Chicago Chicago VI on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Re-Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
1973 Set Continues Fusion Group’s Commercial Dominance
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Reference-Caliber Separation,
Tonalities, and Balance
First Chicago Album Recorded at Producer James William Guercio’s Caribou Studios
Includes the Top Ten Hits “Just You ‘N’ Me” and “Feelin’ Stronger Everyday”
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 soundstages.
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.
• Hybrid SACD
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered from the original master tapes
1. Critics' Choice
2. Just You 'N' Me
3. Darlin' Dear
5. What's This World Comin' To
6. Something In This City Changes People
8. In Terms of Two
10. Feelin' Stronger Every Day