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 commented on James Castelli's blog post Interesting points about CTA (Chicago I)
"Well, I own II on vinyl and CD, but not the reissues you mention. I own over 500 CDs so I can't afford to own multiple copies at this point.But, okay, you say someone "fixed" it - but that implies there was some original mishap when recording the ma…"
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 posted a blog post
1. Does anyone find the overall sound rounder and brighter, more "live" (if less sophisticated) than on Chicago II? Much has been said about the more nasal/muted sound of the brass on II, but it seems to occur overall compared to CTA, and especially…
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
James Castelli and Robin are now friends
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 commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post New Blog Post about Robert's songwriting
"Wow, nice! I haven't heard a cover of an early non-hit Chicago song before!"
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 commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post New Blog Post about Robert's songwriting
"My impression of Happy Cause I'm Going Home is that Robert wrote the chord changes and main melody, which he and Cetera sing in harmony.  Walt's solo is most certainly improvised by Walt, and occurs over a vamp of the song's opening two minor-7th ch…"
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
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