The new deluxe edition of Chicago's famed 1971 run at Carnegie Hall is a lot. Seriously - 16 CDs covering every note the jazz-rock icons performed over eight sets at the legendary Manhattan concert hall. It's far more than the original four-album box released the fall after the shows (which climbed all the way up to No. 3 on the Billboard 200) and even more than the 4CD set the band released in 2005.
So it's only natural that you'd want a super fan or two to guide you through the highlights and meaning of these unforgettable shows, right? That's where the newest episode of the Rhino Podcast comes in: host Rich Mahan links up with Jimmy Pardo and David Wild, a pair of Chicago authorities who made some important contributions to the new box.
Of course, these two weren't just plucked off the street. Wild has been a celebrated music journalist for decades, contributing to Rolling Stone as well as serving as a writer/producer on the Grammy Awards. As for Pardo, this Chicago-born comedian is well-known as the warm-up act for Conan O'Brien's stint as host of The Tonight Show and subsequent TBS talk show, and is something of a podcast pioneer, having hosted Never Not Funny for 15 years and counting. Both have written liner notes for the expansive new package.
But most importantly, they're Chicago fans through and through, armed with a fine mix of enthusiasm and contextual info to really drive home what makes Chicago At Carnegie Hall a must-listen. Hear all about it on the Rhino Podcast, playing here or wherever you get your podcasts!