Friday 5/14/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago VII (1974)

Chicago VII is the sixth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1974. It is notable for being their first double album of new material since 1971’s Chicago III, and remains their final studio release in that format. It features session percussionist Laudir de Oliveira who would become a full-fledged band member for the release of Chicago VIII the following year.

  1. “Prelude to Aire” 2:47
  2. “Aire” 6:27
  3. “Devil’s Sweet” 10:07
  4. “Italian from New York” 4:14
  5. “Hanky Panky” 1:53
  6. “Life Saver” 5:18
  7. “Happy Man” 3:34
  8. “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” 4:29
  9. “Mongonucleosis” 3:26
  10. “Song of the Evergreens” 5:20
  11. “Byblos” 6:18
  12. “Wishing You Were Here” 4:37
  13. “Call on Me” 4:02
  14. “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” 4:35
  15. “Skinny Boy” 5:12

Peter Cetera – bass, lead vocals, backing vocals (6, 8, 9, 12, 13), guitar (12)
Terry Kath – guitars, lead vocals, backing vocals (6, 8, 10), bass (7, 11, 12, 15), bells (10)
Robert Lamm – Mellotron (1), keyboards (2), Fender Rhodes (3-8, 13, 15), ARP synthesizer (4), clavinet (6, 14), backing vocals (6, 8, 9, 13), acoustic piano (8, 9, 12, 14), Minimoog (8), lead vocals
Danny Seraphine – drums, percussion (7, 12), hi-hat (11), bass drum (11)
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, flugelhorn (3, 5), backing vocals (8, 10, 13), lead vocals (10),
James Pankow – trombone, percussion (8), timbales (9), backing vocals (8, 9)
Walter Parazaider – flute (1, 2), soprano saxophone (3), alto saxophone (9), tenor saxophone
Brass arrangements (4) by James Pankow & Robert Lamm; (2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12-15) by James Pankow
Laudir de Oliveira – percussion on 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 & 16; congas on 2, 4, 6 & 8.
David Wolinski – ARP synthesizer on 8 & 12; acoustic piano on 10, Mellotron and Fender Rhodes on 11.
James William Guercio – acoustic guitar on 7, bass on 10, guitar on 12.
Jimmie Haskell – strings on 8
Wayne Tarnowski – acoustic piano on 11
Guille Garcia – percussion on 7; congas on 9, 11, 13 & 15.
Bobbi Roen, Camelia Ortiz, Diane Nini, Hank Steiger and Julie Nini – background party noises on 9
Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, & Dennis Wilson – backing vocals on 12
The Pointer Sisters – backing vocals on 15
Ross Salomone – drums on 15