Chicago V

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Not to be confused with Chicado V or NBC 5 Chicago.
Chicago V
Chicago - Chicago V.jpg
Studio album by Chicago
Released July 10, 1972 (1972-07-10)
Recorded September 20–29, 1971 at Columbia 52nd Street Studios (Studio B), New York
Genre Rock, jazz rock
Length 45:16
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago at Carnegie Hall
Chicago V
Chicago VI
Singles from Chicago V
  1. "Saturday in the Park"
    Released: July 1972
  2. "Dialogue (Part I & II)"
    Released: October 1972
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.


Following the release of Chicago III in 1971, the group changed from producing double albums, with many songs arranged in extended suites, in favor of more concise tracks on 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. Terry Kath wrote and sang the album's final track "Alma Mater", which showcased his acoustic guitar abilities and although bassist Peter Cetera didn't contribute any compositions to the album, he still sang and played bass, even using a wah-wah pedal on his bass on "While the City Sleeps"; this would be the last album to not have any compositions from Cetera during his tenure in the band. The song "A Hit by Varèse" is a tribute to French-American composer Edgard Varèse.

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 to that point, 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" Robert Lamm Lamm 4:56
2. "All Is Well" Lamm Lamm 3:52
3. "Now That You've Gone" James Pankow Terry Kath 5:01
4. "Dialogue (Part I)" Lamm Kath, Peter Cetera 2:57
5. "Dialogue (Part II)" Lamm Lamm, Kath, 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



  • Produced by James William Guercio
  • Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski
  • Logo Design – Nick Fasciano
  • Album Design – John Berg
  • Photography – Jim Houghton and Earl Steinbicker
  • Lettering – Beverly Scott
  • Remastering – Joe Gastwirt



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


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


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


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Chicago V - Chicago : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Chicago: Chicago V : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. 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). Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. 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