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THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

Chicago

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.06 | 177 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars It all started here ...!

Well, I've just been aware that Chicago is now in our website. I was shocked at first but then I fully understand that it deserves to be here especially with this excellent debut album. The reason I was shocked was knowing that the band has so long turned into pop outfit instead of in its original roots of brass rock music. This album is a perfect example of what brass rock music is all about. There is a great combination of guitar solo delivered by Terry Kath (RIP) that gave the spirit of rock and brass section. I remember vividly when I was a young boy my brother gave me a compilation cassette where one of the songs was "I am a Man" which blew me away the first time I listened to it for a simple reason: I like the interlude section with percussion solo work in the middle of the song. It's really great and this album brings me back to the old days, really.

The album opener "Introduction" (6:35) is a very good introduction of jazz-rock fusion kind of music with uplifting mood. You will find also the beauty of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (4:35) which has an excellent falsetto vocal and solid brass section work. "Questions 67 and 68" (5:03) is an excellent example of brass rock music where guitar solo is combined beautifully with brass section and wonderful vocal. This is my favorite track and it always reminds me to the glory days of 70s when rock music dominated the world.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. If you are confused why this "You Are The Inspiration Band" is positioned here at this site, please listen to this album and you will find the answer. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |

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