James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Hold up - you guys are mentioning Skinny Boy and I just finished listening to my favorite Chicago album (VII) again, and guess what the last song is? The title track from Lamm's first solo album! (How did THAT happen? They needed an extra song to ro…"
Jan 19
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Well, the opening can be written in different ways, but the way I hear it is in 3/4 with syncopation. Using the same quarter note that continues once the vocals enter (in 4/4), my interpretation makes sense.ONE and two AND three and ONE and TWO and…"
Jan 19
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Maybe you're right. I thought there were a couple other examples. Kath also played bass on the non-Chicago song Tell Me that he sang lead on. And on If You Leave Me Now, Guercio plays bass instead of Cetera.  Maybe I thought Kath did that."
Jan 19
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Wow, thanks! I've never heard that live before. The time signatures aren't especially interesting, other than they they switch between 3/4 (opening), 4/4 (most vocal sections) and 5/4 on some "bridges."A few changed vocals - was this before the stud…"
Jan 19
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Ah! But he didn't write Aloha Mama - he just sang it. That was one of Seraphine's collaborations with Woliniski. I do like the New Orleans approach in the opening and solo - balancing out the disco style of Street Player - and wondered why they didn…"
Jan 19
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Yes, he was a good bass player (though you wouldn't know from the exchange David Foster gives where he "outs" Cetera in front of the band for playing a wrong note, and it results in him saying "well I don't want to play this anymore - YOU are going…"
Jan 19
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Jan 17
James Castelli replied to Stephanie Carta's discussion Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
"I've mentioned this phenomenon of "no original members left" before, and replacing singers with sound-alikes which - because they are close but not exact, for me somehow detracts from it because I can tell that is what they are trying to do. I menti…"
Jan 10
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"As a composer myself, I know that it can be a very dictatorial art, like some film directors with singular visions. I like art like that, actually, because although collaborations can be good, sometimes they cause compromise and a watered-down, homo…"
Jan 10
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"I agree that Cetera was never "innovative" in his songwriting, but a few of his songs have become classics.My point about what "defined" their sound on the first three albums is that analysis falls apart precisely on all the non-standard tracks that…"
Jan 10
James Castelli replied to Andy Riggs's discussion Cetera, Foster & Chumplin buried Chicago
"Well, I think it is a LITTLE unfair. I see it like I see the success of "If You Leave Me Now." That wasn't the first song written by Cetera (did the band REALLY like Mama Mama, In Terms of Two and Hideaway better?) nor their first slow song / ballad…"
Jan 9
James Castelli replied to Stephanie Carta's discussion Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
"No, not recently. I haven't gotten out to see many concerts in the past decade. I saw Steely Dan and Yes both once, and both bands I believe did this thing where they'd "play an album in its entirely" plus some other songs to fill out the night. May…"
Jan 9
James Castelli replied to Stephanie Carta's discussion Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
"I was referring mostly to stuff like "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" which was not written by any band members and has one of the blandest and uninspired whole-note synth-chord openings ever.I meant to say in an earlier response that I tend t…"
Jan 9
James Castelli replied to Stephanie Carta's discussion Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
"The solution almost speaks for itself: True, it is hard for people to accept aging rockers still singing adolescent pop love songs, sending idealistic political messages or protests, or convincingly "rocking out."That leaved them with the obvious op…"
Jan 9
James Castelli replied to Stephanie Carta's discussion Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
"Hmm, a cool tactic back then should have been, when their hits would only fill up an hour, would be to play ALL of their hits FIRST (except one). Then play all the jazz, progressive, extended and experimental pieces and solos, and tell the audience…"
Jan 9
James Castelli replied to Stephanie Carta's discussion Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
"Just who were these "fans" that showed up at concerts and were "bored" by that and demanded just the hits? How did they sit through listening to the whole albums? What, were the majority of concertgoers casual fans of the band who only knew them thr…"
Jan 9
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