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Michael McDonald – This Christmas: Live In Chicago (Eagle Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Concert: C+



Though he could be doing worse (like Rod Stewart doing old 1930s standards or Barry Manilow remaking Rock songs that make Pat Boone sound like Buddy Holly), Michael McDonald has fallen into a series of “theme” projects that I have not always been happy with.  Not happy with either of his Motown projects, he fared better in the following Soundstage installment a few years ago:





Now comes his latest project, This Christmas: Live In Chicago, a well-recorded, mixed show that mixes his solo hits and hits with The Doobie Brothers with Christmas Classics!  What???


Yes, along with Sweet Freedom, I Keep Forgettin’, What A Fool Believes, Takin’ It To The Streets and Minute By Minute, we get White Christmas/Winter Wonderland, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Come, O Come Emanuel.  Yes, it is hilarious, but he is doing this in all seriousness.  The only thing missing is a duet of On My Own with Mrs. Claus and a mostly instrumental performance of Steely Dan classics Peg where he just sings the backup part.


Those who like him and somehow liked the Motown projects will want to give this one a look, but otherwise, I see another Paul Rudd comedy with more insults to bear.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is colorful and not bad, but has detail limits and though a DVD could not look as good, we have seen better HD-shot concerts on Blu-ray.  Camera angles help.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo mixes, with a fine soundfield and overall fidelity that is the default highlight of this release.  Too bad the show was uneven.  The only extra is the bonus track performance Hallelujah, which is on camera.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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