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Interesting points about CTA (Chicago I)

1. Does anyone find the overall sound rounder and brighter, more "live" (if less sophisticated) than on Chicago II? Much has been said about the more nasal/muted sound of the brass on II, but it seems to occur overall compared to CTA, and…

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Terry Kath

Hey Everyone!Would anyone like to discuss Terry Kath? I never had the opportunity to see him with Chicago. The documentary made me wonder what kind of person he was and where would he be today if he had lived? He seemed to be a very kind and…
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Ain't Too Proud To Beg

Mr. Lamm,

It's been almost 12 years since your solo show at The Knitting Factory in LA, which I was lucky enough to attend and absolutely loved. How about another solo performance in the states in 2017? I could go for a little Bossa and…

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Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music

Hey Everyone!I know most of you have collected or are collecting Robert Lamms solo music, so I was wondering what was the first RL solo CD you bought and what was the first solo song that sold you on his music? You can post audio or video here if you like and want to share so everyone gets to hear and/or see your selection.Thanks.Robin

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23 Replies · Reply by Robin 9 hours ago

Naughty Chicago Rumors

This is an old rumor -- probably all you Chicago fans knew about this long ago (and maybe you can set me straight on the details, or maybe it's just an urban legend). I remember hearing or reading many years ago that Pankow wrote his song "Mongonucleosis" in part as a cheeky allusion to Parazaider getting mononucleosis (does anyone get that anymore...?) from a brief fling with one of the Pointer Sisters.  Is this true?  And which Sister was it?

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Great Article from '07

There is very good background information here about some of Robert's songs and his early musical development. David Chiu Interview with RL  One of two songs that Lamm wrote or co-wrote on the album is “Come to Me, Do,” a tender number that recalls the classic Memphis soul sound of the ‘60s. “I love Al Green and I love that whole Stax era,” said Lamm. That’s where the band started. When we were in college playing in bars and clubs in Chicago and the Midwest, a lot of our repertoire was from…

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Fender Rhodes - Devil's Sweet

This live video, Arie Crown Theater from Nov. '72, is a great chance to see Robert up close on the Fender Rhodes. Robert and Terry together are backing up Walt's soprano solo. So neat! This is many months, or even up to one year, before they recorded it for VII. So material from VII was in the setlists before VI had been recorded. 

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Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Stephanie!
I agree that RLs songs have great visual imagery. It brings his music to life and it takes you on a musical journey with him."
9 hours ago
Stephanie Carta replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"I love the visual imagery in many of his songs too.. plus it is very much a Libra trait to be able to empathize with several sides at once. Lee, a leader and consensus figure, is another Libra.:)"
11 hours ago
Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Shannon!
Subtlety and Passion has always been a favorite of mine because Robert was working on that CD at the time I became a fan and he had a message board on his website and he shared the writing process and samples of his music as he recorded…"
12 hours ago
Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Shannon!
That sounds like a great introduction to RLs music!"
12 hours ago
Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Stephanie!
I think that's true that Robert stays true to himself no matter who he is working with or whatever project he is working on. I think that is what makes him such a great artist because he reveals himself and how he feels in his songs. H…"
12 hours ago
Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Mary!
I agree! When I listened to all of Roberts solo music from the different CDs, I found favorites among all of them. There are so many great songs! I do love his duets with Phoebe Snow and Zosia Karbowiak! He seems to be able to work well wi…"
12 hours ago
Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Stephanie!
Roberts songwriting is very deep rooted and from personal experiences as he has said sometimes he got ideas just from reading what was in the paper that day and how it affected him and those around him. I think he is a very brilliant…"
12 hours ago
Stephanie Carta commented on James Castelli's blog post Interesting points about CTA (Chicago I)
"I should have the Steve Wilson remix of II on Friday. You can pre-order on amazon now and check two day shipping to get it on release day.
I am in awe of the work by the original CBS engineers. The task of recording a 7 piece rock band on 16 tracks…"
12 hours ago
Pete Dembroski commented on James Castelli's blog post Interesting points about CTA (Chicago I)
"I've always said II sounded like it was recorded in a cardboard box, just very flat compared to CTA. Especially on the 1st tracks from both albums. Both recorded at CBS studios BUT with different engineers which is the only thing I can think of tha…"
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Stephanie Carta replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"The persona asking questions in In This Country is very real to me. I remember a lot of people like that. They listened to a lot of Bruce Springsteen and worked at plants with defense industry contracts in Connecticut. I just knew I had to get the h…"
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ZoSia Karbowiak liked Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
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Mary Parrotto replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"great thread Robin.  My first initiation to RL's solo music was "Life is Good..." where my favorites were the title track and "When The Rain Becomes a Part of You".  I have collected the solo CD's over the years and love the duet work he did on his…"
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Stephanie Carta replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Perhaps it is interesting that I have never heard any of Robert's classic or new songs on the radio. When I was growing up they weren't old enough for the classics channel, and they were too old for the rock station. Late at night I would get a chan…"
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Shannon Denise Foster replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"It's definitely my favorite RL CD and Subtlety and Passion!"
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Shannon Denise Foster replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"It has the radio style classic Chicago songs like Does Any Body really know what time it is, Beginnings and also has a mixture of his solo songs off of a few different albums Subtlety and Passion, Skinny Boy, Life is good and In my head and it ends…"
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First Tamla/Motown single, released OTD in 1959: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u01a0_yDZxE
Stephanie Carta replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"I think Robert knows that when he makes music his way, collaborating with those who are also not afraid to be creative, then he is reaching an audience that is smaller than would be reached doing something "middlebrow" (his word). And that is okay.…"
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Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Shannon!
I found that Skinny Boy has a lot of very different types of songs from very soft and romantic to rock and edgy. Great CD!"
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Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Shannon!
That sounds like a collectible item! Good for you that you found that! What songs were on there?"
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Robin replied to Robin's discussion Sifting Through Robert Lamms Solo Music
"Hi Shannon!
RL has that ability to draw the listeners in and take them on his journey. It's a gift. He is very humble so I don't know if he even realizes how great his music is. Thanks for your reply."
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