More Isolated Vocal Fun: Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”

There was a time when I was a Chicago enthusiast: “Feeling Stronger Every Day,” “Saturday in the Park” and especially “25 or 6 to 4” from Chicago II.  (If you’ve never heard the song, kids, it sound an awful lot like Green Day’s “Brain Stew.”)

What I find instructive about this guitar-and-vocals isolation are the imperfections, something that you’d never, ever hear in today’s super Pro Tooled/Auto Tuned world.  Yet this is what gives the song such beauty.  Make sure you read the commentary that goes long with it at The Big Picture, a blog that deals with music production.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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