Few bands hang out for the long haul. In fact, many of our great bands from the ’60s have gone away. There are, of course, a few from the ’70s still persevering. But then there’s Chicago.
Chicago (the band) showed up in 1969 with their 2LP debut on Columbia Records. That album wasted no time, no time at all crawling into the consciousness of fans with three huge Top10 hits that included “Beginnings”, “Does anybody Really Know What Time It Is”, and “Questions 67 and 68”. After that, Chicago Transit Authority (later shortened to Chicago), would steadily climb charts with their subsequent albums, using a numerical naming convention for each. Many of those albums generated their own Top10 hits.
Even after losing the important Terry Kath, the jazz-infused Pop band persevered. Today, the band has a whopping 35 albums in their magnificent catalog. (My personal favorite is Chicago V. Oh, you have one too? Discuss!)
Oh wait! Let’s make that thirty-six albums to their credit because Chicago will be releasing their new album, NOW – Chicago XXXVI, on
July 4th July 8th via Frontiers Records. The new album has eleven new excellent songs on it, which you can already preview at the link provided. And with what I’ve heard, I am extremely excited!
NOW – Chicago XXXVI will be available in four different physical packages that include a single CD issue, with standard MP3 download availability to go with it. The next is also a single CD issue but instead of MP3, there will be a choice of a higher definition format that includes FLAC, WAV, AIFF, or ALAC, all in 96kHz/24-bit digital. After that, you have other choices that include the single CD with a NOW T-shirt inclusion, and an all-inclusive Deluxe Edition that includes the single CD, a NOW t-shirt, a NOW poster, a NOW coffee mug, and your choice of the high definition digital files.
All CD sets are housed in a six-panel case, along with a 16-page booklet with lyrics, and automatic entry into a drawing that could land you a ‘Meet and Greet’ at a concert during their Summer 2014 Tour (pre-order for the contest). there will also be digital-only download availability in all formats mentioned previously.
Get all extra details at the new album’s website!