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Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority 50th anniversary Remix

Read "Chicago Transit Authority 50th anniversary Remix" reviewed by Doug Collette

In what is perhaps a tacit admission of limited sales potential (and in turn the low profit margin on music in physical formats), on the 50th Anniversary Remix of Chicago's debut album (often known as CTA, there is no info in any form detailing the technical process of this sound enhancement. A single sentence on the Rhino label's site is identical to that which appears on the band's own web-page, one that might well have appeared somewhere within the replication ...

FILM REVIEWS

Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience

Read "Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience" reviewed by Doug Collette

Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience FilmRise 2018 Michelle Kath Sinclair's The Terry Kath Experience is a combination of history and homage to the her late father, the guitarist and one of the founding members of Chicago. The film proceeds with a streamlined logic, not to mention an abiding sense of love and affection, that nonetheless never turns maudlin. In part because director Kath, photographer Jordan Levy and co-editors Micah Levin and Tony Papa refuse ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Chicago: Chicago II

Read "Chicago II" reviewed by Doug Collette

Chicago II deserves its stereo remix and mastering by British audiophile extraordinaire Steven Wilson for any number of reasons, the most prominent of which is that, at this early juncture in the band's career, its creativity was at full flower, minus the pedantic tendencies or self-conscious pretension that would arise on later records. Everything was in balance on this sophomore effort, from the composing credits shared by guitarist/vocalist Terry Kath, keyboardist/vocalist Robert Lamm and bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera (who ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chicago II (Steven Wilson Remix)

Read "Chicago II (Steven Wilson Remix)" reviewed by John Kelman

It's rare that an opportunity presents itself to directly compare a high resolution remaster with a high resolution remix, but with last year's Quadio (Rhino) box set containing Blu Ray Audio versions (at 24-bit/192KHz) of its first nine studio recordings (including, curiously, a completely superfluous, early Greatest Hits package) and the recent, single-disc reissue of Chicago II, featuring a brand new stereo mix by remix go-to-guy, Porcupine Tree founder and now-successful solo artist Steven Wilson, there's a chance to do ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Chicago at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion

Read "Chicago at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Chicago Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion Rogers, Arkansas May 3, 2015 I saw the Eagles with Yes in 1975 at Barton Coliseum and then saw them both 25 years later at our river amphitheater. I saw Chicago 35 years ago at Barton Coliseum and then recently. While I am not an authority...I do know from where I come. Musical acts from the 1960s and '70s have made a cottage industry and cash ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Chicago Transit Authority / Chicago II / Chicago III

Read "Chicago Transit Authority / Chicago II / Chicago III" reviewed by Marc Davis

Chicago, the rock band, is not what you remember. Well, it is, but it's also more than that. The Chicago you remember is the hit machine of the '70s: “25 or 6 to 4," “Beginnings," “Make Me Smile," “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and many others. Of course, Chicago is also the wimp rock machine of the '80s: “Hard to Say I'm Sorry," “Hard Habit to Break," “You're the Inspiration" and “Will You Still Love ...

HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Sing a Mean Tune, Kid: Chicago for people who hate Chicago

Read "Sing a Mean Tune, Kid: Chicago for people who hate Chicago" reviewed by Mark Lempke

When people rebuff my attempts to share my love of jazz-pop-rock group Chicago with them, I understand their qualms. Really, I do. Few bands went from being quite so inventive to quite so predictable in the long, tough slog between 1968 and 1984. (The political parallels alone are terrifyingly relevant: many of the exact same people who were in SDS went on to become Yuppies by the midpoint of the Reagan years, but I digress.) So, I understand ...


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