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Initial post: Apr 30, 2012 11:39:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 12:02:30 PM PDT
The heart and soul of Chicago died along with Terry Kath so I am starting this game in his memory and respectfully submit it to you for your consideration: Did I miss anything? I only have the first 8 Chicago albums and I felt that their quality started to go down from there as their albums became more singles oriented than a work in entirety. I have to say also, that if the only songs you are familiar with are the hits, especially the later top 40 hits, please find somewhere to listen to these other fantastic songs that are listed. You won't regret it because Chicago was so much more than those songs! Let me know if you want to add anything as I didn't include everything, but pretty close to it!

Introduction - 5
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is - 5
Beginnings - 5
Questions 67 And 68 - 5
Poem 58 - 5
Free Form Guitar -5
South California Purples -5
I'm A Man -5
Someday -5
Liberation -5
Movin' In - 5
The Road - 5
Poem For The People - 5
In The Country - 5
Wake Up Sunshine - 5
Make Me Smile - 5
So Much to Say, So Much To Give - 5
West Virginia Fantasies - 5
Colour My World - 5
To Be Free - 5
Fancy Colours - 5
25 Or 6 To 4 - 5
Memories Of Love Suite - 5
It Better End Soon Suite - 5
Where Do We Go From Here - 5
Sing A Mean Tune Kid - 5
Loneliness Is Just A Word - 5
What Else Can I Say - 5
Travel Suite - 5
Lowdown - 5
An Hour In The Shower Suite - 5
Elegy Suite - 5
A Hit By Varese - 5
Never Been In Love Before - 5
Now That You've Gone - 5
Dialogue Pt. 1&2 - 5
While The City Sleeps - 5
Saturday In The Park - 5
Goodbye - 5
Alma Mater - 5
A Song For Richard And His Friends - 5
Mississippi Delta City Blues - 5
Critic's Choice - 5
Just You 'N' Me - 5
Darlin' Dear - 5
Jenny - 5
What's This World Comin' To - 5
Something In This City Changes People - 5
Hollywood - 5
In Terms Of Two - 5
Rediscovery - 5
Feelin' Stronger Every Day - 5
Beyond All Our Sorrows - 5
Prelude to Aire/Aire - 5
Devil's Sweet - 5
Italian From New York - 5
Hanky Panky - 5
Life Saver - 5
Happy Man - 5
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long - 5
Mongonucleosis - 5
Song Of The Evergreens - 5
Byblos - 5
Wishin' You Were Here - 5
Call On Me - 5
Women Don't Want To Love Me - 5
Skinny Boy - 5
Anyway You Want - 5
Brand New Love Affair, Pt.s 1 & 2 - 5
Hideaway - 5
Harry Truman - 5
Oh, Thank You Great Spirit - 5
Long Time No See - 5
Ain't It Blue? - 5
Old Days - 5
You're The Inspiration - 5
If You Leave Me Now - 5
Once Or Twice - 5
You Are On My Mind - 5
Another Rainy Day In New York City - 5
Scrapbook - 5
Hard Habit To Break - 5
State Of The Union - 5
Till We Meet Again - 5
Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Getaway - 5

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:50:21 AM PDT
I know that not every song is from the Kath era, but there were a few songs that I like after he passed. Not many though, and they don't compare to Chicago in their prime.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:57:46 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
Rand-great idea. love early Chicago. you left out a few that i enjoy:

State Of The Union from V
Never Been In Love Before and Till We Meet Again from VIII

and it looks like you doubled up on Hard Habit and Just you N Me

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:01:51 PM PDT
Thanks for catching those ML. I was getting cross-eyed after typing them in. I added the ones you mentioned too.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:32:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 12:32:57 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
I had Chicago's greatest Hits years ago on Vinyl. But recently have a renewed interest and will probably buy a CD. They are a good band, with a jazzy sound. For some reasson they always make me think of the Doobie Brothers too! I think because I had this on Vinyl also and they just seemed to go together. Same time, same decade, a bit of the same sound.

Also I see Chicago does a cover of "I'm a Man" (Stevie Winwood), can't wait to hear that.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:35:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 12:36:17 PM PDT
alysha

You can't go wrong starting out with their first, Chicago Transit Authority. And the remastered cds can be bought pretty cheaply now too.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 4:36:05 PM PDT
I love the first 2 Chicago albums. Terry Kath's vocal on 'Make Me Smile" is really something else. I read that he nailed it in 1 or 2 takes. I agree that when they lost Kath, it was pretty much over.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 5:07:45 PM PDT
I would love to see some real quality video footage of Chicago live in the late 60's early 70's. They were great on vinyl, but they were so much better live! Terry Kath was a rare talent with that deep soulful voice and mastery of the guitar and just a real treat to see live. I saw them when I was young, with my parents and again in the mid-70's and again much later when they were touring with The Moody Blues. They were fun to see even later, but they lost that on the edge sound when Kath was gone.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 5:30:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2012 4:02:46 AM PDT
They put out quality material all the way up through Chicago VII which I believe was their last double album. VIII had some good moments too, especially Oh Thank You Great Spirit which happens to be a Terry Kath song.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:53:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 8:26:34 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
alysha:
Not to further confuse you but I'm a "V" fan...Two hits (Saturday/Dialouge) and a bunch of obscure underrated tunes...

Rand:
"VII" was the double...a wierd departure with some fine jazzy songs...

Posted on May 1, 2012 7:42:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 7:42:42 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
Rand-one last thing on Chicago II I know the recrod breaks them out as individual songs but I've always considered the entire Side 2(after Wake Up Sunshine) to be The Ballet For A Girl In Buchanon suite. when considered as one extended suite it might have a chance of winning this thing. but just my personal taste, it's your game. let me know when you're ready to start

Posted on May 2, 2012 3:37:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2012 3:39:54 PM PDT
tmoore says:
Sorry to sidetrack one more time, but I wanted to bring this up and couldn't find a good thread for it (the Chicago Transit Authority "favorite side" thread is not getting many posts now).

Those of you in the know remember that the album version of Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? has audible talking under the "Being pushed and shoved by people trying to beat the clock" verse. That talking is not on the single version. In the '70s, some stations were playing the single version and others the album version. I remember hearing the single version many times. But one of the stations near me was (apparantly) playing the album version (keep reading!).

I didn't become aware of this difference between the single and album version until the '80s (when I bought the album for myself). When the station near me was playing the album version in the '70s and the "talking" came on under the "being pushed and shoved..." verse, I thought the station had screwed up and was inadvertently broadcasting someone's phone call.

Was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience back then. You probably had to be about my age to have heard the song many times in the '70s, but not actually have the album until the '80s.

Posted on May 2, 2012 7:27:21 PM PDT
That's interesting. I've only ever had the album version of Does Anybody and I know well the talking you mean, but I have probably only ever heard the radio edit on a transistor or car radio and don't remember the dialogue not being there, but I probably wouldn't notice on those radios. My sister bought CTA when it came out and that is the album that hooked me on them. And my dad too as he took us all to see them in 1970.

Posted on May 2, 2012 7:35:42 PM PDT
Rand - you're a lucky man to have seen them in '70. I used to work in this bar and this dude got freaked out at the talking part. Guess he never heard it before.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 10:24:27 PM PDT
Jersey Joker says:
Hey Rand,
I am also a fan of Chicago's early years -- in fact, albums 1 - 8. (9 was their first Greatest Hits, which is not a bad compilation)

I've found that YouTube generally has some interesting footage. In fact, I've been downloading stuff for different bands and burning them to DVD, cleaning them up in the process (IE; sometimes, the video is out of sync with the audio, so I sync it back up, trim the sloppy edges, even out the volume, etc). Chicago is one band I recently started to look for decent quality footage (TV appearances, live material, etc) to try and compile a decent disc.

To me, I agree with you: Terry Kath was the heart and soul of the band. I'll see what I can find out there on the www and let you know.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 10:26:24 PM PDT
Jersey Joker says:
I'd actually include Chicago VIII as well, I thought that was loaded with some great songs, and loved it around the time it was released. Did a lot of practicing on the drums to that album (Danny Seraphine, I thought, was a brilliant and inventive drummer -- it shows for sure on that record!)

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 10:29:16 PM PDT
Jersey Joker says:
Now THAT is interesting ... I remember hearing that song on the radio when I was a kid. I grew up listening to WABC out of NYC, and they played that one quite a bit (along with Beginnings) when the album first came out. I am familiar with the "talking", but never noticed if it was there when I heard it on the radio. Makes me want to get an original copy of the single and check it out! MIGHT be able to find that on YouTube, home of the obsessives!

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 12:42:37 AM PDT
Jersey Joker says:
tmoore,
Sure enough, you are right -- and there it is right on YouTube to hear!
Here's the link to one that I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z31V0fjmR_g

Radio Station copy, uploaded by WABCRADIO77 (which is the station I would have heard it on).

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 4:01:15 AM PDT
Jersey

Yeah, they were great in the Kath era. I was very lucky that my dad loved the first album as much as he did, which is strange because until that point he was mainly into music like Chet Atkins, another great guitarist, but so much different than Terry Kath and Chicago. Bear with me on the game folks, I've had teaching assignments every day and had no time to spend on the computer! I even received the 2-cd Chicago Live in '75 cd a couple of days ago in the mail from Rhino and haven't had much chance to listen to it through more than once. Sounds great by the way. Regardless of what other reviewers say I think it is a very good sounding recording for one from the 70's.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 4:22:26 AM PDT
ML

Yeah, they call it The Ballet For A Girl In Buchanon Suite on the Carnegie Hall album. Does it start at Make Me Smile and end at Now More Than Ever? I can't remember the running order on the vinyl album.

Posted on May 3, 2012 4:36:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2012 6:04:50 PM PDT
Well, we may as well get this game started. Instead of the usual +- system where you have to agonize over giving music you love a negative vote you have three votes a day. Three votes for three separate songs and the first song to reach 50 points is the winner and number one song and so on. You have to vote for three different songs, no multiple points for any one song though. Ready? Begin!

Introduction
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is
Beginnings
Questions 67 And 68
Poem 58
Free Form Guitar
South California Purples
I'm A Man
Someday
Liberation
Movin' In
The Road
Poem For The People
In The Country
Wake Up Sunshine
Ballet For A Girl In Buchanon Suite (Make Me Smile through Now More Than Ever)
Fancy Colours
25 Or 6 To 4
Memories Of Love Suite
It Better End Soon Suite
Where Do We Go From Here
Sing A Mean Tune Kid
Loneliness Is Just A Word
What Else Can I Say
Travel Suite
Lowdown
An Hour In The Shower Suite
Elegy Suite
A Hit By Varese
Never Been In Love Before
Now That You've Gone
Dialogue Pt. 1&2
While The City Sleeps
Saturday In The Park
Goodbye
Alma Mater
A Song For Richard And His Friends
Mississippi Delta City Blues
Critic's Choice
Just You 'N' Me
Darlin' Dear
Jenny
What's This World Comin' To
Something In This City Changes People
Hollywood
In Terms Of Two
Rediscovery
Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Beyond All Our Sorrows
Prelude to Aire/Aire
Devil's Sweet
Italian From New York
Hanky Panky
Life Saver
Happy Man
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long
Mongonucleosis
Song Of The Evergreens
Byblos
Wishin' You Were Here
Call On Me
Women Don't Want To Love Me
Skinny Boy
Anyway You Want
Brand New Love Affair, Pt.s 1 & 2
Hideaway
Harry Truman
Oh, Thank You Great Spirit
Long Time No See
Ain't It Blue?
Old Days
You're The Inspiration
If You Leave Me Now
Once Or Twice
You Are On My Mind
Another Rainy Day In New York City
Scrapbook
Hard Habit To Break
State Of The Union
Till We Meet Again
Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Getaway

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 4:43:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2012 4:48:08 AM PDT
I'll get it started I guess. Just cut & paste the entire list and add the points to the songs you want to vote for each day. Be sure to check after you hit the send button that you didn't inadvertently cut someone else's votes out who may have voted just ahead of you and make sure that you are cutting and pasting the most recently updated list. Also, put at the top of your post the name of the person you are voting after as this makes it easier to spot jumped voters and correct errors.

Introduction - 1
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is -
Beginnings -
Questions 67 And 68 -
Poem 58 -
Free Form Guitar -
South California Purples -
I'm A Man - 1
Someday -
Liberation -
Movin' In -
The Road -
Poem For The People -
In The Country -
Wake Up Sunshine -
Ballet For A Girl In Buchanon Suite -
Fancy Colours -
25 Or 6 To 4 -
Memories Of Love Suite -
It Better End Soon Suite -
Where Do We Go From Here -
Sing A Mean Tune Kid -
Loneliness Is Just A Word -
What Else Can I Say -
Travel Suite -
Lowdown -
An Hour In The Shower Suite -
Elegy Suite -
A Hit By Varese -
Never Been In Love Before -
Now That You've Gone -
Dialogue Pt. 1&2 -
While The City Sleeps -
Saturday In The Park -
Goodbye -
Alma Mater -
A Song For Richard And His Friends -
Mississippi Delta City Blues -
Critic's Choice -
Just You 'N' Me -
Darlin' Dear -
Jenny -
What's This World Comin' To -
Something In This City Changes People -
Hollywood -
In Terms Of Two -
Rediscovery -
Feelin' Stronger Every Day - 1
Beyond All Our Sorrows -
Prelude to Aire/Aire -
Devil's Sweet -
Italian From New York -
Hanky Panky -
Life Saver -
Happy Man -
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long -
Mongonucleosis -
Song Of The Evergreens -
Byblos -
Wishin' You Were Here -
Call On Me -
Women Don't Want To Love Me -
Skinny Boy -
Anyway You Want -
Brand New Love Affair, Pt.s 1 & 2 -
Hideaway -
Harry Truman -
Oh, Thank You Great Spirit -
Long Time No See -
Ain't It Blue? -
Old Days -
You're The Inspiration -
If You Leave Me Now -
Once Or Twice -
You Are On My Mind -
Another Rainy Day In New York City -
Scrapbook -
Hard Habit To Break -
State Of The Union -
Till We Meet Again -
Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Getaway -

Introduction
I'm A Man
Feelin' Stronger Every Day

Posted on May 3, 2012 7:35:34 AM PDT
You can vote for three different songs every day.

Posted on May 3, 2012 9:11:36 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
Rand-this is great and thank you.

after Rand:

Introduction - 1
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is -
Beginnings -
Questions 67 And 68 -
Poem 58 -1
Free Form Guitar -
South California Purples -
I'm A Man - 1
Someday -
Liberation -
Movin' In -
The Road -
Poem For The People -
In The Country -1
Wake Up Sunshine -
Ballet For A Girl In Buchanon Suite -1
Fancy Colours -
25 Or 6 To 4 -
Memories Of Love Suite -
It Better End Soon Suite -
Where Do We Go From Here -
Sing A Mean Tune Kid -
Loneliness Is Just A Word -
What Else Can I Say -
Travel Suite -
Lowdown -
An Hour In The Shower Suite -
Elegy Suite -
A Hit By Varese -
Never Been In Love Before -
Now That You've Gone -
Dialogue Pt. 1&2 -
While The City Sleeps -
Saturday In The Park -
Goodbye -
Alma Mater -
A Song For Richard And His Friends -
Mississippi Delta City Blues -
Critic's Choice -
Just You 'N' Me -
Darlin' Dear -
Jenny -
What's This World Comin' To -
Something In This City Changes People -
Hollywood -
In Terms Of Two -
Rediscovery -
Feelin' Stronger Every Day - 1
Beyond All Our Sorrows -
Prelude to Aire/Aire -
Devil's Sweet -
Italian From New York -
Hanky Panky -
Life Saver -
Happy Man -
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long -
Mongonucleosis -
Song Of The Evergreens -
Byblos -
Wishin' You Were Here -
Call On Me -
Women Don't Want To Love Me -
Skinny Boy -
Anyway You Want -
Brand New Love Affair, Pt.s 1 & 2 -
Hideaway -
Harry Truman -
Oh, Thank You Great Spirit -
Long Time No See -
Ain't It Blue? -
Old Days -
You're The Inspiration -
If You Leave Me Now -
Once Or Twice -
You Are On My Mind -
Another Rainy Day In New York City -
Scrapbook -
Hard Habit To Break -
State Of The Union -
Till We Meet Again -
Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Getaway -

Ballet+
In the Country+
Poem 58

Posted on May 3, 2012 9:23:12 AM PDT
My pleasure! Should be interesting to see how the album cuts fare against the "hits"
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