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Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.10 | 49 ratings

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2 stars This is a review I did not want to write because I am here condemning my own childhood..

It sounds dramatic and almost like the end of the world, so I better explain myself. You see, I bought this album together with Everyone Plays Darts by Darts 30 years ago for the princely sum of $ 3. Yes, it was from a bargain bin and those albums was among a handful of albums I owned back then. I now have around five thousand albums. But those albums was the foundation of my record collection mania. I have long forgotten Darts although I recently bought a greatest hits compilation on double CD for the princely sum of $ 4. The less said, the better. We all have our dark secrets. That one is mine. What's yours ?

OK, back to this album. I played it to death. It is now 25 years since I last listened to it...... until I got it sent over from Norway one week ago as the final clean out of my parents garden shed. Chicago has been included in PA and I thought I did the community a service by listening to it and reviewing it. I did not remember a single tone of this album. Just that I once liked it. So I started on square one again.

The music here is a blend of pop music (Peter Cetera loves pop) and soft bossanova like jazz/fusion. Las Vegas springs to mind. There are some good guitar picking scattered around this album. The songs are not too bad, although some of them makes me cringe and question my own childhood. To my defence; I also loved Neil Young and Thin Lizzy back then.

The only redeeming factor on this album among cringe worthy pop songs is some nifty jazz passages on mostly the title track. Even The Bee Gees adds their voices to this album. Please pass me the sick bag, please. But the title track is the saviour here. Besides of that; this album is best avoided. Frankly; Chicago brings too many bad memories and I regard that band as a mine field. I am here referring to this band and not to Windy City. Handle with care, is my advice.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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