Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience
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Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience - Special Edition CHICAGO: THE TERRY KATH EXPERIENCE is a documentary about a daughter discovering the legacy of her father: the late Terry Kath. Kath was one of the founding members of the band Chicago, whose powerful guitar playing and husky, melodic voice has been praised by such icons as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton. Before discovering his full potential as a guitar icon, Kath’s life ended tragically at age 32. Terry's daughter Michelle was just two years old when he passed, only knowing him through his music and stories from her mother. After discovering a box of memorabilia, Michelle sets out on a journey to get to know her father and to search for his iconic lost guitar. In this documentary, Michelle interviews her dad's family, bandmates and good friends, as well as prominent musicians, to piece together the life of Terry Kath, one of the great unsung rock legends of the 1970s. CHICAGO: THE TERRY KATH EXPERIENCE was directed and produced by Michelle Kath Sinclair, and was produced by Jordan Levy and Tony Papa. This DVD features raw and uncut bonus material with behind-the-scenes moments on Michelle’s journey as well as clips that did not make the final cut, including Michelle's backstage concert meet up with Chicago, a candid look at the interview with Michelle and her mother Camelia, an exclusive look at the Chicago members as they share stories about living with Terry Kath, bonus footage from Michelle and Camelia’s visit to Caribou Ranch and a special compilation of Terry Kath's 8mm home footage with commentary. English subtitles are available for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
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I heard the story of Jimi Hendrix, that he once said "Terry Kath was better than him.." or something to that nature. I saw Terry Kath play at the Fabulous Greek Theater in 1972 when I was 12 and Jimi Hendrix was right.
Terry Kath versatile style and tremendous intensity makes him one of the greatest guitar player of all time. Enjoy this film, I did...
Terry was a great and the film from his daughter should now allow a complete reassessment of Terry Kath.
I felt overall the documentary was way too short. I felt that we were left with wanting more interview material and much more live performance material by Terry. The Performances that were included were wonderful such as Terry's lead in 25 or 6 to 4 .
Much of Early Chicago band history is covered here and the most interesting thing I realized was that Terry really had a large contribution of the development of the song arrangements as outlined and referenced in the song "Introduction". Very good segment by the way.
I found the contributions by artists / friends such as Joe Walsh were very informative. You could feel Joe's enthusiasm talking about Terry's technique especially in the track "Free Form Guitar" and how he envisioned Terry constructing this piece in his mind.
I wished there was more material and more in-depth interview with Peter Cetera. We have fragmentation of interviews that seem to be just answers to basic questions, but I don't believe Michelle was versed enough in the interview process to have a longer broader conversation with some of those features. My hope is that perhaps there will be more follow-up material on this.
The discovery of the Ovation guitar, Fender Stratocaster and the Pignose stickered Telecaster Guitar were a wonderful ending to the film. My hope is that these guitars do not fall into the hands of billionaire Paul Allen from Microsoft who seems to buy up all types of music memorabilia. When the Telecaster is lifted out of the case, you can see the wear and tear that Terry put over that fret board and I kept pausing to take it all in.
All in all, a great documentary, way too short, but absolutely worth the wait.
Appreciate Michelle KATH bringing Terry’s fans along for the ride. Michelle getting to know her father gave us all an opportunity to know Terry a bit better. Camellia and Michelle at the Ranch was the most emotional for me along with Michelle holding one of her father’s most prized possessions, knowing he was the last one to touch it before she picked it up...
Hoping people who may not have been up for hearing CHICAGO because of the 80’s will realize there was just over a decade in the 60-70’s of bad-ass music in their catalogue they still play today.
Hoping someone with a love of music will be curious and take a moment watch and listen to It Better End Soon from their Tanglewood concert. Terry KATH was everything.