Recorded during a tour of Japan in support of their fifth album, this double CD live recording contains most of the essentials from Chicago's first five albums.
The set opens with material mostly from Chicago V, including Dialogue, Parts I and II, a Hit By Varese, Saturday in the Park, and State of the Union, with guitarist Terry Kath sounding phenomenal on the latter. The band's first album, Chicago Transit Authority, is well represented, with strong renditions of Questions 67 and 68 (sung in Japanese), Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is and Beginnings, while Ballet For a Girl In Buchanan (the seven-song suite featuring Color My World and bracketed at the start and finish by the hit single Make Me Smile), from Chicago II, never sounded so good. A 10-minute version of 25 or 6 to 4 features another stellar Kath solo, and the CD's finale showcases Peter Cetera on bass and Danny Seraphine on drums on a medley of I'm a Man and Free.
The sound quality is rather poor in comparison to the Carnegie Hall album, but the band is tighter and sounds more confident. All in all, a great trip back to the 70s when this band, with its original lineup, knew how to rock and roll.