Chicago VIII [Bonus Tracks]

Chicago VIII [Bonus Tracks]

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Road-weary and running low on steam, the members of Chicago began tinkering with their formula on the nostalgic Chicago VIII. Robert Lamm continued to loosen his grip on the songwriting, allowing Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, and James Pankow to pen the majority of the album. The enthusiasm and drive that the band had displayed on their

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Road-weary and running low on steam, the members of Chicago began tinkering with their formula on the nostalgic Chicago VIII. Robert Lamm continued to loosen his grip on the songwriting, allowing Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, and James Pankow to pen the majority of the album. The enthusiasm and drive that the band had displayed on their previous efforts was audibly escaping them, best exemplified by the lazy drawl that Cetera affects on his otherwise rocking "Anyway You Want." Finally, the jazz tinges continued to appear less and less, replaced by a brassy R&B approach that provides a more rigid structure for their tunes. But these factors don't necessarily count against the band, as many songs have a lazy, late-afternoon feel that provides a few feel-good moments. Pankow's "Brand New Love Affair -- Part I & II" is a smooth, light rock ballad that Terry Kath wraps his soulful voice around, transforming it into a brooding lament on lost love. This track also begins to incorporate the multi-vocalist approach that would become the trademark of their '80s work, as the second half of the song is sung by Cetera and Lamm as well. Kath's "Oh, Thank You Great Spirit" is another winner, as his delicate vocals drift along on a sparse and psychedelic (for Chicago at least) sea of guitars. Pankow's "Old Days" may be the only other notable track, a powerful rocker that showcases his tight compositional skills and provided the band with the only memorable hit song from the record. Lamm's contributions are the least-commercial songs, as his arty and dynamic tracks are nostalgic entries that show him moving in an atypical direction lyrically and musically. Only his "Harry Truman" really connects, and the instrumental tributes to Depression-era jazz and the goofy singalong ending manage to render the song silly before it can really sink in. Although not terrible by any means, Chicago VIII is heavily burdened by their obvious desire to take a break. The band hits upon some wonderful ideas here, but they are simply too weary to follow them up, and the resulting album has none of the tight orchestration that reigns in their more ridiculous tendencies.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227617820
catalogNumber:
76178
Rank:
45387

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago   Primary Artist
Robert Lamm   Keyboards,Vocals
Peter Cetera   Bass,Vocals
Linda "Peaches" Green   Vocals
Terry Kath   Guitar,Vocals
Lee Loughnane   Trumpet,Vocals
James Pankow   Trombone,Vocals
Walter Parazaider   Vocals,Woodwind
Daniel Seraphine   Drums
Richard Torres   Vocals
Krista Ferguson   Vocals
John Carsello   Vocals
Joanne Rocconi   Vocals
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Katherine Ogden   Vocals
Steve Fagin   Vocals
Brandy Maitland   Vocals

Technical Credits

James William Guercio   Producer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Wayne Tarnowski   Engineer
Jeff Guercio   Engineer
Mark Guercio   Engineer
John Berg   Cover Design
Pat Williams   Orchestration
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Steven Chean   Editorial Research
Phil Gallo   Liner Notes
Nick Fasciano   Cover Design
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination

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Chicago VIII [Bonus Tracks] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album notes for this CD convey that the members of Chicago were feeling tired- from touring and all- when VIII was recorded. And it shows. This album clearly finds Chicago at some sort of crossroads, deciding what its future sound should be. The tracks are all over the place- from the wimpy and maudlin "Never been in love before" to the hardline sound of "Hideaway" to the Beatlesque "Long time no see". Even with songs there is inconsistency- such as that within "Brand New Love Affair". Since Chicago is so scattered, it is unable to devote much thought to any of their efforts. Only "Anyway you want" and possibly "Old Days" show any real depth. The bonus tracks, however, reveal Chicago as the experimental artists that they were with Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago II. That being said, however, Chicago VIII really is the last album by the band which could still be considered listenable by its ealiest fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't agree at all with the other review . This album is very good ,different from the previous albums but if you are open minded and dont want a clone of "Chicago VII" ,just enjoy the good music the group delivers . And if you like Hard-rock you will be glad to hear "Hideaway" . If you dont got this one ,buy it !!
Joanne60 More than 1 year ago
Very good upbeat songs on this CD. WOuld reccommend this to family and friends.