The Info List - Chicago V

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Chicago V is the fourth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1972. It is notable for being the group's first single album release, after having released three consecutive double albums and a box set of live material.


1 History 2 Critical reception

2.1 Accolades

3 Track listing

3.1 Bonus track (2002 re-issue)

4 Personnel 5 Production 6 Charts 7 Certifications 8 References

History[edit] Following the release of Chicago III
Chicago III
in 1971, the group changed from producing double albums, with many songs arranged in extended suites, in favor of more concise tracks on a single album. Chicago V is also notable for Robert Lamm's prolific songwriting; eight out of its ten tunes are composed solely by him. Terry Kath
Terry Kath
wrote and sang the album's final track "Alma Mater", which showcased his acoustic guitar abilities. This would be the last album to not have any compositions from Cetera during his tenure in the band. The song "A Hit by Varèse" is a tribute to French-American composer Edgard Varèse. Recorded just before Chicago at Carnegie Hall
Chicago at Carnegie Hall
was released in late 1971, Chicago V was cut in just over a week and held over for release until the following summer. Released shortly before the album, the single "Saturday in the Park" was the band's biggest hit to that point, reaching No. 3 in the US.[3] Chicago V was critically acclaimed and became Chicago's first No.1 album,[4] spending nine weeks atop the charts in the US.[5] In the UK, the release managed to reach No. 24.[6] The follow-up single "Dialogue (Part I & II)" also became a hit, peaking at No. 24 in the US.[3] This album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. In 2002, Chicago V was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records
Rhino Records
with three bonus tracks: a rehearsal of Lamm's "A Song
for Richard and His Friends", which was debuted at Carnegie Hall, an early rehearsal of Kath's "Mississippi Delta City Blues" (which would later be re-recorded and released on Chicago XI), and a single edit of "Dialogue". On August 17, 2011, Warner Japan
Warner Japan
released this album as a hybrid stereo-multichannel Super Audio CD
Super Audio CD
in their Warner Premium Sound series.[7] Critical reception[edit] Accolades[edit]

1973: Chicago V, Best Small-Combo LP, Playboy
Jazz & Pop Poll[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length

1. "A Hit by Varèse" Robert Lamm Lamm 4:56

2. "All Is Well" Lamm Lamm 3:52

3. "Now That You've Gone" James Pankow Terry Kath 5:01

4. "Dialogue (Part I)" Lamm Kath, Peter Cetera 2:57

5. "Dialogue (Part II)" Lamm Lamm, Kath, Cetera 4:13

Side Two

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length

6. "While the City Sleeps" Lamm Lamm 3:53

7. "Saturday in the Park" Lamm Lamm, Cetera 3:56

8. "State of the Union" Lamm Cetera 6:12

9. "Goodbye" Lamm Cetera 6:02

10. "Alma Mater" Kath Kath 3:56

Bonus track (2002 re-issue)[edit]

"A Song
for Richard and His Friends (Studio version without vocals)" (Lamm) – 8:15 "Mississippi Delta City Blues (First recorded version with scratch vocal)" (Kath) – 5:28 "Dialogue (Part I & II) (Single edit)" (Lamm) – 5:02


Peter Cetera
Peter Cetera
– bass, wah-wah bass, lead & backing vocals Terry Kath
Terry Kath
– electric & acoustic guitars, lead & backing vocals Robert Lamm
Robert Lamm
– acoustic piano, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, Hohner Pianet, lead & backing vocals Lee Loughnane
Lee Loughnane
– trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, background vocals James Pankow
James Pankow
– trombone, percussion, background vocals, brass arrangements Walter Parazaider
Walter Parazaider
– saxophones, flute, percussion, background vocals Danny Seraphine
Danny Seraphine
– drums, congas, antique bells, percussion


Produced by James William Guercio Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski Logo Design – Nick Fasciano Album
Design – John Berg Photography – Jim Houghton and Earl Steinbicker Lettering – Beverly Scott Remastering – Joe Gastwirt

Charts[edit] Album

Year Chart Position

1972 Billboard Black Albums 33

1972 Billboard Pop Albums 1

1972 Billboard Jazz Albums 1


Year Single Chart Position

1972 "Dialogue (Parts I & II)" Billboard Pop Singles 24

1972 "Saturday in the Park" Billboard Pop Singles 3


Organization Level Date

RIAA – US Gold July 31, 1972

RIAA – US Platinum November 21, 1986

RIAA – US Double Platinum November 21, 1986


^ Planer, Lindsay. " Chicago V - Chicago : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-18.  ^ "Chicago: Chicago V : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. 1972-12-07. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2012-06-18.  ^ a b "Chicago Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2017.  ^ "Chicago Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2017.  ^ " Billboard 200
Billboard 200
- 1972 Archive Billboard Charts Archive". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2017.  ^ "CHICAGO full Official Chart History Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017.  ^ "Warner Premium Sound 17 August 2011 releases" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-11-03.  ^ "Jazz & Pop '73". Playboy. HMH Publishing Co., Inc. February 1973.  available at, Bondi Data Viewer access-date=October 20, 2017 ^ Harral, Don (February 18, 1973). "Chicago To Appear In State Tuesday". The Lawton Constitution And Morning Press. Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. p. 2D. Retrieved October 20, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 

Preceded by Honky Château
Honky Château
by Elton John Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album August 19 – October 20, 1972 Succeeded by Super Fly (soundtrack)
Super Fly (soundtrack)
by Curtis Mayfield

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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

Studio albums

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

Live albums

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"

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