Don’t laugh rock n’roll fans. This is a very different Chicago than some of you may remember. This album was recorded at a time when rock was king, when eclecticism, improvisation, and inspirational songwriting were not only expected, but demanded of an artist.
Previous to this stellar remastering, the rare Live In Japan was the best example of what Chicago’s original lineup could do live. That is no longer the case. Japan doesn’t have the fine individual performances that Carnegie Hall offers and there is nowhere else you can find live versions of early Chicago classics such as “Listen,” “Sing A Mean Tune Kid,” “In The Country,” “Introduction,” and “South California Purples.” These gems sit alongside more famous Chicago classics and hits such as “The Ballet For A Girl In Buchanan,” “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Beginnings,” “Free,” and more.
Wonderfully repackaged with the original liner notes and posters that came with the original album Chicago Live At Carnegie Hall is the missing digital link from Chicago’s classic early period, way back when they really were the rock band with horns.