Chicago - Chicago Live In Japan (1972) [2CD] [2012, Japanese Paper Sleeve Mini-LPs]
Rock, Pop Rock, Jazz-Rock, Live | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:44:26 | 1,08 Gb
Label: Rhino/Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-14472~73 | Released: 2012-05-28 (1972)
This double-length set, not the "legendary" four-LP Carnegie Hall concert, is the one to get to hear what Chicago sounded like in their classic early period. In contrast to the Carnegie Hall show, where the band emphasized its precision to the point of deadening any excitement that might have been generated, here Chicago sounds upbeat and lively, bent on giving a good, exciting show and not on capturing a perfect performance. There are moments, as on the crescendo of "Dialogue," where the spirit outstrips the cleanness of the performance, but the group is so tight and forceful that one lets them slide by; at other times, as on "Beginnings," they're so smooth and lithe in their extension of the piece that one just wants to bask in it; and then they switch gears to the rougher, harder "Mississippi Delta City Blues," and make that work too. The whole performance is good, with a steady stream of worthwhile high points.