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Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Chicago
Title: VII
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Chicago Records
Release Date: 2/28/1995
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Oldies, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 703404300720, 074643281041, 090204775323, 703404300744

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The Definitive Chicago CD
J. Conrad Guest | Northville, MI United States | 03/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Originally released as a double LP (remember vinyl?), this single CD epitomizes everything this band proclaimed itself to be in its infancy: diverse. Not only does it contain no less than four monster hits - (I've Been) Searchin' So Long, Call On Me, Wishing You Were Here (with a little help from the Beach Boys), and Happy Man - it very successfully pushes the limits of contemporary music with all of its supporting material. Guitarist Terry Kath never sounded better on Song of the Evergreens, Byblos, Aire, Italian From New York, and Life Saver. The rhythm section is tight and exciting (Hanky Panky and Mongonucleosis), while the horns sound big and brash. But again, it's the diversity of the material that makes this CD sizzle. From the contemporary sound of the aforementioned four hits to Mongonucleosis (the ultimate party song of the 70's), the bluesy Skinny Boy, the biographical Woman Don't Want to Love Me, and the jazz influenced sounds of the instrumental pieces (the first 26 minutes of this CD contain no vocals!), this CD has it all.While Chicago would go on to record perhaps more popular songs, perhaps motivated (driven?) by the change in the FM radio format (AM radio in stereo, replete with jingles and giveaways), never again would they match the creative energy found on this compilation. A classic in every sense, it's hard to comprehend why Chicago VII never received far greater acclaim, but then the critics have always loved to hate Chicago."
CHICAGO's best overall album
Gordon Majack | Seattle, WA | 05/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The boys from The Windy City blew into 1974 on a serious roll: six consecutive platinum albums, two consecutive #1 albums, and the status of a world-class supergroup. Ensconced in the creative safe-haven of their Caribou Ranch studios high in the Colorado Rockies, the band defied all sense of convention by producing a brilliant 15-song set that remains their richest and most stylistically diverse album ever. From progressive instrumentals ("Aire") to Latin pop ("Happy Man") and jazz ("Mongonucleosis") to acoustic ("Byblos") and electric ("Lifesaver" and "Woman Don't Want To Love Me") rock to funky blue-eyed soul ("Skinny Boy"), Chicago VII showcased their dazzling musicianship to full effect. This was an incredibly original and innovative band at their personal and professional peak."
This CD Really Shows Musical Skills
Gordon Majack | 01/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As an ex-brass musician, I always appreciated Chicago for their blend of jazz, rock and plain old musical skill.In the boxed set, this was considered their "jazz" album. It is challenging to listen to, few pop ballads, the 1st half is almost all instrumental. It is also a fascinating listen.For non-instrumental songs, three of Chicago's best are here, Call on Me, Byblos with its wistful lyric, and Happy Man, my favorite Chicago song (danced to it at my wedding)Over the years, my tastes have moved more towards jazz, because rock musicians embrace ignorance. Chicago VII is evidence to the contrary, that skilled musicians who care about playing well, can play rock."