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Picks include Chicago, Deep Purple and the Smiths....full article here
IN 2008, CHICAGO© HAD BEGUN A RELATIONSHIP WITH PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC, AN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHER. IT WAS AN EARLY STEP TOWARDS, OF NECESSITY, CREATING A MECHANISM FOR THE BAND TO DO THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY. OBVIOUSLY, THE ENTIRE LANDSCAPE HAD CHANGED FROM WHAT WAS NORMAL WHEN THE BAND'S DEBUT ALBUM “CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY” WAS RELEASED IN 1969.
THE BAND CONTINUES TO FLOURISH, CONSTANTLY TOURING THE U.S. AND INTERNATIONALLY, AND HAVING ONE OF IT’S 70-PLUS ‘HIT’ SONGS ON THE RADIO VIRTUALLY EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY, SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD. BUT THERE WAS A ‘DISCONNECT’ IN TERMS OF NEW RECORDINGS, NEW MUSIC, AND HAVING A PRESENCE IN OTHER MEDIA, AND IN ‘NEW MEDIA’.
THE OLD MODEL HAD US WAITING FOR THE RECORD COMPANIES, OR THE PUBLISHING COMPANIES, WHICH REPRESENTED OUR BODY OF WORK, TO CREATE THAT PRESENCE. IT WAS NO LONGER EFFICIENT.
WE HAD RETAINED THE RIGHT TO RE-RECORD OUR MUSIC, AND THE TIME HAD COME TO TRY. WE DECIDED TO GATHER AT A STUDIO IN NASHVILLE, DURING A SMALL BREAK BETWEEN TOURS, WHERE ABOUT HALF THE BAND WAS NOW BASED. NASHVILLE’S FAMOUS STUDIOS WERE BEGINNING TO DISAPPEAR DUE TO CHANGES IN THE BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY. JASON FOUND ONE WHERE WE COULD WORK QUICKLY USING PRO TOOLS©.
THE ENGINEERS ‘STRIPED’ THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS OF 15 OF OUR MOST POPULAR RECORDINGS. THEN JASON, KEITH AND TRIS PAINSTAKINGLY DUPLICATED THE OLD RHYTHM SECTION PERFORMANCES, GLITCHES AND ALL, WITH SCARY VIRTUOSITY. NEXT, ROBERT PUZZLED OUT HIS KEYBOARDS. IN MARATHON SESSIONS, LEE, JIMMY, AND WALT, DID THE BRASS. LEAD AND BACKROUND VOCALS WERE RE-PERFORMED, ALL WITH AS MUCH DETAIL AND RESPECT AS POSSIBLE.
IN LISTENING INTENTLY TO THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS, WE ARE AMAZED AT HOW WELL THEY RETAIN THE HIGHEST QUALITY SOUND. LISTENING TO THE MIXES WE ARE AMAZED AT HOW CLOSE WE CAME TO SOUNDING LIKE THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS.
http://www.palladia.tv/ will feature Chicago "Backstage Pass" a total of 75 times during May. Retweet!
The diversity and depth of Chicago's band members is shown again by this great Keith Howland track (a Lamm/Howland/Imboden collaboration). "It has a retro, but current feel. It was cut with no click track to let it breathe", according to Keith. Robert Lamm played REAL B3, REAL Fender Rhodes, and added a strong, soulful, signature vocal. Enjoy this preview of "Free At Last" by Chicago!
Note from admin: [Time to go viral?]
[As before, conceptually complete...but pre-horns, pre- sweetening, pre-mix/mastering. Final Chicago masters coming in the near future.] Enjoy this next installment of our "work in progress" previews!
Please note we have provided two previews for this song:
Naked In The Garden Of Allah (CLIP A: Chicago_work in progress sample 040813)
Naked In The Garden Of Allah (CLIP B: Chicago_work in progress sample 040813)
About the track:
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... RL
NAKED IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH
(lyrics and music by Lamm) (music by Lamm/Linderman ©4/16/12)
WE ARE NAKED
WE ARE INNOCENT
WE ARE DEADLY
WE ARE BROKEN
WE ARE IGNORANT
WE ARE LOST
WE ARE CHILDREN
WE ARE DISCONTENT
WE ARE FATAL
WE ARE BROKEN
WE ARE IMPOTENT
WE ARE LOST
THIS TELEVISED DEMOCRACY (we seek protection, we seek protection)
SUCH ADOLESCENT FANTASY (we seek refuge, we seek refuge)
RANDOM ACCESS TO CONTENT
I THINK WE’RE NAKED IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH
PIE IN THE SKY AND GINGERBREAD (we seek protection, we seek protection
WE NEVER MEANT TO GET IN BED (we seek refuge, we seek refuge)
WITH WANNABE INTELLIGENCIA
I THINK WE’RE NAKED IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH…
Here is some recent news about McDonald's (we've waited until now to announce our participation in their innovative marketing idea). You can enjoy the video below. So, please feel free to comment on their site, tweet, facebook,etc. Maybe the next time you visit, you'll see more of the exclusive videos we've made available for their new channel -which will be going worldwide. That's a lot of restaurants. Congrats McDonald's!!! And, while we are talking innovation, did you know the band is currently recording a new batch of original Chicago songs? Yep. :) Enjoy!
Somethin Comin I Know ...... on Chicago World Tour DVD!!!! On the Chicago, World Tour DVD, right before Jason sings Hard To Say I'm Sorry, You can hear Robert playing a little of this new song......little different tempo....not as uptempo as…Continue
Started by Ron Santoro on Thursday.
Have to tell you Robert, I 've been listening to this recording for the past day and a half.... some really great and beautiful tracks man .... been going through a rough time lately ... lost my best friend t cancer on Apr 22, known her since 1978…Continue
Started by Michael A. Turek on Wednesday.
You guys really need to consider putting "Out Of The Blue" on the new Chicago release! After all it is a tribute to Terry Kath, and where would the Rock Band with Horns be w/o TK? Maybe take the song and rework it so the whole band is involved? It…Continue
Started by John-Edward Alley, Jr. May 5.
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