Released today ‘Chicago VII’ is Chicago’s ….sixth album (1974)

Chicago’s ‘Chicago VII’ is their sixth studio (double) album produced by James William Guercio and released on March 11, 19744 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Prelude To Aire (Danny Seraphine) – 02:47 . 2.Aire (Danny Seraphine, Walter Parazaider, James Pankow) – 06:27 . 3.Devil’S Sweet (Danny Seraphine, Walter Parazaider) – 010:07 . 4.Italian From New York (Robert Lamm) – 04:14 . 5.Hanky Panky (Robert Lamm) – 01:53 . 6.Life Saver (Robert Lamm) – 05:18 . 7.Happy Man (Peter Cetera) – 03:34 . 8.(I’Ve Been) Searchin’ So Long (James Pankow) – 04:29 . 9.Mongonucleosis (James Pankow) – 03:26 . 10.Song Of The Evergreens (Terry Kath) – 05:20 . 11.Byblos (Terry Kath) – 06:18 . 12.Wishing You Were Here (Peter Cetera) – 04:37 . 13.Call On Me (Lee Loughnane) – 04:02 . 14.Woman Don’T Want To Love Me (Robert Lamm) – 04:35 . 15.Skinny Boy (Robert Lamm) – 05:12

Musicians : Chicago – Band . Peter Cetera – Bass, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals On (6 – 8 – 9 – 12 – 13), Guitar On (12) . Terry Kath – Guitars, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals On (6 – 8 – 10), Bass On (7 – 11 – 12 – 15), Bells On (10) . Robert Lamm – Mellotron On (1), Keyboards On (2), Fender Rhodes On (3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 13 – 15), Arp Synthesizer On (4), Clavinet On (6 – 14), Backing Vocals On (6 – 8 – 9 – 13), Acoustic Piano On (8 – 9 – 12 – 14), Minimoog On (8), Lead Vocals . Danny Seraphine – Drums, Percussion On (7 – 12), Hi-Hat On (11), Bass Drum On (11) . Lee Loughnane – Trumpet, Flugelhorn On (3 – 5), Backing Vocals On (8 – 10 – 13), Lead Vocals On (10), . James Pankow – Trombone, Percussion On (8), Timbales On (9), Backing Vocals On (8 – 9) . Walter Parazaider – Flute On (1 – 2), Soprano Saxophone On (3), Alto Saxophone On (9), Tenor Saxophone . Ross Salomone – Drums On (15) . Laudir De Oliveira – Percussion On (1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 9 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 16), Congas On (2 – 4 – 6 – 8) . David Wolinski – Arp Synthesizer On (8 – 12), Acoustic Piano On (10), Mellotron And Fender Rhodes On (11) . James William Guercio – Acoustic Guitar On (7), Bass On (10), Guitar On (12) . Jimmie Haskell – Strings On (8) . Wayne Tarnowski – Acoustic Piano On (11) . Guille Garcia – Percussion On (7), Congas On (9 – 11 – 13 – 15) . Al Jardine – Backing Vocals On (12) . Carl Wilson – Backing Vocals On (12) . Dennis Wilson – Backing Vocals On (12) . The Pointer Sisters – Backing Vocals On (15)

Production : Produced By James William Guercio . Jeff Guercio – Engineer . Jeff Magid – Mixing . Phil Ramone – Mixing . Armin Steiner – String Engineer . Wayne Tarnowski – Engineer

Arrangements : James Pankow, Robert Lamm

Package : John Berg – Cover Design . Nick Fasciano – Cover Design . Phil Gallo – Liner Notes . Urve Kuusik – Photography . Maria Villar – Art Direction

Recorded August – December 1973 At Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Co.

Released On March 11, 1974 By Columbia.

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PopMatters
The band deliberately pushed the definitely non-radio friendly pieces up front, and you have to wonder what it would have been like to have been a fly on the wall at Columbia Records when the record executives were told of that decision. […]

Becky’s Island
Chicago VII is the band’s most eclectic album. From straight-out jazz to acoustic folk, from salsa to funk to rock, almost every type of American popular music is represented on VII. […]

All About Jazz
In the middle, for exactly one album, Chicago morphed into something very different: a fusion band. If you blinked, you missed it. […]

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