My Favorite Albums – Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago Transit Authority

Only the beginning, only just a start

Does anybody really know what time it is? Well, it’s time to introduce my next favorite album, Chicago Transit Authority self-titled 1969 double LP. This is the one and only album by them as they are forced, by a lawsuit, to change their name before their next title, shortening it to just Chicago.

I was shopping for records with Mother and saw this record in the rock section. I had never heard of them but I picked it because it was a two-record set for about the same price as the single LPs. When I got it home I was blown away by the first song, Introduction!

It is still my favorite Chicago tune and is the perfect song having everything they are about wrapped up in a single song. The album is great having the two aforementioned songs as well as

Beginnings, Questions 67 and 68, the incredible Spencer Davis Group cover I’m A Man, and 7 more. I was hooked as I still am! The album was released on April 28, 1969, and remained in the Billboard Top 200 for 171 weeks. It has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The band was produced by James William Guercio, who had great success with another band, Blood Sweat and Tears. In 1969 Chicago was Robert Lamm (Lead Vocals, Keyboards), Terry Kath (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Peter Cetera (Lead Vocals, Bass), Danny Seraphine (drums), James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, and Walt Parazaider (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion).

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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