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Chicago II (1970)

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Chicago is the second album by Chicago-based rock band Chicago. It was released in 1970 after the band had shortened its name from The Chicago Transit Authority after releasing their same-titled debut album the previous year. Although the official title of the album is Chicago, it came to be retroactively known as Chicago II, keeping it in line with the succession of Roman numeral-titled albums that officially began with Chicago III in 1971. While The Chicago Transit Authority was a success, Chicago is considered by many to be Chicago's breakthrough album, yielding a number of Top 40 hits, including "Make Me Smile" (#9), "Colour My World" (#7), and "25 or 6 to 4" (#4). The centerpiece of the album was the thirteen-minute song cycle "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon". Guitarist Terry Kath also participated in an extended classically styled cycle of four pieces, three of which were co-written by the well-known, arranger, composer, and pianist Peter Matz. The politically outspoken Robert Lamm also tackles his qualms with "It Better End Soon", another modular piece. Peter Cetera, later to play a crucial role in the band's music, contributed his first song to Chicago and this album,

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6:36 In the Country
1:15 To Be Free
1:33 West Virginia Fantasies
1:12 So Much to Say, So Much to Give
3:15 Make Me Smile
3:10 The Road
1:00 Anxiety's Moment
2:33 Wake Up Sunshine
1:25 Now More Than Ever
5:34 Poem for the People
2:59 Colour My World
4:08 Movin In'
3:41 It Better End Soon (2nd Movement)
2:33 It Better End Soon (1st Movement)
5:12 Fancy Colours
1:58 P.M. Mourning
2:05 A.M. Mourning
0:55 It Better End Soon (4th Movement)
2:48 Where Do We Go From Here?
5:00 25 or 6 to 4
1:09 Prelude
3:18 It Better End Soon (3rd Movement)
3:58 Memories of Love
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