‘Chicago II’ Live at Soundstage Editions Coming

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A live 2017 recording of Chicago’s second album, known as Chicago II, is being released in a variety of formats, to coincide with the acclaimed band’s current tour. Chicago went home to its namesake city last year to record a live version of their 1970 multi-platinum second album. Recorded at the historic WTTW-TV studios, the performance for PBS’ Soundstage series features every song from that classic album, including several that haven’t been played live since the 1970s.

Chicago II: Live on Soundstage will be available in two formats on June 29, including a single-CD version and a CD/DVD set that includes video of the program and a 5.1 audio mix.

Chicago II: Collector’s Edition, coming in August comes with the Soundstage performance on CD and DVD, as well as the original Chicago II album remixed by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson on both CD and double-LP. Pre-order here.

The band currently performs Chicago II in its entirety on tour and will continue to do so on their upcoming dates with REO Speedwagon, followed by a set of their greatest hits. Tour dates are available here and here.

Originally released in January 1970 as Chicago (and later dubbed Chicago II), the album was a major breakthrough for the band and features some of the group’s biggest hits, including the Top 10 singles and future classic rock hits: “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World.”

Related: Chicago’s sizzling performance of “25 Or 6 To 4” at Tanglewood in 1970

Nominated for three Grammy awards and certified double-platinum, the album is also known for several extended song cycles: “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon” by trombonist/composer James Pankow. Pankow and Robert Lamm were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017.

Chicago II: Live on Soundstage CD/DVD Track Listing

1. MOVIN’ IN
2. THE ROAD
3. POEM FOR THE PEOPLE
4. IN THE COUNTRY
5. WAKE UP SUNSHINE
6. Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon
• MAKE ME SMILE
• SO MUCH TO SAY, SO MUCH TO GIVE
• ANXIETY’S MOMENT
• WEST VIRGINIA FANTASIES
• COLOUR MY WORLD
• TO BE FREE
• NOW MORE THAN EVER
7. FANCY COLOURS
8. MEMORIES OF LOVE
9. It Better End Soon
• 1ST MOVEMENT
• 2ND MOVEMENT
• 4TH MOVEMENT
10. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
11. 25 or 6 to 4

Listen to “Make Me Smile” from the Steven Wilson remix included in the Collector’s Edition

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