Soon, finally to be inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame, Chicago Transit Authority, better known as CTA, destine to simply be Chicago hit the scene in April of 1969 with this their juggernaut debut. The original band was actually two highly stylized units that coexisted with remarkable singularity. On the one hand, listeners were presented with the incendiary rock quartet of Terry Kath (lead guitar/vocals), Robert Lamm (keyboards/vocals), Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), and Danny Seraphine (drums). They were augmented by the equally aggressive power brass trio that included Lee Loughnane (trumpet/vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and Walter Parazaider (woodwind/vocals). This combination created a fusion of rock with jazz never to be seen before and not to be matched since. The mix of blues-based classic rock with muscular brass is packaged within powerful pop arrangements such as Beginnings, I’m a Man, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? and much much more to provide well over and hour of pavement pounding musical inspiration.
Take it up Lake Shore Drive and enjoy the panorama!