Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lost Classic? Really?

Is it possible that a classic Chicago album was recorded after the mid-'70s? Is it possible a classic Chicago album was recorded? That's the hype for Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus (again, are you serious? XXXII? Sisyphus?) Amazon's "Editorial Reviews" read:

Product Description
"Sisyphus has attained legendary status among rock critics, Chicago fans, those who’ve heard parts of it and those who have only read about it." —from liner notes by Bill DeYoung

Formed in its namesake city in 1967, Chicago is the first American band ever to propel albums into Billboard®’s pop Top 40 for five consecutive decades, and is among the most successfully charting U.S.-grown acts of all time. Now, another page in the band’s history is revealed with the long-awaited release of Stone Of Sisyphus, the once shelved album that has attained legendary status among fans and critics alike. Recorded in 1993 and originally intended as Chicago XXII, the disc marked a return to the genre-transcending, adventurous fusion of sounds that defined the group’s 1970s-era heyday. Three tracks from it surfaced on Rhino’s 2003 Chicago box, but the album itself is previously unissued—now, this momentous release also features four incredibly rare bonus tracks.

If this is a lost classic, "classic" has suffered a conceptual demotion. It might not all sound like Chicago, but a lot of it does, and the tracks that don't sound like other MOR bands. We must all remember: obscure does not equal good.

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