- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: August 23, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Rhino
Description by OLDIES.com:
Chicago ranks among the all-time most successful groups in American rock. 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 1969 debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, 1970's Chicago II, and 1971's Chicago III - #17, #4, and #2 respectively - this historic set features all their early hits and spotlights Chicago at the pinnacle of their inital success. Painstakingly remastered, it now features a full disc of previously unreleased material showcasing their trademark horns, Robert Lamm's keyboards and vocals, along with the underappreciated guitar virtuosity of the late Terry Kath.
Rolling Stone - 1/6/72, p.72
"...If you like Chicago, but haven't bought any of their records, this is the one for you. There are around five sides of favorites from their three previous albums..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 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
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.1st Movement
- 2.2nd Movement (Flute Solo)
- 3.3rd Movement (Guitar Solo)
- 4.4th Movement (Preach)
- 5.5th Movement
- 9.Flight 602
- 10.Motorboat To Mars
- 12.Where Do We Go From Here
- 13.I Don't Want Your Money
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Happy 'Cause I'm Going Home
- 2.Make Me Smile
- 3.So Much To Say, So Much To Give
- 4.Anxiety's Moment
- 5.West Virginia Fantasies
- 6.Colour My World
- 7.To Be Free
- 8.Now More Than Ever
- 9.A Song For Richard And His Friends
- 10.25 Or 6 To 4
- 11.I'm A Man
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 3.South California Purples
- 4.Loneliness Is Just A Word
- 5.Free Form Intro (Naseltones)
- 6.Sing A Mean Tune Kid
- 7.A Hard Risin' Morning Without Breakfast / Off To Work / Fallin' Out / Dreamin' Home / Morning Blues Again
- 8.25 Or 6 To 4
Includes a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks.
Chicago: Peter Cetera (bass guitar); Daniel Seraphine, James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, Robert Lamm, Terry Kath, Walter Parazaider.
Personnel: Lee Loughnane (vocals, guitar, trumpet, percussion); Terry Kath (vocals, guitar); Walter Parazaider (vocals, woodwinds, percussion); Robert Lamm (vocals, keyboards); Peter Cetera (vocals); James Pankow (trombone, percussion); Daniel Seraphine (drums).
Audio Mixers: Dave Donnelly ; Jeff Magid.
Audio Remasterer: Dave Donnelly .
Liner Note Authors: Don Heckman; Jeff Magid.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (04/05/1971-04/10/1971).
Photographers: Allen Goldblatt; Fred Lombardi; Frank Laffitte.
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. ~ Lindsay Planer