Chicago / Sapporo 1973 / 2CD

Chicago / Sapporo 1973 / 2CD / Zion

Translated Text:
Live at Hokkaido Koseinenkin Kaikan, Sapporo, Japan 6th April 1973



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Best-Japan concert album that summed up the original CHICAGO is appeared. They you, but you’ve done the Japan tour of 14 degrees up to the present, was equipped with the original seven, until 1973. This work, the third time of the Japan tour of the first day of “1973 April 6, 2011: Hokkaido Welfare Pension Hall” audience recording that contains the performance. Is a live album that was used directly ceded the first appearance of the original master recording from the house himself.
This year, was also the heyday of recording the most concerts in Japan history of CHICAGO. First, let’s look back on the schedule.

– April 6: Hokkaido Welfare Pension Hall [this work] – April 7: Hokkaido Welfare Pension Hall
– April 9, 2011: Nippon Budokan
– April 10: Nippon Budokan
– April 12, 2011: Hiroshima Postal Savings Hall
– April 13: Fukuoka Kyuden Memorial Gymnasium
– April 16, 2011: Kyoto Kaikan
– April 17: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
– April 18, 2011: Osaka Welfare Pension Hall
– April 19, 2011: Osaka Welfare Pension Hall
– April 20, 2011: Osaka Welfare Pension Hall

As described above, the 1973 tour all 11 performances. Their Japan tour is, in a most about seven performances a classic, it was a tour that longitudinal the archipelago by the number of performances was missing Zuba. Is was to record such this work, taper was recorded Sapporo performance of PINK FLOYD legend. “COLD FRONT”, and the recent release “SAPPORO 1972: DIRECT REEL MASTER” even famous, is a CHICAGO hen of that historic name recording, is a thing that has been recorded in the same reel-to-reel. Moreover, this is the first appearance of the original master. 15 minutes more than the long version, which has been entirely cut in the already issued of the day “A Hit By Varese / Free” also been recorded, but in the past the highest, longest, best live album.
Only in such original master, the higher the sound quality is also hard to believe the era of “43 years ago”. Clearly and Kiritachi, musical tone that roar in detail sense of distance is like no, Katsuaki almost as if the sound board. Yet seven large family of, I one person alone is spin performance can be taken to listen firmly to subtleties say ………. Hit the rude to the sound source is a phrase such as “listen to take”. The same thing as not to say “listen to take” to the official of the studio work and live album. 1 sound 1 sound, Tsukuseru taste banged immersed in fully’s the sound.
Unprecedented clear of is timeless, but the feeling of air drawn by the sound, “1973 + Hokkaido” has appeared clearly. There is not a lot of Hokkaido Japan tour today, further 1973. The audience was witnessing a brass lock of contemporary stamp, Miiri as catch one’s breath, and listened, the focus has been carved become silence. Dignified in the air, roaring exquisite brass lock. The is also a super-high-quality that strange of the combination produces.
Also enthusiastically that before such a Sapporo audience, distinctively it is “1973”. While at the time to complete the “VI”, but it was the timing that two months before the release, the set list while the axis of the masterpieces of the “V”, “Just You ‘N Me” from the “VI” and “Rediscovery “, further show off to the” Aire “of the next album,” VII “. Do not listen to the official name album “LIVE IN JAPAN” is also in the earlier repertoire has also covered “Now That You’re Gone”, it has become the very “of the original line-up era bottom line”. The surprise more than that is, decorate the beginning “Magical Mystery Tour”. Of course, it is a super classic of the Beatles. Although I know that it has been played from an anonymous era of CHICAGO, formally without being recording, rhea cover it is not clear if it had been played many times today. That is the listen in ultra-clear sound that is comparable to the sound board.

After Unlike AOR routes, lock hot there was even some progressive, give vent to the early 70’s only hot air to straight “original CHICAGO”. And to its culmination, it is one of the best sound. Official album “LIVE IN JAPAN” in comparable large masterpiece of this production 100% even that contains the second time of the Japan tour. Historical album spit out the air that has been Tayuta’ only to “Sapporo 1973” directly from the speaker. This fragrance, this air, this vibe. Was confined to the press 2CD not fade forever. Please, please, aspiration into the full chest this weekend.


・4月6日:北海道厚生年金会館 【本作】

以上のように、1973年ツアーは全11公演。彼らの来日公演は、多くても7公演ほどが定番な中、ズバ抜けた公演数で列島を縦断したツアーだったのです。そんな本作を録音したのは、PINK FLOYD伝説の札幌公演を記録したテーパー。『COLD FRONT』、そして近年リリースの『SAPPORO 1972: DIRECT REEL MASTER』でも有名な、あの歴史的名録音のCHICAGO篇であり、同じオープンリールで録音されたものなのです。しかも、今回は初登場のオリジナル・マスター。この日の既発では丸ごとカットされていた15分超の長尺版「A Hit By Varese/Free」も収録され、過去最高・最長・最良のライヴアルバムなのです。
そんな札幌のオーディエンスを前にした熱演にも、“1973年”が色濃い。当時は『VI』を完成させつつ、リリースの2ヶ月前というタイミングでしたが、そのセットリストは『V』の名曲を軸としながら、『VI』からの「Just You ‘N Me」や「Rediscovery」、さらには次作『VII』の「Aire」まで披露。それ以前のレパートリーにしてもオフィシャルの名盤『LIVE IN JAPAN』では聴けない「Now That You’re Gone」も取り上げており、まさに“オリジナル・ラインナップ時代の総決算”となっているのです。それ以上に驚きなのが、冒頭を飾る「Magical Mystery Tour」。もちろん、ビートルズの超名曲です。CHICAGOの無名時代から演奏されたことは分かっているものの、正式には録音されることなく、現在でも何回演奏されたか定かではない激レア・カバー。それがサウンドボードにも匹敵する超クリアサウンドで聴けるのです。

後のAOR路線とは違い、ある種プログレッシヴでさえあった熱いロック、70年代初期だけの熱気をストレートにぶちまける“オリジナルCHICAGO”。その集大成にして、極上サウンドの1本です。2度目の来日公演を収めた公式盤『LIVE IN JAPAN』にさえ匹敵する本生100%の大傑作。“1973年の札幌”にだけたゆたっていた大気を直接スピーカーから吐き出すヒストリカル・アルバム。この薫り、この空気、このヴァイヴ。永久に色あせないプレス2CDに封じ込めました。どうぞ、今週末は胸いっぱいに吸い込んでください。

Disc 1 (44:49)
1. Intro 2. Magical Mystery Tour 3. State Of The Union 4. Just You ‘N Me 5. Aire 6. Beginnings
7. Rediscovery 8. Now That You’re Gone 9. Saturday In The Park

Disc 2 (47:58)
1. A Hit By Varese / Free 2. Dialogue (Parts I & II) 3. 25 Or 6 To 4
4. Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon

Peter Cetera – bass, guitar, vocal Terry Kath – guitar, Vocal Robert Lamm – Keyboard, vocal
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, background vocals, percussion James Pankow – trombone, Keyboard
Walter Parazaider – saxophones, brass Danny Seraphine – drums, percussion

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