Chicago VII [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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
ock glory while continuing the middle-of-the-road MOR ethos that was concurrently impacting the pop charts. Nowhere is this more evident ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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
ock 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 sections 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227617721
  • Catalog Number: 76177
  • Sales rank: 31,535

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude to Aire (2:47)
  2. 2 Aire (6:28)
  3. 3 Devil's Sweet (10:09)
  4. 4 Italian from New York (4:14)
  5. 5 Hanky Panky (1:53)
  6. 6 Life Saver (5:18)
  7. 7 Happy Man (3:31)
  8. 8 (I've Been) Searchin' So Long (4:28)
  9. 9 Mongonucleosis (3:27)
  10. 10 Song of the Evergreens (5:21)
  11. 11 Byblos (6:20)
  12. 12 Wishing You Were Here (4:37)
  13. 13 Call on Me (4:03)
  14. 14 Women Don't Want to Love Me (4:36)
  15. 15 Skinny Boy (5:17)
  16. 16 Byblos (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Primary Artist
The Pointer Sisters Vocals
Robert Lamm Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Mellotron, ARP, fender rhodes, Piano (Grand)
Carl Wilson Background Vocals
Peter Cetera Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Guille Garcia Percussion, Conga
James William Guercio Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar
Jimmie Haskell Strings
Al Jardine Background Vocals
Terry Kath Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells
Lee Loughnane Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Background Vocals
James Pankow Percussion, Trombone, Background Vocals
Walter Parazaider Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ross Salomone Drums
Daniel Seraphine Bass, Percussion, Drums, Hi Hat
Wayne Tarnowski Piano
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski Piano, Mellotron, ARP, fender rhodes
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Robert Lamm Composer, Brass Arrangment
Peter Cetera Composer
James William Guercio Producer
Terry Kath Composer
Lee Loughnane Composer
James Pankow Composer, Brass Arrangment
Walter Parazaider Composer
Daniel Seraphine Composer
Wayne Tarnowski Engineer
Jeff Guercio Engineer
John Berg Cover Design
Maria Villar Art Direction
Phil Gallo Liner Notes
Nick Fasciano Cover Design
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Hank Steiger Background Noise
Bobbi Roen Background Noise
Camelia Ortiz Background Noise
Julie Nini Background Noise
Diane Nini Background Noise
Dave Donnelly Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Life Saver

    In my opinion, this was the last great Chicago album, but it is certainly a highlight. The first half is some tasteful excursions into fusion and jazz rock, which Chicago pull off with ease. The second half has some great pop, include some of the band's best vocal harmonies ever. Not to mention underrated songs on the album, like "Life Saver." A high-point for Chicago, especially for fusion fans.

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