Chicago releasing 4 CD, DVD live collection

Chicago has been a concert force for more than 50 years, thrilling its legion of fans with performances that never disappoint. This spring, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will celebrate their live legacy with a 4 CD/1 DVD collection of previously unreleased concert recordings, which includes several deep cuts that have never appeared on any of the band’s live albums.

Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do) will be available on April 6th via Rhino Records. The songs in the collection were recorded between 1969 and 2014, including the band’s entire performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. The DVD features a concert that was originally broadcast on the German music television show Rockpalast (a WDR production) in 1977. The set comes with a 24 page booklet illustrated with rare images selected from the band’s vast archive.

The first two discs are dedicated to Chicago’s headlining performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 28, 1970. It’s a snapshot of the band on the verge of superstardom and captures them in top form, playing songs from their first two albums – “Beginnings” and “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon” – as well as “Mother” from their third album, which was unreleased at the time. The other two headliners on this three day festival were The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.

The remaining discs include live performances selected from six decades, starting with a trio of songs recorded in Paris in 1969: “Poem For The People,” “25 Or 6 To 4” and “Liberation.” Other highlights include deep tracks like “A Hit By Varèse” (1973), “Takin’ It On Uptown” (1977) and “Forever” (1987), in addition to songs from Chicago’s 1994 big band tour: “In The Mood” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”

On February 12, 1977, Chicago played live on the German music television show Rockpalast. The entire concert is included on the DVD. An amazing overview of the band’s career to that point, it boasts unforgettable performance of “Saturday In The Park,” “Just You ‘n’ Me,” “Call On Me” and “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long/Mongonucleosis,” plus covers of the Beatles’ “Got To Get You Into My Life” and The Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m A Man.” As a bonus, the DVD also includes the band’s fan favorite performance of “What’s This World Comin’ To” from the 1973 ABC television special, Chicago In The Rockies.

As you would expect, the legendary “rock band with horns” will be on the road for much of 2018, including its first Las Vegas residency, which begins this month at The Venetian.

In another first, the band’s upcoming U.S. tour will feature a complete performance of Chicago II, the double-platinum, double album with such hits as “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Make Me Smile,” “Wake Up Sunshine” and “Colour My World.” Each night, the concert’s second set will be packed with many of Chicago’s greatest hits. A portion of their tour will include co-headlining dates with REO Speedwagon. These concerts promise to be the longest shows of the band’s career, which spans more than 50 years and includes more than 100 million albums sold, 20 Top 10 hits and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


CD 1: Isle Of Wight Festival (8/28/70) *

1. Introduction
2. “South California Purples”
3. “Beginnings”
4. “In The Country”
5. “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Free Form Intro)”
6. “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
7. “Mother”

CD 2: Isle Of Wight Festival (8/28/70) *

1. “It Better End Soon”
2. “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon”
3. “25 Or 6 To 4”
4. “I’m A Man”

CD 3: *

1. “Poem For The People” (Paris, France, 12/8/69)
2. “25 Or 6 To 4” (Paris, France, 12/8/69)
3. “Liberation” (Paris, France, 12/8/69)
4. “Goodbye” (The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, Washington D.C., 9/16/71)
5. “Now That You’ve Gone” (Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, 6/26/72)
6. “A Hit By Varèse” (Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL, 8/13/73)
7. “If You Leave Me Now” (Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, 12/1/77)
8. “Takin’ It On Uptown” (Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, 12/1/77)

CD 4: *

1. “Hot Streets” (Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 8/11/78)
2. “Little One” (Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 8/11/78)
3. “Forever” (Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, FL, 3/21/87)
4. “Medley: In The Midnight Hour/Knock On Wood/I’m A Man/Get Away” (Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, FL, 3/21/87)
5. “You’re Not Alone” (Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, TX, 5/30/92)
6. “The Pull” (Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV, 3/20/94)
7. “In The Mood” (Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, NJ, 7/28/94)
8. “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, NJ, 7/28/94)
9. “Look Away (Acoustic)” – A&E Network, Live By Request, 9/5/02)
10. “America” (WHYY, The Grand, Wilmington, DE, 5/7/14)

DVD: Rockpalast (2/12/77) *

1. “Anyway You Want”
2. “Saturday In The Park”
3. “Skin Tight”
4. “Just You ‘n’ Me”
5. “Hope For Love”
6. “You Are On My Mind”
7. “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
8. “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon”
9. “Beginnings”
10. “Scrapbook”
11. “A Hit By Varèse”
12. “Call On Me”
13. “Takin’ It On Uptown”
14. “If You Leave Me Now”
15. “Once Or Twice”
16. “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long”/”Mongonucleosis”
17. “25 Or 6 To 4”
18. “Got To Get You Into My Life”
19. “I’m A Man”

* Previously Unreleased

Author: Buddy Iahn

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