Chicago V

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Chicago V
Chicago - Chicago V.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 1972 (1972-07-10)
RecordedSeptember 20–29, 1971 at Columbia 52nd Street Studios (Studio B), New York
GenreRock, jazz rock
ProducerJames William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago at Carnegie Hall
Chicago V
Live in Japan
Singles from Chicago V
  1. "Saturday in the Park"
    Released: July 13, 1972
  2. "Dialogue (Part I & II)"
    Released: October 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[2]

Chicago V is the fourth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released on July 10, 1972. It is notable for being the group's first single album release, after having released three consecutive double albums and a four-disc box set of live material.


Following the release of Chicago III in 1971, the group changed from producing double albums, with many songs arranged in extended suites, in favor of more concise tracks on a single album.[3] It is often considered as the group’s return-to-basics as it has a sound resembling their first album, Chicago Transit Authority. Chicago V is also notable for Robert Lamm's prolific songwriting; eight out of its ten tunes are composed solely by him. Terry Kath wrote and sang the album's final track "Alma Mater", which showcased his acoustic guitar abilities. The song "A Hit by Varèse" is a tribute to French-American composer Edgard Varèse. This would be the last album not to have any compositions from Peter Cetera during his tenure in the band.

Recorded just before Chicago at Carnegie Hall was released in late 1971, Chicago V was cut in just over a week and held over for release until the following summer. Released shortly before the album, the single "Saturday in the Park" was the band's biggest hit to that point, reaching No. 3 in the US.[4] Chicago V was critically acclaimed and became Chicago's first No.1 album,[5][6] spending nine weeks atop the charts in the US.[7] In the UK, the release managed to reach No. 24.[8] The follow-up single "Dialogue (Part I & II)" also became a hit, peaking at No. 24 in the US.[4]

This album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. In 2002, Chicago V was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records with three bonus tracks: a rehearsal of Lamm's "A Song for Richard and His Friends", which was debuted at Carnegie Hall, an early rehearsal of Kath's "Mississippi Delta City Blues" (which would later be re-recorded and released on Chicago XI), and a single edit of "Dialogue".

On August 17, 2011, Warner Japan released this album as a hybrid stereo-multichannel Super Audio CD in their Warner Premium Sound series.[9]

Critical reception[edit]


Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."A Hit by Varèse"Robert LammLamm4:56
2."All Is Well"LammLamm3:52
3."Now That You've Gone"James PankowTerry Kath5:01
4."Dialogue (Part I)"LammKath, Peter Cetera2:57
5."Dialogue (Part II)"LammKath, Cetera4:13
Side Two
6."While the City Sleeps"LammLamm3:53
7."Saturday in the Park"LammLamm, Cetera3:56
8."State of the Union"LammCetera6:12
10."Alma Mater"KathKath3:56

Bonus track (2002 re-issue)[edit]

  1. "A Song for Richard and His Friends (Studio version without vocals)" (Lamm) – 8:15
  2. "Mississippi Delta City Blues (First recorded version with scratch vocal)" (Kath) – 5:28
  3. "Dialogue (Part I & II) (Single edit)" (Lamm) – 5:02



  • Produced by James William Guercio
  • Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski
  • Logo Design – Nick Fasciano
  • Album Design – John Berg
  • Photography – Jim Houghton and Earl Steinbicker
  • Lettering – Beverly Scott
  • Remastering – Joe Gastwirt


Chart (1972) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 5
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[13] 24
United States (Billboard 200)[14] 1


Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold July 31, 1972
RIAA – US Platinum November 21, 1986
RIAA – US Double Platinum November 21, 1986


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  2. ^ "Chicago: Chicago V : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. 1972-12-07. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  3. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 125. ISBN 9780470416839.
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  5. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 127. ISBN 9780470416839.
  6. ^ "Chicago Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
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  9. ^ "Warner Premium Sound 17 August 2011 releases" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
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  11. ^ Harral, Don (February 18, 1973). "Chicago To Appear In State Tuesday". The Lawton Constitution And Morning Press. Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. p. 2D. Archived from the original on October 21, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017 – via Free to read
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 62. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "CHICAGO | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Archived from the original on December 24, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200: Chicago III". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.