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Chicago Transit Authority (CD)

By: Chicago

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Chicago was the longest-running and most commercially successful of the hordes of jazz-rock bands with horn sections that sprang up in the late-1960s wake of Blood, Sweat & Tears. After myriad personnel changes (including the death of founding guitarist Terry Kath due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound), Chicago eventually mutated into a more conventional pop group that was able to score hit after hit well into the '80s, usually with romantic ballads. They remain among the best-selling American bands of all time. In the mid 1990s they briefly returned to their roots with an album of big band-era standards given the Chicago treatment.

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1   Introduction (Remastered) Buy Buy
2   Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Remastered) Buy Buy
3   Beginnings (Remastered) Buy Buy
4   Question 67 And 68 (Remastered) Buy Buy
5   Listen Buy Buy
6   Poem 58 (Remastered) Buy Buy
7   Free Form Guitar Buy Buy
8   Southern California Purples Buy Buy
9   I'm A Man Buy Buy
10   Prologue, August 29, 1968 (Remastered) Buy Buy
11   Someday (August 29, 1968) (Remastered) Buy Buy

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Remastered and repackaged edition of their 1969 album. Features 'Beginnings', 'Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is', 'Questions 67 And 68', 'I'm A Man', 'South California Purples' and more. Digipak in a slipcase with a 16-page booklet featuring complete lyrics and detailed liner notes by Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild. 2002.

The landmark debut album by the Chicago Transit Authority contains some of the rock jazz ensemble''s biggest hits, including \Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is"

Product Notes

Having morphed--some would argue devolved--into a predictable ballad machine by the ''80s, it''s good to be reminded of Chicago''s original artistic ethos and vibrant promise. And what better place to start than their spectacular 1969 debut? This digitally remastered edition compiles the double album on a single disc that retains the original LP artwork and features a 16-page booklet with a retrospective essay (based on new band member interviews) by David Wild. Chicago weren''t yet the ''70s hit-singles factory they would shortly become, and CTA showcases a band whose muscular musicianship and creative restlessness fostered two LPs worth of music that was as aggressive and far-ranging as its singles were friendly and inviting. Tellingly, the hits showcased here--"Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?" "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68," and their rhythmically pumped cover of the Spencer Davis Group''s "I''m a Man"--were often edited down from the original collection''s suite-heavy structure. But those familiar cuts belie the downright progressive and angular nature of much of the rest, which fuses Terry Kath''s neo-psychedelic guitar (which careens to noisy, feedback-laden Hendrixesque extremes on "Free Form Guitar") to one of rock''s pioneering horn sections with enough experimentalism ("Poem 58") that it frequently overwhelms their undeniable genius with a pop song. Chicago would seldom sound so adventurous after this, one of rock''s greatest debut albums. --Jerry McCulley

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