The band known as Chicago has given the world a wealth of Top Ten hits, a list so long that you need to take a few moments to read it. But you know most of those hits. In fact, you're likely to have a Chicago Greatest Hits set lying around, one of several released. With this new live Soundstage set, they recreate the classic Chicago II album.
Few bands know the joy of exposure more than the one band that has captured the frenzy of a world wide audience than Chicago. Once known as Chicago Transit Authority, (and CTA), and then shortened to the more easily communicated Chicago, the band has provided a massive collection of music and hits. Their first album was a double and contained the massive jump out hits, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Questions 67 and 68”, and “Beginnings”. The band brought a big jazz style to Rock and Roll, and was immediately accepted as the BIG band to enjoy.
Chicago followed up their successful debut with Chicago II, generating three more Top 10 hits with “Make Me Smile”, “25 or 6 to 4”, and “Colour My World”. Beyond that is a book worth writing. With more than fifty hit singles, many of which you're easily familiar with. Now THAT'S an enviable legacy. Even Led Zeppelin cannot boast that kind of saturation!
In November of 2017, the current Chicago band (with original members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, and James Pankow) performed the entirety of the classic Chicago II. Eventually, this recording was presented on a PBS Soundstage show (in April and May). As a result, Rhino Records will release the CD, along with a CD/DVD package, and a 2LP set. The set will be called Chicago II: Live On Soundstage. The release is planned for August 31.