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- 1Mississippi Delta City Blues04:43
- 2Baby, What A Big Surprise03:07
- 3Till The End Of Time04:52
- 5Take Me Back To Chicago05:22
- 6Vote For Me03:46
- 7Takin' It On Uptown04:47
- 8This Time04:50
- 9The Inner Struggles Of A Man02:44
- 10Prelude [Little One]00:52
- 11Little One05:42
Info for Chicago XI
Chicago XI was the final studio effort to feature the original septet, who by this time had been performing and recording for nearly a decade. In late January 1978, founding member Terry Kath accidentally and fatally shot himself, forever altering the band's sound and indeed much of the combo's tenacious rock & roll heart.
It is somewhat fitting that their ninth studio release (11th overall) contains two Kath compositions as well as a pair of additional lead vocals. The funky, up-tempo 'Mississippi Delta Blues' opens the album with a showcase of his writing and performance skills. The more aggressive 'Takin' It On Uptown' is a gritty rocker that further demonstrates Kath's unparalleled fret board prowess. These tougher tracks are counterbalanced by another round of light pop balladry from the usual suspects of Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), whose 'Baby, What a Big Surprise' was the perfect Top Ten follow-up to his chart-topping and two-time Grammy-winning 'If You Leave Me Now' from Chicago X (1976).
Terry Kath, vocals, electric guitar, guitar, percussion
Lee Loughnane, vocals, trumpet, flugel horn
Walter Parazaider, woodwinds, baritone saxophone
James Pankow, vocals, trombone, keyboards, percussion
Robert Lamm, vocals, keyboards, percussion
Peter Cetera, vocals, bass
Danny Seraphine, drums, percussion
Laudir De Oliveira, percussion
Chaka Khan, spoken vocals, background vocals
David 'Hawk' Wolinski, Fender Rhodes piano, arp synthesizer
James William Guercio, acoustic guitar, bass
Tim Cetera, background vocals
Carl Wilson, background vocals
Recorded at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado; Strings recorded at Sound Labs, Hollywood, CA
Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski
Produced by James William Guercio
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