Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chicago - 1998-12-08 - Los Angeles, Christmas Show


Christmas Show
House Of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
Pre-FM recording, excellent quality.
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Sorry for the scarcity of posts in recent weeks, just been very busy. But here is something to make the transition from my recent Chicago-related posts to the current Holiday season. It's a Christmas concert from Chicago, around the time of the release of their 1998 Christmas album, Chicago 25. This album was warmly received by fans, not only because it was about time they released some Christmas tunes, but mainly because the album marked a return to the more classic Chicago sound and horn arrangements, rather than the softer more ballad-heavy sound featured for much of the '80's and '90's. And they really did it right, too. This was not just an exercise of Chicago half-heartedly playing some Christmas songs. Instead, they gave the songs the full Chicago treatment, with interesting and innovative reimaginings of the standard Christmas songs, spirited and funky horn arrangements, and the whole works. Thus, Chicago gave us a classic Christmas rock album. Featured here is an excellent quality radio broadcast from their December 1998 LA House of Blues show, where we get a mixture of their Christmas songs and their classic hits. Overall an excellent show. I got this one from Big O Worldwide, who has featured many fine Christmas-related boots over the years.

01 Intro (1.8MB)
02 Little Drummer Boy (6.3MB)
03 You're The Inspiration (6.1MB)
04 The Christmas Song (5.4MB)
05 Hard Habit To Break (7.3MB)
06 Let It Snow! (5.5MB)
07 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (5.1MB)
08 Saturday In The Park (5.3MB)
09 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (5.8MB)
10 Just You N' Me (8.3MB)
11 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (5.7MB)
12 Hard To Say I'm Sorry > Get Away (7.5MB)
13 Credits (1.7MB)

Jason Scheff - lead vocals, bass
Bill Champlin - lead vocals, keyboards, organ
Robert Lamm - lead vocals, keyboards
Lee Loughnane - lead vocals on Let It Snow, trumpet
Keith Howland - guitars
Walt Parazaider - saxaphone
Jimmy Pankow - trombone
Tris Imboden - drums

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1 comment:

Lodger said...

Thanks a lot for this great concert ! No doubt Terry Kath would have magnified it.
Merry Christmas to you, your family and all the music lovers on the net !!
Cheers !!!