Reviewed! Michael McDonald - “This Christmas: Live in Chicago” DVD

Michael McDonald
“This Christmas: Live in Chicago”
Eagle Rock Ent.

Nothing says Christmas like Michael McDonald. And a good way to ring into the impending Holiday season is McDonald’s new DVD release, “This Christmas: Live in Chicago,” a concert featuring McDonald’s spin of a few tried and true Christmas classics and well as some of his own original compositions, including some from his yesteryear job with the Doobie Brothers (sorry Steely Dan, no soup for you).

“This Christmas: Live in Chicago” serves up a heaping handful of Holiday tracks that surely are among your favorites – ‘This Christmas,’ ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’ ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Winter Wonderland,’ as well as some of McDonald’s best originals – ‘Every Time Christmas Comes Around,’ ‘On This Night’ and ‘Christmas on the Bayou,’ but “This Christmas: Live in Chicago” is all about seasonal classics, though they are by far the highlights of the night. Be sure to enjoy the ukulele orchestrations on ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ as well as his take on the Stevie Wonder classic ‘That’s What Christmas Means to Me.’

As to be expected, McDonald also delivers a number of Doobie Brothers hits, including ‘It Keeps You Running,’ ‘I Keep Forgetting,’ ‘Sweet Freedom,’ ‘Minute By Minute,’ ‘What a Fool Believes,’ and finally, of course, ‘Taking It to the Streets.’

The only extra content to speak of is a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

McDonald’s soulful tenor bellows throughout the night, and while the crowd isn’t all that responsive, made up mostly of the middle-aged variety, the concert is thoroughly enjoyable.

Grade: B