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Chicago: VI Decades Live  (This is What We Do) (4CDs/1DVD)


Chicago: VI Decades Live (This is What We Do) (4CDs/1DVD)

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Chicago is turning 50, and the band is celebrating the landmark anniversary with a new box set looking back on its remarkable onstage history.  Featuring 4 CDs and 1 DVD of previously unreleased live music recorded between 1969 and 2014.  This exciting new collection coincides with the group’s current tour in which they’re playing the complete Chicago II every night before a lengthy encore set of greatest hits.

The first two discs capture the band’s complete, raw, early performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 28, 1970 as they shared a bill with The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.  You’ll hear songs from their first two albums including “Beginnings” and the multi-part “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon” (including “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World,” as well as “Mother” from their third album, which hadn’t yet been released.

Discs 3 and 4 have a total of eighteen selections culled from six decades of live shows beginning with three songs taken from a December 8, 1969 show in Paris (“Poem for the People,” “25 or 6 to 4,” and “Liberation”).  The discs continue with a number of collector-oriented deep cuts and just a sprinkling of hits like “If You Leave Me Now” (Oakland Coliseum; December 1, 1977) and “Look Away” (an acoustic version from A&E’s Live by Request in 2002).  A March 1987 Pensacola show has yielded Robert Lamm’s “Forever” and a soulful medley of “In the Midnight Hour,” “Knock on Wood” and “I’m a Man” with the then-recent “Get Away.”  A couple of standards (“Night and Day” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”) have been taken from the 1994 big band tour previewing the next year’s Night and Day album.  The eight songs on Disc 3 all feature the guitar wizardry of Terry Kath, while Disc 4 picks up after his tragic passing on January 23, 1978 with Greek Theater performances from later that year of “Hot Streets” and “Little One,” which Kath had sung on Chicago XI.

On February 12, 1977, Chicago played live on the German music television show Rockpalast . The entire concert is included here in its DVD premiere. Here’s where you’ll hear more of the band’s biggest hits like “Saturday in the Park,” “Just You ‘n’ Me,” and “(I’ve Been) Searching So Long” plus a cover of The Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life.”   As a bonus, the DVD also includes the band’s performance of “What’s This World Comin’ To” from the 1973 ABC television special Chicago In The Rockies.
Chicago: VI Decades Live (This is What We Do) captures the strength and power of the various lineups over the years of the legendary band started by Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Jimmy Pankow, Walt Parazaider, and Danny Seraphine. 

Chicago formed in 1967 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. They are the highest charting American band in Billboard‘s Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, earning the #15 spot (as of Feb. 2018). The group’s extensive accomplishments include five consecutive #1 albums and record sales in excess of 100 million.

Disc 1
South California Purples
In The Country
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Free Form Intro)
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Disc 2
It Better End Soon
Ballet For a Girl in Buchannon
25 or 6 to 4
I’m a Man

Disc 3
Poem For The People
25 or 6 to 4
Now That You’ve Gone
A Hit By Varese
If You Leave Me Now
Takin’ It On Uptown

Disc 4
Hot Streets
Little One
Medley: In the Midnight Hour, Knock on Wood, I’m a Man, Get
You’re Not Alone
The Pull
In The Mood
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Look Away (Acoustic)

Disc 5 
Anyway You Want
Saturday in the Park
Skin Tight
Just You ‘N’ Me
Hope For Love
You Are On My Mind
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Ballet For a Girl in Buchannon
A Hit By Varese
Call on Me
Takin’ It On Uptown
If You Leave Me Now
Once or Twice
(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long
25 or 6 to 4
Got to Get You Into My Life
I’m a Man