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Chicago II remastered.
on 17 February 2004
Back in the 1970’s I had both this double LP and its’ predecessor ‘Chicago Transit Authority’. Through the years both remained firm favourites until my CD collection stared to push the vinyl into the background. Not long ago, on a Boy’s night in, playing my old LP’s, Chicago was rediscovered. Sure the sound was marred by crackles and pops and yes, my old stylus had difficulty keeping faithfully to the transients of Chicago’s brass and percussion sections. But the magic was still there.
What a joy to discover these early albums have now been digitally remastered and, instead of being contained on two LP’s they now come on a single CD. The recordings are clear, just how I remember them , when playing the virgin vinyl discs for the first time. Not only do you get the unabridged LP’s either, with Chicago II you also have two bonus tracks as well. (Both single versions released from the original LP.)
If you had and enjoyed Chicago II, on the original vinyl, do yourself a favour and get a new and invigorated blast by buying these new CD’s. The disc comes with a small booklet, providing you with information about the recording and the whole thing comes in a display sleeve.
If you like brass instruments with your rock. Appreciate a hint of jazz. Do yourself a favour and listen to the Chicago remasters.