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Chicago 07 [Original recording reissued]

ChicagoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups ever. If such statements of fact surprise, that's because ... Read more in Amazon's Chicago Store

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  • Audio CD (February 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Chicago Records
  • ASIN: B0000021RL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude To Aire
2. Aire
3. Devil's Sweet
4. Italian From New York
5. Hanky Panky
6. Life Saver
7. Happy Man
8. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
9. Mongonucleosis
10. Song Of The Evergreens
11. Byblos
12. Wishing You Were Here
13. Call On Me
14. Woman Don't Want To Love Me
15. Skinny Boy

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Refreshed & Renewed February 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After the relatively downbeat pop of "Chicago VI," this album shows an energetic Chicago with a positive musical outlook. While the pop element is retained, there are also incredible jazz moments that can take you back to the first three Chicago albums.

The first five tracks are instrumentals, yielding more than 25 minutes of wonderful music that alternates between jazz, progressive jazz, jazz-rock, and other combinations that are easy to lose in the complexity of the music. The instruments include congas, horns, keyboards, including a mellotron, Fender Rhodes, ARP synthesizer, and clavinet, a flute, drums and guitars.

"Prelude to Aire" provides an initial indication of the flavor of the instrumentals with a strongly African influenced beat. If you liked Paul Simon's "Graceland," you should also like "Prelude to Aire." "Aire" is a jazz instrumental with but a flavor of the introductory song. Peter Cetera and Terry Kath both get to strut their stuff in the second half of the song, with Terry Kath turning funky for a portion of his lead.

"Aire" is complex and relatively long at almost six and a half minutes, but the following instrumental, "Devil's Sweet," is even longer. Portions of this ten minute composition are introspective, allowing jazz noodling of a core musical theme. Certain portions remind me of some of King Crimson's more experimental 70s work. The mixture of 50s retro style with Jazz and rock creates an interesting instrumental composition that requires multiple listens for full appreciation. "Italian from New York" fits well with the previous instrumentals. This instrumental begins with sound effects that are retro, yet modern.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-issue of a great album.... November 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
CHICAGO VII was originally released in March 1974, quickly hitting # 1 and eventually spawning three big hit singles. Initially it was planned as a jazz record (hence the first 5 instrumental - and highly enjoyable - tracks) but with commercial concerns, they soon included a fresh selection of conventional pop tunes. Of the hits, you'll find "I've Been Searchin' So Long", "Call On Me" and "Wishing You Were Here" (with three of The Beach Boys), however many of the highlights are the non-hits, such as "Happy Man" (which has lost its false start on the original album - the only negative thing about the re-issue), the jazz workouts "Aire" and "Devil's Sweet", "Song Of The Evergreens", "Byblos" (one of Terry Kath's finest moments) and Robert Lamm's "Skinny Boy" (with The Pointer Sisters on backups). This was Chicago's last studio double album and their last truly experimental album - recorded at a time when they could do no wrong. The ballads were starting to seep through more but thankfully, Chicago still were in a creatively ambitious mood. It is not a surprise that CHICAGO VII is a personal favorite of many fans. It's one of mine. The Rhino re-issue itself is another great one and has faithfully restored the original artwork. I just wish that "Happy Man" had been left in its original state, but that is a minor quibble in the face of a fine re-release. One of 1974's most satisfying albums.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Chicago Album December 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm probably not alone is saying that the music of Chicago was my first exposure to jazz of any kind. At the time, I didn't know there were jazz elements in the band's music. I just knew that what I was hearing sounded different from all the other stuff I was listening to. And that it was very, very cool.
After buying this CD today and listening to it for the first time in probably 20 years, I was delighted to find it still fresh, alive, and exciting. And it's still cool.
The album opens with "Prelude to Aire," an outstanding combination of Walter Parazaider's wonderful flute playing mixed with some mesmerizing percussion from Danny Seraphine and (then) new member Laudir DeOliveira. The jazz-influenced instrumentals that follow, "Aire" and "Devil's Suite," are so compelling that you don't care that the boys aren't singing. In fact it's not until the sixth song that you hear vocals at all, but when you do, Robert Lamm's voice delivers with a satisfying impact.
The amazing thing about this release is that Chicago was already a well-established group that didn't need to do any experimentation with their music. This is less rock n roll than any of their previous releases and carries very progressive musical ideas. Three singles are included, which today still sound fresh and vibrant: "Wishing You Were Here," "Call On Me," and "I've Been Searchin' So Long." Pop, funk, Latin, and jazz are all represented on the disc and they're all done well. How many groups can do that today? How many would even ATTEMPT to diversify their sound? What a creative project! Give it a listen. You won't be sorry.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago's Best June 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is where the band peaked---at the height of their popularity, they stretched out and took chances and it worked. After their two great initial albums, the double album format had began to become a bit strained by Chicago III. Two great single disc sets followed, but nobody was really expecting the foray into jazz that they took on Chicago VII. Originally it was planned to be an entire jazz album. Instead it's a double album which transitions nicely from the jazz to the standard pop material.

The first side of the original LP disc one is all jazz instrumentals: "Prelude to Aire", "Aire" and "Devil's Sweet"--all as good as any jazz/rock fusion coming out during the era. There's a nice latin tinge to this stuff with percussion from Laudir DeOliveria, who would later become a full-fledged member of the band. A later interview with James Pankow revealed that Terry Kath insisted on adding a percussionist to the band because of his increasing frustration with Danny Seraphine's inconsistant tempos during their live performances. Whatever the reason, the latin percussion sends the music in a nice direction.

Side Two opens with the experimental "Italian From New York" and "Hanky Panky", a nice jazz ditty giving us some classic Chicago brass sounds and a great trombone solo from Pankow. When we first hear a voice on the record---1 minute and a half into "Life Saver" and some 27 minutes into the CD, we still don't get anything traditional---we get Robert Lamm sounding as if he's singing through a megaphone. But this is a good solid Lamm rocker and a nice transition to the rest of the album. Side two closes with Peter Cetera's "Happy Man". This is one of my favorite Cetera ballads, and was one of my favorites on the album back in 1974.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best of this groups albums
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars know all of the songs
Have this one on record, cassette and now cd. Everyone knows almost every song. They were great hits for the band.
Published 9 months ago by Teresa Stoeckl
5.0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Chicago in the mid-70s
Even though I'd heard Chicago on the radio, this was the first album of theirs I was introduced to by my Dad in the mid-70s (not long after it came out) and I'd spin it over and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sonnyclark
5.0 out of 5 stars Another satisfied fan!
Chicago VII (7) for those that are Roman numeral challenged, Chicago's music is timeless!!!! Great music and great service, thanks Amazon!!
Published 12 months ago by Chuck Kidd
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicago VII
Classic Chicago CD. This timeless CD of some of their major hits will not disappoint!! Clear and crisp sounds and I absolutely loved it.
Published 13 months ago by Elaine Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Their last good album
As far as I'm concerned the only decent song from Chicago that Peter Cetera sang lead on was "25 or 6 to 4". Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Plunkster
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago at its best!
In my view, Chicago VII may mark the high-point of the band's career: the first two sides are essentially instrumentals that feature the band at its most experimental and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars They are golden
I'm no good at writing reviews other than to say that if somehow you've never heard Chicago's sound, where are you? Thank you
Published 18 months ago by dancewithme
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of their craft!
Word's cannot explain the scope of this band's music nor will i sit here and try to explain it. Just put the CD on and prepare for a musical experience!!!
Published 19 months ago by Joseph B. Freemam
5.0 out of 5 stars The ever-developing music of Chicago
This album does not sound like Chicago I and II at all. It's songs are at times catchy, at other times deep and moving, at other times, rock-and-rolling (in a lighter way than "I'm... Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Phil Little
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