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This is the debut album of Chicago. Originally they called themselves "Chicago Transit Authority" but the real CTA, fearing possible confusion, ordered them to change the name. Well, just think now, if you called your band "London Transport", Ken Livingstone would not be best pleased, would he?
A very impressive debut it was too. Chicago leap from the traps kicking buttock like they mean business. It is obvious that this band was well organised and preceded their recording debut by playing lots of gigs. They are crisp, sharp, together and playing off each other. It is music-making of high standard, confident, brash and assertive.
At the time, Chicago were lumped together with Blood Sweat and Tears as "jazz-rock". This was not a valid comparison. Wheras BS&T really were jazzers, stretching out the frontiers in musical forms, Chicago were more akin to the Memphis Horns brand of soul music. It was power-rock with the drive and much of the melody coming from instruments other than guitars and keyboards.
Chicago were also considered bombastic ego-trippers, self-indulgently over-reaching themselves both in style and content. Verily, their first three albums were all doubles not lacking padding, and when it came to their "double live", sure enough Chicago IV was a four-record box set. But to my mind there was nothing in the field of rock music quite like early Chicago at their best. The sound, the style, the music were all distinctive and unique. It was an outstanding production job by James William Guercio.Read more ›
Anyhow, I would just say Listen, with your ears, to a masterpiece. Overstating the case? I don't think so.
Released July 2002 on Warner Strategic Marketing/Rhino 822-76171-2 (Barcode 081227617127) - the 12-tracks on here are a straightforward remaster of their debut "Chicago Transit Authority" - a double-album released in the USA April 1969 on Columbia GP-8 and September 1969 in the UK on CBS Records S 66221.
The gatefold card digipak repros the inner gatefold of the original American double-album - while the nicely laid out 16-page booklet has detailed liner notes by Rolling Stone's one-time editor DAVID WILD. There are a few publicity photos and a great colour repro of a 'Fillmore West' poster with the Windy City's finest proudly supporting The Moody Blues. This CD is like the Yes issues of "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge" by Rhino in that it also comes in a fetching card slipcase. But the best news is the superb DAVID DONNELLY remaster - giving the brass of JAMES PANKOW and LEE LOUGHNANE real prominence and clarity. This is a fantastic sounding CD - full of life and punch.
With Peter Cetera's voice now so synonymous with the band's sound - it's almost disconcerting to hear both Robert Lamm and Terry Kath as lead vocalists. After the brassy Rock'n'Roll of "Introduction" we get the excellent proper songs "Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?" and "Beginnings". Cetera arrives on "Questions 67 and 68" while "Listen" is frankly a bit of a Sixties mini-masterpiece (lyrics above).Read more ›
This album dates itself unapologetically with it's hippy lyrics and right on protest songs. But, in my opinion it's none the worse for that. It harks back to a time when bands were willing and able to say what they thought, unlike the corporate puppets of todays music scene (apart from Neil Young and a few notable others). In summary, its a long, challenging album, but remains an original masterpiece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great, if not iconic, album.
However, be warned. There is some kind of media fault or incompatibility, that prevents the CD from being easily extracted to... Read more
My 2 vinyl copies ( 1 original and 1 re-issue) have been played to death. In my top 5 best debut albums of all time and I can now enjoy when motoring.Published 3 months ago by reddirt
On a day sometime in the late spring of 1969 my best friend and I, both eighteen, sat in his room in his parents' house in North London - having no doubt already played some... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KaleHawkwood
A superb cd demonstrating the musicianship of a band which had rock/jazz fusion well and truly mastered. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RC
What a ground breaking album this was! The bluesy rock and fantastic horn section making for one of the most original and greatest sounds of the time - if not all time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Delacovias