Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority [Japanese SHM-CD] (2008)
1CD | EAC-Rip | FLAC-image +cue +log +Booklet/SCANS | Original Release: 1969 | 517,63 Mb
Genre: Rock, Jazz-Rock, Brass-Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner WPCR-13239
It might come as a surprise to anyone familiar only with their satin-smooth soft-rock hits, but when Chicago first formed in 1967, they were actually doing something new, cool, and interesting: rock & roll with a fully-integrated jazz hornsection. 1969's CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY has two of the group's early hits, "Beginnings" and "Does Anybody Really KnowWhat Time It Is?" but it also includes some of their most audacious material ever, notably Terry Kath's seven-minute "Free-Form Guitar", a free jazz improvisation for heavily distorted electric guitar that–no kidding–would not sound out of place on an early Sonic Youth album, and the politically-charged, side-long suite comprised of "Prologue", "Someday (August 28, 1968)", and "Liberation", the closest Chicago ever came to a true jazz-rock synthesis. Chicago's later work deserves many of the critical brickbats it's received, but CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY is a genuinely interesting album.