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I have listened to this CD first in download format, then the CD since it's arrival and can say I am most impressed with this work from the band.  The exceptional creativity displayed in this work is evident that there is much new ground to be covered by this band.

Few, indeed, none of the bands that are in existence today that started their journey in the late 1960's can claim such vitality in terms of rendered music than Chicago; they have managed to maintain that cutting edge in creativity that was so evident in Chicago's CTA thru Chicago V yet manage to spin a contemporary signature that will resonate with youthful listeners as well as seasoned fans who have been on the ride for the entire ride.

 

I point to the song Naked in the Garden of Allah, and its deep message, combined with its musical signature  that is a known hallmark of this band. Songs like "Now", and "Love Lives On" as well as "More Will Be Revealed" should receive attention from Radio and I predict this CD will attain and join the ranks of other Chicago Mega Hit Albums like Chicago XVII.

 

Clearly the addition of Lou Pardini and Wilfredo Reyes, Jr. have added to the bands stellar line up to create a rich talent mixture that adds much wind to the broad sails of the Chicago ship.

Thanks Lee for "The Rig" and Gentlemen, don't stop now, keep those creative juices flowing.  And while I' at it, let me say Keith, you need to push your song "Same Time Next Year" and get it on a Chicago CD soon...Why? because its a great song, and besides I bought a download of it back in the day and had a computer crash and now its gone, just when I was counting on adding it to my MP3 Player.

 

Chicago XXXVI...Glad I Invested in this Gem

 

 

 

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Agreed!

Just received my  CD copy of NOW down here in Australia & have only listened to it a couple of times so far. Very strong stuff with my favourites to this point are "all will be revealed " & "Nice girl". As usual the horns are great & a very strong vocal performance by Jason on "Love lives on". 

On another note ,I only purchased "Stone of Sisyphus" about 6 months ago & have played it VERY often. Another outstanding effort .Congratulations.

I had a bootleg copy of the album Stone of Sisyphus for ages, a Chicago fan had sent me, and when the CD was finally released I bought it; there were a number of interesting songs on that set Mahjong was the one that stuck out for me, with a monster brass arrangement on the tune.  The vocals of Bill Champlin on that CD was good over all, as Bill could often be extremely spot on with his vocals or very rough.

 Still, while I loved the Blues effect that Champlin brought to Chicago(the song "Better" is a good example) , an effect that was never fully exploited at times, I have to think that Pardini's vocals compliments Robert's and Jason's (and Lee's too) vocal styles so fully that this line up is richer for the addition.

 

Jason's monster vocal on Love Lives On is the signature end to any comparison's between Bassist past or present and is his best work to date; kudos to him on his choice of Bass as well, as this one is a richer sounding instrument in my honest opinion( from a long time semi-pro Bassist here, now retired) than the Lakeland.  In the end I must say that Chicago XXXVI is one of the best engineered and mixed albums from the band since the Columbia years(Carnegie Hall  not being one...you are right Jimmy, the horns did sound like Kuzoo's...But Danny killed it with his drumming on Free in that live set).  The Rig Lee worked great.....Oh By the way, let me commend the Band on the addition of videos showing the creation of this album; its gives great insight to the hard work Jimmy, Walt, Lee and the guys do to make each song the special work they are...keep doing that.  Thanks for listening all.   

Jim - I concur again.

Jim said:

I had a bootleg copy of the album Stone of Sisyphus for ages, a Chicago fan had sent me, and when the CD was finally released I bought it; there were a number of interesting songs on that set Mahjong was the one that stuck out for me, with a monster brass arrangement on the tune.  The vocals of Bill Champlin on that CD was good over all, as Bill could often be extremely spot on with his vocals or very rough.

 Still, while I loved the Blues effect that Champlin brought to Chicago(the song "Better" is a good example) , an effect that was never fully exploited at times, I have to think that Pardini's vocals compliments Robert's and Jason's (and Lee's too) vocal styles so fully that this line up is richer for the addition.

 

Jason's monster vocal on Love Lives On is the signature end to any comparison's between Bassist past or present and is his best work to date; kudos to him on his choice of Bass as well, as this one is a richer sounding instrument in my honest opinion( from a long time semi-pro Bassist here, now retired) than the Lakeland.  In the end I must say that Chicago XXXVI is one of the best engineered and mixed albums from the band since the Columbia years(Carnegie Hall  not being one...you are right Jimmy, the horns did sound like Kuzoo's...But Danny killed it with his drumming on Free in that live set).  The Rig Lee worked great.....Oh By the way, let me commend the Band on the addition of videos showing the creation of this album; its gives great insight to the hard work Jimmy, Walt, Lee and the guys do to make each song the special work they are...keep doing that.  Thanks for listening all.   

Bought my copy of the CD last Tuesday when it was available to the general public.  It not been out of the CD player since. I love the new music especially "NOW", "More will be revealed"   "Free At Last".  Gretat job CHICAGO keep rocking!!!!!!!!   Peace Jim D.

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