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« on: November 23, 2015, 02:40:49 PM »
Chicago is one of the biggest selling and most successful bands ever selling over 100 million albums , 18 platinum albums, 5 #1 albums and 21 top ten singles. They are most known for their softer songs and ballads but they originally started in 1967 with the original classic lineup of;
Robert Lamm: Vocals/Keyboards
Peter Cetera: Vocals/Bass
Terry Kath: Guitars/Vocals
Walter Parazaider: Saxophone
James Pankow: Trombone
Lee Loughnane: Trumpet
Danny Seraphine: Drums/percussion

This initial lineup which ran from 1967 until 1978 contained one of the most under rated and great singers and guitar players of the era in Terry Kath, and one of the best drummers of the era in Danny Seraphine. Everybody knows of Peter Cetera's popularity, great voice and very good bass player, and the tremendous horn section and all the great ballads. But early on this band could jam with the best of them with often extended jam pieces delving into jazz, blues, instrumental pieces and solo's and could rock pretty good (25 or 6 to 4). Until the untimely death of Terry Kath in 1978 this was a powerhouse band and live act. Once Terry was gone, yes they had continued success, and at times lots of it (Chicago 16, 17, and 18)  but largely in the softer ballad material or horn driven pieces and it was a much different band.

The bands first three albums Chicago Transit Authority (1969) Chicago (now referred to as Chicago 2 released in 1970) and Chicago 3 (1972) were all double albums, very risky and unheard of in those days. The band was very politically driven in the earlier days and some of the music was very heavily horn dominated, but also mixed in there were some great guitar and drum driven tracks with Terry Kath's deep bluesy vocal style. In 1971 they released the 4 album box set Live at Carnegie Hall (know known as Chicago IV/4) before releasing their first single album release Chicago V (5) in 1972. Chicago VI followed in 1973, another double album Chicago VII in 1974, Chicago VIII in 1975, Chicago X in 1976, and Chicago XI in 1977. Chicago XI would be the last with the original classic lineup as Terry Kath died in January of 1978 at 31 and with that Chicago would never be the same.

He was replaced by Donnie Dacus initially on guitar and Hot Streets was released in 1978, it was their release since their debut not to reach the top 10 and the band was changing to a softer pop/ballad driven sound and away from Kath's jazz and blues influence. Chicago XIII followed and was the first album not to contain a top 40 hit. Chicago XIV was released in 1980 featuring new guitarist Chris Pinnick and was a lackluster album. In 1981 Bill Champlin (keyboards/vocals/guitar) was brought on board and Chicago 16 was released and the band began a second round of major success and platinum album sales as more of a power ballad band with the horns even taking a back seat for Chicago 16 and 17 as they scored numerous ballad hits before Peter Cetera left the band in 1985. They had a few more of these hits with Jason Scheff replacing Cetera    on Chicago 18 & 19 Led by Jason Scheff and Bill Champlin at the fore front. The Chicago 18 tour saw the hiring of Dawayne Bailey (Bob Seger Silver Bullet Band) and finally Chicago had found a "GUITAR Player" that could at least do justice to Terry Kath's style and breath some life back into the early catalog songs so from 1986 up until Danny Seraphine leaving in 1990 at least you were able to again see a more guitar driven rocking Chicago. Dawayne stayed on until leaving in 1995. That's where I stop. Since 1995 The band has been pretty much a nostalgia act with not much to even remotely compete with the earlier material. I kept going up until this point cause I did not want to slight all those 80's ballads and the second round of success.

But if you want to hear the real Chicago you need to zone in on 1969 through 1978. As I put up links for this band I will do so concentrating on those years, and largely zoning in on Terry Kath ,who I felt was the heart and soul of this band and one hell of an underrated singer and guitar player.   

25 or 6 to 4 (Live 1970 Tanglewood)         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uAUoz7jimg

South California Purples (Transit authority 1969) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhKzgYAY_6w&list=PLWnVxuqvY7JhVvW831x9XyhMry0ZaCkxs&index=8

Song of the evergreens (Chicago VII) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAf2hn5qhY0

Aire (Chicago VII) love the guitar work from 2:15 out)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YsbNa97tow

Happy cause I'm goin home (Chicago III) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKdJrgXMGXg&list=PLUSRfoOcUe4a7b6s7lQsRvuRtztaQQIab&index=10

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Re: Chicago
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2015, 02:59:25 PM »
Great band. I wish we could be back in the 70s again.

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2015, 11:11:12 AM »
Nice to see them get into the Rock Hall of Fame. Hopefully Cetera and Danny Seraphine show up and perform with them for this.

Judging from the blabbermouth comments or lack thereof, I think people need to be reminded of what this band did from 1969- 1978 because they were an "Inspiration" alright, there is a lot more to this band than just the elevator music love songs.

I'll say it again TERRY KATH was a Bad MF'er
 Make me smile (live 70) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btq4MnwvQgM

I'm a Man (live 70) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPZUgfOqAdg


   
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2015, 07:41:35 PM »
This should be VERY COOL to see, Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine playing with Chicago again at the induction ceremony, and I can only hope they will acknowledge Terry Kath with a short video or something.

http://radio.com/2015/12/21/chicago-to-reunite/
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Re: Chicago
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2016, 12:30:40 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2016, 10:08:36 PM »
Beginnings (Tanglewood 1970) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizRRft3_8Y)

It better end soon (Tanglewood 1970) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU6nD6_DI_c

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2016, 12:44:12 AM »
Free Form Guitar- Terry Kath 1968-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1soGncyUFg

Carnegie Hall 71: South California Purples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z44ei3Q8e6k
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Re: Chicago
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2016, 04:48:40 PM »
This sucks, I was looking forward to Cetera and Seraphine participating in this. Hopefully Dan Seraphine is still planning to participate.


http://radio.com/2016/02/08/peter-cetera-bows-out-of-chicago-reunion-again/
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2016, 01:19:28 PM »
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Re: Chicago
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2016, 02:36:35 PM »
Great Band over the years I have seen them 12 times. NJ Firefighter was with me for some of the shows. Dawayne Bailey who was with them for a few years was awesome.
Does anybody Really Know what time it is, I'm A Man, 25 or 6 to 4  Live 1993 with Dawayne   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1XF_lHPq2w

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Re: Chicago
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2016, 04:03:23 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2016, 11:07:32 AM »
Question 67 and 68      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whMZ0Th9-4M

Chicago with the Beach Boys-Wishing You Were Here   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsuv4HPGNHM

Terry Kath of Chicago       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_dq5xuDP2A

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Re: Chicago
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2016, 01:04:55 PM »
http://www.antimusic.com/news/16/October/27Chicagos_Jason_Scheff_Leaves_Band_After_30_Years.shtml

Can't believe it has been thirty years since this guy took over for Cetera. But, time for a new singer, who is already in place, enter Jeff Coffey Lead vocals/bass

New guy sounds pretty decent. 
25 or 6 to 4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNNB753OVb0
If You Leave Me Now-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ErbLri-_5k
 Compared to Cetera these days, by comparison below. I think Coffey does a fine job.
Peter Cetera
25 or 6 to 4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eTiBdCbaRY
If You Leave Me Now- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElKT-Qhcu6Y

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Re: Chicago
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2016, 04:03:08 PM »
Best of luck to Jason Scheff whatever he does.
He did a credible job for 30 years replacing the
Great Peter Cetera.