Chicago V

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Chicago V
Studio album by Chicago
Released July 10, 1972 (1972-07-10)
Recorded September 20, 1971 (1971-09-20)–September 29, 1971 (1971-09-29), Columbia Recording Studios, New York
Genre Rock, jazz rock
Length 45:16
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago at Carnegie Hall
(1971)
Chicago V
(1972)
Chicago VI
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]

Chicago V is the fourth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1972. It is notable for being the group's first single album release, after having released three consecutive double albums and a box set of live material.

History[edit]

Following the release of Chicago III in 1971, which almost left Chicago creatively spent, the band decided to curb its desire for double albums and work on more concise numbers (in contrast to the suites that had typified their previous work) in order to fit all of the new material onto a single album. Chicago V is also notable for Robert Lamm's prolific songwriting; eight out of its ten tunes are composed solely by him.

Recorded just before Chicago at Carnegie Hall was released in late 1971, Chicago V was cut in just over a week and held over for release until the following summer. Released shortly before the album, the single "Saturday In The Park" was the band's biggest hit thus far, reaching #3 in the US. Chicago V was critically acclaimed and became the biggest hit album of 1972, becoming Chicago's first #1 album and spending nine weeks atop the charts in the US. In the UK, the release managed to reach #24. The follow-up single "Dialogue (Part I & II)" (#24) also became a Top 30 hit in the US.

In 2002, Chicago V was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records with three bonus tracks: a rehearsal of Lamm's "A Song For Richard And His Friends," which was debuted at Carnegie Hall, an early rehearsal of Kath's "Mississippi Delta City Blues" (which would later be re-recorded and released on Chicago XI), and a single edit of "Dialogue."

On August 17, 2011, Warner Japan released this album as a hybrid stereo-multichannel Super Audio CD in their Warner Premium Sound series.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "A Hit by Varèse"   Lamm Lamm 4:56
2. "All Is Well"   Lamm Lamm 3:52
3. "Now That You've Gone"   Pankow Kath 5:01
4. "Dialogue (Part I)"   Lamm Kath, Cetera 2:57
5. "Dialogue (Part II)"   Lamm Kath, Lamm, Cetera 4:13
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
6. "While the City Sleeps"   Lamm Lamm 3:53
7. "Saturday in the Park"   Lamm Lamm, Cetera 3:56
8. "State of the Union"   Lamm Cetera 6:12
9. "Goodbye"   Lamm Cetera 6:02
10. "Alma Mater"   Kath Kath 3:56

Bonus track (2002 re-issue)[edit]

  1. "A Song For Richard And His Friends (Studio Version,without Vocals)" (Lamm) – 8:15
  2. "Mississippi Delta City Blues (First Recorded Version, with Scratch Vocal)" (Kath) – 5:28
  3. "Dialogue (Part I & II) (Single Edit)" (Lamm) – 5:02

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Black Albums 33
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 1
1972 Billboard Jazz Albums 1

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Dialogue (Parts I & II)" Billboard Pop Singles 24
1972 "Saturday in the Park" Billboard Pop Singles 3

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold July 31, 1972
RIAA – USA Platinum November 21, 1986
RIAA – USA Double Platinum November 21, 1986

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Chicago V - Chicago : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Chicago: Chicago V : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. 1972-12-07. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  3. ^ Warner Premium Sound 17 August 2011 releases (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-11-03.
Preceded by
Honky Château by Elton John
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 19 - October 20, 1972
Succeeded by
Super Fly (soundtrack) by Curtis Mayfield