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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the sixth album from the jazz/pop
ock combo Chicago, and was likewise the first to be recorded at the plush, well-lit, and custom-built Caribou Studios in Nederland, CO. The facility was owned and operated by the band's manager and producer, James William Guercio, and eventually became the group's retreat for their next five non-compilation long-players. Another and perhaps more significant change was the incorporation of several "outside" additional musicians -- most notably Laudir De Oliveira percussion, who would remain with the band for the next seven years and eight LPs. Although Chicago had begun as a harder-edged rock ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the sixth album from the jazz/pop
ock combo Chicago, and was likewise the first to be recorded at the plush, well-lit, and custom-built Caribou Studios in Nederland, CO. The facility was owned and operated by the band's manager and producer, James William Guercio, and eventually became the group's retreat for their next five non-compilation long-players. Another and perhaps more significant change was the incorporation of several "outside" additional musicians -- most notably Laudir De Oliveira percussion, who would remain with the band for the next seven years and eight LPs. Although Chicago had begun as a harder-edged rock & roll band, popular music styles were undergoing a shift during the mid-'70s into a decidedly more middle-of-the-road MOR and less-aggressive sound. This is reflected in the succinct pop and light rock efforts, contrasting the earlier lengthy and multi-movement epics that filled their earlier works. Nowhere is this more evident than on Chicago VI's 1973 two Top Ten singles: the easygoing James Pankow trombone ballad "Just You & Me" as well as the up-tempo rocker "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," which Pankow co-wrote with Peter Cetera vocal/bass. This more melodic and introverted sensibility pervades the rest of the disc as well -- especially from Robert Lamm keyboard/vocals, who is particularly prolific, penning half of the material on the disc. Even his sardonically titled "Critics' Choice" -- which is undoubtedly a musical rebuttal to Chicago's increasingly negative critical assessment -- is a languid and delicate response, rather than a full-force confutation. "Darlin' Dear" -- another Lamm contribution -- on the other hand, is a horn-fuelled rocker that actually recalls Little Feat more than it does most of Chicago's previous sides. Compositions from other bandmembers include the heartfelt Terry Kath guitar/vocals ballad "Jenny," which features some fluid fretwork much in the same vein as that of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" or "Castles Made of Sand." Additionally, Peter Cetera's bass/vocals "In Terms of Two" includes a more down-home and countrified acoustic vibe. While Chicago VI is an undeniably strong effort -- supported at the time by its chart-topping status -- many bandmembers and longtime enthusiasts were beginning to grow apart from the lighter, pop-oriented material. The 2002 CD reissue includes two additional sides: a Kath demo of the unissued track "Beyond All Our Sorrows" and the undisputed highlight of the CD, a duet between soul vocalist Al Green and Chicago on Green's "Tired of Being Alone." The latter is derived from the prime-time television special Chicago in the Rockies -- which was produced by Phil Ramone and has been re-broadcast on various music-intensive cable TV networks, such as VH1.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227617622
  • Catalog Number: 76176
  • Sales rank: 44,610

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Primary Artist
Robert Lamm Keyboards, Vocals
Peter Cetera Bass, Vocals
Terry Kath Guitar, Vocals
Joe Lala Conga
Lee Loughnane Trumpet, Vocals
J.G. O'Rafferty Pedal Steel Guitar
James Pankow Trombone
Walter Parazaider Woodwind
Daniel Seraphine Drums
Laudir DeOliveira Conga
Technical Credits
Don Heckman Liner Notes
James William Guercio Producer
Terry Kath Composer
Wayne Tarnowski Engineer
John Berg Cover Design
Maria Villar Art Direction
Steven Chean Editorial Research
Nick Fasciano Cover Design
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Jimmy Pankow Composer
Dave Donnelly Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Critics' Choice

    Chicago offered a rebuke to their critics with the above song, which launches their sixth album. Despite detractors, it's a great pop album that is just slightly inferior to their fifth record. The production is slick and polished, but there is still a number of good songs here. Like all early Chicago, it's a must for fans.

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