Chicago – Live in Japan Japan-only single LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1975 Japanese single-disc pressing of the live album Live in Japan by Chicago, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the single-disc version of Live in Japan by Chicago, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Live in Japan is a 1975 single-disc pressing on the CBS label of an album that was originally released in 1972 as a double album.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl aside from a very faint sleeve scuff on side one.  It’s a clean disc that appears to have only been played a couple of times.

A nice copy of a pretty good live album, and the only single-disc version we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Chicago’s best-known live album is 1971’s Chicago at Carnegie Hall, a four record set that’s known for it’s bulk but less praised for the sound quality and performances.

Live in Japan, released only in Japan in 1975, is generally regarded as having both better performances and better sound quality than the American album, and for some listeners, the benefit of only being half as long.

This single-disc version of the album contains the following tracks:

  • Dialogue (Parts 1 and 2)
  • State of the Union
  • Saturday in the Park
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  • Make Me Smile
  • Lowdown
  • Questions 67 & 68
  • 25 or 6 to 4 gave Live in Japan a 4 star review:

This double-length set, not the “legendary” four-LP Carnegie Hall concert, is the one to get to hear what Chicago sounded like in their classic early period. In contrast to the Carnegie Hall show, where the band emphasized its precision to the point of deadening any excitement that might have been generated, here Chicago sounds upbeat and lively, bent on giving a good, exciting show and not on capturing a perfect performance. … It shows what an embarrassment of riches Columbia was faced with in the group’s output that they never issued this performance in America, favoring the more hyped but far less entertaining and exciting Carnegie Hall show.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in