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. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I play ‘Color My World’ on piano.......I figured it out by ear back in those days. That opened some doors for me in chord construction and bass movement.
     
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  2. Mike Eskimo

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    Horn bands ?

    C'mon...:rolleyes:





    And for those a little more advanced - this is phenomenal :

     
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  3. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    Definitely liked their first two albums best. I just saw Chicago (50th Anniversary of Chicago II) on PBS and I gotta say, they're still a great band whether you like 'em or not.
     
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    Nailed it.
     
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  5. speedingjet

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    To each their own.
    But I can't help but feel like I'm in an elevator or a discount shoe store when I hear that stuff.
     
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    LSD Is Dextro Lysergic Acid diathathalamide tartate 25 ,and the others are also in reference to haucinagenic chemical molecular structure of the day , like MDA.

    I was not a big fan of big horn bands ,I've workd with a few and enjoyed the gigs but it was not my preference , although i appreciate the arrangements
     
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    Early stuff was good, later it seemed like they were only recruited to provide sound tracks to movies.

    But a rock band with a brass section? Sign me up!
     
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    I'm assuming you haven't heard anything they did prior to 1980? ;)
     
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    I was doing an Art & Design course when Chicago started attracting attention. I really loved the horn arrangements and that led me to catching 'Tower of Power' on the UK Warner Bros Tour, and eventually to Miles Davis - so yeah thanks a lot Chicago!
    On a side note, as art students we were fascinated by the use of the different treatment for the band logo on each album sleeve! In case you are interested, the logo was designed by John Berg, Art Director of Columbia/CBS Records, and each different version was artworked by Nick Fasciano.
     
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  10. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    Trumpet was my first instrument...I love horns, (must be the Aries in me). It dawned on me one day, noting how many songs I really love with brass
     
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    My dad was an arranger/instructor for a drum & bugle corps in the early seventies. Chicago was quite popular in my household when I was a kid. :)
     
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    The Kath era for me....love his vocals, besides guitar skills...Dialogue and In the Country, esp.

    I have the famous Tanglewood concert in my mp3 player and play it and sing as I mow.
     
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    I still return to the first three albums every year. Live, they were unreal. Three great singers, three songwriters, a brilliant horn arranger (Pankow), tight as h*ll, POLITICAL as h*ll, AND add in Kath. I am only talking pre-1976 though. When they lost the guitarist and the politics, I was out of there...
     
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    Terry Kath, the most underrated guitarist of the rock era. One of my absolute favorite guitarists, goosebumps still whenever I hear the riffs from 25 or 6 to 4.
     
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    I think Peter Cetera is an underrated bass player and he Danny Seraphine were a formidable rhythm section, and I think Terry Kath player with a lot of fire. I LOVE “Make Me Smile” and I really like their first 3 or 4 albums in general. I do not like the schlocky David Foster ballads, but I do not begrudge them wanting to change their sound to something more commercial.
     
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    Mostly harmless.
     
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    Except for a few songs with Kath solos I went straight from BST to TOP.
     
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    I put them in the same category as Jeff Beck, Joe Bonnamassa and Journey...

    I like certain songs...I should like all of their stuff, but I just can't fully embrace them for some reason.
     
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    BD still plays Wayne Downey's setting of the Kenton/Curnow arrangement of "Free"..although it's now transposed to concert pitch, rather than in the original G.. Keep in mind this is part of the stand still rep, not the show book so is no longer regularly rehearsed.. Also the balance is a bit off, cell phones and all that.

     
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    I feel the same way about the band, the city, and the musical.

    Sometimes really great, sometimes really annoying.

    But +1 for Kath.
     
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