Chicago (sometimes referred to as Chicago II) is the second studio album and second double album by Chicago-based American rock band Chicago. This was the first album to use the Chicago logo on the cover, which became an enduring feature on the covers of all of the band's succeeding studio albums. Released in January 1970 on Columbia Records, Chicago was commercially successful. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in April of the same year of its release, and certified platinum in 1991. It reached No. 4 on the album charts in the United States and No. 6 on the album charts in the UK, and produced three top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. The album received three Grammy Award nominations - for Album of the Year, Contemporary Vocal Group, and Best Album Cover.
1 History 2 Artwork, packaging 3 Critical reception
4 Track listing 5 Personnel
5.1 Chicago 5.2 Production
6.1 Weekly charts 6.2 Singles
7 Certifications 8 Notes 9 References
History The album was released in 1970 after the band had shortened its name from The 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). 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 Transit Authority was a success, Chicago is considered by many to be Chicago's breakthrough album, yielding three singles that made it into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, including "Make Me Smile" (No. 9), "Colour My World" (No. 7), and "25 or 6 to 4" (No. 4). The centerpiece of the album was the thirteen-minute song cycle "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon", written by trombone player James Pankow, and from which the singles "Make Me Smile" and "Color My World" were taken. 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.:13 The politically outspoken keyboardist 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 and this album, "Where Do We Go From Here?".[Note 1] Released in January 1970 on Columbia Records, Chicago was an instant hit, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and No. 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 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, British producer and musician Steven Wilson remixed Chicago from the original multitrack tapes. This version was released on January 27, 2017 by Rhino Records. A vinyl edition of the remix cut by Kevin Gray was released on August 11, 2017. Artwork, packaging The Chicago logo, which made its first appearance on the cover of this album, was designed by John Berg and fashioned by Nick Fasciano, who were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover for their efforts. John Berg said the Coca-Cola logo was the inspiration for the Chicago logo. The cover art work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The band's official web site labels the cover design, "silver bar." The double-LP album's inner cover includes the playlist, the entire lyrics to "It Better End Soon", a "Producer's Note" stating, "This endeavor should be experienced sequentially", and a declaration written by Robert Lamm, "With this album, we dedicate ourselves, our futures and our energies to the people of the revolution. And the revolution in all of its forms." Critical reception In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave Chicago a "D+" and called it "sterile and stupid", writing that if "Duke Ellington never got away with an extended work for horns and meaningfulness [what] makes James William Guercio and the self-designated revolutionaries who are his cohorts think they can?" Lindsay Planer from AllMusic was more enthusiastic in a retrospective review, giving the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and said its songs "underscore the solid foundation of complex jazz changes with heavy electric rock & roll that the band so brazenly forged on the first set". Accolades
Year Category Work Result Ref.
1971 Album of the Year Chicago Nominated 
Contemporary Vocal Group Chicago Nominated 
Best Album Cover Chicago (John Berg & Nick Fasciano) Nominated 
1971: Chicago, Best Small-Combo LP, Playboy Jazz & Pop Poll
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Movin' In" James Pankow Terry Kath 4:06
2. "The Road" Terry Kath Peter Cetera 3:10
3. "Poem for the People" Robert Lamm Lamm/Cetera 5:31
4. "In the Country" Terry Kath Kath/Cetera 6:34
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" (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)"
Kath Lamm Instrumental Instrumental Kath Instrumental Kath 12:55
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
7. "Fancy Colours" Lamm Cetera 5:10
8. "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:13 Kath/Matz:13 Kath/Matz:13 Kath
Instrumental Instrumental Instrumental Kath 9:12
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 Lamm/Walter Parazaider Lamm/Kath Lamm
Kath Instrumental Kath Kath 10:24
11. "Where Do We Go from Here?" Cetera Cetera 2:53
Peter Cetera – bass, lead and backing vocals Terry Kath – guitar, lead and backing vocals Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead and backing vocals Lee Loughnane – trumpet James Pankow – trombone Walter Parazaider – saxophone, flute, clarinet Danny Seraphine – drums
James William Guercio – producer Peter Matz – orchestration on "Prelude" Donald Puluse – engineer Brian Ross-Myring – engineer Chris Hinshaw – engineer Robert Honablue – mastering engineer Don Young – remix engineer Al Lawrence – remix supervisor Nick Fasciano – cover art John Berg – cover design Herb Greene – photography and poster photos
Paul Klingberg – remixing John Kellogg – remix producer Joe Gastwirt – remastering David Wild – liner notes
Charts Weekly charts
Year Chart Position Ref
1970 Billboard Pop Albums 4 
1970 UK album chart 6 
Year Single Chart Position Ref
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 
Organization Level Date Ref
RIAA – USA Gold April 13, 1970 
RIAA – USA Platinum August 9, 1991 
^ Both the original 1970 Columbia vinyl LP (KGP 24 CS 9977 XSM 151852) and the 2002 Rhino reissue on CD (R2 76172) shows the title of the track, "Where Do We Go From Here?" with and without the question mark. On the 1970 vinyl LP, the track title is listed with the question mark on the inside front cover, but without the question mark on the center label of the disc. On the 2002 Rhino reissue on CD, the title appears with the question mark on the outside back page of the CD booklet, but appears without the question mark on page 13 inside the booklet. A catalog of copyright entries shows the title with the question mark, therefore the question mark is shown as part of the title in this article.
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Robert Lamm Lee Loughnane James Pankow Walter Parazaider Keith Howland Ray Herrmann Lou Pardini Daniel De Los Reyes Walfredo Reyes Jr. Brett Simons Neil Donell
Danny Seraphine Peter Cetera Terry Kath Laudir de Oliveira Donnie Dacus Chris Pinnick Bill Champlin Jason Scheff Dawayne Bailey Tris Imboden Bruce Gaitsch Drew Hester Jeff Coffey
Chicago Transit Authority Chicago Chicago III Chicago V Chicago VI Chicago VII Chicago VIII Chicago X Chicago XI Hot Streets Chicago 13 Chicago XIV Chicago 16 Chicago 17 Chicago 18 Chicago 19 Twenty 1 Night & Day: Big Band Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album Chicago XXX Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three Chicago XXXV: The Nashville Sessions Chicago XXXVI: Now
Chicago at Carnegie Hall Live in Japan Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert Chicago XXXIV: Live in '75
Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits Greatest Hits, Volume II If You Leave Me Now Take Me Back to Chicago Greatest Hits 1982–1989 Group Portrait The Heart of Chicago 1967–1997 The Heart of Chicago 1967–1998 Volume II The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning The Box Love Songs The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition
"Questions 67 and 68" "Beginnings" "Make Me Smile" "25 or 6 to 4" "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" "Free" "Lowdown" "Saturday in the Park" "Dialogue (Part I & II)" "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" "Just You 'n' Me" "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" "Call on Me" "Wishing You Were Here" "Harry Truman" "Old Days" "Brand New Love Affair" "Another Rainy Day in New York City" "If You Leave Me Now" "You Are on My Mind" "Baby, What a Big Surprise" "Alive Again" "No Tell Lover" "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" "Love Me Tomorrow" "Stay the Night" "Hard Habit to Break" "You're the Inspiration" "Along Comes a Woman" "Will You Still Love Me?" "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." "Niagara Falls" "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" "Look Away" "You're Not Alone" "We Can Last Forever" "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" "Chasin' the Wind"