Regardless that it is not quite Christmas yet, but this concert will inspire your heart, especially if you have a love for quality music. Michael McDonald has never issued a live album, He has done a couple of soundstages and this 3rd concert from 2009 in Chicago. It is a shame the first two were edited from the origonal shows. atleast 3 songs were cut per DVD, which brought them to barely 58 Minutes, including his Tribute NAMM show from 2000, it was a 2 hour + concert cut down to 70 minutes. While most concerts have available 90 + minutes for DVD for some reason it took 2 soundstages to finally issue the full show.
Now getting to "This christmas". It appears this is the full complete show recorded and issued to home DVD format. The audio has great seperation and a DTS Loseless clarity that makes U feel Michael is only singing to you in your living room. The Hidef transfer is 1080i not quite perfet but pretty dam awsome. I do not know why "Hallelujh" was not edited into the show in one sequence, but that cut is worth the price alone. There is a nice mix of holiday classics, Origonal (M.McD.) holiday tunes and a few of his solo and Doobie Bros. cuts mixed in. Which makes for a well worth mix of Michael McDonald and his talented band. If you do not own 1.Gathering of friends Trib. to Michael McDonald 2000 2.Michael McDonald Soundstage or 3. Michael McDonald A Tribute to Motown (Non Hidef only). then atleast grab this concert and get a feel for Michael McDonald LIVE". Not quite like seeing him in person, but a very good start. Hopefull, one day Michael will issue a live concert CD and Bluray of a complete carieer retrospec, either all recorded currently or a mixture of live shows from the past to current, there is nothing like hearing "Here To Love You" Solo verson live" and many other Michael McDonald POWERFUL Live" vocals and exceptional piano solos and playing. Also those trade mark screams. Like on his studio verson of "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" from His 2008 Soul Speak CD...Rock On Michael. Looking foward to hearing your new (Untittled)project with Robben Ford in 2011, I hope we get to hear Michael McDonald sing the blues, It will blow you away.... Grab this Bluray and have a happy holiday season. Mike Sippie