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Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 [DVD] [2014]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I0VT87W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Filmed at Berkeley's Greek Theatre in 1982, this was the final date on The Doobie Brothers' 'Farewell Tour' and their last gig for five years. The setlist includes: 'Listen to the Music', 'Rockin' Down the Highway', 'Long Train Runnin'', 'What a Fool Believes' and 'Jesus Is Just Alright'.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a Knockoff 11 May 2012
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THought this was an official, UK version of Diamond's 1970s, American televison broadcast concert. It isn't. This was a knockoff, taken from someone's video tape -- poor quality. DON't WASTE YOUR MONEY! AVOID THIS ONE!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what it says on the pkt 8 Nov 2013
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if only it was Neil Diamond in the DVD case,
Unfortunately I never got around to play this DVD after i brought it for ages, only to find when i did, it was a Bonny Tyler.
It had Neil Diamond on the the DVD itself, but it didn't play Neil.
It was to late send it back, the thing is now do i re order our forget about it?
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  47 reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ain't got no worries.... 4 July 2011
By j. - Published on Amazon.com
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....because this DVD is totally restored in 2011. Excellent video and sound. I listened to the show in stereo, DTS 5.1 and Dolby 5.1 tracks, and found Dolby 5.1 in the standard sound-field was the best.

The concert is 74 minutes + (16 songs - Listen to the music starts and ends the show), plus there are 5 more concert songs from the same show (22 minutes) as a bonus. Also, there are some bonus musician interviews (Not during the concert, but as a bonus).

All the songs are great and very well done. There are a few surprise guests form the Doobies past on stage for the last few songs too.

This concert video will remain close to the DVD player and not end up at the bottom of the pile as a memory. NOTE: Check out the CD version for the track listing and sound samples - The CD sound samples do not do the concert justice - The concert sound is sensational.

The 2 extra songs on the DVD are I keep forgettin' and No stoppin' us now.

Hope this helps, j.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Nine Years overdue 9 July 2011
By Mark D. Hutchings - Published on Amazon.com
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This concert first aired on Showtime in the Fall of 1982 and this dvd is the complete concert as shown on that program (except for the additional songs added as bonuses).
The only reason I was interested in this show was the return of Tom Johnston to the Doobie lineup, and he doesn't disappoint - although he sings only one of his signature songs with the band.
I can only add, here, that his permanent return to the band (in 1987) marked one of the happiest days of my life.
This DVD will really please Michael McDonald fans. It marks the end of his "top dog" status with the band. He plays once in awhile with the band these days, but the original incarnation of the band can't be beat in my opinin.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will please longtime fans and serves as a perfect introduction to the Doobie Brothers' music 17 July 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Judge Victor Valdivia, DVD Verdict-- There's probably no more terminally unhip classic rock band than The Doobie Brothers. Lacking the bad-boy glamour of the Rolling Stones, the mystique of Led Zeppelin, the devoted following of the Grateful Dead, or the sheer popularity of the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers have always been dismissed as musical lightweights despite their undeniable popularity. In some ways, however, that very lack of pretense is what makes the band's best songs still enjoyable even decades later. The Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre is a TV special filmed at the last performance of the band's 1982 "farewell" tour (though they would reform some years later) and it demonstrates that the Doobies' most enduring music, especially the songs recorded later in the band's career, remains worthy of respect. The concert was filmed at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, on September 11, 1982.

What the concert makes clear is just how much the band changed when singer Michael McDonald joined. When the Doobie Brothers began recording in the early '70s under the direction of original singer/songwriter Tom Johnston, they were a pleasant guitar-boogie band, as heard in hits like "Listen to the Music" and "Black Water." Johnston left in 1976, however, and was replaced by McDonald, who changed the band's sound to reflect his affection for jazz and R&B. McDonald expanded the Doobies' audience substantially with hits like "Minute By Minute," "Takin' It to the Streets," and "What a Fool Believes," the latter of which scored the band a Grammy Award and was a multiplatinum smash. The band plays both sides of their music with equal skill but the difference is clearly evident in the audience's response. When the Doobies play their earlier songs and even when Johnston returns to join for a closing jam on "Listen to the Music," the audience is pleased. When the band launches into their McDonald-era material, however, the audience erupts into cheers and applause. The early songs are agreeable but it's really the McDonald material that defines what most people think of when they think of the Doobie Brothers. They may not be as groundbreaking or influential as those of their peers, but McDonald's songs remain infectious, well-crafted slices of pop craft that are undeniable. The band's performance is solid (the Doobies were always a consistent, if hardly overwhelming, live act) so the concert delivers the band's most notable songs in entertaining versions that do them justice. It makes for a fine way to enjoy the Doobie Brothers' music.

Technically, the disc is typically first-rate, as is the case with most Eagle Rock releases. The full-screen transfer looks surprisingly sharp and crisp, especially for a concert shot on video in the early '80s. It doesn't suffer from the fading and softness that plagues most videos from the era. The surround mixes are also superb, crisp and clear with good separation of each instrument. There are a couple of spots where they sound a bit tinny, but for the most part these are good mixes. The extras consist of five songs left off the original TV broadcast of the concert.
-Full review at dvdverdict.com
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three words 4 Sep 2011
By firedriver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I can review this DVD with three words. Wow! Wow!! and WOW!!! I am 63 yrs. old and Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre is pure excellence.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid back rockers put all into concert finale at Greek 12 Sep 2011
By Jim Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

I was fortunate to catch the Doobie Brothers live in 1975 or 1976. I'm not really sure. I caught them with a friend of mine, Daniel Timothy Moore, who passed away a few years back.
The Doobies had just added Michael McDonald to the mix and released one of their best albums Takin' It to the Streets, which launched two singles "Wheels of Fortune"'and the title cut.
I was especially impressed with the stage presence of Tom Johnston, who sang lead on "Wheels" and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter who was ablaze with energy.
The Doobie Brothers got their name from, not a band member, but a housemate Keith "Dyno" Rosen. The guys originally called the band Pud. Johnson would say later they got the name "because Dyno had a fondness for `doobies' (slang for marijuana cigarettes)."
My friends at Eagle Rock recently released Doobie Brothers: "Live at the Greek Theatre 1982" on DVD and on a two-CD set.
The two hour DVD'has all their greatest hits including "Rokin' Down the Highway,"'"Long Train Runnin,'" "Black Water,"'"Minute by Minute," "China Gove" and many more. Even my personal favorites turn up -- "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Out On the Streets" and "Listen To the Music."
This would not be just the final tour, but final show of the tour so you can feel the hometown heroes feed off the audience and visa versa.
Of course, if you're a true fan you know the Doobies are still rockin' with two of the original members, Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons and have a new CD out, World Gone Crazy.
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