The 1969 ‘Chicago Transit Authority’ debut is a strong fusion of genres

Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority
Rhino Handmade B B003EMLCTY
★★★★

By David Beard

Released March 23, this music-only quadradisc DVD release can be played in any DVD player with Surround Sound. A groundbreaking album in every sense, this 1969 debut long player emits a one-of-a-kind horn infused rock and roll album with its jazz, blues, rhythm and funk combination.

Musical events of this nature should be in everyone’s Top 10 album collections. “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” [#7 on the Hot 100], “Beginnings” [#7], “Questions 67 and 68” [#24] and the group’s cover of the Steve Winwood-written “I’m A Man” [#49] are all here.

These recordings are a part of a song cycle continuum that literally comes to life in the speakers in the Quadradisc presentation – a true, discrete sound. As great as the listening experience and sound presentation both are, the real gold is in the social commentary that’s within the grooves; a place where Robert Lamm and Terry Kath shine.


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