Lawton Constitution and Morning Press, Lawton, OK 9-10-72 Chicago V and Robert's arrest
SOUNDS - V Â· MUSIC By DON HARRAL IN THE Who's Who of rock groups today, only a handful of the hundreds can be classified as "Biggies." This handful can charge exorbitant exorbitant amounts for giving concerts and have tremendous drawing power that practically practically guarantees a sellout whenever whenever they appear. "Chicago" is one of those groups. The seven-piece jazz-rock group, originally from the cily of the same name, released their fifth album recently with tlie group's now-famous signature signature on the cover. The album consists of nine songs on their first single-record album and two posters for your wall. Usually if an album contains contains two or Ihree good songs, which is sometimes rare, it worth buying for your LP library. library. I consider at least six songs on this album worth having. The group is made up of Terry Kath, guitar; Peter Cetera, bass: Robert Lamm, keyboards; James Pankow, trombone; Danny Seraphine. drums; Lee Loughnanc. trumpet, trumpet, and Waller Panizaider, woodwinds. VERY FEW songs on any Cliicago album are written by anyone outside the group. This is rare in a day when mo.st of the bigger stars and groups depend on others to supply their material. Lamm, the most prolific composer of the group, wrote seven of the songs on this burn. Some of the better ones include "Saturday in the Park," "While the C i t y Sleeps," "State of the Union," "Dialogue, Parts I and II," and "A Hit by Varese." "State of llie Union" is a song done with a reverb effect effect which tells about Lamm being arrested in Oklahoma City for saying a four-letter word during a concert. Although Although the song never mentions mentions .OKC by name, I read was allegedly the first lime any member of Cliicago had been arrested during a concert. concert. One of the best songs on tlie album is "Dialogue, Parts I and II," which tells of people discussing today's apathetic apathetic society. Kath and Cetera Cetera sing the two parts with group harmony "Hey Jude" type of ending on the song. The song starts rather low- key but builds into an exciting exciting piece of music by the This album should be another another winner for the group, which is not surprising considering considering the following it has. However, unlike some groups, Chicago deserves it.