Chicago Chicago VI on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
1973 Set Continues Group’s Commercial Dominance: Includes the Top Ten Hits “Just You ‘N’ Me” and “Feelin’ Stronger Everyday”
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Reference-Caliber Separation, Tonalities, and Balance
First Chicago Album Recorded at Producer James William Guercio’s Caribou Studios
And the hits kept coming. Just several years removed from its pioneering debut and follow-up efforts, Chicago found itself in an environment where musical tastes had radically shifted. Slightly
streamlining its approach and continuing to develop irresistible
melodies, the band again proves that there’s nothing quite as powerful
as first-rate songwriting and cohesive playing on Chicago VI, a multiplatinum effort that spawned two Top Ten hits and positioned the group at the top of the mainstream pop-rock ladder.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD lavishes Chicago VI with a clarity, transparency, and detail no previous digital edition has ever enjoyed. As the first album to be recorded at producer/manager James William Guercio’s
custom-built Caribou Studios, the 1973 set features remarkable harmonic
extension, terrific separation, and finely sculpted images. All of
these facets and more are improved and further brought into balance on
this SACD, which throws the septet’s phenomenal interplay and
skyscraping vocals into unopposed relief on wide, extra-deep
Chicago VI can be viewed as a perfect summation of the band’s many strengths.
While the extended arrangements are slimmed down, there’s no shortage
of horn-stoked rock momentum or head-turning jazz/pop fusion. Guitarist Terry Kath, per usual, is a tremendous presence, spicing the funk-leaning “Jenny” with fretwork on par with that of Jimi Hendrix. Pianist Robert Lamm
shows off by way of “Critic’s Choice,” a sardonic albeit delicately
professional response to the group’s detractors. Country accents arise
via Peter Cetera’s “In Terms of Two,” an acoustic tune underpinned by the band’s strong chemistry. Then there are the hits.
Tapping into the era’s pop
aesthetic, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” remains a quintessential merger
of Chicago’s more aggressive early sides and its later, softer approach. Cetera’s
vocals soar, triggering within the listener sentiments associated with
the bittersweet experiences of moving on from a relationship. Similarly
diverse, “Just You ‘N’ Me” rides a trombone to the top of the charts,
the group capitalizing on its insouciant mix of horns, harmonies, and
crescendos. Anyway you look at it, Chicago VI is a pop triumph.
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Chicago Chicago VI Track Listing:
- Critics' Choice – 2:49
- Just You 'N' Me – 3:42
- Darlin' Dear – 2:56
- Jenny – 3:31
- What's This World Comin' To – 4:58
- Something in This City Changes People – 3:42
- Hollywood – 3:52
- In Terms of Two – 3:29
- Rediscovery – 4:47
- Feelin' Stronger Every Day – 4:15