Chicago X

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Chicago X
Chicago - Chicago X.jpg
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 14, 1976 (1976-06-14)
Recorded September 1975, March – April 1976, at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO
Genre Rock
Length 38:12
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits
(1975)Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits1975
Chicago X
(1976)
Chicago XI
(1977)Chicago XI1977
Singles from Chicago X
  1. "Another Rainy Day in New York City"
    Released: June 1976
  2. "If You Leave Me Now"
    Released: July 1976
  3. "You Are on My Mind"
    Released: March 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Chicago X is the eighth studio album, and tenth album overall, by the American band Chicago. It was recorded at Caribou Ranch[2] and it was released on June 14, 1976. The album made it to number three on the Billboard 200,[3] and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 21, 1976, a week after its release.[4] It was certified platinum on September 14, 1976, and has since been certified multi-platinum.[4] Chicago X was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year,[5] and it won a Grammy Award for Best Album Package.[6]

The album produced Chicago's first number one single in the United States, "If You Leave Me Now".[7] The single went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus, the band's first Grammy Award.[5] It was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.[5]

Two other songs from the album released as singles—"Another Rainy Day in New York City", and "You Are On My Mind"—made it into the Billboard Hot 100. "Another Rainy Day in New York City" made it to number 32, and "You Are On My Mind" went to number 49.[7]

Artwork, Packaging[edit]

The album art depicts a partially unwrapped chocolate bar with the band's logo on it, resembling a Hershey's chocolate bar as it was packaged at the time. John Berg won a Grammy Award for Best Album Package.[6]

Background[edit]

After recording Chicago VIII in a state of exhaustion, Chicago did not return to the studio until the spring of 1976, feeling refreshed after a substantial break away. Chicago X was released on June 14, 1976, to a receptive audience, giving Chicago a number three album on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and their first album to chart in the UK in years, at number 21. The album featured two top forty singles in Robert Lamm's composition, "Another Rainy Day In New York City", which peaked at number 32 after a brief run in August 1976[8] and Peter Cetera's composition, "If You Leave Me Now", which became the band's first number one single in October of that same year.[9] Originally written at the same time as Chicago VII's "Wishing You Were Here",[10] "If You Leave Me Now" was one of the very last to be completed and, according to reports, was very nearly left off the final product.[11] "We're a band where anyone can contribute anything, so when Peter wrote this song, we gave it our all, even though we thought it wasn't anything special. Shows how little we knew," said Robert Lamm.[citation needed] Guitarist Terry Kath didn't like the increased emphasis in ballads, singling out this song as an example.[citation needed] Band member Walter Parazaider has been quoted as saying he heard the song on the radio while cleaning his pool and initially thought "it sounded like McCartney," not realizing it was his own band's work.[11] The song became the band's first number one hit in the US and UK, and some band members felt the song's success changed the public's perception of the band, leading to more demand from Columbia Records for ballads,[11] though they acknowledged that the band had started moving away from their political oriented music into the mainstream years earlier, beginning with 1972's Chicago V.[12] Lamm and Kath, in particular, were uncomfortable with this turn of events. The album is also notable for the lead vocal debut of trombonist James Pankow. Different band singers tried "You Are On My Mind", but Pankow felt they were not nailing it the way he heard it, so producer Guercio said, "You sing it," and that effort landed on the final album. "You Are On My Mind" was the third single for the album, reaching number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1977.[13] Trumpet player Lee Loughnane also contributed a lead vocal for his song "Together Again". (Both Pankow and Loughnane would contribute lead vocals again on the next album, Chicago XI.) "You Get It Up" was sung by the entire band in unison — thus the album's atypical crediting of Danny Seraphine, Walter Parazaider, and Laudir de Oliveira with "vocals".

In 2002, Chicago X was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records with an early rendition of Chicago XIV's "I'd Rather Be Rich" by Lamm, as well as Kath's "Your Love's An Attitude" — both cut in 1975 — as bonus tracks. This album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic.

For the summer 2007 tour, the band included "You Are on My Mind" with Pankow again on vocals — the first time this song had been performed live since 1976–1977.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Once or Twice" Terry Kath Kath 3:01
2. "You Are on My Mind" James Pankow Pankow 3:24
3. "Skin Tight" Pankow Peter Cetera 3:20
4. "If You Leave Me Now" Cetera Cetera 3:58
5. "Together Again" Lee Loughnane Loughnane 3:53
6. "Another Rainy Day in New York City" Robert Lamm Cetera 3:03
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
7. "Mama Mama" Cetera Cetera 3:31
8. "Scrapbook" Lamm Lamm 3:28
9. "Gently I'll Wake You" Lamm Lamm 3:36
10. "You Get It Up" Lamm Cetera/Kath/Lamm/Loughnane/Laudir de Oliveira/Pankow/Walter Parazaider/Danny Seraphine 3:34
11. "Hope for Love" Kath Kath 3:04

Personnel[edit]

Chicago
Additional personnel

Production[edit]

  • Produced by James William Guercio
  • Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski
  • Assistant Engineer – Tom Likes
  • Strings recorded by Armin Steiner at Sound Labs (Hollywood, CA)
  • Mastered by Doug Sax
  • Album Cover Concept – John Berg
  • Logo Design – Nick Fasciano
  • Candy Bar Photo – Columbia Records Photo Studio
  • Inside Photography – Reid Miles

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1976 Pop Albums 3

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1976 Another Rainy Day in New York City Pop Singles 32
1976 Another Rainy Day in New York City Adult Contemporary 2
1976 If You Leave Me Now Pop Singles 1
1976 If You Leave Me Now Adult Contemporary 1
1977 You Are on My Mind Pop Singles 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r3853/review
  2. ^ Amicone, Michael (July 20, 2002). "A vigorous 35-year-old feelin' stronger every day". Billboard. Howard Lander. p. 42 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ "Chicago - Billboard 200 Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Chicago". GRAMMY.com. May 14, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "19th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. January 16, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Chicago - Hot 100 Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Music: Billboard Hot 100 for August 8, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1976-10-23
  10. ^ http://www.humbleandfredradio.com/listen-to-humble-and-fred/2015/09/peter-cetera-september-28.html
  11. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William James (1991). Chicago Group Portrait (Box Set) (CD booklet archived online) (Media notes). New York City, NY: Columbia Records. p. 7. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ Greene, Andy (December 17, 2015). "Chicago on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Reuniting with Peter Cetera". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1977-04-30