Chicago VIII

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Chicago VIII
Studio album by Chicago
Released March 24, 1975
Recorded August – September 1974, Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO
Genre Rock
Length 39:18
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago VII
(1974)
Chicago VIII
(1975)
Chicago IX – Chicago's Greatest Hits
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Chicago VIII is the seventh studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1975. Following the experimental jazz/pop stylings of Chicago VII, the band returned to a more streamlined sound on this follow-up.

After five consecutive years of constant activity, the members of Chicago were feeling drained as they came to record Chicago VIII at producer James William Guercio's Caribou Ranch in Colorado in the summer of 1974. While the variety in styles explored on Chicago VIII were reminiscent of Chicago VI, this particular album had a more distinct rock feel, as exemplified on Peter Cetera's "Anyway You Want" and "Hideaway", as well as Terry Kath's Hendrix tribute "Oh, Thank You Great Spirit" and James Pankow's hit "Old Days" (#5). The ballad "Brand New Love Affair, Part I & II" charted at #61.

Preceded by Lamm's nostalgic "Harry Truman" (#13) as lead single, Chicago VIII was held over for release until March 1975 as Chicago VII was still riding high in the charts. While it easily reached #1 in the US, the album had a lukewarm critical reception - still commonly considered, by some[by whom?], as one of their weakest albums, resulting in the briefest chart stay of any Chicago album thus far. It was also the first album to feature session percussionist Laudir de Oliveira as a full-fledged band member, the first addition to the original lineup.

Inside the original LP package was an iron-on t-shirt decal of the album cover and a poster of the band in a station wagon being pulled over by a policeman.

This album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. In 2002, Chicago VIII was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records with two unreleased songs: "Sixth Sense" (an instrumental, or possibly a backing track) by Kath and "Bright Eyes" by Lamm, as well as version of "Satin Doll" recorded for Dick Clark's "Rockin' New Year's Eve" special - all as bonus tracks. To those who care about sound quality, the Chicago VIII tracks included in the "Group Portrait" box set remained to this day as the best sounding CD versions.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocalist(s) Length
1. "Anyway You Want"   Peter Cetera Peter Cetera 3:37
2. "Brand New Love Affair, Part I & II"   James Pankow Terry Kath & Peter Cetera 4:28
3. "Never Been in Love Before"   Robert Lamm Peter Cetera 4:10
4. "Hideaway"   Peter Cetera Peter Cetera 4:44
5. "Till We Meet Again"   Terry Kath Terry Kath 2:03
6. "Harry Truman"   Robert Lamm Robert Lamm 3:01
7. "Oh, Thank You Great Spirit"   Terry Kath Terry Kath 7:19
8. "Long Time No See"   Robert Lamm Robert Lamm 2:46
9. "Ain't It Blue?"   Robert Lamm Terry Kath & Peter Cetera 3:26
10. "Old Days"   James Pankow Peter Cetera 3:31

The band[edit]

Additional personnel

  • Caribou Kitchenettes - vocal chorus on "Harry Truman"
  • John Carsello
  • Donna Conroy
  • Bob Eberhardt
  • Steve Fagin
  • Kristy Ferguson
  • Linda Greene
  • Brandy Maitland
  • Katherine Ogden
  • Joanne Rocconi
  • Richard Torres
  • Angele Warner

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1975 The Billboard 200 1

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 Brand New Love Affair, Part I & II The Billboard Hot 100 61
1975 Harry Truman The Billboard Hot 100 13
1975 Old Days The Billboard Hot 100 5
1975 Old Days Easy Listening 3

References[edit]

Preceded by
Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 3–16, 1975
Succeeded by
That's the Way of the World by Earth, Wind & Fire