As the Sixties prepared to give way to the Seventies, myriad artists explored the idea of fusing together several seemingly disparate styles. Yet no band bridged so many gaps and did so with such precision, vision, and skill as Chicago. One of the only groups to ever release a debut filled with such ambition and enthusiasm that it got the go-ahead to make a double-album, the ensemble parlayed jazz, classical, rock, and pop elements into an eclectic blend that appealed equally to both mainstream tastes as well as hardcore music aficionados. The set also launched the ongoing career of the second-most commercially successful American rock band in history.

 

Tracklist

Introduction

Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?

Beginnings

Questions 67 and 68

Listen

Poem 58

Free form Guitar

South Carolina Purples

I’m a Man

Prologue (August 29, 1968)

Someday (August 29, 1968)

Liberation