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  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00006LJ6Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By classicrock on November 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Chicago VIII is probably the most overlooked of the Terry Kath-era albums. It was their fourth straight Number One album, but it had the shortest chart run of anything up to this point. Critics viewed it as just more "product" and a lot of fans were probably turned off by a subtle change in the band's sound. While it still sounded like Chicago, this album pretty much does away with the experimentalism they had been known for when they started out. Still, Chicago VIII shows definite signs of artistic growth (despite what the critics said). There is a good mix of everything from R&B to hard rock to ragtime to string-drenched balladry. Songs like "Hideaway" and "Oh Thank You Great Spirit" were probably a bit heavy for the average Chicago fan's taste (I can't even imagine what someone who came on board in the 80's would think!). "Harry Truman" and "Long Time No See" employed the horns in ways that were very different from the by-then traditional "Chicago Horns" style. And, most surprisingly, "Hideaway", "Till We Meet Again", and "Oh Thank You Great Spirit" had no horns at all. Overall, VIII is a good album, but it definitely reflects the fact that Chicago was a very tired band (they had been touring or recording almost constantly for the past 7 years or so). There is a certain mellowing of the band, which actually started with VI and continued on VII. But, hey, it was the mid 70's, after all. Even Zeppelin mellowed out.
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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rik22 on April 19, 2003
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When this disc was released in 1975, Chicago was at the peak of their popularity. After coming off of the success of the two-disc Chicago VII in which the band which explored true jazz styles while pulling off three great hit singles (Wishing You Were Here, Call On Me & Searchin' So Long) Chicago was criticized for returning to a one-disc format and settling into a pop-rock style. The group released Chicago IX-Greatest Hits later in 1975 which was a huge hit and, in 1976, Chicago X was released which included the meg-hit "If You Leave Me Now".
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gord o' The Books on June 14, 2006
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I love these bonus tracks. Chicago VIII had always seemed to be missing something to me. After the epic Chicago VII, this effort was, to put it mildly, underwhelming. I disagree that it had turned the corner to too much "pop". Anyway You Want and Thank You Great Spirit are worthy rockers. And a lot of people seem not to get Harry Truman. It's a tongue-in-cheek retro song, a la Your Mother Should Know by the Beatles.

The production throughout is seamless - nearly perfect crafting. The problem is that it all just seems, well, flat. Chicago is a rock-jazz band. You must not follow VII with straight middle of the road rock-pop.

But the three bonus tunes fix that once and for all. And I love Satin Doll. Get over it, folks, and just enjoy it! With the bonuses, Chicago VIII can finally almost attain the heights of VII.

A word, too about the absence of horns. It always surprised me that the purists didn't get that Hideaway and TYGS are a look back to the classic power quartet songs that everybody loves so much from CTA thru Carnegie Hall. It definitely is Chicago!

Laudir is now a full member of the band. They continue to create amid the altitudes of the Rockies, and here, in the middle of their second era, the boys are doing nothing if not having fun. Don't be so serious, everybody! Drop in Chicago VIII, sit back, relax, and smile!

I recommend this album for all music lovers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian Christie on November 7, 2002
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Released in March 1975 after a whirlwind of years of non-stop activity, Chicago's eighth album has taken some beatings over the years and has become known as one of their weaker efforts, but when you listen to it for what it is (a tight, yet crunchier collection of tight pop/rock songs), it really hits the spot. In particular, it makes a GREAT case for Peter Cetera's talents for writing hard rock songs as "Anyway You Want" and, especially, "Hideaway" amply demonstrate (none of the ballads here were authored by Pete - so much for his stereotype as a schmaltzy balladeer). CHICAGO VIII quickly hit # 1, though it was their final chart-topping studio album (the first greatest hits collection from Fall 1975 took the top position too - but that was their last ever chart-topping long-player). In their peak year (1975), all previous Chicago albums came crashing back onto the U.S. charts while their concerts became huge events. However, after the initial rush of success, CHICAGO VIII's chart run was their briefest one yet (merely 29 weeks, while CHICAGO VII lasted 69) and seemed to imply that this was a letdown. Not so. I love this album. Perhaps Chicago had a self-conscious urge to compensate for their instrumental jazz indulgences on the previous album and wanted a tight, concise album with less of their trademark horns. And only two of the three singles from this disc were sizeable hits: Robert Lamm's "Harry Truman" (written in the aftermath of Nixon & Watergate) made # 13, while James Pankow's "Old Days" was the smash, hitting # 5. "Brand New Love Affair", a gorgeous recording with a marvelous Terry Kath vocal, somehow missed the boat, floundering at # 61. So seeing as only one song was a huge hit, many may have found CHICAGO VIII commercially light. Don't be fooled by the stats.Read more ›
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