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Chicago's 1969Album On Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile
Fidelity! Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
1969 Double-Album Debut Broke the Ground for Rock, Pop, and Jazz Fusion
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
Includes the Hits “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Beginnings,”
“Questions 67 and 68”
As the Sixties prepared to give way to the Seventies, a myriad of 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 stellar balances.
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 mainstream.
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
Gold CD. And it’s why Chicago Transit Authority is a must for fans of jazz,
rock, pop, and/or R&B.
Also Available from Chicago on Mobile Fidelity SACD:
II (MOBSA2133), and Chicago
• Hybrid SACD
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered from the original master tapes
2. Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?
4. Questions 67 and 68
6. Poem 58
7. Free Form Guitar
8. South Carolina Purples
9. I'm a Man
10. Prologue (August 29, 1968)
11. Someday (August 29, 1968)