So...Chicago is pretty cool.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by David-Shea, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. David-Shea

    David-Shea Toastmaster General Thread Starter

    Suffern, NY
    I was at my local record shop a few days ago, and I found copies of CTA, Chicago II, III, V, VIII, and X, loving III right now.

    Kinda shocked at how this band became the AOR mega band they became.

    Is it bad that Chicago 13 intrests me btw?
  2. Deano6

    Deano6 Forum Resident

    Plymouth, NC, USA
    I love Chicago 13. I like everything until Cetera left.
  3. Kevin55

    Kevin55 Forum Resident

    No. It's not bad. Concerning, maybe, but not bad.;)
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  4. bcaulf

    bcaulf Forum Resident

    Why is that bad? Check it out. It's not a great album but it does have some interesting music. Street Player is a great track! Also my favorite Chicago album cover.
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  5. jimjim

    jimjim Forum Resident

    I was the same as well - all I knew was those bloody dreck AOR ballads. Picked up a copy of V and loved it, then started going backwards from there. Some really great stuff on those first 5 albums,
  6. Jack White

    Jack White Forum Resident

    I want to say "yes", but go ahead and give it a listen if you're curious and then get rid of it.

    There's really no need to go beyond 'X'.
  7. elgoodo

    elgoodo Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    I think you guys mean MOR, not AOR. I don't think AOR ever touched the likes of "You're The Inspiration".
  8. jtsjc1

    jtsjc1 Forum Resident

    helmetta, nj usa
    Street Player I think is the best track on the album. The remix is even better.
  9. Remington Steele

    Remington Steele Forum Resident

    Saint George, Utah
    If Jimi Hendrix had decided to take up trumpet or trombone, it would probably have sounded like some of the early CTA stuff.
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  10. Haggis Wampovich

    Haggis Wampovich Professor of Dead Languages

    Three Rivers, USA
    Chicago III is one of my favorites (minus side 4). Enjoy!
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  11. David-Shea

    David-Shea Toastmaster General Thread Starter

    Suffern, NY
    I think the reason 13 intrests me is the album cover, plus Street Player is funky as hell.

    Is IV as bad as they say? I love live records, and this band seems like it would lend itself to some awesome jams.
  12. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Good on ya. And especially CTA!
  13. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Great album (don't listen to 'them').
  14. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Brooklyn New York
    I passed up a bunch of early Chicago albums recently. Were they not always polished horn rock?
  15. bcaulf

    bcaulf Forum Resident

    I think it's a very good live album. It's issue is that it overstays its welcome and can be an exhausting listen because of its length but it's got some great performance. The sound quality, while not great, is not as bad as most people say.
  16. broshfab4

    broshfab4 Forum Resident

    Long Island, NY
    Early era Chicago is absolutely marvelous!
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  17. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    No. The first album is dominated by guitar and is the only one worth owning IMO. I know others won't agree.
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  18. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Brooklyn New York
    That one is just called "Chicago"?
  19. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    no, that's II.

    the first one is transit authority

    i am one of the others who disagrees.

    every album with terry kath is worth owning, every one.
  20. To me, CHICAGO ceased to exist as a band when monster guitarist Terry Kath died. There's no other CHICAGO to me other than the original lineup comprising of the seven original members 1969-1977. These magnificent seven were the only members who got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as shown below:

    Terry Kath - vocals, guitar
    Peter Cetera - vocals, bass
    Robert Lamm - vocals, keyboards
    Danny Seraphine - drums
    James Pankow - trombone
    Lee Loughnane - trumpet, flugelhorn
    Walter Parazaider - woodwinds

    In 1974, they added former Sergio Mendes percussionist Laudir de Oliveira as full-time member and Chicago became an eight-man band.

    As a hard core fan of the original CHICAGO, I highly recommend all of their first eleven albums with Terry Kath who died in January 1978. All of these albums were produced by their mentor, James William Guercio from 1969-1977. This era is known as the band's "classic years." Some call it the Terry Kath years or Guercio years.

    Chicago Transit Authority (1969) - peaked #17 - 2 x platinum
    Chicago (1970) - peaked #4 - 2 x platinum
    Chicago III (1971) - peaked #2 -platinum
    Chicago At Carnegie Hall (1971) - peaked #3 - platinum
    Chicago V (1972) - peaked #1 - 2 x platinum
    Chicago VI (1973) - peaked #1 - 2 x platinum
    Chicago VII (1974) - peaked #1 - platinum
    Chicago VIII (1975) - peaked #1 - platinum
    Chicago IX Greatest Hits (1975) - 5 x platinum
    Chicago X (1976) - peaked #3 - 2 x platinum
    Chicago XI (1977) - peaked #6 - platinum
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  21. I love the entire side 4 of Chicago III, the instrumental "Elegy" specially the melodic third movement called "Once Upon A Time..." which segues into "Progress?"
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2017
  22. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    Yes, it's side 3 that does the least for me
  23. Yes it's bad
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  24. Sternodox

    Sternodox SubGenius Pope of Arkansas

    You're missing VII ... their best album.
  25. lennonfan1

    lennonfan1 Forum Resident

    baltimore maryland
    I'm glad they did the documentary, it's really fun to see new fans coming 'round to the band....
    All studio albums up to 7 are magnificent IMHO.

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