Robert Lamm on SoundCloud

I noticed awhile back RL asked about suggestions for one off recordings. I have to say, I really like the ones he has done to date, e,g, Sunny, This is not America, etc. I log on to SoundCloud periodically. SC provides an opportunity for musicians and music lovers to upload music in progress or that has not been officially recorded as a single or on an album. Over a period of time, RL has uploaded some neat one offs. I encourage you all to listen to a home demo session that he recorded with Jason Scheff about five years ago. I don’t think they even gave it a formal title, but it is killer. (The lyric talks about friends in familiar places, etc.) JS has always been an enigma to me. Great bass player, but he can get pitchy live. In the studio he is a monster, both with C and solo. Together he and RL made this great demo. As far as I am concerned, it might as well be considered finished, though of course the C horns would be great on it. I have no idea of how RL and JS get along today, but I would love to see this song formally released.  I encourage you to check it out. You will also be pleasantly surprised by some of the other things RL and RL fans post on the site. Cheers fellow music lovers!

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  • Hi Juan!

     Thanks so much for this great link.  Really enjoying the terrific music from RL on the site.  Had missed this gem- very much appreciated.  Also a pleasure to read your insightful comments and RL’s.  - Ann







  • This song was written prior recording ChicagoXXX. Jason, Brett James, Jay DeMarcus and I sat around a kitchen table and had it within an hour.

    (New tech is awesome). I re-arranged it with horns a few years ago, but it didn't make XXXVII.

    Now I have to go look for it in my archive to listen to it!

  • Hey Juan! I listened to the demo and I thought it was great. It certainly has that "Chicago Feel" to it. I too would like it to be released on an album. But, we all know what is missing--THE HORNS! There is just something about those horns that make you feel so good. But, i totally agree with you. The song is really good. I'm just sorry it took five years for me to find it and listen to it. Thanks to you for letting me in on this gem. I would appreciate it if you would let me know about any other songs. I think the lyrics are very good. I felt something while listening to them.

    • I'm glad you enjoyed it Connie. I love finding gems. As I get older, I can't believe how greedy I am. I can never get enough music from my musical heroes. I try to make some music myself, but it just ain't the same. :-(

    • I know what you mean. I too can't get enough from my heroes. Chicago has brought me so much pleasure through the years. Being as talented as they are musically. And being able to write songs as well, it just doesn't get any better. 

  • Juan, I found Robert Lamm on Sound Cloud but not the song you suggested. Is it under something else? 

    • The title is “Chicago’s Robert Lamm and Jason Scheff - Home Demo.” You should be able to search it and it should pop up right away. Please let me/is know what you think of it. JCY


    • Found it!  It was an interesting song.  I really like the lyrics.  Jason is certainly a talented guy but his singing is right on the edge of too much for the ear.  Maybe since it is a demo they can improve that if they were to record it for real.  The lyrics reveal a lot about the struggle of a musician on the road.  Even though they are so fortunate to be able to see the world and know a lot about life, they don't seem like they are too comfortable at home.   I don't know if we should feel sad for them or they should feel sad for us.  Interesting.   Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  Let me know if you come across any other gems.  Mary

    • As with most RL songs,  I liked the lyrics a lot - he always seems to go deeper than most -  and the tune. He seems to most always pick exquisite partners for his solo stuff, and he seems to use (manage) them well. Though he an JS were already band mates, I think he meshes well with him in a non-Chicago setting. More than anything, I like his use of what I think is a rhythm guitar throughout the song. Sounds like an alternate tuning or perhaps a diminished scale riff. Again, something else that I like about a lot of RL compositions. He’s always searching for different sounds within a rock/pop framework. I also appreciate the fact that he throws up stuff on SoundCloud that is not necessarily finished or that is a different take on a known tune. Take a listen to “ Hard Habit to Break” where he takes the first vocal instead of Peter Cetera. Different version than the one that hit the airways, but good and interesting nonetheless. Glad you were able to listen to RL on SC. JCY

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    • Hi Mary,

      You should be able to do a search for “Robert Lamm” or something like “Robert Lamm demo”  once on the SC site and it should pop up pretty quickly on the list. I don’t think you have to be a member to do so, though it is easier. Please let me know if you don’t have any luck and I will try to think it through more in depth. Good luck? JCY

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