In My Head

In My Head

by Robert Lamm Robert Lamm




Though Robert Lamm's second solo album, Life Is Good in My Neighborhood, was released in 1995, 21 years after his first, it sounded like it might have been made as much as a decade earlier, implying either that Lamm was out of touch with current musical trends or that he'd been working on it for a long time. But his third album, In My Head, following a mere four years later, sounded much more contemporary. In fact, the tracks assembled by producer John Van Eps, with their occasional hip-hop and trip-hop rhythms, sometimes suggested that the listener was about to hear from a current rap act rather than a pop
ock veteran in his mid-fifties. But from the opening song, the philosophical "Will People Ever Change?," it was clear that this was the same singer/songwriter who had sung "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" in his butterscotch voice three decades before. Chicago, the band he co-founded and to which he remained faithful, hadn't released a new album since 1991, and that seemed to be enough time for him to come up with an album's worth of excellent material, including "Sacha," a lovely ballad of parental love; "The Best Thing" and "Swept Away," romantic duets with Phoebe Snow; and several songs that pondered the meaning of existence and the state of society. Best of all was the one song Lamm didn't write, "Watching the Time Go By." Written by Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and Gerry Beckley of America (like Lamm, two longtime bandmembers), the song reflected autobiographically on the passage of time, echoing John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels." Though, as usual, there were no indications that Lamm was about to leave Chicago, In My Head suggested for the first time that he had rediscovered the songwriting talent that launched that group and was using it to examine his times as trenchantly as he had in the '60s and '70s. "You know I've still got the passion, " he sang in the catchy "The Love of My Life," and the album bore him out.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/1999
Label: Lightyear
UPC: 0085365433526
catalogNumber: 54335
Rank: 142358


  1. Will People Ever Change?
  2. The Love You Call Your Own
  3. Sacrificial Culture
  4. Watching the Time Go By
  5. Sacha
  6. The Best Thing
  7. The Love of My Life
  8. Standing at the Door
  9. Swept Away
  10. Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed (Again)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Lamm   Primary Artist,Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Track Performer
Ross Traut   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Carl Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals
Gerry Beckley   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Vivian Cherry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugh Elliott   Drums
Gerard McMahon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Eric Troyer   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Van Eps   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Snare Drums
Brad Albetta   Bass
Peter Greco   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peppy Castro   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Arlotta   Engineer
Gerry Beckley   Vocal Producer
Phil Galdston   Vocal Producer
Butch Jones   Engineer
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Vocal Producer
John Van Eps   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Vittorio Zammarano   Engineer
Stephane Guyot   Engineer
Joy Kopko   Art Direction
Stephanie Guyot   Engineer
Robert Lamm   Arranger,Composer

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