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    Posted: March 01 2017 at 02:28
Once (when I was younger) there were a lot bands I didn't like, just because the public opinion or grown ups or whatever said they sucked.

Bands include: Journey, Toto, Foreigner, Europe but also Chicago, but also genres like arenarock, hiphop, r&b, drum&bass, electro, techno, synthpop, new wave, disco, jazzfunk, etc. etc.
 
But they are all amazing. I love all kinds of music, whether it is pure jazzrock or thrashmetal or funky 70's disco.
I wish I never listened to anyone when discovering music. So finally I dove into Chicago, and they are simply amazing.

Their early stuff is heavy, heavy, jazzrockfusion. No band can even come near them. Then they became the biggest poprock band on earth, selling millions and millions of singles and albums.
The songs they wrote were high standard, but also the vocals. The vocals of the band are amazing. High standard like Beegees, Beatles, Queen, Toto and Abba.
 
I really love bands with colourful sound and more vocalists and songwriters. Bands that can play circles around other well known bands, but also have the knack to write powerful and catchy popsongs.
 
Yes, Chicago is one my new favorite bands right now. And there's so much to discover from this amazing group of talented musicians.
 
Favorite song right now: Stay the Night.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2017 at 02:48
I love their first album, a real killer ! Thumbs Up My god, the brass section ! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2017 at 03:44
Terry Katz (guitarist) was amongst the best guitarists of his time. Even Jimi Hendrix look up to him (I was told).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2017 at 16:46
Originally posted by Kingsnake Kingsnake wrote:

Terry Katz (guitarist) was amongst the best guitarists of his time. Even Jimi Hendrix look up to him (I was told).
That's Terry Kath.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2017 at 22:14
my favourite song by them


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 02:02
Originally posted by dwill123 dwill123 wrote:

Originally posted by Kingsnake Kingsnake wrote:

Terry Katz (guitarist) was amongst the best guitarists of his time. Even Jimi Hendrix look up to him (I was told).
That's Terry Kath.

Only just recently into them, so I will make a lot of mistakes concerning the names of the bandmembers.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 02:11
YAY !! Chicago. Dunno why I haven't started a thread earlier for this wonderful band.
So much quality stuff.   Pete Cetera is one of my bass idols. He's sooo underrated. Great melodic sense, clever complexities (Chicago VII can attest to this) and a great voice to boot. Shame he chose the commercial route in the mid-80's.
My most treasured vinyl of theirs would be the Live In Japan set. And just a few months back I acquired Chicago 19, but it doesn't have the same 'magic' of the PC things, especially when Jason Scheff tries to mimic Pete.
Every album up to (and including) 17 has lots to offer, maybe nothing Progressive as such, but neatly crafted tunes. Chicago 16 would have to be the best 'Arena Rock' album I've ever heard. Most of the album is excellent, especially the opener What You're Missing. Pete is on fire !
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 03:16
Apparently Chicago inspired Wyatt to expand Soft Machine to a septet (albeit short-lived)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 04:09

I love Chicago's deep dish pizza. The music from the band, not so much.

This message was brought to you by a proud supporter of the Deep State.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 07:30
I am right there with Kingsnake when it comes to Journey, Toto, Foreigner, Europe, and Chicago.   This year is Chicago's 50th anniversary.  Did anyone else watch the CNN special that they did on New Year's Day about the history of Chicago?  It was very interesting, although somewhat disappointing on how much drugs even they did (Although I suppose not all that surprising).  Their debut album is absolutely killer.  I like most of their albums and think that even their most recent albums have some good quality songs on them.  The era around Hot Streets was kind of weak for them, but even then they came up with a few good songs during that period as well. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 11:12
Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

I am right there with Kingsnake when it comes to Journey, Toto, Foreigner, Europe, and Chicago.†† ....


There's a certain something about these kind of adult rock that really moves me...
It's so coherent and to-the-point and still so skilled and progressive.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 16:22
In my opinion one of Terry Kath's best guitar solos.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 17:55
I also enjoy Chicago.....Saw them back in 2006 I think, along with Earth, Wind & Fire on the dual tour. I'm a huge EW&F fan and to me the Phenix horns are IT. But hearing those two brass sections go at it together was pretty amazing.
Excellent song writing for sure and musicianship.......

Should this not be under General Music Discussion, although I think they are listed here as Jazz rock??

Whatever, great band and music
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 18:12
Chicago Transit is amazing. Revolutionary and great to boot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 19:13
Yep, The Chicago Transit Authority is really good (like the Dirk Gently reference, by the way).

And then 9 years later, they released an album with one of the most iconic covers of any band in PA (the same year that ELP released Love Beach).



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2017 at 23:53
Good topic!  When I was at the age when Chicago was starting their ascent, I was much more into Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and other stadium-rock type bands....I was turned off to Chicago since a certain element at my school (the athletes) seemed to worship it, so I ignored it.  

It wasn't until some years later that a guitarist whom I admired showed me at bit of Terry Kath's playing and raved about him, so I gave them another listen (at this point, I was heavily into King Crimson, Yes, Return to Forever and other prog).  I came to admire them and enjoy their composition and playing skills a great deal!  

Indeed, I have found that nearly all music (even disco!) has elements of listenable music if we strive to listen closely.  Many times, seasoned studio musicians are involved in the process, and their talent can show through. 

I can't stand most rap nor Justin Bieber however....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 03 2017 at 09:44
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Yep, The Chicago Transit Authority is really good (like the Dirk Gently reference, by the way).

And then 9 years later, they released an album with one of the most iconic covers of any band in PA (the same year that ELP released Love Beach).




I think they call those "mom jeans"

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 03 2017 at 10:38
You can't go wrong with a Terry Kath Chicago album.  Terry gave Chicago grit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 03 2017 at 11:20
I have a grand respect for Robert Lamm, to me the is the soul of Chicago and really like he piano playing and subtle keyboard textures on hammond and rhodes

Edited by Icarium - March 03 2017 at 11:23
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 04 2017 at 16:45
There's still some really good tracks on Hot Streets. Dumb cover idea / photo though. I prefer Love Beach !! Can see Pete looking a bit bloated from his heavy booze intake.
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