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Chicago Transit Authority

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According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups ever. If such statements of fact surprise, that's because ... Read more in Amazon's Chicago Store

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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000069KGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Their audacious debut double album from 1969 featured the hits Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?; Questions 67 & 68 , and I'm a Man .

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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A phenomenon worthy of the name "Chicago" April 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Few bands in history have produced a greater quantity of banal pop music than Chicago, so it's always a shock to play this album and remember just how cutting edge they were, how confident, brash and aggressive they sounded, in their first release. Few albums can boast as many outstanding performances as "Chicago Transit Authority", or "CTA", and with the exception of the Beatles, no band I know of ever boasted three lead singers as fine as Terry Kath, Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera.
"Beginnings" features a great vocal by Robert, lots of 7th chords, a gradually emerging latin beat, and fantastic trombone and trumpet solos. "South California Purples", uses long fade-in, fade-out brass notes, laid down on top of the power blues bass. "Poem 58" is a guitar tour de force by Terry morphing into a rousing, sexy, blues love song. Check out the intro by Terry, joined by Peter's bass rising into the fray, my favorite moment on the album. "I'm a Man" features all three singers strutting their stuff in succession to a jumpy, twitchy layer of percussion, putting even the fine version sung by Steve Winwood and the Spencer Davis Group into the dustbin of history. "Questions 67 and 68" is perfect power-pop. These are just my favorites, but there isn't a bad cut on here.
In 1969 Blood Sweat and Tears had the hit singles and the grammys, but this was the horn band with the most guts and impact, and was the true musical and spiritual descendent of the original Al Kooper-led BST of 1967. Much, but not all of it still sounds youthful and fresh 34 years after its release. By 1972 Chicago had hit rock bottom (of musical significance, not the charts), but in this original recording, they earned the right to appropriate the name of the city that was their home.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHICAGO WAS BUILT ON A TOUGH, ROCK-SOLID FOUNDATION! April 17, 2006
By t'amant
Format:Audio CD
AND HERE IT IS - ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS AN AMERICAN BAND HAS EVER CREATED (in my opinion). Listen (yes there is a song on here by that name) to Terry Kath's ferocious guitar work throughout. This dude would have gone into spontaneous combustion without that outlet I think! He can sing too, and with so much soul...what an asset to the band. And he had better be with Daniel Seraphine's whirlwind power drumming and Peter Cetera on bass, this combo moved musical mountains by force of will (all could sing well, but Cetera was the harmony master it seems, check out the synergistic energy these young dudes could pull together, WOW). I guess Robert Lamm was often in the lead vocalist spot along with keyboard duties, but they all shared the spotlight nicely, his voice and songwriting are classic early Chicago. What would Chicago be without the signature horn section dynamics (fade in/outs, precision staccato explosions of sound, harmonic counterpoint), they do it all with such power and style. This recording had an inordinate influence on the music world, and rock world especially. There is a very progressive influence here, American style. The whole big band type of horn section mixed with acid rock was ground-breaking, and many tried to do their thing with it later to less success generally. Worth mentioning are the intense contemplative lyrics on many topics, metaphysical and otherwise, that (from the story I remember) got the real transit authority to request a distancing name change. This band was pretty revolutionary in every way. Jimi Hendrix even allegedly stated that Kath was better than him (somewhat modestly, I'm sure Kath would humbly disagree). If you are looking for a new classic album to absorb, you can't go wrong with this one - IT ROCKS BIG TIME! Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chicago's First is Still Their Best!! February 18, 2005
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When most people think of Chicago nowadays, the first thing that usually comes to mind is those lovely Peter Cetera-sung ballads and catchy upbeat pop tunes. However, before the ballads and before the big hits, Chicago was a giant seven-headed monster brewing with new innovative musical ideas with a solid 'jam-band' sensibility.

Released in 1969, Chicago's self-titled debut album, "Chicago Transit Authority" (the band's original name) displays the band on-fire with a number of extended musical numbers. Tracks such as "Introduction", "Poem 58", "South California Purples", the cover of Spencer Davis's "I'm A Man" and the closing 15-minute instrumental "Liberation" all showcase solid group interplay with the band's three-piece horn section and Terry Kath's stinging lead guitar taking center stage most of the time.

Although the album initially didn't generate any hit singles at the time of its release, several years later, many of the songs did get released as singles and have since become Chicago classics. The swinging "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (presented here in its full version complete with a two minute solo piano improvisation) and the band's now-signature tune "Beginnings" (also presented in full here, clocking in at 8-minutes) are tracks that long-time fans associate with Chicago and are still standards that the band performs live today. "Questions 67 and 68" was also a minor hit from the album and introduced Peter Cetera's high soaring vocals to the world.

"Chicago Transit Authority" is a solid group effort from start to finish and all seven band members get a chance to shine with plently of space here. However, if there is one musician from the band that truly stands out among the rest here, it would have to be guitarist/singer Terry Kath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one and Chicago II.
This album and Chicago II were released when Chicago was a great and innovative band. Unfortunately for those of us who loved the first two recordings, the band afterwards went... Read more
Published 9 days ago by ReaderHal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning for a fantastic band
It got them started and set a base for some of the greatest music in it's class. Chicago only got better as they grew beyond their original style.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Parola
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Love the group! The music! It brings back a lot of memmories. I saw them in concert recently and they still sound the same.
Published 1 month ago by Michael A. Plumberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings bad memories from High school
I know I am dating myself when I say it brings back memories from high school but that is when most of the songs came out. I still enjoy listening to Chicago. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars First cuts, good music
It's early Chicago and the CD sounds good on my 5.1 speakers. Yeah, its old school but still the best going.
Published 1 month ago by J. Vining
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Live At Milwaukees' Riverside Theatre
We were treated to a Chicago concert last month at the Riverside Theatre. Having been a fan in the late 60's and early 70's, they've been off my radar for a long time, and I wasn't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars memories
bought this album when first released,forgot how good it was,real musicians playing real music,accepted in the pop charts and stretched the songs out for great album cuts,that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timothy O'donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars CTA's first album!
If you're into vinyl, this is a must have for your collection! You won't be disappointed, a great album that sounds fantastic.
Published 2 months ago by David Bruff
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Where have these guys been all my life?
I am a 48 year old metal head. I never gave these guys much of a chance in the 80's because they were so pop sounding by then. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. A. Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars This is CHICAGO!!
This was the 1st album by a band that was out of sight - unique and unlike anything around - even Jimi Hendrix, in around 68 or so, after seeing them play at the Whiskey in LA,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kmanthie
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