Chicago VI

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Chicago VI
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 25, 1973
Recorded February 1973, Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO
Genre Rock
Length 38:21
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago V
(1972)
Chicago VI
(1973)
Chicago VII
(1974)
Singles from Chicago VI
  1. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day"
    Released: June 1973
  2. "Just You 'n' Me"
    Released: September 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[3]

Chicago VI is the fifth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1973.

After recording all of Chicago's first five albums (including the live album Chicago at Carnegie Hall) in New York City, producer James William Guercio had his own Caribou Studios built in Nederland, Colorado during 1972, finished in time for the band to record their sixth album the following February. It would remain their recording base for the next four years.

Robert Lamm authored half of the album's tracks, including his response to some of Chicago's negative reviewers in "Critics' Choice", and James Pankow wrote the album's two hits, "Just You 'N' Me" (#4) and "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (#10). The latter was co-composed with Peter Cetera, who also wrote the country-influenced "In Terms Of Two".

Released in June 1973, Chicago VI was another commercial success, spending five weeks at #1 in the US. The band would not chart in the UK at all until 1976's Chicago X.

On August 23, 1989, just before 7:00pm local time, "Just You 'N' Me" was the last song played on WLS before switching to an all-talk format.[citation needed]

The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. The original U.S. CD release (Columbia CK #32400) was mastered for CD by Joe Gastwirt. In 2002, Chicago VI was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records, with two bonus tracks: a Terry Kath demo called "Beyond All Our Sorrows", and a recording of Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone", taken from the 1973 TV special, "Chicago In The Rockies". In 2013, the audiophile reissue company Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remastered Chicago VI and released it on Hybrid SACD which can be played on both CD players and SACD players.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Critics' Choice" (Robert Lamm) (Lead singer: Robert Lamm) – 2:49
  2. "Just You 'n' Me" (James Pankow) (Lead singer: Peter Cetera) – 3:42
  3. "Darlin' Dear" (Lamm) (Lead singer: Robert Lamm) – 2:56
  4. "Jenny" (Terry Kath) (Lead singer: Terry Kath) – 3:31
  5. "What's This World Comin' To" (Pankow) (Lead singers: Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, & Terry Kath) – 4:58

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Something in This City Changes People" (Lamm) (Lead singers: Robert Lamm & Terry Kath) – 3:42
  2. "Hollywood" (Lamm) (Lead singer: Robert Lamm) – 3:52
  3. "In Terms of Two" (Peter Cetera) (Lead singer: Peter Cetera) – 3:29
  4. "Rediscovery" (Lamm) (Lead singer: Robert Lamm) – 4:47
  5. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Cetera, Pankow) (Lead singer: Peter Cetera) – 4:15

Bonus tracks (2002 re-issue)[edit]

  1. "Beyond All Our Sorrows (Demo)" (Terry Kath) – 7:06
  2. "Tired Of Being Alone (With Al Green, from the TV Special Chicago In The Rockies)" (Green) – 4:09

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1973 Billboard Pop Albums 1

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" Billboard Pop Singles 10
1973 "Just You 'N' Me" Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
1973 "Just You 'N' Me" Billboard Pop Singles 4

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold July 18, 1973
RIAA – USA Platinum November 21, 1986
RIAA – USA Double Platinum November 21, 1986

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Chicago VI - Chicago : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ "CG: chicago". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Chicago: Chicago VI : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. 1973-08-17. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
Preceded by
Living in the Material World by George Harrison
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 28 - August 17, 1973
August 25 - September 7, 1973
Succeeded by
A Passion Play by Jethro Tull