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When it was first released as a four-LP package in 1972, this marathon live recording hit #3 on Billboard's Pop album chart and was certified RIAA gold. Following up their 1971 album Chicago III, this historic set features all the early hits and spotlights Chicago at the peak of their initial success. Painstakingly remastered, it now includes a full disc of previously unreleased material showcasing their trademark horns, Robert Lamm's keyboards and vocals, and the guitar virtuosity of the late Terry Kath. The set's packaging makes a nod to the original LP release, with an outer cardboard slipcase, four CDs in individual jackets, a 36-page booklet with original LP artwork, and mini-reproductions of the three huge posters that were part of the original release.
Walter Parazaider (sax, woodwinds), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone), Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals), Terry Kath (guitar, vocals), Danny Seraphine (drums), and Peter Cetera (bass, vocals) formed Chicago in the Second City in 1967. They released their debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, in 1969. The double LP sold more than two million copies on the strength of sweet pop hits and psychedelic rock explorations that appealed to traditional Top 40 fans as well as hipper listeners tuning in to the new free-form FM radio.
This was just the start of Chicago's enduring popularity, which includes five consecutive #1 albums, 21 Top 10 singles, and worldwide sales of over 120 million. Chicago continues to be a major concert draw, their lineup now including Bill Champlin (keyboards, vocals), Jason Scheff (bass, vocals), Keith Howland (guitar), and Tris Imboden (drums), along with founding members Lamm, Parazaider, Loughnane, and Pankow.
The wait is finally over. Chicago's legendary four-album document of their sold-out week at Carnegie Hall is at last, reissued and remastered. In addition to the material that was included on the original 1971 album, there is a complete disc of unreleased material from the concerts as well as the original packaging and replicas of the original posters and booklet which came with the LP. Granted, THIS is the ultimate reissue of this classic live album.
As for the music itself, it is full of the raw energy that made Chicago so great during its early days. Instead of the short snappy pop songs and romantic ballads, you get extended jam-band cuts such as "In The Country", "South California Purples", "Sing A Mean Tune Kid" and "It Better End Soon". Additionally, there are stellar renditions of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (complete with a six-minute 'Free Form Intro' from Mr. Chops, Robert Lamm), "Questions 67 and 68", "25 or 6 to 4", "Beginnings" and the band's plea for Nixon's resignation, "A Song For Richard and His Friends". All seven of Chicago's original band members are given due time in the spotlight and are full of the energy and vigour of an excited young band during their first shot of fame. Terry Kath's extended guitar solos on the aforementioned "Purples" and "Sing A Mean Tune Kid" are some of his best guitar solos on record full of freedom and endless invention.
As for the bonus material, there are tunes which were not released on the original "Carnegie Hall" album as well as alternate performances of several tracks on the original album. The "Naseltones" free form intro included here is another Robert Lamm piano improvisation which goes into a boogie motiff that has a slight hint of Dave Brubeck in its groove. In addition, "Listen" and Terry Kath's "Hour In The Shower" are rock solid and are worthy additions to the original album.
Hands down, this is an awesome trip down memory lane for those who were there to remember it, those who bought the album when it originally was released and those who discovered it years later and couldn't get enough of it. This is the early Chicago in their prime as they used to be.
Hats off to Chicago and Rhino Records for such a stellar reissue of this classic concert.
1. In the Country
2. Fancy Colours
3. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Free Form Intro)
4. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
5. South California Purples
6. Questions 67 and 68
7. Sing a Mean Tune Kid
1. It Better End Soon: 1st Movement
2. It Better End Soon: 2nd Movement (Flute Solo)
3. It Better End Soon: 3rd Movement (Guitar Solo)
4. It Better End Soon: 4th Movement (Preach)
5. It Better End Soon: 5th Movement
9. Flight 602
10. Motorboat to Mars
12. Where Do We Go from Here
13. I Don't Want Your Money
1. Happy 'Cause I'm Going Home
2. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile
3. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: So Much to Say, So Much to Give
4. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Anxiety's Moment
5. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: West Virginia Fantasies
6. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World
7. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free
8. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Now More Than Ever
9. Song for Richard and His Friends
10. 25 or 6 to 4
11. I'm a Man
3. South California Purples
4. Loneliness Is Just a Word
5. Free Form Intro (Naseltones)
6. Sing a Mean Tune Kid
7. Hour in the Shower: A Hard Risin' Morning Without Breakfast/Off to ...
8. 25 or 6 to 4