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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00K3Q0XGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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NOW (Chicago XXXVI) is the band's first new album of original material since the release of XXX in 2006, and once again these icons offer their signature fiery, jazz-rooted brass arrangements over slick pop rock songs.

When Chicago exploded onto the music scene with their stellar 1969 double-LP debut, Chicago Transit Authority, the band's innovative fusion of up-front horns in a rock 'n' roll context and impeccable pop sensibilities was an instant smash. According to Billboard chart history and stats, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both album and singles sales. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups in history.

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That 2008 album was worth saying something well.
Michael Kerner
All these songs are enjoyable and you probably won't be skipping over any filler to get to the good stuff.
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36 is an outstanding album that reflects the skill and craft of the current band members.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By John J. Martinez on July 8, 2014
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Veteran rock giants Chicago, who haven't put out a full album since 2006's Chicago XXX, have approached their new album “NOW” in a way most indie bands are now doing it - on the cuff, in the true spirit of the moment. Their approach, through giving members actual producer credit (Walfredo Reyes, Jr. and Lou Pardini in particular), and also through their playing and helping in the process of creation only further showcases their need to create a "real-time" approach to their album, and believe me, it succeeds.

Lee Loughnane's on-the-road customized recording system called “the Rig” traveled with the band in the last year or so. The album itself was put together in pieces all over the world while they were on tour most of 2013, from Spokane to New Jersey and from many other places all over the world. Because of this, and because every band member was involved with it's production at one point or another, everyone received a “supervising producer” credit for their work.

Producer Hank Linderman, back at their home base, became the “coordinating producer” by taking every recording they made and pieced it all together, using a private online collaboration portal, which gave him the opportunity to "stitch" together everything, which must have been a monumental task, but once it all came together, this was the result, and I'll be the first to say it's as fresh as Chicago has ever sounded.

And, I must add, the wonderful horn section, often dulled or dimmed in past projects, is on fire on this album, and they are back strong!
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A great new album from one of rock's most important bands. If you're checking out these reviews, you probably only have one question on your mind...is this a schmaltzy, sappy album of overproduced ballads or is this a Chicago album filled with musicianship, rock, and grit. Well...it's mostly the latter. Chicago members produced this (with the help of a coordinating engineer) and wrote or co-wrote every track, recording a lot of this on the road or adding new tracks to demos that have been lying around for a few years. Because the band finally seems to have accepted (like Elton John) that their new albums won't be played on the radio (due to the lack of a radio format for them), they seem to FINALLY have given up chasing hits. There is only ONE song on here that fits the "soft, tender ballad" description and it's actually GOOD and has the bonus of not simply being about romantic love but also perhaps about how people may die but their love for you and your love for them lives on. Not a bad topic for a sappy love song. Every other song on the album has a classic rock or jazz or jazz rock or bent or crazy percussion or a long instrumental section. They play several styles that all sound like Chicago. They have two (count em: TWO) songs that touch on politics, something the band hasn't done very much of since the 1970s. Sure, there are some electronic elements that owe more to the 80s or the world of pop than of rock. Yes, I'd like to hear a slightly more organic sound on the next CD. Still, the four original members of the band are pushing SEVENTY and making 70 the new 50 or something. It's a musical album that, while not exactly pure "classic rock," has enough musicianship that fans of older versions of the band should be happy.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Breezy on July 8, 2014
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Chicago recorded this entire CD remotely, employing new technology to make recording work with their constant travel schedule. It completely works for me! I haven't heard Chicago so resonant since Stone of Sisyphus, which I was lucky enough to hear back in the day it was originally supposed to release.

Robert Lamm is a force to be reckoned with--his voice and writing chops are just as solid as they were in '69. For anyone who thinks he's mellowed, listen to the provocative and intense Naked in the Garden of Allah, which features the most progressive horns I've heard from this band in decades.

Robert is a driving force, producing both mellow songs (Crazy Happy, Another Trippy Day) and rockers (Naked, Free at Last). His vocals are smooth when they need to be and gritty when they need to be, and the man hasn't lost a note or a shred of tone.

Speaking of vocals, Jason has never sounded better. Love Lives On is a beautiful ballad that has grown on me, and his fire in Now is fantastic. I love the depth of vocals in the band overall, and the way they showcase singers on various tracks. I love the vocal tradeoff between Robert and Jason in Crazy Happy, and Lee's brief vocal in Something's Coming, I Know. Lou is utilized beautifully on America and Watching All the Colors, and Keith's vocal for Nice Girl was a great treat.

Whatever drives you to Chicago's music, NOW has something for everyone. Like sophisticated jazzy moments? Try Now or Watching All the Colors. Want a rocker? Try Free at Last or Naked. Drawn more to dance music? How `bout Something's Coming. Ballad fan? Love Lives On should work for you. Like songs with a political message? Naked or America fit that bill. Like adult contemporary?
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Looking for the most complete version. Is this it?
There's an extra track (A live version of Introduction) on the Japanese release, but folks in Canada and Europe who have already received their Cds don't have that track. As Ruth said, the best place to order is from the band's website. They've already provided a mp3 version of the cd for those... Read More
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Funny that the band's own zipped mp3 download has it as 'XxXVI".
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