Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Live at Carnegie Hall
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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One of the great live rock albums
Marcel Wild | Matieland 7602 South Africa | 09/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my first CD review (usually I write math. articles), but I just had to set things straight after having read some negative reviews. Don't belive it. This triple CD is one of the best live rock recordings ever(on a par with Deep Purple's "Live in Japan" or Rare Earth's Live album)! It is rough and wild and beautiful, and fortunately not digitally "re-mastered". There are those superb vocal moments of "Does anybody really know what time it is?", "Color my world", "I am a man", "Beginnings" and others, great piano, flute, and guitar solos, there are many 10 minute or so intense instrumental passages. Some of those are better than others, but for a 3CD set there are very few weak moments. My personal favorite is the 15 minutes "South California Purples"!"
Pros and Cons
jlsoaz | Arizona, USA | 07/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chicago was my first favorite group, and when I was given thisexpensive album as a gift [thx again :-)], I guess at first I wasn'treally that into it. I guess there was a great deal of improvisation and earthy imperfect live-performance feel that I wasn't used to, together with a sound quality that I now see is derided by some as a less-than-great. But I often enjoy just putting an album on and going about other tasks, and sometimes they grow on you. My opinion of this one came 'round. I started to enjoy the plentiful improvisation of the piano and guitar players, along with the flutist and others. The band really puts out, doing all their great hits with enthusiasm and at length, rather than glossing over them in a medley and then subjecting the audience only to new stuff, as a cheaper act might do. I didn't know it at the time, but Terry Kath, the late guitar player, was one of the best I would ever hear. He really goes to town on this album and I recommend it, on that basis. Great ones like Hendrix and Kath do casually, off the cuff, imperfectly or not, what the good ones try very hard to fit into their acts. I see now, after some years away, that Mr. Kath has come to be held in that sort of regard by others, and that my opinion of him was not so off-the-mark. The band apparently has expressed concern about the sound quality of this recording. They have said that Carnegie Hall doesn't do well with amplified music, and recording a full-horn rock band is already a tough task. I guess they just aren't that super-high on it. That's understandable, and I guess if someone's telling you not to buy this expensive one, and just go and buy some other one that's supposed to be better, then great. I'd give the album three or four stars if I were really focusing on the sound quality issue, but I'm not. I'm focusing on what it means to me, overall, as music. For those of us who already let this album grow on us, despite all its imperfections, there's no turning back. It's too late. Not the best sound quality, I guess, but I simply don't care. If you're really into early Chicago, then I don't see how you can avoid getting this one."
Chicago at it's best
Pete Renshaw | Georgetown, Ohio | 04/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Chicago's best album, far and above their later efforts. The talent of each musician is clearly showcased in the unique rhythms and timing that they used. A live album shows off the capabilities of a band, and on this album they had no equal. The only other live album near the stature of this one is Live at Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers Band. Live at Carnegie Hall is only for people who have the time to relax and pay close attention to what they hear, because there is so much to appreciate here. I listen to all of it at one time as I roll my 18-wheeler away, and the miles roll past quickly with this recording. It's the standard as far as I am concerned; I have the original LP release, and this is still far and away my favorite recording. Bands today don't play this way, with the funky rhythms and horn section. Powerful and moving is what it is."