EARTH WIND & FIRE - IN CONCERT
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After playing 9 songs, "Jupiter(The Battle)" seems to close off the concert with it's Sci-Fi inspired stage show, complete with a masked villain, lasers, flash pots and smoke bombs. That appears to be it. However, after a thunderous standing ovation, the band hits the highest note of the night with "Let's Groove", a song that is without a doubt one of the top 10 Funk/Disco songs of all time and a true litmus test of what Earth, Wind & Fire does best-funk! For it's day, this concert was state of the art with an amazing stage and fantastic light and pyrotechnic show to boot. The end credit sequence is cool too, with the audience dancing their way out of the venue, complete with the latest fashions of 1981. For fans of 'The Funk', this is a great DVD.
This DVD is hands down one of the best concerts I've ever watch on DVD- with all the energy, fun and honest love for music that the entire band displays it is contagious and so much fun to watch. The camera work is good- they do a great job of getting around to each member of the band - showing them having a good time and even "funning" around. The soprano sax solo by Andrew Woolfolk is smokin' and the "national anthem" of "That's the Way of the World" is so sincere and uplifting. Just a great concert!!!!!
This DVD would be worth it to me if it was $50 ( but luckily it's not.) I love this concert. It's full of great music and so much fun- and to quote Mr. Phillip Bailey, the "genius of Maurice White."
Two years prior, I saw them at William & Mary Hall, when they were promoting the I Am LP, and this presentation severely paled in comparison. Their Tour Of The World, 1979 had to be seen to be believed. There weren't any spinning drums or flying Verdines, but there was excellent musicianship from all band members and, more dear to me, extended versions of the songs from the albums. I'll never forget Maurice's extended ad-libs on "After The Love Has Gone" and "Be Ever Wonderful", or Philip's definitive performance of "Star". And, of course, there was the Doug Henning-choreographed magic. They'd lock up Maurice, et al, in a pyramid, they'd blow it up, and it would be empty. Suddenly the band members would show up from nowhere, singing as though nothing extraordinary had ever occurred.
Two years later (having completely ignored any tracks from their 1980 double LP, Faces), we're treated to medleys on "Reasons", "Where Have All The Flowers Gone". "Head To The Sky" and "Devotion (ya got ta walk[?] - what was that?)".
Having said all of the preceding, I think this is the finest of the available EWF videos. Maurice White is still at the height of his powers, Philip doesn't have to strain as much as he has to nowadays and Verdine is still one of the greatest and most hyperactive bass guitar slingers of the last 2 centuries. The show could have been better, but at least the Phoenix Horns (pre-Phil Collins) were tight.
Earth, Wind & Fire without Maurice White isn't Earth, Wind & Fire. To correct a previous reviewer, the only original members of Earth, Wind & Fire that remained throughout were Maurice & Verdine. Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn didn't appear on record until 1972.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent representation of the GREATEST BAND Ever! However, No Kalimba, NO Levitation, No Pyramid, The essence is missing! Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by curlean
I like this Earth, Wind and Fire DVD with the exceptions mentioned in the title. Fifty eight mintutes is a tv show not a concert. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Manuel A. Calcagno
The first time I saw this on VHS I was blown away because this was the first EWF concert released on video. Read morePublished on July 21 2003
I recently bought this video because I LOVE EWF So Much!!! I just saw them in concert in Bernalillo, NM and Philip Bailey sent me to the moon!!! Read morePublished on June 27 2002 by Nolean Smith
I remember seeing the group on this particular tour (haven't missed any of them) and the DVD brought back wonderful memories. Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by John M. Gilmore
The sound is great, but video quality very poor. The band sounds super. I would recommend EW&F Live in Japan, because it got much better video quality.Published on Feb. 17 2002 by Robert E. Newsome