Chicago XI (Expanded) Import, Original recording remastered
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|1. Mississippi Delta City Blues|
|2. Baby, What A Big Surprise|
|3. Till The End Of Time|
|5. Take Me Back To Chicago|
|6. Vote For Me|
|7. Takin It On Uptown|
|8. This Time|
|9. The Inner Struggles Of A Man|
|10. Prelude (Little One)|
|11. Little One|
|12. Wish I Could Fly (Rehearsal) (Bonus Track)|
|13. Paris (Rehearsal) (Bonus Track)|
Baby, what a big surprise-another Top 10 album! Includes unreleased rehearsal takes of Paris and Wish I Could Fly .
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Top Customer Reviews
"Policeman" is a smooth groove that's easy to get into even though the lyrics are somewhat sentimental (a Chicago trademark). "Vote for Me" is as politically relevant today as it was then, and harkens back to the band's early anti-establishment songs, poking fun at politicians who promise us the moon while asking for large donations.
"Take Me Back To Chicago," is probably the most recognizable title on the album since it was one of the two pop chart songs on the album. This song really rocks even though it borders on the sentimental side. It features great flute playing, great guitar, and Chaka Khan on backing vocals.
Overall there are ten really great cuts on this album.
However this is nothing to do with the music on the album, which is, some would argue, the main point of an album. So, the highlights are pretty much every track. It is a superb album up to their ussual standard. There are two very beautiful tracks right next to eachother, 'Til the End of Time and the exquiset Policeman (just listen to those horns!). There's also the rather snazy track Vote For Me which proves Chicago rock, and the rather out of place, but still great track Takin' it on Uptown. And the icing on the cake... the rest of the tracks. To be honest they are all great and I'd just end up listing them all.
Anywho, this is a beautiful and well constructed album. I STRONGLY advise you buy it!
Thankfully, Chicago XI highlights Terry, both vocally and on guitar, to the greatest extent on any Chicago studio release since Chicago III.
The disc cuts open with Terry's "Mississippi Delta City Blues". No guitar solo, but terrific funky rhythym parts supporting the band and his growling R&B baritone. Danny Seraphine, as always, let's loose on this track, seemingly propelling the Chicago horns (in excellent form) across the song as they blow free and powerfully.
Peter Cetera's "Baby What a Big Surprise" although, probably the worst-titled Chicago song ever, is actually a very musical piece, which hints of baroque style as Lee Loughnane blows a beautiful background track on piccolo trumpet. Terry also provides some interesting and unique guitar parts on this tune.
"Take Me Back to Chicago" is simply terrific and displays Chicago at their best. Robert Lamm takes us back to the Windy City of his youth with his comforting vocal on this tune written by drummer Danny Seraphine. Great rhythym guitar underlay, powerful drum fills by Danny and the Chicago horns breezing across the music create a pastoral setting to bring the listener to the title city.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Terry Kath, who's blazing guitar work and gruff, soulful vocals contributed greatly to Chicago, died after making this album. Read morePublished on June 15 2003
I was waiting for this one to come out for the last two months. Any Chicago fan will appreciate this effort, especially when you think that this was Terry Kath's last hurrah. Read morePublished on March 4 2003