Wednesday 6/30/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago XI (1977)

Chicago XI is the ninth studio album (eleventh overall) by the American band Chicago, released in 1977. The album marked the end of an era for the band. This would be the last Chicago album to feature band leader, guitarist, and founding member Terry Kath prior to his death in an accident with a gun just over four months later, and the last Chicago album to be produced by James William Guercio.

  1. “Mississippi Delta City Blues” 4:39
  2. “Baby, What a Big Surprise” 3:04
  3. “Till the End of Time” 4:49
  4. “Policeman” 4:02
  5. “Take Me Back to Chicago” 5:17
  6. “Vote for Me” 3:47
  7. “Takin’ It on Uptown” 4:45
  8. “This Time” 4:44
  9. “The Inner Struggles of a Man” 2:44
  10. “Prelude (Little One)” 0:52
  11. “Little One” 5:40

Peter Cetera – bass, lead and backing vocals
Laudir de Oliveira – percussion
Terry Kath – electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, lead and backing vocals
Robert Lamm – acoustic piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, lead and backing vocals
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
James Pankow – trombone, keyboards, percussion, vocals, brass arrangements
Walter Parazaider – saxophones, flute, clarinet
Danny Seraphine – drums, percussion
David “Hawk” Wolinski – ARP synthesizer on “Take Me Back to Chicago”; Fender Rhodes on “Little One’
James William Guercio – acoustic guitars and bass on “Baby, What a Big Surprise”
Tim Cetera – additional background vocals on “Baby, What a Big Surprise”
Carl Wilson – additional background vocals on “Baby, What a Big Surprise”
Chaka Khan – background vocals and incredible preach at end of “Take Me Back to Chicago”
Dominic Frontiere – orchestral conception and orchestration on “Baby, What a Big Surprise”; orchestration for “The Inner Struggles of a Man”; string and orchestral arrangements for “Little One”
The Voices of Inspiration – choir on “Vote for Me”