Chicago Revisit Carnegie Hall Run in New Box Set

'Chicago At Carnegie Hall Complete'
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Five decades ago this week, Chicago wowed critics and audiences alike at an unexpected venue: New York's Carnegie Hall. This summer, they're revisiting those shows with a massive box set.

Chicago At Carnegie Hall Complete tops the original 6LP box set from 1971 (not to mention a 3CD deluxe edition from 2005), bringing together all eight sets recorded between April 5-10, 1971 on 16 CDs. It's the result of over a year's worth of work by the band's co-founder, trumpeter Lee Loughlane, and engineer Tim Jessup combing through some 40 reels of tape that captured every note from those performances.

Recorded months after the band's bestselling third album - and only a year removed from an incredible chart run in 1970 that saw "Make Me Smile," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and "25 or 6 to 4" all reach the Top 10 of the pop charts in America - Chicago At Carnegie Hall introduced the record-buying public to the band's formidable sound outside the studio: the vocal blend of bassist Peter Cetera, guitarist Terry Kath and keyboardist Robert Lamm; the unbeatable horn/woodwind section of Loughlane, James Pankow and Walt Parazaider; and the jazz-rock percussion of Danny Seraphine.

Those eight shows sound better than ever, and come packed in an embossed folio package that'll also include three new reprints of the original posters that came with the original album and a 28-page booklet featuring photos from the shows and liner notes featuring writing from Loughlane, Rolling Stone editor David Wild, archivist Jeff Magid and stand-up comedian/Chicago native/band superfan Jimmy Pardo. It's available July 16 and can be ordered exclusively online.

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