Chicago - Chicago II (1970) [MFSL 2015] PS3 ISO + DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

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Chicago - Chicago II (1970) [MFSL 2015] PS3 ISO + DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Chicago - Chicago II (1970) [MFSL 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 67:28 minutes | Scans included | 1,96 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,71 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,58 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2133

Chicago (sometimes referred to as Chicago II) is the second studio album by Chicago-based American rock band Chicago. Like their debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, this was a double album. It was their first album under the name Chicago (the band's prior name, Chicago Transit Authority, was changed due to a threatened lawsuit) and the first to use the now ubiquitous cursive Chicago logo on the cover. Released in January 1970 on Columbia Records, Chicago was commercially successful. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in April of the same year of its release, and certified platinum in 1991. The album received three Grammy Award nominations - for Album of the Year, Contemporary Vocal Group, and Best Album Cover.

The Chicago Transit Authority recorded this double-barreled follow-up to their eponymously titled 1969 debut effort. The contents of Chicago II (1970) underscore the solid foundation of complex jazz changes with heavy electric rock & roll that the band so brazenly forged on the first set. The septet also continued its ability to blend the seemingly divergent musical styles into some of the best and most effective pop music of the era. One thing that had changed was the band's name, which was shortened to simply Chicago to avoid any potential litigious situations from the city of Chicago's transportation department – which claimed the name as proprietary property. Musically, James Pankow (trombone) was about to further cross-pollinate the band's sound with the multifaceted six-song "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon." The classically inspired suite also garnered the band two of its most beloved hits – the upbeat pop opener "Make Me Smile" as well as the achingly poignant "Color My World" – both of which remained at the center of the group's live sets. Chicago had certainly not abandoned its active pursuit of blending high-octane electric rockers such as "25 or 6 to 4" to the progressive jazz inflections heard in the breezy syncopation of "The Road." Adding further depth of field is the darker "Poem for the People" as well as the politically charged five-song set titled "It Better End Soon." These selections feature the band driving home its formidable musicality and uncanny ability to coalesce styles telepathically and at a moment's notice. The contributions of Terry Kath (guitar/vocals) stand out as he unleashes some of his most pungent and sinuous leads, which contrast with the tight brass and woodwind trio of Lee Loughnane (trumpet/vocals), Walter Parazaider (woodwinds/vocals), and the aforementioned Pankow. Peter Cetera (bass/vocals) also marks his songwriting debut – on the final cut of both the suite and the album – with "Where Do We Go from Here." It bookends both with at the very least the anticipation and projection of a positive and optimistic future. Potential consumers should note the unsurpassed sound quality and deluxe packaging of the 2002 CD remaster.


01. Movin' In
02. The Road
03. Poem for the People
04. In the Country
05. Wake Up Sunshine
06. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile
07. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: So Much to Say, So Much to Give
08. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Anxiety's Moment
09. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: West Virginia Fantasies
10. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World
11. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free
12. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Now More Than Ever
13. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Fancy Colours
14. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: 25 or 6 to 4
15. Prelude
16. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: A.M. Mourning
17. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: P.M. Mourning
18. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Memories of Love
19. It Better End Soon: 1st Movement
20. It Better End Soon: 2nd Movement
21. It Better End Soon: 3rd Movement
22. It Better End Soon: 4th Movement
23. It Better End Soon: Where Do We Go from Here

Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.

foobar2000 1.4.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

Analyzed: CHICAGO / Chicago

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR11 -6.46 dB -18.62 dB 4:07 01-Moving In
DR10 -7.39 dB -19.70 dB 3:10 02-The Road
DR10 -6.71 dB -19.36 dB 5:35 03-Poem For The People
DR10 -6.59 dB -19.13 dB 6:34 04-In The Country
DR10 -6.57 dB -18.73 dB 2:35 05-Wake Up Sunshine
DR10 -6.98 dB -18.41 dB 3:16 06-Make Me Smile
DR11 -6.56 dB -20.37 dB 1:12 07-So Much To Say; So Much To Give
DR11 -6.33 dB -20.84 dB 1:00 08-Anxiety's Moment
DR11 -6.90 dB -19.44 dB 1:33 09-West Virginia Fantasies
DR10 -7.24 dB -19.96 dB 3:00 10-Colour My World
DR10 -6.48 dB -18.85 dB 1:15 11-To Be Free
DR10 -6.84 dB -19.07 dB 1:32 12-Now More Than Ever
DR10 -6.75 dB -19.52 dB 5:12 13-Fancy Colours
DR11 -6.75 dB -19.31 dB 4:50 14-25 Or 6 To 4
DR9 -12.07 dB -25.28 dB 1:10 15-Prelude
DR11 -7.31 dB -23.23 dB 2:05 16-AM Mourning
DR10 -7.40 dB -21.85 dB 1:58 17-PM Mourning
DR13 -8.71 dB -26.08 dB 4:00 18-Memories Of Love
DR11 -6.87 dB -21.16 dB 2:33 19-It Better End Soon - 1st Movement
DR11 -7.13 dB -19.99 dB 3:41 20-It Better End Soon - 2nd Movement
DR10 -6.51 dB -19.85 dB 3:19 21-It Better End Soon - 3rd Movement
DR10 -7.61 dB -19.46 dB 0:56 22-It Better End Soon - 4th Movement
DR10 -5.74 dB -20.14 dB 2:55 23-Where Do We Go From Here

Number of tracks: 23
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64

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Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 2,73 GB