Chicago VI

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Chicago VI
Chicago - Chicago VI.jpg
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 25, 1973
Recorded February 1973, Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 38:21
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago V
(1972)Chicago V1972
Chicago VI
(1973)
Chicago VII
(1974)Chicago VII1974
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.

Background[edit]

After having recorded all of Chicago's first five albums in New York City (except for parts of the second album recorded at CBS in Los Angeles), producer James William Guercio had his own Caribou Studios built in Nederland, Colorado during 1972. It was 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". 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 "In Terms of Two", and sang lead vocal on all three songs.

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.

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
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Critics' Choice" Robert Lamm Robert Lamm 2:49
2. "Just You 'n' Me" James Pankow Peter Cetera 3:42
3. "Darlin' Dear" Lamm Lamm 2:56
4. "Jenny" Terry Kath Terry Kath 3:31
5. "What's This World Coming To" Pankow Lamm, Cetera, Kath 4:58
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
6. "Something in This City Changes People" Lamm Lamm/Kath 3:42
7. "Hollywood" Lamm Lamm 3:52
8. "In Terms of Two" Peter Cetera Cetera 3:29
9. "Rediscovery" Lamm Lamm 4:47
10. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" Cetera/Pankow Cetera 4:15

Personnel[edit]

Chicago[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by James William Guercio
  • Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski
  • Assistant Engineer – Jeff Guercio
  • Mixed by Phil Ramone
  • Mix Assistant – Richard Blakin
  • Cover Design – John Berg and Nick Fasciano
  • Photography by Barry Feinstein

Reception[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