I've always felt Donnie Dacus got a bad rep. His vocals on this album are crisp and tight and his guitar style, while a departure from that of the late Terry Kath, works for this particular album.
The remixed version sounds so much crisper & cleaner than the original CD releases by Columbia and later Chicago records. The one thing that shines through on all of the Rhino remasters is Peter Cetera's exceptional bass playing. Known for his stellar stratospheric vocals, Peter's bass talents were often overlooked. The rhythm section is just as tight with Cetera, Seraphine, Olivera and Dacus as it was with Cetera, Seraphine, Olivera and Kath.
The title track really showcases the songwriting talent of Robert Lamm, the guitaristry of Donnie Dacus, and features a flute solo by Walt Parazaider that harkens back to his flute solo during It Better End Soon from the Live at Carnegie Hall album and left me hungry for more.
Other stand-out moments on this fantastic album are Lamm's piano chops on the song Gone Long Gone, Dacus all out wail and driving rhythm on Ain't it Time, the fantastic vocal interplay between Cetera and Dacus on the catchy ballad No Tell Lover, and the oft-overlooked vocals and guitar solo on the much underrated Take a Chance.
Unfortunately this album is marred by a substandard bonus track, an alternate vocal version of Love Was New featuring Dacus on vocals instead of Lamm. Dacus is an exceptional singer and had he sung in his normal range it may have actually worked, his breathy falsetto really doesn't work for the song at all (the original album version of this song with Lamm's vocals is far superior). The other half strike (only a half-strike because some may see this as a plus not a minus) against this album is that it sounds decidedly dated as compared to some of the other albums in Chicago's back catalog.