Democrat and Chronicle Rochester 8-6-72 Chicago V and Buffalo concert

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Democrat and Chronicle Rochester 8-6-72 Chicago V and Buffalo concert - rockin review By Ka Stair 'Chicago' Is a...
rockin review By Ka Stair 'Chicago' Is a Listenable A supei filial listen to Chi cago's newest album coul I prove disappointing. There's not Inns on the album will blow you out of your chair, no titanic musical majesty that leaps out at and overwhelms you. Hut don't make the mistake Of relegating Chicago's fifth album effort to the rack. What vou do pet on Chicago Chicago (Columbia KC3I102) is a very mature effort. The musicianship is first-rate first-rate first-rate throughout the album, a CUt-to-cut CUt-to-cut CUt-to-cut CUt-to-cut CUt-to-cut consistency that is rare on the rock scene. Most simply, it is an eminently eminently listenable album. Two tuts do stand out. Saturdav in the Park" and All Is Well," both written by keyboard man Robert Lamm, are beautiful and simple mood songs. Saturday, Saturday, which is getting a lot of air play now, begins with Lamm's ow n happy, t humpy keyboard intro that picks lip some drums and trumpet trumpet and captures that sheer benevolent joy of Saturday's Saturday's freedom. -All -All Is Well" is an even simpler song of recovery from a bad love and the relish relish that comes with feeling -free -free and easy" again. The song best typifies the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young-type Young-type Young-type vocals that punctuate the album. Lamm, w ho wrote seven Of the nine cuts on this album, fates best on the simpler mood songs that when he ventures into a MM Chicago will play the War Memorial at 8 political or social commentary commentary framework. Lyrical simplicity complements mood songs, but that same simplicity often appears adolescent adolescent in songs like "Dialogues" "Dialogues" and ".State of the Union." The former is an exchange exchange between a worried committed person and a stoned oblivious one. It ends with an optimistic chant that almost duplicates the Graham Nash refrain from his song, titled oddly enough, "Chicago." Chicago has always deserved deserved a better fate than the constant, and often des-paraging. des-paraging. des-paraging. comparisons with Blood, Sweat arul.Tears, the other major jazz-rock jazz-rock jazz-rock band of the past few years. 4- 4- The two groups never were really that dose, Chicago Chicago with more of a total seven -man -man group sound, Blood, Sweat and Tears with its big up-front up-front up-front rat-a-tat-tat rat-a-tat-tat rat-a-tat-tat rat-a-tat-tat rat-a-tat-tat rat-a-tat-tat rat-a-tat-tat brass. Chicago's nuisic increasingly increasingly seems to be working on two lcvel. The top layer is velveteen throughout, a kind of blurry smoothness. Underneath there are frantic frantic interludes of jazz and rock interplay that even at their most dissonant seem glove-fitted glove-fitted glove-fitted to the musical overlay. Individual group members members do stand out on certain cuts like Loughnane's trumpet trumpet on "A Hit L'.y Varese" or Seraphine's drums on -Dialogue," -Dialogue," but the beauty of this album is that while it V - . V . L. if p.m. Saturday. you can recognize the individual individual ability of each of the group members, it's the group effort directed toward toward a. light seven-man seven-man seven-man sound that comes through. The album portends good things for Chicago's concert appearance here. wiiion two i.ignamu rock stars get together for a performance, the result is often a few highs, numerous numerous lows and a lot of tedium in between. That is not the case with Carlos Santana and Buddy Mills Live! (Columbia (Columbia KC31308), also called Fncrgy For the Universe From the Center of a Volcano. Volcano. While Santana gets" first billing and plays some great guitar, it's Buddy Miles

Clipped from Democrat and Chronicle06 Aug 1972, SunPage 107

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York)06 Aug 1972, SunPage 107
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