Label : Columbia
thrilling 1971 album by Chicago is the last to feature the lengthy
song-cycle suites that characterized their 1969-1971 output. Bringing
together aspects of jazz rock, progressive rock (as it existed in 1971),
acid rock, and avant-garde influences, this also may be their most
experimental album - unlike the first two albums, there were no smash
hits on Chicago III.
All of the guys in Chicago were excellent musicians and the ensemble work on the album is fantastic. Counterpoint, melodies, harmonies, and the use of sophisticated meters are all used very well and make this album an extremely interesting listening experience. The guys were great vocalists too and they used the differences in the texture of their voices very well - for example, Terry sang the heavier pieces, while Peter sang the "sweeter", more melodic songs etc. Then there is the use of instrumentation: great big-band type horn arrangements, searing electric guitar, Danny Seraphines great drumming, Peter's fantastic bass playing (he is criminally underrated)...whew, this is great stuff. Speaking of Peter, he is one of the few rock bassists that can play a convincing walking bass line and really drives each tune along.
Chicago - Happy 'Cause I'm Going Home
By Electric Looser