Chicago + Earth Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek
This is a live concert Blu Ray by Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire. The original recording was made at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California at the end of their joint tour in 2004. I have seen but do not own the DVD and, based on my recollections, this Blu Ray version is a significant upgrade in both picture and audio quality.
I really enjoyed this Blu Ray, especially Chicago which is one of my all time favourite bands. Although I am not a fan of Earth Wind & Fire I still enjoyed their performance. Obviously the concert features a good song selection, with most of the hits from both bands. I really liked the concept of mixing the groups together for the opening numbers, then splitting up for their individual sets, then regrouping for the finale.
For a multi angle, live concert performance I don't believe it could be much better. So much better in every way than the DVD version (I haven't seen the HD DVD).
There are multiple sound tracks, the Dolby Digital+ soundtrack is very good but there is a noticeable improvement in switching to the lossless DTS-MA soundtrack. It's more enveloping, has tighter bass with more grunt (technical term). I could also hear more resonance in the extensive instrumentation, especially the trombone and flute. The vocals were strong and clear. The lossless track is very revealing and shows up some weakness in the mix. In particular, with both bands on stage it was rather busy and at times sounded cluttered. A minor point, the audience participation wasn't really captured as well as some others.
Overall I'd rate it as a keeper. If you have the DVD and/or are a fan of the bands then I would highly recommend it.