Live in Japan (Chicago album)
|Live in Japan|
|Live album by Chicago|
|Recorded||June 10, 11 and 14, 1972|
|Producer||James William Guercio|
Live in Japan is a 1975 live album by American rock band Chicago. It was recorded over the course of three days at the Osaka Festival Hall on the band's tour in support of Chicago V in 1972. The group recorded Japanese-language versions of "Lowdown" and "Questions 67 And 68" to coincide with their Japan performances. They performed both songs in Japanese during their stay, which are documented on this album.
Originally, the album was released as a two-LP set (CBS/Sony SOPJ 31-32XR), and only in Japan. The album was finally released in the U.S. in 1996 as a two-CD set (CRD-3030) on Chicago's own label, Chicago Records.
Live in Japan is the only Chicago album not to be numbered after release, therefore is not in Chicago's canon. 1971's Chicago at Carnegie Hall, however, is part of the canon with the numbering for the album being 'IV'.
Many fans and band members alike think the sound quality of this recording is better than 1971's Chicago at Carnegie Hall. Chicago founding member James Pankow was always particularly critical of the Carnegie Hall album saying:
|“||I hate it. The acoustics of Carnegie Hall were never meant for amplified music, and the sound of the brass after being miked came out sounding like kazoos.||”|
Walter Parazaider noted about the sound quality of Live in Japan:
|“||The Japanese hooked up two eight-track machines together to make 16 tracks. The quality of the sound was excellent.||”|
The album was reissued in March 2014 worldwide faithfully replicating the original LP design including a cardboard sleeve, booklet with photos and all the lyrics in very difficult to read small font.
- "Dialogue (Part I & II)" – 6:55
- "A Hit by Varèse" – 4:43
- "Lowdown (Japanese version)" – 4:14
- "State of the Union" – 8:14
- "Saturday in the Park" – 4:19
- "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" - 14:05
- "Beginnings" – 6:36
- "Mississippi Delta City Blues" – 5:50
- "A Song for Richard and His Friends" – 7:54
- "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? [Free Form Intro]" – 6:15
- "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" – 3:53
- "Questions 67 & 68 (Japanese version)" – 4:51
- Robert Lamm: keyboards, vocals
- Terry Kath: guitar, vocals
- Peter Cetera: bass, vocals
- Danny Seraphine: antique bells, congas, drums
- Lee Loughnane: trumpet, background vocals, percussion
- Walter Parazaider: woodwinds, percussion
- James Pankow: trombone, percussion