Chicago Chicago VI on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Re-Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
1973 Set Continues Fusion Groups Commercial Dominance
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Reference-Caliber Separation, Tonalities, and Balance
First Chicago Album Recorded at Producer James William Guercios 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 theres 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 Fidelitys 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 Guercios 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 septets phenomenal interplay and skyscraping vocals into unopposed relief on wide, extra-deep soundstages.
Chicago VI can be viewed as a perfect summation of the bands many strengths. While the extended arrangements are slimmed down, theres 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 Critics Choice, a sardonic albeit delicately professional response to the groups detractors. Country accents arise via Peter Ceteras In Terms of Two, an acoustic tune underpinned by the bands strong chemistry. Then there are the hits.
Tapping into the eras pop aesthetic, Feelin Stronger Every Day remains a quintessential merger of Chicagos more aggressive early sides and its later, softer approach. Ceteras 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.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From 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