VIII (Expanded) Original recording remastered, Import
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|1. Anyway You Want|
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|3. Never Been In Love Before|
|5. Till We Meet Again|
|6. Harry Truman|
|7. Oh, Thank You Great Spirit|
|8. Long Time No See|
|9. Ain't It Blue?|
|10. Old Days|
|11. Sixth Sense (Rehearsal)|
|12. Bright Eyes (Rehearsal)|
|13. Satin Doll (Live, 1974)|
Another release, another #1 album-their fourth in a row! Includes unreleased rehearsal takes of Sixth Sense and Bright Eyes and a live performance of Satin Doll .
Top Customer Reviews
Thus, this CD is sometimes forgotten in this legendary band's immense catalogue, but it shouldn't be. Although I bought Chicago VIII On vinyl as a kid in 1975, I still pull this disc out often as it is really quite good.
"Old Days" may be Chicago's defining pop radio hit in the 1970's (I know, there are many, so don't shoot me!!) and still sounds great and innovative when it comes on the radio today. The blend of of Tery Kath's distortion power chords kicking open the tune, with the song's incredibly infectious melody, and Peter Cetera's soaring tenor just breezed through everyone's radio in the summer of 1975, at a time when long-since-forgotten bubble gum pop ruled the air. Chicago's "secret weapon", however, separated this tune from everything else that was popular on the radio: drummer Danny Seraphine. Unlike guitarist Terry Kath, who never received proper music industry recognition as a true stylist and innovator on his instrument, Danny has gone down in history as one of rock's all-time great drummers. He appraoched "Old Days" with "no holds barred" and just rips through this song with his incomparable stylistic drum fills.
Danny does some amazing work on the rest of VIII as does the rest of the band.Read more ›
For me this is the first great single disc the band released. V was a near miss, and VI had some great moments, but this album proved that they didn't need two whole discs to stretch out on to create a masterpiece. "Harry Truman" was a questionable choice for first single, but Robert Lamm's other contributions are very strong, especially the neglected gem "Long Time No See". Terry Kath contributes two very different compositions, the 2 minute ballad "Till We Meet Again" and the 7 minute Hendrix-inspired rocker "Oh Thank You Great Spirit", surely the albums centrepiece, despite the absence of the horn section.
James Pankow's efforts, the chart entries "Brand New Love Affair" and "Old Days" are also superb, the latter one of the last uptempo songs to be a true hit for the band. And generic or not, it's nice to hear Peter Cetera rock out on "Hideaway".
This is definitely high up on my Chicago top ten. And unlike on their reissues of CTA, II, or III Rhino have improved the sound so much that this edition should be the only one you should seriously consider buying. The bonus tracks are a nice addition too.
Tired or not, Chicago was definitely on a creative roll. They were often unfairly labeled as "slick" or "uninspired" because it was almost too easy for them to turn out great music. Standout tracks on VIII are "Hideaway", "Harry Truman", "Oh Thank You Great Spirit", "Ain't it Blue?", and the #5 hit "Old Days". But all of the songs are of good quality.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love this CD a lot of great stuff on it, a few ballads but also a few rockers.....Published on July 6 2014 by Pierre Sarrazin
Terry Kath NEVER overdubbed/adapted his guitar tracks. He was better than Hendrix, and this album is one of the three showcases of this (the other two are CTA and Live At Carnegie... Read morePublished on April 6 2004
Even today, after almost thirty years, I feel guilty dismissing this album. As I have written elsewhere, I regard all of Chicago's prior albums very highly. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee
I grew up a huge Chicago fan, and bought everything they put out until Terry Kath died. Over the years I find myself listening to this album a lot. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Mel Andrews
This was a dissapointment. No long instrumental tracks or great arrangements like VII. There are some good moments when compared to albums after X but they were definitely headed... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003
This is probably the groups worst recording and I've heard them all.I don't know what happened after VII(which was very good) but something invariably went wrong with the band's... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by piglet