RhinoChicago has been showcasing a full performance of its classic self-titled 1970 double album -- also known as Chicago II -- on its 2018 tour, and the band also recently played the entire record at a taping for a new episode of the PBS series Soundstage. Now that performance, recorded at the Windy City's famed WTTW-TV studios, will be released June 29 as Chicago II: Live on Soundstage.
The two-disc set includes a video of the program and a 5.1 surround-sound audio mix. The audio of the program also will be available as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a deluxe package called Chicago II: Collector's Edition will be released in August -- that will include the Soundstage performance on CD and DVD, plus a remixed version of the original Chicago II album by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson on both CD and as a double-LP vinyl set.
Chicago II features several of the band's most enduring songs, including "25 or 6 to 4," "Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World." The latter two tunes actually are part of a six-section suite called "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon."
Chicago's Soundstage episode has been airing on PBS stations in recent weeks -- visit ChicagotheBand.com to check out its various premiere dates.
Meanwhile, the band launches a joint U.S. summer tour with REO Speedwagon on June 13 in Concord, California, It also has headlining dates scheduled before and after the trek.
Here's the Chicago II: Live on Soundstage track list:
"Poem for the People"
"In the Country"
"Wake Up Sunshine"
"Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon"
--"Make Me Smile"
--"So Much to Say, So Much to Give"
--"West Virginia Fantasies"
--"Colour My World"
--"To Be Free"
--"Now More Than Ever"
"Memories of Love"
"It Better End Soon"
"Where Do We Go from Here"
"25 or 6 to 4"
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