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"Stone of Sisyphus", the unreleased Chicago album would be released by Rhino this year!

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"Stone Of Sisyphus" is the title of an unreleased studio album by Chicago, recorded in 1993 and to be released in 1994. Its original working title was Chicago 22, but "Night & Day" Big Band ultimately became the band's twenty-second official album.

Produced by Peter Wolf and set for release in March of 1994, Stone was to mark the return to the adventurous and experimental sound the band had established in their glory years of the early 1970s, with a modern refurbishing. It was meant to be a drastic departure from the familiar power-ballad mode the group had become locked into. Robert Lamm initially suggested the possible title "Resolve," but the band eventually settled on "Stone of Sisyphus" based on Bill Champlin's suggestion.

The soaring title track, written and co-sung by guitarist Dawayne Bailey, was based on Greek mythology - a man named Sisyphus forced to climb up a huge mountain with a rolling stone. Upon reaching the mountaintop successfully with the stone, he would be free of the curse. But the stone kept rolling down the mountain, thus he would have to start all over again.

Statements made in a June 22, 2007 podcast by Chicago member Robert Lamm indicated that Rhino Records will release the album in 2008. Stay tuned!!!

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All I can say is hats off to RHINO RECORDS for believing in CHICAGO enough to release this album FINALLY! Now what would be really cool is to see this ALBUM go double platinum in a week and make WARNER BROTHERS/REPRISE kick themselves for their STUPITY. When you are working with one of the top 3 MOST SUCESSFULL AMERICAN ROCK BANDS OF ALL TIME( Regardless of what MTV and ROLLING STONE say) you should give them the freedom to make the kind of music they want to make and not what is considered "releasable"

I hope the irony of the above poster misspelling "stupidity" is not lost on anyone ...

Anyway, I too commend Rhino, and the band, for finally giving wide release to this widely bootlegged material. I have one such bootleg, and while I don't agree with many others that the album is a massive change from the band's '80s work -- "Let's Take a Lifetime" and "Here With Me" are as cheesy as many other Chicago ballads, and "Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed" and "Get on This" are just plain bad -- I will welcome the improved mixing and sound quality that will come with a "real" release for tunes like "The Pull," "Stone of Sisyphus" and "Plaid."

I, like many Chicago fans, was beginning to wonder if this album would ever see the light of day.I'm so happy they finally released it and it was SO worth the 15 year wait. The songs are every bit as good as I always heard they were. A return, in many ways, to the style that put them on the map 40 years ago- edgy and fun. The band has often said in interviews that they feel this is some of their best work ever and I agree.

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