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The classyist example of real big band jazz-fusion,
By A Customer
This review is from: II CD US CHICAGO (Audio CD)
This album is one of the few great jazz-fusion albums that is best listened to as a whole. As a double-album it consists of a lot of shorter tracks (compared with their debut release 'Chicago Transit Authority') , some which show essence of the classic slow ballad which they are probably better known for as well as some fantastic examples of the big-band feel with a brass section of only 3 players. The sound at times is enormous and right from the outset the energy is full on with Movin In and charges through with a dip into big band , rock,slow jazz-type ballads and some very hippy /flowery tunes like 'Fancy Colours' taking in some early single releases on the way like 'Make me Smile' and 'Colour my World' before reaching the evergreen '25 or 6 to 4' complete with a killer guitar riff that every guitarist is sure to have tried! The 4th side of the double album is dedicated completely to a political concept track in 4 movements entitled 'It Better End Soon'. This was to be a start of many commentary tracks viewing political situations to appear on subsequent albums. If you thought Chicago was all about 'Hard Habit to Break' then you couldn't be more wrong. This is the best place to start discovering the jazz influenced first 10 albums, before it started to go abit 'disco' and more mainstream. Pour a bourbon, sit back and enjoy some fantastic musicianship!