On April 28, 1969, Chicago Transit Authority arrived in record stores, introducing the group that would become the world’s most influential horn-rock band and one of the most successful bands of all time. The seven-man ensemble of Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walter Parazaider, along with producer James William Guercio, offered something for everyone in their sprawling, stunning double-LP debut: big, hook-filled pop singles (“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Beginnings,” both of which went Top 10 in the U.S.), heavy blues-rock (the wailing “South California Purples”), political agit-rock (“Someday (August 29, 1968)”) and even seven minutes of searing, avant-electric guitar (the aptly-named “Free Form Guitar,” courtesy of the fiery Kath). Now, that bold, Grammy Hall of Fame-inducted debut is receiving a remix from Rhino in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
On August 30, Rhino will release Chicago Transit Authority (50th Anniversary Remix) on CD and 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl editions, as well as a limited-edition, numbered version of the 2 LP set on gold vinyl available exclusively through Rhino.com. It will also be available through digital and streaming services on the same day. The new remix was created by the band with engineer Tim Jessup, who also mixed the band’s recent Live at the Isle of Wight Festival.
The Grammy-nominated CTA has attained double platinum status, and remained on the charts for an extraordinary 171-week run, setting a record at the time. Rhino’s remix promises to bring out new colors in the classic recording. Look for it on CD, LP, and digital services on August 30, and look for Chicago – anchored by founding members Lamm, Loughnane, and Pankow – on the road this summer for the 52nd consecutive year.
Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority: 50th Anniversary Remix (Columbia LP GP 8/CS 9809/CS 9836, 1969 – reissued Rhino, 2019)
- Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is
- Questions 67 and 68
- Poem 58
- Free Form Guitar
- South Carolina Purples
- I’m a Man
- Prologue (August 29, 1968)
- Someday (August 29. 1968)