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Published on Sep 7, 2017
This was filmed at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan- June, 1972.
"Mother" was written by keyboardist/vocalist Robert Lamm in 1970 and appeared on their 'Chicago III' album in early 1971. This was a political statement on Robert's part regarding pollution.
This song was performed routinely from 1970-1972. They may have performed this at ChicagoFest in 1981. I can't remember. Either way, it has not been performed in the last 26 years.
This song features all three members of the horn section soloing at the same time during the middle section. This is not intended to sound like a tight ensemble solo. It's supposed to sound very "erratic" and "unsettling". However, the song closes with a very nice, mellow, pure jazz trombone solo by James "Jimmy" Pankow.
Believe it or not... Rolling Stone Magazine actually praised this song! Imagine that...