Chicago VI Decades Live Set Coming

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Chicago fans are in for a huge treat. A 5-disc collection, Chicago VI Decades Live–using the band’s signature Roman numerals and the subtitle “This Is What We Do”–has been scheduled for release by Rhino. The boxed set, including 4-CDs and 1-DVD, arrives April 6 and is available now for pre-order here. The collection features previously unreleased concert recordings, including several deep cuts that have never appeared on any of the band’s live albums.

The songs in the collection were recorded between 1969 and 2014, including the band’s entire performance at England’s Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970. The DVD features a concert that was originally broadcast on the German music television show Rockpalast (a WDR production) in 1977. The set comes with a 24-page booklet illustrated with rare images selected from the band’s vast archive.

The performances, selected from six decades, start with a trio of songs recorded in Paris in 1969: “Poem For The People,” “25 Or 6 To 4” and “Liberation.” Other highlights include tracks like “A Hit By Varèse” (1973), “Takin’ It On Uptown” (1977) and “Forever” (1987), in addition to songs from Chicago’s 1994 big band tour: “In The Mood” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”

The band’s current lineup recently announced a North American summer tour with REO Speedwagon. For these dates, the band will perform its historic Chicago II album in its entirety followed by the “world’s longest encore,” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. (In January, they replaced their longtime drummer as well as their bass player/lead vocalist.) Tickets are available here.

Chicago formed in 1967 and was 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.

Many fans point to their brilliant 1970 live performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. We’re sharing this clip of “Beginnings” from that concert.

Chicago has released many live recordings in their career, beginning with 1971’s 4-LP set, Live at Carnegie HallChicago VI Decades Live: This Is What We Do is presumably a career-spanning collection showcasing what they have done so well in their five+ decades.

Chicago VI Decades Live Tentative Track Listing

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

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
Liberation
Goodbye
Now That You’ve Gone
A Hit By Varese
If You Leave Me Now
Takin’ It On Uptown

Disc 4
Hot Streets
Little One
Forever
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)
America

Disc 5 (DVD?)
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
Beginnings
Scrapbook
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

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