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At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) [Bonus Tracks]
     

At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) [Bonus Tracks]

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by Chicago
 

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Recorded in April 1971 and drawn from a then-unprecedented five-night stand at this hallowed New York City venue, Chicago at Carnegie Hall has been substantially expanded from its original four-LP length for this CD reissue. Forget the soft-rock icons whose reputation was made via heavy airplay on MOR stations throughout the '60s and '70s. Chicago in a live

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Recorded in April 1971 and drawn from a then-unprecedented five-night stand at this hallowed New York City venue, Chicago at Carnegie Hall has been substantially expanded from its original four-LP length for this CD reissue. Forget the soft-rock icons whose reputation was made via heavy airplay on MOR stations throughout the '60s and '70s. Chicago in a live setting, particularly so early in the group's history, was an entirely different animal -- an ensemble of accomplished musicians adept at delivering a gritty mélange of rock, jazz, pop, and classical nuances goosed along by an awesome horn section. The set list draws from the three studio albums that preceded this live collection, including an extended version of the bouncy "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," featuring a soul-jazz-flavored free-form intro by pianist Robert Lamm, and the early hit "Beginnings," enhanced by the late guitarist Terry Kath's fluid riffing and Lee Loughnane's spicy trumpet phrasing. Even amid more complex arrangements like the multi-part "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon," there are recognizable movements -- such as the gentle ballad "Colour My World," featuring Walter Parazaider's wistful flute accompaniment, and the brassy, up-tempo opener, "Make Me Smile." Kath's playing, in particular, stands out and reaffirms his status as one of the era's unsung guitar heroes. His impassioned solo on the version of "25 or 6 to 4" from Disc 4's assortment of previously unreleased material breathes new life into this classic rock warhorse. There's also a reading of the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man," rife with Kath's howling guitar, which complements the tribal and hypnotic rhythm arrangements that lend this cover so much punch. Given the abundance of material here, the best listening approach is to parse out manageable doses while basking in the greatness of an outfit whose musical prowess has often been overshadowed by its decades-long commercial success.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After issuing three consecutive studio double LPs, Chicago topped themselves with this four-album live box set. As the title suggests, At Carnegie Hall, Vols. 1-4 (Chicago IV) (1971) finds the band at the venerable New York City venue during a five-night stand (April 5-April 10) in the spring of 1971. The septet -- which includes the respective talents of Terry Kath (lead guitar/vocals), Robert Lamm (keyboards/vocals), Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), Danny Seraphine (drums), Lee Loughnane (trumpet/vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and Walter Parazaider (woodwinds/vocals) -- were at their unquestionable peak of initial popularity. Their previous three double LPs continued extended runs on the pop album chart and likewise spawned a number of hit singles. So by the time the group hit the Big Apple for these shows, they were among the hottest things happening. Chicago's set list is wholly representative of the material from Chicago Transit Authority (1969), Chicago II (1970), and Chicago III (1971) and includes several extended multi-song medleys from each. The band winds its way through muscular versions of the epic "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon," "Travel Suite," as well as lengthy renderings of deeper cuts such as "South California Purples," "Fancy Colours," and the ten-minute-plus opening "In the Country." One of the set's most notable highlights is the politically charged "For Richard and His Friends." The lengthy and well-jammed-out cut is both groovy and propulsive. However, the acoustics at Carnegie Hall are quite frankly not (and really never have been) properly suited for heavily amplified music. While the percussion and electric guitars are clearly audible, the woodwind and brass section come off sounding extremely thin and devoid of any real timbre. This is unfortunate, as a primary component of the band is the contrasting textures between the two. Enthusiasts seeking a much more sonically accurate portrait should by whatever means necessary locate the Live in Japan 1972 two-CD set -- which also includes tracks from Chicago's fifth effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227617424
catalogNumber:
76174

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago   Primary Artist
Robert Lamm   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Cetera   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Terry Kath   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Lee Loughnane   Guitar,Percussion,Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
James Pankow   Percussion,Trombone,Group Member
Walter Parazaider   Percussion,Vocals,Woodwind,Group Member
Daniel Seraphine   Drums,Group Member
Beverly Scott   Handwriting

Technical Credits

Steve Winwood   Composer
Robert Lamm   Composer
Don Heckman   Liner Notes
Jimmy Miller   Composer
Hank Altman   Engineer
Aaron Baron   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Peter Cetera   Composer
Larry Dahlstrom   Engineer
Bud Graham   Engineer
James William Guercio   Producer,Audio Production
Terry Kath   Composer
James Pankow   Composer
Walter Parazaider   Composer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Daniel Seraphine   Composer
John Berg   Art Direction
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Ron Coro   Poster Design
Fuding Cheng   Drawing
Nick Fasciano   Logo
Jeff Magid   Liner Notes

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BretM1958 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic live album from this incredible band!!! Love the first 3 albums & if you do too this is the one to get!!! Also the Live In Japan that was recorded after the 5th album. Love that almost every song they did has a rendition due to the added extras!!! Great sound as well!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chicago is one of my favorite rock band groups of all times This compliments the box set titled Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] very well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicago continued to dismay critics with their excessiveness when they released this quadruple live album documenting a week-long stint at Carnegie Hall. However, it remains a great document of their early live sound, even containing a live version of the great lost track - "A Song for Richard and His Friends." The new cd remaster offers faithful reproduction of the original box, which I own. Pick it up if you have an interest in early live Chicago. I've heard "Live in Japan" is even better, but since I haven't heard it, I wouldn't know. I'm sure it's great too.