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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although it was their tenth release Chicago X 1976 was actually the band's eighth studio effort -- as Chicago IV 1972 had been a live set from Carnegie Hall and Chicago IX 1975, which precedes this disc, was the their first best-of collection. Musically, the combo had effectively abandoned their extended free-form jazz leanings for more succinct pop songs. That is not to say that the band couldn't rock, because they could as evidenced by the Terry Kath guitar/vocals full-tilt rave-up "Once or Twice," which commences the album. The hot brass section bows deeply and respectfully to their Muscle Shoals counterparts as Kath does his best funky Otis Redding vocal. Showing his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although it was their tenth release Chicago X 1976 was actually the band's eighth studio effort -- as Chicago IV 1972 had been a live set from Carnegie Hall and Chicago IX 1975, which precedes this disc, was the their first best-of collection. Musically, the combo had effectively abandoned their extended free-form jazz leanings for more succinct pop songs. That is not to say that the band couldn't rock, because they could as evidenced by the Terry Kath guitar/vocals full-tilt rave-up "Once or Twice," which commences the album. The hot brass section bows deeply and respectfully to their Muscle Shoals counterparts as Kath does his best funky Otis Redding vocal. Showing his tremendous depth of field, Kath bookends the LP with the empowering and positive "Hope for Love." In between those two extremes are some of Chicago's best-known works -- such as Peter Cetera's bass/vocals chart-topping light rock epic "If You Leave Me Now" and Robert Lamm's keyboards/vocals "Another Rainy Night in New York City." The latter side also reveals a minor motif, as it is a Latin-based song about the Big Apple. It follows in the footsteps of the improv-heavy "Italian from New York" from their previous studio effort, the fusion-filled Chicago VII 1974. Lamm contributes a few other tucked-away classics to Chicago X as well -- such as the aggressive and sexy "You Get It Up." There are also a pair from James Pankowtrombone/vocals in the form of the syncopated "You Are on My Mind" -- which crossed over onto both the adult contemporary as well as pop music charts. His other composition is the classy brass of "Skin Tight." The upfront horn interjections and overall augmentation are akin to the sound made famous by their West Coast Tower of Power contemporaries. As a majority of their previous efforts had done -- all sans their debut -- Chicago X was a Top Ten album and "If You Leave Me Now" became a double Grammy winner, for both Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo Group or Chorus and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. The latter award was actually not given to the band, but rather to noted string arranger Jimmie Haskell and the group's longtime producer, James William Guercio. Another well-deserved Grammy was given to John Berg for his visually enticing cover art -- depicting Chicago's logo on the wrapper of what otherwise appears to be a Hershey chocolate bar. As the disc was released in the summer of the U.S. bicentennial 1976, the all-American image was undoubtedly and duly noted. [The 2003 CD reissue includes new liner notes, rare photos, and two "bonus selections" that actually predate the recording sessions for Chicago X. These include Lamm's first swipe at "I'd Rather Be Rich," which would turn up nearly half a decade later on their 14th effort in 1980. Finally, there is a previously unearthed Kath track called "Your Love's an Attitude."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227617929
  • Catalog Number: 76179
  • Sales rank: 52,192

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Primary Artist, Vocals
Robert Lamm Keyboards, Vocals
Peter Cetera Bass, Vocals
James William Guercio Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar
Terry Kath Guitar, Vocals
Lee Loughnane Trumpet, Vocals
Othello Molineaux Steel Drums
James Pankow Trombone, Vocals
Walter Parazaider Vocals, Woodwind
Daniel Seraphine Drums, Vocals
Leroy Williams Steel Drums
Hawk Wolinski Piano, Mellotron
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Robert Lamm Composer, String Arrangements
Peter Cetera Composer
James William Guercio Producer
Jimmie Haskell Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements, String Conductor
Terry Kath Composer
Lee Loughnane Composer
James Pankow Composer, Brass Arrangment
Wayne Tarnowski Engineer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Maria Villar Art Direction
Nick Fasciano Artwork, Logo Design
Dave Donnelly Remastering
Wayne Tanowski Engineer
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