|Studio album by Chicago|
|Released||January 26, 1970|
|Recorded||August 1969, Columbia Recording Studios, New York and Hollywood|
|Genre||Jazz fusion, rock|
|Producer||James William Guercio|
|Singles from Chicago|
Chicago (sometimes referred to as Chicago II) is the second studio album by Chicago-based American rock band Chicago. It was released in 1970 after the band had shortened its name from The Chicago Transit Authority following the release of their same-titled debut album the previous year.
Although the official title of the album is Chicago, it came to be retroactively known as Chicago II, keeping it in line with the succession of Roman numeral-titled albums that officially began with Chicago III in 1971.
While The Chicago Transit Authority was a success, Chicago is considered by many to be Chicago's breakthrough album, yielding a number of Top 40 hits, including "Make Me Smile" (#9), "Colour My World" (#7), and "25 or 6 to 4" (#4). The centerpiece of the album was the thirteen-minute song cycle "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon". Guitarist Terry Kath also participated in an extended classically styled cycle of four pieces, three of which were co-written by the well-known, arranger, composer, and pianist Peter Matz. The politically outspoken keyboardist Robert Lamm also tackles his qualms with "It Better End Soon", another modular piece. Bassist Peter Cetera, later to play a crucial role in the band's music, contributed his first song to Chicago and this album, "Where Do We Go From Here".
Released in January 1970 on Columbia Records, Chicago was an instant hit, reaching #4 in the US and #6 in the UK.
Columbia Records was very active in promoting its quadraphonic four-channel surround sound format in the mid-1970s, and nine of Chicago's first ten albums were made available in quad. The quad mix features elements not heard in the standard stereo mix, including additional guitar work from Kath in "25 Or 6 To 4" and a different vocal take from Lamm in "Wake Up Sunshine," the latter of which reveals a different lyric in the song's last line.
|3.||"Poem for the People"||Lamm||Lamm/Cetera||5:31|
|4.||"In the Country"||Kath||Kath/Cetera||6:34|
|5.||"Wake Up Sunshine"||Lamm||Lamm/Cetera||2:29|
|6.||"Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon"||Pankow||
|8.||"25 or 6 to 4"||Lamm||Cetera||4:50|
|9.||"Memories of Love"
|10.||"It Better End Soon"
|11.||"Where Do We Go from Here"||Cetera||Cetera||2:53|
- Peter Cetera – bass, lead & backing vocals
- Terry Kath – electric & acoustic guitars, lead & backing vocals
- Robert Lamm – piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Pianet, lead & backing vocals
- Lee Loughnane – trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals
- James Pankow – trombone, brass arrangements
- Walter Parazaider – saxophones, flute, clarinet, background vocals
- Danny Seraphine – drums, percussion
- Peter Matz – orchestrations and co-arrangements on "Memories of Love" ("Prelude", "A.M. Mourning", "P.M. Mourning")
- Produced by James William Guercio
- Engineered by Donald Puluse, Brian Ross-Myring and Chris Hinshaw
- Robert Honablue – mastering engineer
- Quadrophonic Remix Engineer – Don Young
- Quadrophonic Sound and Remix Supervision – Al Lawrence
- Cover Art – Nick Fasciano
- Cover Design – John Berg
- Photography and Poster Photos – Herb Greene
- 2002 Reissue
- Remixing – Paul Klingberg
- Remix Producer – John Kellogg
- Remastering – Joe Gastwirt
- Liner Notes – David Wild
|1970||Billboard Pop Albums||4|
|1970||"25 or 6 to 4"||Billboard Pop Singles||4|
|1970||"Make Me Smile"||Billboard Pop Singles||9|
|1971||"Colour My World"||Billboard Pop Singles||7|
|RIAA – USA||Gold||April 13, 1970|
|RIAA – USA||Platinum||August 9, 1991|
- individual times for Ballet taken from original LP KGP 24 CS 9962 XSM 151735
- individual times for Memories of Love taken from original LP KGP 24 CS 9977 XSM 151852
- individual times for It Better End Soon taken from original LP KGP 24 CS 9977 XSM 151853