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"NOW" Chicago XXXVI CD available!!

Out Of The Blue by Robert Lamm: A Reflection on Terry Kath

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Naked In The Garden Of Allah [ from "NOW" Chicago XXXVI ] Lyric Video

"NOW" website:


NAKED IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH (Lyrics by Robert Lamm/Music by Robert Lamm/ Hank Linderman)©2012-2013

Video: Mark Rizzo

Basic track recorded 2012 @ Robert’s home studio using Garage Band transferred to Pro Tools @ Hank studio 2012

Jason Scheff: recorded Bass, Sarasota FL 4/20/12

Keith Howland: Guitars recorded at home studio 11/7/12

Robert Lamm recorded lead vocal @ Hank’s studio 11/18/13,

Robert added BG vocals to Hank's vocals @ end section 11/20/13 Hank & Robert manipulated all BG vocals 11/20/13

Brass recorded at Nashville, TN July 21, 2013 by Hank Linderman

Lee Loughnane: Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Walt Parazaider: Alto Sax

James Pankow: Trombone

Brass arrangement: Trent Gardner

Fiddle: John McFee

Drums: Tris Imboden Recorded @ Drew Hester Studio, Hank producing. March 2013

Doumbek & Percussion: Walfredo Reyes Jr. @ Hank’s Studio

The song is about "vulnerability & violence". I had this music idea in the 90's going back to post - Desert Storm. The basic lyric came during 2011 in the wake of the Troop Surge in Afghanistan. (The Greek chorus lyrics are rough translations of incantations uttered while entering a mosque.) They could just as well be a prayer I offer up any given morning. I have read several books about the region, the war, and the forces we are fighting against. I watched many films and documentaries about these battles, which seem so ..... pre-Terminator Sci-Fi. How did we get to this? I know. I remember.

Many sides to this lyric. Inspiration for this…


Posted by Chicago -Admin on June 3, 2014 at 7:59am

Chicago on Cafe Press

Posted by Chicago -Admin on May 11, 2014 at 9:47am — 5 Comments

James Pankow interview -Chicago trombonist and horn arranger leads the charge

Between two tours of Europe and Asia and select dates in the United States this summer, it seems audiences can't get enough of the legendary rock 'n' roll band with horns, Chicago.

Chicago will take the stage for a one-time performance in Ohio on May 20 at the Hard Rock Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Road in Northfield. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $56 to $110.

"It's not only busy, it's busier than ever," said original band member Jimmy Pankow. "It's gotten to the point where the music has become a phenomenon."

This year marks Chicago's 47th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date.

"This is what we've done for so long that it's become almost something that we cannot do without," Pankow said. "It's a communion because you created this music and little did you know when you sat at a piano and notated some intimate, personal ideas and thoughts that they would become shared with hundreds of thousands of people and become an experience, not just notes on paper."

The show will take audiences on a magical journey, starting from the very beginning.

"The adrenaline gets pumping," Pankow said. "The people get nuts. The show we're doing is probably the best show we've ever done in terms of pacing, in terms of capturing the body of music of all these years. We start the show with the first album and we include selections from our new album."

Chicago's new record, "Now," Chicago XXXVI, is set to release on July 4. The album includes 11 brand new songs, recorded on the road.

"We have some very exploratory stuff and music that is traditionally Chicago," Pankow said. "We have the signature horns and the identity that the music has always had, but we also have the fun of taking it places that…


Posted by Chicago -Admin on May 8, 2014 at 9:27am — 9 Comments


Enter Chicago’s “Platinum Presence” Grand Prize drawing!

Enter before May 30th for your chance to win it all:

1. Autographed Platinum Record (RIAA Certified Award) Winner’s name included on presentation plaque.

2. Personal Skype video call with a founding member of Chicago (15 minutes)

3. Chicago “Social Media Shout Out”. Your page, link or cause featured at top of our Facebook

and Twitter pages! We’ll chime in on your social media pages too!

4. Original horn charts for “Free At Last” and “America” Autographed by the Chicago Horns – Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walt Parazaider.

5. All Access laminated credential to watch a Chicago concert from stage left or right

(with one lucky guest you bring).

6. See the interior of Chicago tour bus with Lee as your guide.

TO PARTICIPATE: Reserve your copy of “NOW” Chicago XXXVI NO LATER THAN MAY 30th for automatic entry into our random grand prize drawing. Anyone who has already pre-ordered any of the 5 limited edition “NOW” packages, is already entered for both this grand prize and trumpet giveaway promotions.

Winner will be chosen on August 4,2014 – one month after the official release date of “NOW”.

Good luck -be sure to enter before May 30, 2014. This is our pre-order period closing date!…


Posted by Chicago -Admin on May 2, 2014 at 8:07pm — 7 Comments

"NOW" Chicago XXXVI Trumpet Giveaway!

"NOW" Chicago XXXVI Trumpet Giveaway!

Lee Loughnane played it on some of Chicago's most memorable gigs.

"NOW" his autographed trumpet could be yours!
To enter, reserve your copy of "NOW" Chicago XXXVI and be automatically entered into our random drawing.
On August 4, one month after the official release date of "NOW", we will
choose a lucky winner to receive this amazing musical instrument and piece of
rock 'n' roll history! How cool is that? Included will be a letter of provenance signed by Lee Loughnane on official Chicago letterhead.

Anyone who has already pre-ordered any of the 5 "NOW" packages, is also eligible and currently entered.


Posted by Chicago -Admin on April 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

Enter drawing to meet Chicago!

Get any “NOW” Chicago XXXVI package to be automatically entered into our drawing! Winners will be notified via email. PRE-ORDER "NOW" BEFORE MAY 30TH!

Posted by Chicago -Admin on April 24, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Thanks to the Chicago Fan Community! Amazing support of "NOW" Chicago XXXVI

Chicago has the absolute best fans in the world! 

An amazing 64% of the members of this community have reserved a copy of our new studio the first 24 hours!  All we can say!!!

Posted by Chicago -Admin on April 14, 2014 at 9:14pm — 13 Comments


Then and Now 3 Replies

I have been listening to "Now" XXVI a lot.  it dawned on me how would the new CD stack up to the older Chicago music?  This is a partial track list of what I have come up with to record on to a cassette tape for my presonel use.   "Introduction", …Continue

Started by Jim Dokey. Last reply by Tom Sheely 19 hours ago.

"Now" On Tour 1 Reply

First let me start that I havent been this excited about a new Chicago release in years!   Solid songs, great horns, more guitar riffs, etc etc. Also love the fact that there are videos being released or many of the songs. Simple but yet a great…Continue

Started by John Mahan. Last reply by Jim Dokey on Tuesday.

XXXVI...Exceptional Creativity 5 Replies

I have listened to this CD first in download format, then the CD since it's arrival and can say I am most impressed with this work from the band.  The exceptional creativity displayed in this work is evident that there is much new ground to be…Continue

Started by Jim. Last reply by Jim Dokey Jul 14.

The History Of Chicago

I don't know if this has been decided yet or if an official announcement will, but I was wondering if the new documentary "The History Of Chicago" will be released as a feature film in theatres, or will it be released on DVD/Blu Ray?

Started by Tim Byng Jul 8.



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