Chicago's "Soundstage" performance of "Chicago II" coming on CD/DVD in June

Written by on May 16, 2018

RhinoChicago has been showcasing a full performance of its classic self-titled 1970 double album — also known as Chicago II — on its 2018 tour, and the band also recently played the entire record at a taping for a new episode of the PBS series Soundstage. Now that performance, recorded at the Windy City’s famed WTTW-TV studios, will be released June 29 as Chicago II: Live on Soundstage.

The two-disc set includes a video of the program and a 5.1 surround-sound audio mix. The audio of the program also will be available as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a deluxe package called Chicago II: Collector’s Edition will be released in August — that will include the Soundstage performance on CD and DVD, plus a remixed version of the original Chicago II album by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson on both CD and as a double-LP vinyl set.

Chicago II features several of the band’s most enduring songs, including “25 or 6 to 4,” “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World.” The latter two tunes actually are part of a six-section suite called “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.”

Chicago’s Soundstage episode has been airing on PBS stations in recent weeks — visit to check out its various premiere dates.

Meanwhile, the band launches a joint U.S. summer tour with REO Speedwagon on June 13 in Concord, California, It also has headlining dates scheduled before and after the trek.

Here’s the Chicago II: Live on Soundstage track list:

“Movin’ On”
“The Road”
“Poem for the People”
“In the Country”
“Wake Up Sunshine”
“Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon”
–“Make Me Smile”
–“So Much to Say, So Much to Give”
–“Anxiety’s Moments”
–“West Virginia Fantasies”
–“Colour My World”
–“To Be Free”
–“Now More Than Ever”
“Fancy Colours”
“Memories of Love”
“It Better End Soon”
–“1st Movement”
–“2nd Movement”
–“4th Movement”
“Where Do We Go from Here”
“25 or 6 to 4”

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