Chicago is back on October 4 with the band’s 37th studio album and fourth Christmas release. The simply-titled Chicago Christmas will arrive from Rhino Records on CD, LP, and digital platforms with eight original songs, two classic holiday standards, and one pop favorite.
Produced by founding member Lee Loughnane, Chicago Christmas is the group’s first holiday album to focus primarily on original compositions. For this project, the band members wrote new songs such as “All Over The World,” “(Because) It’s Christmastime,” and “I’m Your Santa Claus.” The album also features two distinctive versions, in R&B and ballad style, of “Merry Christmas, I Love You,” a song that Loughnane penned with John Durrill of The Ventures.
Joining the new songs are renditions of “Here We Come A-Caroling” and “Sleigh Ride,” the latter of which was previously cut by the band on 2011’s Chicago XXIII: O Christmas Three. The album’s other cover is more unexpected but promises to be a highlight. Robert Lamm brought Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love” to the project, feeling its message was timely and relevant for the holiday season.
The horn arrangements for Chicago Christmas have been scored by James Pankow, while the album was recorded and mixed by Tim Jessup. The current Chicago line-up as heard on the album is anchored by founders Robert Lamm (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals), and James Pankow (trombone, percussion), plus Keith Howland (guitar, vocals), Lou Pardini (keyboards, vocals), Ray Herrmann (saxophones, flute), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (drums), Neil Donell (vocals, acoustic guitar), Brett Simons (bass, vocals), and Ramon Yslas (percussion).
In addition to the standard CD and black vinyl configurations, Chicago Christmas will be available on red and white vinyl exclusively from the Rhino webstore. What’s it gonna be, Santa? Look for the album on October 4 at the links below!
- (Because) It’s Christmastime
- All Over the World
- Bring My Baby Back
- Merry Christmas, I Love You (R&B Version)
- What the World Needs Now Is Love
- All Is Right
- Sleigh Ride (2019)
- I’d Do It All Again (Christmas Moon)
- I’m Your Santa Claus
- Here We Come A-Caroling
- Merry Christmas, I Love You (Ballad Version)