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
- 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