career, including "25 or Six to Four," "You're the Inspiration," "Saturday in the Park," and "Beginnings," among many others.
Live in Amsterdam
Runtime: 1 hr 44 minToto may be past its prime as a multi-platinum recording band, but Live in Amsterdam offers abundant proof that their performances are as electrifying as ever. Recorded in Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall on February 17, 2003, near the end of Toto's 25th anniversary world tour, this dynamic concert serves as a cheerful reminder that Toto have been alive and well and recording steadily since 1978. The band's 2002 release Through the Looking Glass was an album of covers, two of which are welcomed here: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is a prime showcase for guitarist Steve Lukather, and "Bodhisattva" is a tight, meticulous tribute to Toto's original drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro, and his classic sessions with Steely Dan. The mega-hits "Africa," "Rosanna," and "Hold the Line" are perfectly executed, and in a band full of talented singers, lead vocalist Bobby Kimball sounds better than ever. Two impressive medleys show the band in full gear as a comfortable unit of seasoned professionals, highlighted by impeccable work from keyboardist David Paich, bassist Mike Poracaro, and ace drummer Simon Phillips (who also produced and mixed this recording for this program). And while 35 minutes of Porcaro's backstage home-video might seem frivolous, it shows a band that's still having fun, as reflected in the beaming smiles of their appreciative Amsterdam audience.
Classic Albums: Stars
Runtime: 49 minSIMPLY RED, with their soulful pop songs, will go down in history as one of the UK's biggest and most successful pop bands of the late eighties and early nineties. Formed in 1984, Mick Hucknall and co. released their debut album "Picture Book" in 1985, which went platinum, making SIMPLY RED one of that year's major success stories. Their following albums, "Men And Women" and "A New Flame" respectively, continued this success but it was the arrival of SIMPLY RED's fourth album "Stars", released in September 1991 that would change history forever.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minGrammy Award-winner Peter Cetera performs classic favorites for the SoundStage audience. He is joined by four-time Grammy-winner Amy Grant for their duet Next Time I Fall, classic hits such as Baby Baby and songs from her latest album.
Live from Paris
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minThe first-ever live concert album from multiplatinum-selling, Grammy®-winning, critically acclaimed Seal, 'Live in Paris' features his spectacular performance at the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix on July 6, 2004. 'Live in Paris' is the ultimate in-concert experience of the pop, dance, urban, and adult contemporary superstar featuring classics "Kiss From A Rose," "Crazy" and "Love's Divine."
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 28 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre
Hall & Oates
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minWhen Daryl Hall and John Oates took to the stage at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre as the iconic bass line of ‘Maneater’ began to play, the fans knew they were in for a treat. This duo may have been opening concerts with that irresistibly smooth number for years, but it never seems to lose its magic, and the crowd – an eclectic mix of teens and baby boomers alike – lapped it up. Daryl Hall and John Oates wisely reunited a few years ago after a string of solo projects, and although Oates no longer sports his signature ‘tache, they put on the kind of show that makes it hard to believe they even considered going their separate ways. Earworms like ‘I Can’t Go For That’, ‘Out Of Touch’ and ‘Kiss On My List’ were surefire reminders that these guys are absolute hit machines, and their catchy synth-soul classics probably deserve to permeate the airwaves as much today as they did decades ago. These Philly crooners still have it in bucket-loads, so this show should have everyone from diehard Daryl Hall and John Oates fans to kids of the 80's groovin’ along in no time."
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minSmooth delivery, high-spirited melodies, that velvet voice and a soul-stirring rhythmic foundation. All are the elements that Steve Winwood brings to Soundstage featuring his recent work from the album About Time along with his classic hits including "Why Can't We Live Together" and "Back in the High Life." Winwood also performs "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" - hits from his days with Traffic (recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Live From the Grand Canyon
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minThe multiple award-winning songwriter and performer Kenny Loggins is featured in this live concert video set against the majestic and awe-captivating backdrop of the Grand Canyon. This rock and pop balladeer sings many of his classic songs from his albums and motion picture soundtrack in this concert, including "The Real Thing," "Conviction of the Heart," "Celebrate Me Home," "Will of the Wind," "Leap of Faith," "Sweet Reunion," and more.
Live All Around The World
Runtime: 2 hr 36 minLisa Stansfield's debut video features tracks from all her debut solo album as well as tracks by other artists which featured Lisa on lead vocals.
Live At Wembley
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minLuther Vandross' superb live performances have met with both critical and public acclaim. This stunning concert was recorded during Luther's record-breaking ten S.R.O. shows at London's Wembley Arena, during his 1988-89 world tour.