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CHICAGO VIII

Chicago

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.72 | 32 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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3 stars The change in some situations and differences of elegance will be able to be found to this album if it thinks about the characteristic of the album that "Chicago" till then announced.

It is a point as the matter that can be confirmed with this album to have introduced the part based as a thick impression on the black and green as for a candid impression that the band put the proceed as a part of Cover Art. And, it might be in the point that shifted to the composition that the band settled from the composition of a past tune a little according to the composition of the short piece.

The discussion about directionality by the member of the band had started gradually since the time of "VI". And, the discord with James Guercio that served as the patron and the producer concurrently for the band might have been reflected in the content of the album a little more. If the remark of the member ties to this guess as a guess, the situation that the band was holding at this time can be seen.

It is said that the member was helped by James Guercio in money help and mental respect. However, it is said that the member felt insecurity in the recording that spends session that it is made to compel in the studio and a great amount of time. The part located to the band of Terry Kath and band's details that the member of the band was related with actually felt a pinch for the production of the album since "V" might have been complex on the other hand. The flow from which the intention of the band is remarkably reflected in the work as a result is projected to the sound of the album.

"VI" was produced and the band was related for about the half of the album. The member is gradually related to the production of the album and advancing it there. It is said that there was what the band worked actually again after James Guercio leaves the studio as a reality, too. Time when an individual member had had the directionality of the album and the band decided to some degree might have had respect consolidated in this album. 。

This album is announced in March, 1975. It is a work by which Laudir de Oliveira of the percussionist who was supporting the sound of the band after 1973 formally joined the band. Composition of tune to which flexibility in addition to composition of work and tune till then is taken. Part where flavor of pop of Peter Cetera to music character of Robert Lamm and Terry Kath is gradually demonstrated further by work of this album and "VIII" shift. And, the part of the conversion is given. Flow based on Blues and Brass Rock. Or, the idea not related to the horn section. Opening the root by construction of the tune and an individual member is remarkable in this album.

"Anyway You Want" is Rock that takes the element of an unusual boogie-woogie as a tune that they were giving till then compared it. It advances with stability while being based on the rhythm of the shuffle. The range of voice and the brass section with wide width of Peter Cetera give good ensemble.

"Brand New Love Affair PartI&II" It is a tune by James Pankow. The ballade that puts on the song by Terry Kath and progresses has the atmosphere of Jazz. Part of complete ensemble by song and horn section gently expressed. Or, it converts in part2 suddenly. Rhythm of shuffle in close relation to song by upper register of Peter Cetera. The sound is exactly demonstrated as Brass Rock.

As for "Never Been In Love Before", the voice of Peter Cetera is demonstrated enough. Melody that produces anacatesthesia. And, the line of bass that overwhelmingly offers a sense of existence. The progress of a naive melody and chord can be improved. The melody that a profound chorus and the horn section give combines.

"Hideaway" might be a tune in which the root of Peter Cetera is completely reflected. Rock where the route of hard and drive appears forward is a feature. Blues Rock based on the music character of Free that Peter Cetera holds in high esteem is united.

"Till We Meet Again" is a tune in which the relief of Terry Kath put well for a past work is reflected. A magnificent melody of the part and Folk based on an acoustic part is expressed as a composition.

In "Harry Truman", a gentle melody that is reminiscent of the Beatles is a feature. Part of sound of decoration with chorus's perfection and wind instrument. Support of Chord with piano. The part that temporarily changes the rhythm and the part of Coda with a few humours might be ideas that were able to be improved. However, there is not so much individuality.

"Oh and Thank You Great Spirit" might be one of the progressive tunes in the tune collected to this album. The soul of Terry Kath is put in this tune. Part of talking in close relation to arpeggio of guitar with anacatesthesia. Flow of ballade that is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower. The melody and the technology of the guitar to make good use of various attachments are overwhelming. Melody and composition with expression of feelings that flows overall. The rhythm increases the speed to the tune before long gradually. Guitar play of angry waves of Terry Kath in close relation to the intense rhythm is overwhelming. The percussion instrument and the keyboard in close relation to the guitar with the wow pedal also contribute well.

In "Long Time No See", the horn section that gives the part where a steady rhythm and the bass were valued is a feature. Part of complete cutting with guitar. A little mysterious melody and the chorus's processing have a good composition.

"Ain't It Blue?"It is a tune from which the atmosphere of peel Funk Rock occurred enough. A double part of the song by Terry Kath and Peter Cetera and chorus's ensemble are steady. Ensemble and the guitar of the overall band stand out.

"Old Days" is a tune by James Pankow. It might be a tune that most remarkably shows the atmosphere of Brass of Chicago. A beautiful Brass section, and an intense fusion of Rock and composition of GrooveAnd, it is partial of the song and the chorus to whom Peter Cetera is steady. The composition of the tune gradually uplifted can be improved.

As for the band, the directionality of music might have been being indeed decided because of this album. And, the music character of an individual member is gradually reflected in the work. The music character is united to some degree as "Chicago", characterizes the band, and is offered. If the flow announced from the first stage as a mid-term album is considered, it can be caught as a work at the time of a few conversions.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |

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