Chicago - Chicago Vii - Expanded & Remastered (CD)

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    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    Number of Discs
    1
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Chicago VII [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    081227617721
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Rhino
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    081227617721
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Prelude To Aire
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Aire
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Devil's Sweet
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Italian From New York
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Hanky Panky
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Life Saver
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Happy Man
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Mongonucleosis
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Song Of The Evergreens
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Byblos
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Wishing You Were Here
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Call On Me
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Women Don't Want To Love Me
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Skinny Boy
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Byblos (Rehearsal)
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Prelude to Aire
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Aire
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Devil's Sweet
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Italian from New York
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Hanky Panky
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Life Saver
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Happy Man
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Mongonucleosis - (Spanish)
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Song of the Evergreens
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Byblos
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Wishing You Were Here
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Call on Me
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Women Don't Want to Love Me
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Skinny Boy
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Byblos - (previously unreleased, take Rehearsal, rehearsal, bonus track)
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    16 October 2002
    Duration
    78m 11s
    Country
    South Africa
    Notes

    Chicago: Robert Lamm (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Mellotron, keyboards, ARP synthesizer); Peter Cetera (vocals, bass); Terry Kath (guitar, bass, background vocals); Walter Parazaider (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lee Loughnane (trumpet, flugelhorn); James Pankow (trombone, timbales, percussion, background vocals); Danny Seraphine (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel includes: Laudir DeOliviera (congas, percussion); The Pointer Sisters (background vocals).
    Recorded at Sound Labs, Hollywood, California and Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado between August & December 1973. Originally released on Columbia (32810). Includes liner notes by Phil Gallo.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Terry Kath (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, bells, background vocals); Lee Loughnane (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals); Robert Lamm (vocals, piano, grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Mellotron, keyboards, ARP synthesizer, background vocals); Peter Cetera (vocals, background vocals); The Pointer Sisters (vocals); James William Guercio (guitar, acoustic guitar); Jimmie Haskell (strings); Walter Parazaider (flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Pankow (trombone, percussion, background vocals); David "Hawk" Wolinski (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Mellotron, ARP synthesizer); Wayne Tarnowski (piano); Daniel Seraphine (drums, hi-hat, percussion); Ross Salomone (drums); Guille Garcia, Laudir DeOliveira (congas, percussion); Dennis Wilson , Al Jardine, Carl Wilson (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: David Donnelly; Phil Ramone; Jeff Magid.
    Audio Remasterer: David Donnelly.
    Liner Note Author: Phil Gallo.
    Recording information: Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO (08/06/1973-12/??/1973); Sound Labs, Hollywood, CA (08/06/1973-12/??/1973).
    Photographer: Urve Kuusik.
    Although commercially successful, Chicago's previous long-player, Chicago VI (1973), had not been received as warmly from both the critics as well as from some bandmembers. Both parties expressed their dissatisfaction with the lighter fare and significantly shorter material. In response, the combo briefly returned to their previously tried and true methodology on their follow-up album. As such, Chicago VII (1974) was not only a double LP, but much of the effort likewise returned them to their former jazz/rock glory while continuing the middle-of-the-road (MOR) ethos that was concurrently impacting the pop charts. Nowhere is this more evident than the trio of sides extracted as singles -- including the Top Ten hits "(I've Been) Searching So Long," "Call on Me," and "Wishing You Were Here." The latter of which features some stunning backing vocals from Beach Boys Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Alan Jardine. The group were continuing in their incorporation of additional musicians, most notably Laudir DeOliveira (percussion) and David J. Wolinski (ARP synthesizer) -- both of whom are prominently featured throughout the sides. The opening instrumentals, including "Prelude to Aire," "Aire," and "Devil's Sweet," reflect Daniel Seraphine's (drums) tremendously underrated skills as a writer as well as the combo's recently underutilized talents as ensemble musicians. All three tracks provide a brilliant showcase for the brass/woodwind section(s) to flex their respective muscles, drawing heavily upon the styles of Weather Report and to some extent Miles Davis and Santana. The nature of their seemingly experimental fusion is stretched out even further on "Italian From New York." The cut includes some interesting ARP interjections from Robert Lamm, whose decidedly free-form contributions weave alongside some rubbery and liquefied fretwork courtesy of Terry Kath (guitar/vocals). His lead bobs around Lamm's synthesizer and an equally prominent cool-toned Fender Rhodes keyboard bed. The second half of Chicago VII directly contrasts the less structured instrumentals with more inclusive sides such as the previously mentioned hits "Call On Me" and "Wishing You Were Here." Other highlights include Lamm's funky mid-tempo "Life Saver," Peter Cetera's (bass/vocals) laid-back and unencumbered "Happy Man," and a double shot from Kath in the form of two serene ballads, "Song of the Evergreens" and "Byblos" -- which features some stellar acoustic strumming. This collection would be Chicago's final two-disc set by the original lineup and offers the best of the band as improvisational instrumentalists as well as concise, emotive vocalists and song crafters. ~ Lindsay Planer

    Date Released
    2002-11-01
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Performer
    Chicago
    Producer
    James William Guercio
    Artists
    1. Chicago
    Distributor
    WEA (Distributor)
    Engineer
    Jeff Guercio; Wayne Tarnowski

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