Chicago X [Bonus Tracks]

Chicago X [Bonus Tracks]

by Chicago

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Chicago X [Bonus Tracks]

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 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 Pankow(trombone/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 Vocalist(s). 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2003
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227617929
catalogNumber: 76179
Rank: 62594

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Cetera   Bass,Vocals
James William Guercio   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
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
Robert Lamm   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

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
Wayne Tanowski   Engineer
Robert Lamm   Composer,String Arrangements

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