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CHICAGO, LIVE...and yet...
on February 1, 2008
Yep, I again have to agree with Bill Fleck that something just was not quite right on this one. As I mentioned in my review of Chicago III, I saw this band less than 60 days before this 5-day marathon recordfest, and I wish they had recorded that one night instead. However - that said - I must also take to task Mr. Guercio for what I feel to be bad production decisions regardless of the band's state. You have to remember that this was early 1971 and this band had already done over 700 shows. I might get drunk too. It sounds as though the band is ashamed to play "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is". I refuse to believe that after five nights, that was the best take. I will say this: Danny Seraphine was neither drunk nor sloppy. This guy (as I remember well from seeing them) was AWESOME. As good on his instrument as Terry Kath was on his. Speaking of which: Why is Kath playing electric on "Flight 602"? and "Happy Cause I'm Going Home"? Why is he up in the mix AT ALL TIMES even when he should be backed off some? "Free" is terrible - WAY too fast and the vocals...ouch. Then "I Don't Want Your Money" crawls like a tortoise. These are a few of the things that bug me about this recording. Also we don't need over three minutes of nothing to start this.
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?