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|5. Wake Up Sunshine|
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|8. Anxiety's Moment|
|9. West Virginia Fantasies|
|10. Colour My World|
|11. To Be Free|
|12. Now More Than Ever|
|13. Fancy Colours|
|14. 25 Or 6 To 4|
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|17. P.M. Mourning|
|18. Memories Of Love|
|19. It Better End Soon 1st Movement|
|20. It Better End Soon 2nd Movement|
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Their smash hit sophomore double album with bonus single versions of Make Me Smile and 25 or 6 to 4 !
If there is one album that epitomizes Chicago's early rock-jazz synthesis along with their consummate, Top 40 instincts, this is it. Filled with memorable songs, impressive instrumental showcases, and great vocal performances, Chicago II displays the rock & brass ensemble at their early peak. Including classics like "Colour My World" and "25 or 6 to Four," this recording presents sparkling performances from three equally brilliant singers. The voices of Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, and the late Terry Kath combined with particularly precise horn arrangements and exacting production by James William Guercio make this collection particularly noteworthy. Songs like "Make Me Smile" were swinging musical dramas with infectious singing and bold, melodic hooks. Recorded in 1969, II was musically progressive and exceptionally pop savvy. This is Chicago at their absolute best. --Mitch Myers
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Top Customer Reviews
Just listened to it last night for the first time in ages.
Some of it is very well produced and the mastering is good.
I still love the first album the most but this holds a spot
in the "collection". I loved the horns mixed in with the lead
guitar and vocal harmonies. It was a new sound in the rock
world. Blood Sweat and Tears pulled it off as well. This rates
a "buy" after you check out "Chicgo Transit Authority".....
Anyway,this is my favorite Chicago album of all time - and I'm not going to go on and on about every inch of it but I do believe that there are a few things here worth mentioning.
#1 - 25 or 6 to 4. Who can deny this is one of the biggest classics of the early 70's??
#2 - Wake Up Sunshine & Make Me Smile. Really takes off with The late Terry Kath's Joe Cocker-like vocals. Wonderful get up and feel good in the morning songs. (I remember playing these former three in high-school band as a medley - I played drums...too cool!)
#3 - Colour My World. Aside from "We've Only Just Begun, wedding song of the decade. Terry Kath's gruff voice actually make is beautiful.
#4 - In The Country. Another Terry Kath vocal number and just cool. Rocks but not too rock-y - keeps the jazz in "jazz-rock".
There you have it. All the tracks are fab but again - This Chicago album is not for pop-only ears. You will find something new instrumentally every time you listen. Timeless and Classic.
In 1969, the Chicago Transit Authority released their self-titled debut album, which was one of the greatest progressive pop-rock releases of its time. The band gained almost instantaneous fame from its release. Unfortunately, following its release, the actual Chicago Transit Authority (the real life organization that bares that name) threatened legal action if the band didn't change its name. Not wanting to face such heat, the band shortened its name to Chicago. After a good deal of time recording in late 1969, the band released its second, self-titled LP in 1970. Read on for my review of it.
This album can really be divided into four different sections (I'm using the original LP designations for ease of reference.) They are Sides A, B, C, and D. Sides A and C are sets of tracks that follow similar stylings but aren't really related, while sides B and D are medleys. Side A, which is mostly blues-inspired pop rock, starts the album off. I had often wondered how blues rock that implemented horns would sound, and here Chicago answers that question - it sounds damn good! These first few tracks are, for the most part, severely underrated. Side B is the first of the two medleys present on the album. The medley as a whole is known as Ballet For A Girl In Buchanan. Tracks six through twelve make up this medley, and each one fades right into the next. This medley is nothing short of excellent. It includes Make Me Smile, which the band also released as a single. Side C is another set of tracks that aren't really related to one another, but they follow similar stylings. Inside this set of tracks is 25 Or 6 To 4, by far the most popular song to emerge from this LP.Read more ›
The great horn experiment continues with first side (as it appeared on vinyl) with a good set of songs. "Movin' In", ":The Road", "Poem For The People", "In The Country" and "Wake Up Sunshine". While these songs rarely make it to anyone's "greatest hits" list, they are a solid opening, memorable, and quite well done.
However, it is the series of songs on the second album side (again, as it appeared on vinyl) that cemented Chicago's status as a popular band. Labeled "Ballet for a Girl In Buchanan" suite, we recognize it better as "Make Me Smile". This "suite" is a series of movements which opens with the above mentioned hit and then changes moods through "So Much To Say, So Much To Give", "Anxiety's Moment", "West Virginia Fantasies", "Colour My World", "To Be Free" and finally "Now More Than Ever" which is actually a reprise of "Make Me Smile". Each of these "movements" have their own pacing and moods which build toward the exciting conclusion of "Now More Than Ever". "Colour My World" was a popular single in its own right and frequently was used as a "slow dance" number at parties and weddings because of its dreamy character. For the most part, I advise the casual listener to purchase any one of the "greatest hits" or "retrospective" packages if they wish to have some Chicago in their music library; but "Ballet for a Girl In Buchanan" suite is worth the purchase of Chicago II all by itself.
The rest of Chicago II yields two more excellent songs "Fancy Colors" and "25 Or 6 To 4".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Like the remastering, but is Chicago 2, great for me, that is what I wanted.Published 10 months ago by rick price
I still love the sound of the brass from Chicago and am quite enjoying this CDPublished 11 months ago by David Green
Je ne l'avais pas acheté à l'époque en LP, je suis très content de mon achat, c'est l'album ultime de Chicago.Published on May 16 2014 by JMB
What a GREAT CD ; What a GREAT band !! And the bonus cuts take this album to new heights. Love it !Published on March 30 2014 by michael nantel
What can I say about Chicago that has not been said before
Just hearing Terry Kath sing those wonderful songs is pure
magic. great times
Great album! Includes the single of "25 or 6 or 4". How many versions are there of this song? Anyway, everyone is hot and at the top of their form, even for this second album of... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2010 by Amazon Customer
My 19-year-old son came into the house the other day and heard Chicago II and said, "Dad, this is cool. What is this?"
"It's like nothing you've ever heard before," I said. Read more
On the inside liner notes to the album, the band writes, "With this album, we dedicate ourselves, our futures and our energies to the people of the revolution ... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Jason P. Gold