ROBERT LAMM (CHICAGO) Listen… The Songs Of Robert Lamm 1969-2007 (2CD Promo Only, 2007)

Listen… The Songs Of Robert Lamm 1969-2007 (2007)
Outstanding Promo-Only 2CD Retrospective

45 years after Chicago Transit Authority’s first album, it’s all too easy to remember Chicago now as a middle-of-the-road radio act. Hardly the case. Along with Al Kooper’s Blood, Sweat & Tears (HERE), Chicago trail-blazed the fusion of horns and rock and, along the way, created some first-rate combinations of harmony and composition, jazz and pop, and memorable rock and roll. My own favorite is still Chicago VII, filled with the glorious harmonies of The Beach Boys. You probably have your own, even if you no longer own any of their albums. Robert Lamm was one of the band’s chief songwriters and this promo-only, never-sold-in-stores collection is a righteous gathering of Lamm’s glory years with Chicago and his solo work (not to mention a nod to the highly underrated Beckley-Lamm-Wilson). For fanatics, this set boasts plenty of rare radio edits, a few unreleased tracks and even some special edits by Lamm exclusive to this compilation. Listen to one of those below, 1974’s “Life Saver,” which stylistically echoes the late, great Carl Wilson. You don’t have to be a fan of Chicago to appreciate Lamm’s work, but those that do will surely dig this rare retrospective. If this one is like other Warner/Chappell publishing promos, it was likely limited to 2,500 copies. We couldn’t even find a hard copy at Amazon, so those that got ‘em must be hanging on to them.


CHICAGO
Beginnings (Single Edit) (2:49)
Listen
(3:22)
25 Or 6 To 4 (Single Edit) (2:53)
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Radio Edit) (2:53)
Free (Single Edit) (2:16)
Questions 67 and 68 (Single Edit) (3:26)
At The Sunrise (2:46)
Mother (4:28)
Saturday In The Park (3:52)
All Is Well (3:45)
Dialogue Part I & II (Single Edit) (5:00)
Hollywood (3:52)
Life Saver (Special Edit By Robert Lamm) (3:43)
Harry Truman (3:00)
Never Been In Love Before (4:08)
Another Rainy Day In NYC (2:59)
Love Was New (3:29)
We Can Stop The Hurtin (4:11)
Here With Me (Candle In The Dark) (Previously Unreleased) (4:09)
Back To You (3:39)
90 Degrees And Freezing (3:53)
Get Away (Special Edit By Robert Lamm) (1:32)

ROBERT LAMM
The Mystery Of Moonlight
(4:23)
Somewhere Girl (4:44)
Another Sunday (3:57)
I Could Tell You Secrets (4:19)
It’s A Grove This Life (5:02)
Feel The Spirit (Beckley-Lamm-Wilson) (5:06)
The Heart Of Me (with Chris Botti) (4:55)
The Love Of My Life (3:28)
Sad Old House (3:37)
Swept Away (with Phoebe Snow) (4:16)
If Everybody Knows (4:22)
My Neighborhood (Version B) (4:17)
When The Rain Becomes (5:07)
Can’t Believe My Eyes (4:50)
Skinny Boy (4:30)
Love Song (3:12)
One Step Forward (3:10)
Heaven In My Eyes (Unreleased Demo) (3:51)
Where You Think You’re Goin‘? (Public Service Announcement) (1:15)

24 Comments

  • 1
    Anonymous
    February 10, 2010 - 15:23 | Permalink

    Amazing !!! Robert Lamm , great !!
    thanks !!

  • 2
    Anonymous
    February 10, 2010 - 17:15 | Permalink

    This is a nice collecion of a long history of music that Robert has either written and/or performed. Thanks

  • 3
    Anonymous
    February 10, 2010 - 21:19 | Permalink

    never seen this before. thanks.

  • 4
    Dan
    February 10, 2010 - 21:37 | Permalink

    Your right. I liked the first Chicago albums but dont have them anymore. THis looks perfect. Thanks for posting and for all your posts.

  • 5
    Anonymous
    February 10, 2010 - 22:20 | Permalink

    Dear Cap'n – Agree with most all you write – they WERE trailblazers – their early stuff especially and how it has NOT dated. I do still have many of their albums vinyl and cd and this post is just so staggeringly juicily a surprise feast for me
    You just excelled your own amazingly high standard of choice quality posts with this gem -Bless you

    Censusloss

  • 6
    Robert
    February 11, 2010 - 01:34 | Permalink

    I see Chicago downloads all the time and never think to get them but this looks good. I liked VI and VII in the days of yore too. Thanks

  • 7
    Capt. Willard
    February 11, 2010 - 01:42 | Permalink

    I thought the same thing when I first got my grubby mitts on it. It looked good! It is good, too! With a lot of stuff I knew and a lot I didn't. Focusing in on one songwriter takes away a lot of obvious 'best of' Chicago choices, so the selection instantly becomes more interesting. Thanks for all the comments.

  • 8
    lemonflag
    February 11, 2010 - 03:22 | Permalink

    Thanks

  • 9
    Anonymous
    February 11, 2010 - 11:04 | Permalink

    The Album Sleeves are very clever look at the interpretation of the logo I must admit they really didn't have much impact in the UK we seemed to get the tail end of them but I always trust your taste I look forward to listening…I think I would draw the line at Bread and the like….Regards

  • 10
    H. P. L.
    February 11, 2010 - 15:56 | Permalink

    Thank you very much. This makes me want to dig out "Live at Carnegie Hall" after all this time.

  • 11
    ElementaryPenguin
    February 12, 2010 - 21:37 | Permalink

    Most of these have a really great production quality. I only have rips from vinyl of most of the Chicago songs, but songs like "Never Been in Love Before" really sound awesome. Was this a remaster?

  • 12
    Miles
    February 13, 2010 - 04:37 | Permalink

    I'd categorize Chicago as a guilty pleasure of mine, although I believe I began losing interest in them a little sooner than Robert. But yet there were always a few gems to be found up through about VI or VII maybe. The spotlight concept is an interesting one with regard to this band. I think a Terry Kath collection would make an even better set.

  • 13
    Ken K.
    February 13, 2010 - 07:12 | Permalink

    Bastardo!
    Now I will have to re-evaluate Chicago (The Group)

    These seem to be different mixes. This is good stuff, Thanks as always.

  • 14
    scurfie
    February 19, 2010 - 20:52 | Permalink

    The only thing that could make this better is to have this in Flac. But I will appreciate this post. Thanks!

  • 15
    Sister Ray
    February 21, 2010 - 05:35 | Permalink

    thank you captain willard.
    the first two were faves. after that? i don't remember why it ceased being an obsession. perhaps it was the lack of the occasional kath incendiary bomb, or the loss of the afro-cuban element. at least, that's what i thought before this.
    i now think it was they were replaced in my affections by steely dan, until i audited this collection, i never saw the similarities before, but their charts and choice of key signatures and changes are really very alike.
    then, it may be also that, at the time, i was much more into cynicism and acerbic arcana that love croons and pop positivism.
    in any event, the re-acquaintance at this time is most welcome.

  • 16
    W
    February 19, 2011 - 04:20 | Permalink

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  • 17
    Joe
    September 23, 2013 - 09:34 | Permalink

    Thanks! This is fantastic!

  • 18
    September 23, 2013 - 11:31 | Permalink

    A lot of reminders from happy times here. Thanks!

  • 19
    steveshark
    September 23, 2013 - 13:20 | Permalink

    Many thanks!

    The first Chicago album is in the car permanently (well, a copy).
    As someone said above, it hasn’t dated and still sounds great today.

  • 20
    notBob
    September 24, 2013 - 22:56 | Permalink

    They never topped their 1st album, but they had me hooked til around number 10. Seeing them live several times with Terry Kath blazing away are among my favorite concert memories!

  • 21
    Ace K.
    October 6, 2013 - 17:08 | Permalink

    Hey, I’m a big enough pop fan to have appreciated Chicago even as they got more and more flaccid. Music aside, I will always love the band’s proclamation on the liner notes to (I’m pretty sure) Chicago II of their support for “the revolution whatever form it may take.” Those were, indeed, different times.

    Ace K.

  • 22
    Anonymous
    March 23, 2014 - 23:39 | Permalink

    Still buzzing from seeing Chicago last night. Saw them first in 72 and have been fortunate to attend several of their shows throughout the years. Last night was an amazing show … They performed 23 songs and played 2 hour and 20 minutes. Truly a WOW performance. I won’t review the show here but they did 5 songs from their 1st album. Still blows me away. Robert Lamm still keeps the group ‘centered’ while the live emphasis is on the horns. This list of songs is a fabulous reminder of the depth and quality Chicago has maintained throughout their career. Thank you Capn for this post!

    • 23
      Willard
      March 23, 2014 - 23:52 | Permalink

      Thanks for commenting.

  • 24
    March 31, 2014 - 18:16 | Permalink

    When I originally left a comment I seem to have
    clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
    now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
    Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service?
    Cheers!

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