CHICAGO - Live In '75 (2011, Rhino)
After releasing its eighth consecutive gold album in just six years, Chicago embarked upon a massive stadium tour in 1975 that’s considered to be one of its finest. The shows found the group at the pinnacle of its prowess, combining the jaw-dropping musicality and contagious onstage energy that made Chicago one of the most successful acts in American pop history. Rhino Handmade provides a snapshot from this extraordinary tour for the ages with a two-disc set that contains two hours of previously unreleased performances recorded June 24-26 at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland. Live in ’75 includes selections from all of the group’s albums through its then-current Chicago VIII. The set flows like a greatest hits collection that spans nearly every smash – from Robert Lamm’s smooth baritone on “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” to the Lee Loughnane-penned hit “Call On Me” – but leaves room for beloved album tracks like the latin-flavored “Mongonucleosis.” The set also includes a complete performance of the crowd-pleasing “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon” suite that James Pankow composed for the Chicago II album. The band came out rocking, opening with “Introduction” from the ensemble’s stunning 1969 debut Chicago Transit Authority before shifting to “Anyway You Want” from its most recent LP. The combination neatly distilled Chicago’s past and present into a powerful one-two punch that established an intensity that did not let up through the entire show. Live in ’75 includes Chicago’s distinctive take on a pair of cover tunes. The first, “I’m A Man,” finds the band making The Spencer Davis Group classic their own, led by a rousing guitar performance from Terry Kath. The second, the Beatles’ “Got To Get You Into My Life,” was significant because it was the song that originally seeded Walter Parazaider’s imagination with the notion of a new kind of rock ’n’ roll band with horns!
DISC 1: 01. Introduction 02. Anyway You Want 03. Beginnings 04. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? 05. Call on Me 06. Make Me Smile 07. So Much to Say, So Much to Give 08. Anxiety’s Moment 09. West Virginia Fantasies 10. Colour My World 11. To Be Free 12. Now More Than Ever 13. Ain’t It Blue? 14. Just You ’N’ Me 15. (I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long 16. Mongonucleosis 17. Old Days 18. 25 or 6 to 4
DISC 2: 01. Got to Get You Into My Life 02. Free 03. I’m a Man 04. Dialogue 05. Wishing You Were Here 06. Feelin’ Stronger Every Day
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