Chicago Tribune 8-13-72

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Chicago Tribune 8-13-72 - SOUND Chicago Turns on New Town Nancy By...
SOUND Chicago Turns on New Town Nancy By CLARENCE PAGE NEW TOWN Nancy, our neighbor, is ecstatic over Chicago's latest album. "They're so funky!" she bubbled. "Yet, they're so clean and cute." Take that, Alice Cooper. New Town Nancy and her chums will always remain true to Chicago, the seven-man seven-man seven-man band that borrowed the best of urban jazz and hard rock four years ago and nurtured nurtured it into a new internationally internationally acclaimed institution. institution. : The latest album, titled "Chicago" Columbia, remains remains rigidly true to their reputation. It only contains, however, one record, instead of two or four. It also contains contains two giant posters with closeup views of this wholesome wholesome bunch which are now decorating New Town-Nancy's Town-Nancy's Town-Nancy's Town-Nancy's bedroom wall. Happily, the single record enabled them to condense their talents into a neat package, free of chaff such as those disgusting scratches and squeals they labeled "Free Form Guitar" on their flrstThiim. An initial spin of this platter platter reveals the familiar punching brass, clean bass lines, frenetic guitar, and tightly coordinated vocals. Then you start reading the lyrics, neatly provided on the inner jacket, and see those familiar politics of joy mixed In with Images of love. On the 14th listening, you begin to notice the myriad of (ubtle changes and the keen studio mix which allows 1 Chicago . . . rigidly 'hue each element of the band to shine thru. Once again, Robert Lamm, keyboard man, vocalist vocalist and genius of the group, wrote every song but two. His "Saturday in the Park" anchors the album with Timsiral and lyrical statements of a jolly summer summer holiday. But this happiness song is juxtaposed between "While the City Sleeps" and "State of the Union." The former tells how "Men are scheming, scheming, new ways to kill us and tell us dirty lies." The latter culminates with a defiant "Tear the system down!" Chicago's 'voices augment I their Instruments with the same soar and punch. Every word and chord is timed to deliver a desired message or emotion. to -their -their reputation. I sense a message of frustration frustration in this album. One song hits away at the recent revival of "Golden oldies" and another, titled "Dialogue," "Dialogue," criticizes apathetic students. Perhaps It is a poet's frustration, - knowing the most apathetic listeners ' will tune out a lyrical message message completely when. there are such fine instrumentals backing them up. Chicago appears tomorrow night at Ravinia. ELSEWHERE on the record racks, we find Curtis MayfieM brightening up the rhythm and - blues section. His album, titled "Super Fly" Buddah, is actually the soundtrack from a new film directed by Gordon Parks Jr., son of the man who made "Shaft" and oth ers. Most soundtrack albums sound about as hollow .as kissing over a telephone, but, happily, "Super Fly" is a notable exception. May-field May-field May-field has proved himself to be a true artist, seeking perfection perfection on each cut. I hope the movie does justice to the music In a different vein, Cornelius Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose have released a disappointing disappointing album named after them on the United Artists label, featuring their hits "Treat Her like- like- a Lady" and "Too Late to Turn Back Now." Exciting vocals, some with a slight gospel music flavor, hold this album -together, -together, but the best of the background was lost in a bad studio mix. Most of .the songs are originals originals and indicate exceptional exceptional songwriting ability by the brothers. Unfortunately the

Clipped from Chicago Tribune13 Aug 1972, SunPage 292

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois)13 Aug 1972, SunPage 292
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