Chicago 4/8/21

Set for release on July 16th is the massive 50th anniversary release of Chicago At Carnegie Hall Complete. Chicago founding member and trumpeter Lee Loughnane and engineer Tim Jessup spent nearly a year meticulously going through more than 40 concert tapes at Loughnane’s new studio in Arizona to remaster each concert.

The 16-CD deluxe set features all eight shows from the band’s historic 1971 Carnegie Hall concert series, plus replicas of three posters included in the original, excerpts from the concert program and more.

Co-founding keyboardist Robert Lamm spoke about the wealth of material that Chicago has kept in its vaults and the decision to finally liberate some of the tapes: [“I remember going through the vaults every once in a while and I’d see these multi-track masters sitting there from, y’know, wherever. But we never really thought that they sounded all that good, but they’ve been dusted off and somewhat improved. In some cases, as we were going through the remixes, if you will, we thought that they were too good, y’know, (laughs), they sounded kinda fake, so we went back to the original.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . to the original)

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Set for release on July 16th is the massive 50th anniversary release of Chicago At Carnegie Hall Complete. The 16-CD deluxe set features all eight shows from the band’s historic 1971 Carnegie Hall concert series.

FAST FACTS

  • The quadruple LP set Chicago At Carnegie Hall was released on October 25th, 1971.
  • The collection peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200, and spent 13 weeks in the Top 10.