This concert was filmed before a live and enthusiastic audience as part of the Soundstage series jointly produced by WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, and HD Ready, and originally broadcast in October 2003. It arrives on blu ray with AVC MPEG-4 1080i 1.78:1 encode. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the video was actually excellent. Colours and Skin tone were right on. You can see lots of finer details, such as a small mole on the right side of Amy Grant's face next to her nose. Blacks are inky. (4.5/5)
The DTS-HD Master Audio is less striking than the video, but nevertheless, adequate. The voices of Peter Cetera and Amy Grant were clearly heard. The back-up musicians consisted of members of his own band, plus a full orchestra with a small brass section. Overall, the sound was pleasing. (4/5)
Besides a fantastic video recording, my next big surprise was the inclusion of Amy Grant as special guest. She simply looked gorgeous for her age. (Vince Gill, you are a lucky man) Her singing of her #1 hit Baby Baby was delivered smoothly and effortlessly. Her duet with Peter Cetera on another #1 hit, The Next Time I Fall, was another gem. From the song listing below, I was happy with the contents, with adequate distribution of his solo hits vs. the time when he was the lead singer for Chicago (1967-1985), even though the concert was only 71 minutes long. Peter Cetera's singing is very distinctive and has his own style, but unfortunately he has passed his prime. I found his voice strained in order to hit the high note, he was unable to hold it out. It is also unreasonable to expect Cher to show up to sing the duet After All.
With Chicago's songs, I was happy with a smaller brass section, but the full orchestra played beautifully, giving us a different appreciation of their songs. (5/5)
With Amy Grant:
Baby, Baby (#1 hit 1991)
One Good Woman (#4 1988)
Glory Of Love (#1 1986)
Restless Heart (#35 1992)
If You Leave Me Now (Chicago #1 1976)
After All (#6 1989)
The Next Time I Fall (#1 1986)
Baby, What A Big Surprise (Chicago #4 1977)
You're The Inspiration (Chicago #3 1984; solo 77/1997)
Have You Ever Been In Love
25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago #4 1970)
Even A Fool Can See (#68 1993)
Although the concert was short, I am satisfied with the great video and adequate song contents. Of course, the presence of Amy Grant (in top form in so many ways) is icing on the cake. This concert is highly recommended.
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