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Now - Chicago XXXVI

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Now
  2. More Will Be Revealed
  3. America
  4. Crazy Happy
  5. Free At Last
  6. Love Lives On
  7. Something's Coming, I Know
  8. Watching All The Colors
  9. Nice Girl
  10. Naked In The Garden Of Allah
  11. Another Trippy Day


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Music Srl
  • ASIN: B00K3Q0XGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Well, after reading all these coments, i'm ready with my own: Starting from the beginning, I have loved Chicago from almost the beginnng in 1970. When you look at the inner sleeve of the first album you see quite clearly that Jim Guercio knew that the major talent, compositionally at least, was Robert Lamm, and that is why he is standing with sheet music in his hand off to the side of the other band members. His increased involvement singing and writing here is why this album is the best thing they've done since Terry Kath's passing. This is not necessarily saying much in that after his death the overwhelming majority of their output has been unforgivably bad drek. When they have sounded good on the all later albums it is usually on the Lamm songs he having retained his talent for writing through god knows what personal travails he has had. I can review each song but the truth is much of the songs sound like pre-passing Chicago with the horns playing a major role and much of the singing in Lamm's hands. Anyone a fan of the group knows that despite Cetera's good voice and Kath's passion, the real early vocal sound of Chicago belong to Robert. I frankly don't understand why some of the reviewers are miffed that this is so called a little "softer" than what they would want. These are 70 year old men not just post pubescent angry young adults with all the passion that comes with youth. Instead, they are what they are and have made a competent, enjoyable album with dare I say decent melodies, improved lyrics and frankly very jazz inflected horn arrangements that are right out in front.
The one thing I do not understand is why after bragging about this recording Rig being portable, half the album is performed by other musicians. Is it chops? Is it medical issues?
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