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CHICAGO XI

Chicago

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.92 | 37 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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4 stars January 23, 1978 will have been an impact for the band and the fan. And, this sad event is always handed down among the fan and listeners. Posture in which always reformative for playing guitar part is requested. Dissatisfaction that happens with effort to try always to develop the posture on the other hand insufficiency but between. Desire not filled even if there is room in money. Fact to which surroundings are always watched while holding extreme obsession. Decrease in ability of judgment of self. Secret part to which it depresses it with gun always.

The member of the band recollected a situation of Terry Kath at that time. The impact given to the band and the listener due to the accidental discharge accident of the gun that Terry Kath had set up might have been large.

This time was continuous of the misfortune for in the band. Accident that Terry Kath voluntarily caused as result. And, the fact to cancel the relation to James William Guercio that plays patron's role because of first to which the band is formed. A money problem became a deep ditch for both. And, the fact that the management newly contracted did not contribute to the band so much. And, the fact in which this album is made a boundary and the work since this album doesn't succeed in commerce. These points were very the misfortunes for the band.

However, the band neglected a more musical part in the situation and to make them mature, the effort was not neglected. The confrontation of the opinion by the member who records in "VII" put on the market in 1974 and happens mutually has advanced before long by some adjustments concerning the music character. It succeeds in expanding the width of the work by harmonizing each member's preference and individuality without requesting the setting concerning the conclusion and the theme.

The focus is adequately narrowed by introducing the music character filled in the content of "VIII" and "X". Music character that expands part in musical instruments and enhances it. Or, the method of processing ensemble of the band that twines the part of the song. The band that establishes it makes the hesitation wiped out since then, makes the sensibility and the route of POP refined further established, and has advanced.

The character of the message shown in an initial work has been declined a little in the music character at this time. However, this route and zeal proved splendidly attended with the conquest of three sections in Grammy. It might be this "XI" to have informed them of the height of the perfection. This album became on the register for Terry Kath. Introduction of secret lyrics to have a presentiment of it. Or, it is wide with the arrangement of the enhanced music by the guest. And, the height of the ability of the arrangement by each music. It is possible to catch as an album of the quality after equilibrium and flexibility join the music character of a mature band.

"Mississippi Delta City Blues" is a tune with the flavor of complete Jazz Funk. It is said that they are old tunes according to the remark of Terry Kath from which unnamed was still made in 1967. It is said that it is often performed after that and it was collected to this album. Performance of band by complete Groove. Part where obbligati by Brass is good. Progress of extending Chord. Flavor of their original Brass sections. Replacement of rhythm with dash feeling. The route of original Funk is given.

"Baby,What A Big Surprise" is a tune where the sensibility of Peter Cetera appears splendidly. Introduction of sweet Strings section. Chorus's coming in succession by Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. The Brass section is intentionally excluded and the flavor of the ballade of good is produced. The composition of a song with a transparent feeling and an original melody is expressed well.

The song of "Till The End Of Time" by James Pankow is impressive. It is ..flavor of the Rock ballade mainly composed of three rhythms.. finished. Processing of gentle song and melody sung indifferently. Atmosphere that a few Blues is felt. An original chorus who is is one of the tastes of the band, too.

In "Policeman", the Brass section where a gentle melody and the anacatesthesia exist is a feature. Coming in succession of chorus who decides impression of song and tune with room of Robert Lamm. The composition of the progress of Chord will give the listener a pastoral impression.

In "Take Me Back To Chicago", secret lyrics and the melody are features. Sound and melody of keyboard with feature. Or, the chorus of Chaka Khan might be completely dyed to the tune. A melody of the keyboard on the way of the tune and the dash feeling of Brass are complete.

"Vote For Me" is a tune with the flavor of straight Rock An Roll. The sensibility of Robert Lamm is expressed well. A powerful song and the chorus are features. Steady Groove and atmosphere appear well.

"Takin'It On Uptown" has the flavor of complete Blues Rock. Atmosphere with a good flow that adds the element of Funk to the flow a little is put out. Melody of guitar and part of Cutting Work. The band is very Funky.

The flavor of the band appears well in "This Time". The song of Lee Loughnane sounds gently. Really, the melody that members other than Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera make demonstrates their impressions to its maximum. The progress of Solo and Chord of the guitar is sensual. The obbligati of Brass also produces their flavors well. The flavor is preeminent.

"The Inner Struggles Of A Man" is a very active tune. The element of classics is taken and a solemn impression is decided. It succeeds though the song doesn't appear in expanding the width of the impression of the album. It is a tune with a very grand melody. And, the tune is connected from a moving part with Prelude.

"Prelude(Little One)" has been approved as a complete prelude. Progress of Chord that calls impression. The flow that the element of classics is introduced reaches the peak.

"Little One" is a tune dedicated for the child between wives where drum player's Danny Seraphine received the catastrophe. Soulful song and feelings by Terry Kath. It approves as a complete ballade. And, an advanced come in succession by the melody and the flavor of the band composition might be moving. Melody of chorus and shining keyboard. Complete obbligati by Brass. The tune of this album is very abundant. Idea to introduce rhythm of Samba. It is a melody of beautiful Strings and Brass as much as possible. United transparent feelings. The composition is complete.

The band is complete, and only it doesn't mature simply and an idea of this album and a multipronged composition are complete when considering it from respect of the arrangement and the composition. And, it is likely to have prayed for the band to be continued as for Terry Kath through all eternity.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |

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