Chicago’s ‘Chicago VII’

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

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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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