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  • Actors: Wind & Fire Earth, Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, Michael Harris, Maurice White
  • Directors: Michael Schultz
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • Release Date: April 22 2008
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001675YUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,880 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By Paul S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 16 2008
Format: DVD
In the early part of the 1970's a new form of music was emerging, one that combined Soul, Funk, Latin and Salsa music to form a bass heavy, groove-oriented sound for people to dance their butts off to. Of course, it was Disco. In those formative years a number of bands that were swept up with the same Disco broom were actually funk bands; The Gap Band, The Brothers Johnson, Parliament, The Average White Band, and Earth, Wind & Fire, to name a few. EW&F have been bringing the funk to the world for over 38 years and this live concert DVD shows us why they are considered pioneers in the world of Funk and R&B. The hour long concert was recorded on New Year's Eve in 1981 and presents a band that was at the pinnacle of their creative drive and there are some absolutely brilliant moments captured; as the sultry, funkified intro of "Fantasy" starts, it's magical to see Philip Bailey lead the massive band and fantastic horn section through what is one of the best songs to come from Earth, Wind & Fire. Another magical moment is the performance of "That's The Way Of The World" as Philip and bandleader Maurice White do the song that Maurice describes as their "national anthem".
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.
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There are admittedly some flaws with this DVD- meaning it's not long enough, there is over dubbing (done well enough not really intrude unless you're looking for it) and some of their songs like September, Love's Holiday, and After the Love is Gone to name a few that aren't on this and could've made it longer. ALL THAT SAID: THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST, FUNNEST AND MOST ENJOYABLE 58 MINUTES YOU WILL EVER WATCH! I love this video. I saw it on "Visions" cable in Alaska back in 1982 back when HBO was the only pay channel and taped this off of that. I LOVE that this is available on DVD. They did a great job on cleaning up the analog recording. Someone else's review took exception to the video quality. I don't know if they wanted 3D or if they were just used to digital to digital. This started as an analog video and as such is limited by that- but the picture is fabulous to me (esepcially in comparison with the crappy copy I had on VHS.)
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."
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By Angus P. Cadore on Aug. 18 2001
Format: DVD
I saw EWF perform this show in England at Wembley Arena, about 6 months after the performance on this DVD, and my overall memory was that of being totally blown away by the musicianship and showmanship of the band. Hence my glee at having this concert on DVD, in pristine quality ( I previously owned the same thing on videotape ). I would heartily recommend any EWF fans to purchase this, as it probably shows the group at their peak, touring on the success of the "Raise" ( Let's Groove ) album. Highlights? The opening tracks "Kalimba Tree", "Let Your Feelings Show", "In The Stone" and the "Phoenix Intro" where the group display a masterclass in how to whip up a crowd, and the science-fiction elements, where "Star Wars", "Star Trek" and "Superman" are paid homage to, are also fantastic ( Darth Vader turns up attempting to cause trouble for Maurice and the boys!! ). The only real downside I have is with regards to the length. The gig I saw was just over two hours long, with kalimba solos and tracks such as "Brazilian Rhyme" missing, so it would be nice in an ideal world to see the full length show. Overall, an excellent purchase and it'll be living in my player for a while to come!!
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By A Customer on April 8 2001
Format: DVD
I am one of EWF's biggest fans. I saw the show contained on this DVD at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton VA and I was severely disappointed in it as a member of the audience.
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.
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