- Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00006FM77
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,921 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
At Carnegie Hall
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Chicago ranks among the all-time most successful groups in American rock. When it was first released as a four-LP package in 1972, this marathon live recording hit #3 on Billboard's Pop album chart and was certified RIAA gold. Following up their 1969 debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, 1970's Chicago II, and 1971's Chicago III-#17, #4, and #2 respectively-this historic set features all their early hits and spotlights Chicago at the pinnacle of their inital success. Painstakingly remastered, it now features a full disc of previously unreleased material showcasing their trademark horns, Robert Lamm's keyboards and vocals, along with the underappreciated guitar virtuosity of the late Terry Kath.
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I heard some not-so-flattering things about "Chicago IV/Chicago Live at Carnegie Hall" and I had apprehensions about buying the CD- I'd heard that the sound quality was so poor that even some of the band members never liked it, either. Not to mention many of the copies I was finding for sale were on the expensive side. But I knew it had been remastered and I found a good copy, right here on Amazon and I love it. For me, it's definitely the right CD at just the right time. I recently fell back in love with the band after listening to "25 or 6 to 4" on another music collection. What I decided to do was to start from the beginning, on CD at a time, with Chicago Transit Authority and work my way up to Chicago XI, the last record with the original lineup.
I was 12 years old when Terry Kath died. I was a huge Chicago fan back in the 1970s but I have absolutely no memory of the news of his death. The Chicago I loved a s a kid was songs like "Wishing You Were Here;" "Saturday In the Park;" "Just You 'N' Me;" "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long;" and, well, basically a lot of the stuff on Chicago IX (the Greatest Hits album). I was unfamiliar with most of their early "B-Side" songs. So in 2014, I finally listened to the first three albums at length for the first time. I had no idea Kath's guitar was such a big part of this group. Up until this time, I thought his supposed as-good-as-Hendrix-or-better talent was wasted with Chicago. Outside of "25 or 6 to 4," I don't recall any of their songs I knew from the '70s featuring Kath's guitar. As I understand it, before he died, Kath was unhappy. I don't know all the details but my guess is it was because the group was moving away from his blues-rock guitar and his soulful deep baritone vocals and more towards jazz-infused, soft rock pop ballads sung by Peter Cetera. If Terry Kath was still alive, I don't know where he would bu but I think he would have left the band a long time ago.
Anyway, Chicago at Carnegie Hall is a very nice collection, kind of like a Greatest Hits collection before Chicago became the sound it was known for in the 1970s. I'm so glad I didn't pass this one up.
O.K....now that that is all off my chest, I also agree ultimately that this is worth having. Like "Mr. Chops" says, it is a document of an event, and well worth the flaws simply to have that document. Bill, I hear you and agree with you. But we both also agree that one should have this. That is the highest praise, no?