Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chicago VI was made at Jimmy Guercio's Caribou Ranch

Chicago is my new favorite old band.   I have to admit - I had a long phase (decades) of not liking their music. I also went many years not likely Brussels sprouts, and now I love them.   Chicago just gets better and better.  Check out my blog title cover shot!  And I remain totally fascinated with the Caribou Ranch recording studio.  I would have loved to have seen it in action with Chicago or Elton making a top album there!  [Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built by producer James William Guercio in 1972 in a converted barn on ranch property in the Rocky Mountains near Nederland, on the road that leads to the ghost town of Caribou. The studio was in operation until it was damaged in a fire in March 1985.]

  This record show above is Chicago VI is the sixth album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1973.  Following the streamlined character of Chicago V, this successor would see the group follow more of a pop music approach, relying less on their trademark horns and exploring varied music forms.  After recording all of Chicago's first five albums in New York City, producer James William Guercio had his own Caribou Studios built in Nederland, Colorado during 1972, finished in time for the band to record their sixth album the following February.  This studio would become and remain Chicago's recording base for the next four years.  While Robert Lamm maintains his songwriting prowess on Chicago VI (authoring half of the album's tracks, including his response to some of Chicago's negative reviewers in "Critics' Choice"), it is James Pankow who is responsible for the album's two hits, "Just You 'N' Me" (#4) and "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (#10), the last of which was co-composed with Peter Cetera, who, himself landed another track on Chicago VI, the country-influenced "In Terms Of Two".  Released in June 1973, Chicago VI was another commercial success, spending five weeks at #1 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK at all, beginning a dry spell there that would last until 1976's Chicago X.  Chicago note: On August 23, 1989, just before 7:00 pm local time, "Just You 'N' Me" was the last song played on Chicago's famous WLS 89 AM before switching to an all-talk format.

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