Chicago Chicago Transit Authority on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
1969 Double-Album Debut Broke the Ground for Rock, Pop, and Jazz Fusion: Includes the Hits "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68"
Mastered from the Original
Master Tapes: Longtime Audiophile Favorite Now Possesses
Reference-Caliber Separation, Tonalities, Balance
Instrumental Interplay and Dialogues Between Musicians Yield Unprecedented Sonic Synthesis
As the Sixties prepared to
give way to the Seventies, myriad artists explored the idea of fusing
together several seemingly disparate styles. Yet no band bridged so many
gaps and did so with such precision, vision, and skill as Chicago.
One of the only groups to ever release a debut filled with such
ambition, greatness, and enthusiasm that it got the go-ahead to make a
double-album, the ensemble parlayed jazz, classical, rock, and pop
elements into an eclectic blend that appealed equally to both mainstream tastes as well as hardcore music aficionados. The set also launched the ongoing career of the second-most commercially successful American rock band in history.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD lavishes Chicago Transit Authority with a clarity, transparency, and detail no previous digital edition has ever enjoyed.
Pulling back the curtain on the recordings, this collector’s version
exponentially expands the soundstaging dimensions, imaging proportions,
and dynamic information, allowing the songs to breathe and enjoy a roominess that enhances the stellar interplay and complex arrangements.
Everything from tautly sculpted material such as "Listen" to the
adventurous, free-form 14-plus-minute "Liberation" emerges anew,
anchored by lifelike tonalities, full-range frequency responses, and
Featuring a virtuosic lineup
that counted a trombonist, trumpeter, keyboardist, guitarist, drummer,
bassist, woodwind expert, and several vocalists, Chicago peruses territory on its multiplatinum 1969 effort that remains singular in execution and delivery.
Here, hard-driving rock gets paired with a similarly forceful power
brass section that yields energetic aural cross-sections that marry
loose improvisation and focused creativity like nothing heard before.
Chicago Transit Authority
has its cake and eats it, too, traversing both avant-garde approaches
and pop techniques. Such pioneering methods earned the group three
hits—"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "I’m a Man," and
"Questions 67 and 68"—all longtime standards. Breaking down borders,
the unified jazz and R&B strains speak to compositional
possibilities that, arguably, initiated fusion’s entrance into the
An entrenched sense of chemistry and cohesion is tethered to the landmark songwriting. Peter
Cetera’s high tenor voice, Terry Kath’s trailblazing guitar, and the
horn section’s colorful accents function as a whole, not independently
of one another. Indeed, it’s this amalgamation of such unified playing and personality that comes across with unprecedented vibrancy on Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD. And it’s why Chicago Transit Authority is a must for fans of jazz, rock, pop, and/or R&B.
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Chicago Chicago Transit Authority Track Listing:
- Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?
- Questions 67 and 68
- Poem 58
- Free form Guitar
- South Carolina Purples
- I'm a Man
- Prologue (August 29, 1968)
- Someday (August 29, 1968)