For a brief period before they shortened their name to Chicago and became boring -- and for my money it was very brief, and they became very boring -- this big group with an ever-changing but hardly memorable line-up were a tanked-up rock band. Their debut album in '69 was a double, they had a political edge as befitted the volatile times they had formed in '67 in, yes, Chicago and moved to LA in '68 and Jimi Hendrix was a great admirer of Terry Kath's guitar work which was sometimes saturated in feedback. They were one of the era's great "jamming" bands and extended out versions of their chosen material covers like I'm A Man, or originals. This prog-rock treatment more rock than prog of the Spencer Davis Group's hit was one of the highpoints of that impressive debut album. Then they became simply Chicago and they started springing radio-friendly hits and it became easy to lose interest in a band with an ever-changing line-up -- and which simply numbered its albums rather than named them. But for a taste of Chicago before the anonymity set in -- and if you only know them for classic hits ballads -- this is taste of what they once were. For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory get daily updates From the Vaults. CTA's version of "I'm a Man" is an absolute blinder!
Chicago Transit Authority showed some pretty big balls for a debut album. The idea of recording extended songs with complex arrangements on an introductory project is unheard of now — and was probably frowned upon back in when the album came out, as well. Robert Lamm, not to be outdone, chimes in with a fiery Hammond organ part which recalls the original Steve Winwood arrangement, but in no way attempts to copy it. Kath and, for that matter, Cetera and Lamm acquits himself well next to a vocal very much in the style of that provided by a young Steve Winwood. The lyrics — sung by Kath, Cetera, and Lamm — are mumbled and spit out with an authentic verve, so much so that one easily forgets what the original lyrics were. May 21, by Preston Frazier. Share this:. Author Recent Posts.
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The original recording was a fast, Hammond organ -driven blues rock track released as a single by the Spencer Davis Group in early , reaching number nine in the UK Singles Chart   and number 10 in the U. It was the last hit single by the band before the brothers Steve and Muff Winwood left to pursue their own separate careers. Although the recording is said to be late , this date is in fact controversial. Tapani Karhu, clearly states that the date of the show was 19 March When the band's popularity surged after their second album, "I'm a Man" was released as the B-side to a re-release of " Questions 67 and 68 ".
Chicago Transit Authority is the self-titled debut album by the Chicago-based rock band Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago. It was recorded and released in Skeptical, as the band had no track record, Columbia only agreed to the concept if the group would take a royalty cut. Meanwhile, FM radio, with its album-oriented format, helped push sales along. Buoyed by the success of their later albums, Chicago Transit Authority had stayed on the charts for weeks as of June ,  setting the then record for a rock album's chart longevity by October at weeks,  and was certified gold and later platinum and double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA.