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Robert Lamm Songs: the Jve Remixes

by Robert Lamm

Robert Lamm Songs: The JVE ReMixes. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before! Dance floor remixes are one thing. What producer John Van Eps does to such iconic rock classics by Chicago—all written by Robert Lamm—is another!
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1. Beginnings (Chicago & Jve)
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4:26 album only
2. Saturday in the Park (Chicago & Jve)
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4:31 album only
3. 25 or 6 to 4 (Latin) (Chicago & Jve)
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3:29 album only
4. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Chicago & Jve)
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3:09 album only
5. Questions 67 & 68 (Chicago & Jve)
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4:14 album only
6. It's a Groove, This Life (Robert Lamm & Jve)
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3:47 album only
7. Another Rainy Day in New York City (Chicago & Jve)
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4:08 album only
8. You're My Sunshine Everyday (Robert Lamm & Jve)
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3:18 album only
9. On the Equinox (Robert Lamm & Jve)
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3:39 album only
10. 25 or 6 to 4 (Dance) (Chicago & Jve)
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3:56 album only
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Robert Lamm Songs: The JVE ReMixes. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before! Dance floor remixes are one thing. What producer John Van Eps does to such iconic rock classics by Chicago—all written by Robert Lamm—is another. You might call it deconstructing the songs and rebuilding them from the ground floor up using their DNA. Eps even snipped lyric lines, juxtapositioning words to change meanings. The weirder Eps got, the more Lamm loved it.

When you’re talking about songs like “25 Or 6 To 4” “Beginnings” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is” “Saturday In The Park” and “Questions 67 And 68,” you’re talking the stuff upon which a generation took to their heart and soul. “It’s supposed to be quirky and fun,” says Van Eps. “My fear is that the Chicago website is going to be rife with complaints about what I’ve done!”

Lamm, always adventurous, “a purely musical kinda guy,” according to Van Eps, is ready for the response, no matter what it is.


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Mary Parrotto

JVE Remixes - Robert Lamm
When "Robert Lamm Songs: the JVE Remixes" first arrived I was excited to listen to what new music and arrangements Robert Lamm and John Van Eps, a frequent co-writer and producer of many of Lamm's other solo works, had put together this time.

I am a fan of both men and own most of their collaborative efforts from "Life Is Good In my Neighborhood", "In My Head/Too Many Voices", and most recently "The Bossa Project".

At first listen however, I was shocked, almost angry, at the result. How could they take Chicago songs like "Beginnings", "Saturday in the Park", and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" and destroy them in such a way? Even "It's A Groove" from one of my favorite Lamm solo projects, "Subtlety and Passion", was almost unrecognizable.

I had heard "On The Equinox" since it was previewed on "Living Proof", so of course it was "supposed" to sound like this.

That is when it occurred to me: the problem was not with Lamm, Van Eps or this CD. The problem was me and the way I was listening to it. I have heard these songs hundreds of times, either on record, CD or live and I have the arrangements/performances embedded in my brain; expectations of how they are "supposed to sound". When I could break free of the closed minded "little box" I had put them in and listen as if I had never heard the tunes before, I really came to enjoy this CD for its originality and appreciate how brave Lamm and Van Eps were to take on such a task.

Fans, I believe, sometime try to hold captive the material wanting it unaltered because of the memories associated with the songs for them. They do not want the artist to grow or change the work because it disturbs their memories, their past, their "little box". I found in order to listen fairly, I had to let go of my personal memories I associated with the music and be open to something unique and different; hear these songs as new material and not as something so familiar to me. After a few listens I realized how much like this CD, no I maybe even Love this CD. It's a rare combination of pop, jazz, hip hop, big band with interesting vocals, timing and arrangements. Highly recommended. Five Star Gentlemen. Shine on.

Laura

An Adventure!
Sounding daringly different than classic Chicago, these reinterpretations of some of Robert Lamm's most brilliant songs, captured my attention, and I am enjoying the exploration!

Bob

I Don't ThinkSo
I really enjoy Robert's solo efforts but this one leaves me scratching my head. Rather than calling it "deconstructing the songs" a better word may be "demolishing". I'm always first in line for RL's releases but I'll passsss on this this one.