What is your opinion of Chicago (the band)?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Frank'n'censed, Apr 9, 2018.

What was your favourite Chicago, (the band) era?

  1. All of their stuff, including the fluff...sweet home Chicago!

    6 vote(s)
    9.4%
  2. The Terry Kath era only

    43 vote(s)
    67.2%
  3. Don’t like the band

    13 vote(s)
    20.3%
  4. Find me another city to dig

    2 vote(s)
    3.1%
  1. Rowdyman

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    Chicago, Boston, who's next?
     
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    We haven't been to Kansas yet...

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    Me too. Dude's up all night trying to get material for an album, beating a deadline. It doesn't really matter the exact time, he's dead tired and there is still much work ahead of him.
     
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    Hey I like em, but then again I like a little Billy Joel sometimes too.
     
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    I like Chicago.
    I like smart pop music.
    Kath was a cool player, and singer.
    Not many bands have three great lead singers.
    I like Lamm and Cetera as much as I like Kath.
    They all wrote, sang and played beautifully, IMO.
    Danny Seraphine is a wicked drummer.
    I never owned a single Chicago record, but I have played a few Chicago hits in wedding bands.
    It’s fun stuff to play.
    Their music will live on, and I think it’s worthy.
     
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    Their first 3 albums are simply amazing - I still play them.
    When the first album, 'Chicago Transit Authority' came out in 1969, it stood out as very original. The musicianship is superb.

    It's hard to believe they became the soft rock group they became later on. But that was because they ran with an overall music trend rather than building on what they already were.
     
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    I was a teenager when they were hot around 1970 or so. Never got it. Probably the brass, that wasn't what we were interested in. All good musicians and they sure were popular. I don't remember any of my friends not turning the radio dial when they came on.
     
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    Not a big fan.
     
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    Terry Kath era.
    Amazing and ahead of its time.
     
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    The Bay City Rollers surely?

    From a British perspective Chicago weren't very well known here ( you can Google Kath's sweary anti British rant if you want to know part of the reason why) so our knowledge tends to start with the Cetera era ballads which were hits here. Just vomit inducing stuff. However, I watched the Netflix documentary and it's a really interesting band history and some of that early stuff was really pushing the envelope. So it would be a heavily qualified thumbs up.
     
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    The first three double albums are rock and roll gold.
     
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    Big fan of the early stuff......
     
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    Agreed. The hip cool thing is to say that Kath was the key ingredient, but, that said, they were clearly at their best when he was in the band.

    The bulk of the biggest hits from the Kath era were written by Robert Lamm, and overall he was the band's principal writer and main creative force. The second most prolific writer in the band was James Pankow (brother of actor John Pankow, who played Cousin Ira on "Mad About You"), who wrote "Colour My World" and "Make Me Smile," sung by Kath.
     
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    Their first album is killer. Yes, I dig the 70's Era Chicago the best. Remember how many times we heard Color My World on the radio in the 70's ? Lol 0081227617127.jpg
     
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    Playing "Free" off Chicago III on a gig this weekend..
     
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    I liked most of what I've heard - which was mostly up to around the mid 70s to early 80s. I haven't heard much since and I can't remember the last time I heard anything by them on the radio over here. I might have to check out more of their stuff.

    Incidentally, I just "Wiki'd" them and they seem to have had a "cast of thousands" through that band over the years. I thought Tull and Santana had the record for former members.....:rolleyes:
     
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