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CHICAGO (sometimes referred to as CHICAGO II) is the second studio album by Chicago
Chicago
-based American rock band Chicago
Chicago
. It was released in 1970 after the band had shortened its name from The Chicago
Chicago
Transit Authority following the release of their self-titled debut album the previous year (to avoid legal action being threatened by the actual mass-transit company ).

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Track listing

* 3 Personnel

* 3.1 Chicago
Chicago
* 3.2 Production

* 4 Charts

* 4.1 Weekly charts * 4.2 Singles

* 5 Certifications * 6 References

HISTORY

Although the official title of the album is Chicago, it came to be retroactively known as CHICAGO II, keeping it in line with the succession of Roman numeral -titled albums that officially began with Chicago III in 1971.

While The Chicago
Chicago
Transit Authority was a success, Chicago
Chicago
is considered by many to be Chicago's breakthrough album, yielding a number of Top 40 hits, including " Make Me Smile
Make Me Smile
" (#9), "Colour My World " (#7), and " 25 or 6 to 4
25 or 6 to 4
" (#4). The centerpiece of the album was the thirteen-minute song cycle " Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon ". Guitarist Terry Kath also participated in an extended classically styled cycle of four pieces, three of which were co-written by the well-known, arranger, composer, and pianist Peter Matz . The politically outspoken keyboardist Robert Lamm
Robert Lamm
also tackles his qualms with "It Better End Soon", another modular piece. Bassist Peter Cetera , later to play a crucial role in the band's music, contributed his first song to Chicago
Chicago
and this album, "Where Do We Go From Here".

Released in January 1970 on Columbia Records , Chicago
Chicago
was an instant hit, reaching #4 in the US and #6 in the UK.

Columbia Records was very active in promoting its quadraphonic four-channel surround sound format in the mid-1970s, and nine of Chicago's first ten albums were made available in quad. The quad mix features elements not heard in the standard stereo mix, including additional guitar work from Kath in "25 Or 6 To 4" and a different vocal take from Lamm in "Wake Up Sunshine," the latter of which reveals a different lyric in the song's last line.

In 2002, Chicago
Chicago
was remastered and reissued on one CD by Rhino Records with the single versions of "Make Me Smile" and "25 or 6 to 4" as bonus tracks.

Rhino released a DVD-Audio version of the album in 2003, featuring both Advanced Resolution Stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes.

In 2016, progressive rock musician Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson
remixed Chicago
Chicago
from the original multitrack tapes. This version was released on January 27, 2017 by Rhino Records.

TRACK LISTING

SIDE ONE

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) VOCALS LENGTH

1. "Movin' In" James Pankow
James Pankow
Terry Kath 4:06

2. "The Road" Kath Peter Cetera
Peter Cetera
3:10

3. "Poem for the People" Robert Lamm
Robert Lamm
Lamm/Cetera 5:31

4. "In the Country" Kath Kath/Cetera 6:34

SIDE TWO

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) VOCALS LENGTH

5. "Wake Up Sunshine" Lamm Lamm/Cetera 2:29

6. " Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon "

* " Make Me Smile
Make Me Smile
" (3:32) * "So Much to Say, So Much to Give" (1:04) * "Anxiety's Moment" (1:00) * "West Virginia Fantasies" (1:34) * "Colour My World " (2:58) * "To Be Free" (1:21) * "Now More Than Ever" (1:27) "

Pankow

Kath Lamm Instrumental Instrumental Kath Instrumental Kath 12:55

SIDE THREE

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) VOCALS LENGTH

7. "Fancy Colours" Lamm Cetera 5:10

8. " 25 or 6 to 4
25 or 6 to 4
" Lamm Cetera 4:50

9. "Memories of Love"

* "Prelude" (1:18) * "A.M. Mourning" (2:05) * "P.M. Mourning" (1:59) * "Memories of Love (4:01) "

Kath/ Peter Matz

Instrumental Instrumental Instrumental Kath 9:12

SIDE FOUR

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) VOCALS LENGTH

10. "It Better End Soon"

* "1st Movement" (2:30) * "2nd Movement" (3:47) * "3rd Movement" (3:19) * "4th Movement (1:15) "

Lamm/Kath/ Walter Parazaider

Kath Instrumental Kath Kath 10:24

11. "Where Do We Go from Here " Cetera Cetera 2:53

PERSONNEL

CHICAGO

* Peter Cetera
Peter Cetera
– bass , lead , backing vocals * Terry Kath – electric and acoustic guitars , lead and backing vocals * Robert Lamm
Robert Lamm
– piano , Hammond organ , Hohner Pianet , lead and backing vocals * Lee Loughnane – trumpet , flugelhorn , background vocals * James Pankow
James Pankow
– trombone , brass arrangements * Walter Parazaider – saxophones , flute , clarinet , background vocals * Danny Seraphine
Danny Seraphine
– drums , percussion * Peter Matz – orchestrations and co-arrangements on "Memories of Love" ("Prelude", "A.M. Mourning", "P.M. Mourning")

PRODUCTION

* James William Guercio – producer * Donald Puluse – engineer * Brian Ross-Myring – engineer * Chris Hinshaw – engineer * Robert Honablue – mastering engineer * Don Young – quadrophonic remix engineer * Al Lawrence – Quadrophonic sound and remix supervision * Nick Fasciano – cover art * John Berg – cover design * Herb Greene – photography and poster photos

2002 REISSUE

* Paul Klingberg – remixing * John Kellogg – remix producer * Joe Gastwirt – remastering * David Wild – liner notes

CHARTS

WEEKLY CHARTS

YEAR CHART POSITION

1970 Billboard Pop Albums 4

SINGLES

YEAR SINGLE CHART POSITION

1970 "25 or 6 to 4" Billboard Pop Singles 4

1970 "Make Me Smile" Billboard Pop Singles 9

1971 "Colour My World" Billboard Pop Singles 7

CERTIFICATIONS

ORGANIZATION LEVEL DATE

RIAA – USA Gold April 13, 1970

RIAA – USA Platinum August 9, 1991

REFERENCES

* ^ Chicago
Chicago
at AllMusic . Retrieved February 17, 2017.}} * ^ Chicago
Chicago
II at AllMusic . Retrieved February 17, 2017. * ^ individual times for Ballet taken from original LP KGP 24 CS 9962 XSM 151735 * ^ individual times for Memories of Love taken from original LP KGP 24 CS 9977 XSM 151852 * ^ individual times for It Better End Soon taken from original LP KGP 24 CS 9977 XSM 151853

* v * t * e

Chicago
Chicago

* ROBERT LAMM * LEE LOUGHNANE * JAMES PANKOW * WALTER PARAZAIDER * TRIS IMBODEN * KEITH HOWLAND * LOU PARDINI * WALFREDO REYES JR. * JEFF COFFEY

* Danny Seraphine
Danny Seraphine
* Peter Cetera
Peter Cetera
* Terry Kath * Laudir de Oliveira * Donnie Dacus * Chris Pinnick * Bill Champlin
Bill Champlin
* Jason Scheff
Jason Scheff
* Dawayne Bailey * Drew Hester * Daniel de los Reyes

* Touring musicians

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Chicago
Chicago
Transit Authority * Chicago * Chicago III * Chicago
Chicago
V * Chicago
Chicago
VI * Chicago
Chicago
VII * Chicago
Chicago
VIII * Chicago
Chicago
X * Chicago
Chicago
XI * Hot Streets * Chicago
Chicago
13 * Chicago
Chicago
XIV * Chicago
Chicago
16 * Chicago
Chicago
17 * Chicago
Chicago
18 * Chicago
Chicago
19 * Twenty 1
Twenty 1
* Night border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Chicago
Chicago
at Carnegie Hall * Live in Japan * Chicago
Chicago
Transit Authority Live In Toronto * Chicago
Chicago
XXVI: Live in Concert * Chicago
Chicago
XXXIV: Live in \'75 * Chicago
Chicago
at Symphony Hall

COMPILATIONS

* Chicago
Chicago
IX: Chicago\'s Greatest Hits * Greatest Hits, Volume II * If You Leave Me Now * Take Me Back to Chicago
Chicago
* Greatest Hits 1982–1989 *