The band was originally call Chicago Transit Authority. They released their self…

Written by on May 14, 2018

The band was originally call Chicago Transit Authority. They released their self-titled debut LP on April 28, 1969.

It is listed in the “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” book.

Terry Kath’s playing as a guitarist was so strong on this album that even Jimi Hendrix became a major fan of his playing. According to the album’s original liner notes, the solo performance of Kath on “Free Form Guitar” was created without the use of any pedals. In a nod to Hendrix’s guitar expressionism (Hendrix most notably used wah and fuzz pedals), Kath instead plugged directly into his studio amplifier and improvised the entire track in one take for the purpose of pure tone. “Free Form Guitar” is also noted as being another influence on the genre of noise music.

When the LP was released, it proved to be an immediate hit, reaching #17 in the US and #9 in the UK. While critical reaction was also strong, the album initially failed to produce any hit singles, with the group seen as an album-oriented collective. In 1970 and 1971, after their 2nd LP was out and had hits, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” ( #7), “Beginnings” ( #7) and “Questions 67 and 68” ( #71) proved to be belated hits. The album stayed on the charts for a then-record 171 weeks.

Happy 49th Birthday to one of the greatest debut album ever released, Chicago Transit Authority.

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