You can identify Michael McDonald's baritone within seconds of hearing it. This Blue-Eyed Soulster's vocals meshed perfectly with the Doobie Brother's laidback sound, and his solo material got increasingly middle-of-the-road during the '80s and '90s. McDonald, who still looks like a condo-dwelling Grizzly Adams, ended the century on a high note: Blue Obsession may not win him any new fans, but it reminds his old ones why they liked him in the first place.
Michael McDonald Concert Films
I'll Take You There: An All-Star Celebration of Mavis Staples
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThis historic, all-star concert features over twenty performances by Gregg Allman, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many more. Filmed at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, this show was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and American icon, Mavis Staples. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, I'll Take You There includes exclusive interviews, many by the artists, exploring Staples' cultural and musical impact. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
Michael McDonald Top Tracks
Live At Montreux, 2003
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minSimply Red are one of the most successful British acts of all time with global album sales in excess of 50 million. Both the band and Mick Hucknall as a solo artist have been frequent visitors to Montreux across their 25 year career. This concert, filmed in the summer of 2003, was part of the tour in support of their multi-platinum album “Home”. It features several tracks from that album, including many of their biggest hits and best loved album tracks. It’s a typically polished and sparkling Simply Red performance with Mick Hucknall in excellent voice and the band in fine form.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minGrammy Award-winner Peter Cetera performs classic favorites for the SoundStage audience. He is joined by four-time Grammy-winner Amy Grant for their duet Next Time I Fall, classic hits such as Baby Baby and songs from her latest album.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 28 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live from Paris
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minThe first-ever live concert album from multiplatinum-selling, Grammy®-winning, critically acclaimed Seal, 'Live in Paris' features his spectacular performance at the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix on July 6, 2004. 'Live in Paris' is the ultimate in-concert experience of the pop, dance, urban, and adult contemporary superstar featuring classics "Kiss From A Rose," "Crazy" and "Love's Divine."
Live in Amsterdam
Runtime: 1 hr 44 minToto may be past its prime as a multi-platinum recording band, but Live in Amsterdam offers abundant proof that their performances are as electrifying as ever. Recorded in Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall on February 17, 2003, near the end of Toto's 25th anniversary world tour, this dynamic concert serves as a cheerful reminder that Toto have been alive and well and recording steadily since 1978. The band's 2002 release Through the Looking Glass was an album of covers, two of which are welcomed here: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is a prime showcase for guitarist Steve Lukather, and "Bodhisattva" is a tight, meticulous tribute to Toto's original drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro, and his classic sessions with Steely Dan. The mega-hits "Africa," "Rosanna," and "Hold the Line" are perfectly executed, and in a band full of talented singers, lead vocalist Bobby Kimball sounds better than ever. Two impressive medleys show the band in full gear as a comfortable unit of seasoned professionals, highlighted by impeccable work from keyboardist David Paich, bassist Mike Poracaro, and ace drummer Simon Phillips (who also produced and mixed this recording for this program). And while 35 minutes of Porcaro's backstage home-video might seem frivolous, it shows a band that's still having fun, as reflected in the beaming smiles of their appreciative Amsterdam audience.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minOne of the most loved bands in rock history, as well as one of the most commercially successful-with 50 hit songs in the U.S. alone, 18 gold records, a Grammy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Chicago have maintained the unflagging devotion of millions of devoted fans throughout their 37-year career. It began with the goal of incorporating the diverse musical range of their hometown Chicago, and incorporating the big-band aesthetic that included horns which had been virtually left behind in the world of rock and roll, Chicago went on to create a sound that remains unparalleled in rock music. Incorporating rock as only one genre among the many that they drew from, the band courageously rejected the trappings of celebrity in order for the music to stand on its own. This program documents a live show that was broadcast on PBS in June of 2003 where they play many of their hits from throughout their long career, including "25 or Six to Four," "You're the Inspiration," "Saturday in the Park," and "Beginnings," among many others.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minSmooth delivery, high-spirited melodies, that velvet voice and a soul-stirring rhythmic foundation. All are the elements that Steve Winwood brings to Soundstage featuring his recent work from the album About Time along with his classic hits including "Why Can't We Live Together" and "Back in the High Life." Winwood also performs "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" - hits from his days with Traffic (recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Outside from the Redwoods
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minThe Emmy-nominated Outside: From The Redwoods features an intimate set by Kenny Loggins packed with new arrangements of his greatest hits. Includes new versions of "Footloose," "Celebrate Me Home" and "This is It" with special guest Michael McDonald.
Live at the Troubadour
Hall & Oates
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minDaryl Hall and John Oates returned to the Troubadour in May of 2008 to find the legendary Los Angeles club nearly unchanged. The same can't be said for the fourth-biggest act of the '80s (after Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince), and the best-selling duo ever. For two nights, they delighted fans with a nonstop barrage of unforgettable hits
Live All Around The World
Runtime: 2 hr 36 minLisa Stansfield's debut video features tracks from all her debut solo album as well as tracks by other artists which featured Lisa on lead vocals.
Always and Forever: An Evening of Songs At The Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minRecorded on his 1994-1995 world tour, Always And Forever: An Evening Of Songs At Royal Albert Hall features the legendary Luther Vandross at his most smooth and sensuous, featuring his greatest hits and favourites from his covers album Songs.