Sunday, April 21, 2013

Chicago Releases New Recordings of Old Hits on The Nashville Sessions

As is becoming more-and-more commonplace, artists are re-recording their old material, not for small "oldies" labels as happened in the past, but to retain or reacquire rights to their own music.

That's how Chicago came to record The Nashville Sessions, a re-recording of fifteen of their biggest tracks.

It all started in 2008 when the group signed with international music publisher Primary Wave Music. According to the band "The entire landscape had changed from what was normal when the band's debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, was released in 1969. ... There was a 'disconnect' in terms of new recordings, new music and having a presence in other media and '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."

Luckily, the band had retained their rights to rerecord their music, so they went into a Nasville studio between projects and began the work of painstakingly recreating their original tracks.  They first recreated the rhythm parts, even trying to duplicate every glitch and mistake. Then, Robert Lamm added the keyboard followed by the brass parts and the lead and backup vocals.

"Listening to the mixes we are amazed at how close we came to sounding like the original recordings."

The track list for The Nashville Sessions:

  • 25 or 6 to 4
  • Make Me Smile
  • Feelin' Stronger Every Day
  • Beginnings
  • Saturday In The Park
  • Colour My World
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  • Questions 67 and 68
  • Old Days
  • Just You And Me
  • Call On Me
  • Another Rainy Day in New York City
  • No Tell Lover
  • I've Been) Searchin' So Long
  • Alive Again
The album is available at Chicago's on-line store.

3 comments:

Vic Monaco April 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM  

what is the point besides continuing to rip off their fans?

Duncan Vinson May 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM  

This is a terrible idea from both a business and an artistic standpoint. Who needs the Hit Crew to compete with your back catalog when you can do it yourself? Sure, maybe Chicago can make a quick buck by licensing one of these tracks for an advertisement or film soundtrack. But the bigger danger is that they are diluting their already cluttered discography even further.

Paul Berry October 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM  

There's no ripoff, I bought this gladly and willingly. Sounds great and it's a great collection of their classic 70's material performed by a current lineup that is mostly original or long term and that I can see live playing these songs in the now! And it's not about making a quick buck but about being able to make a living doing what you love to do.

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