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Chicago’s debut album set for 50th anniversary reissue

Set for release on August 30th is Chicago‘s 50th anniversary edition of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) album. The band’s debut set will be issued on limited edition double gold vinyl, CD, and through digital and streaming services the same day. The new package was remixed by the band and their engineer Tim Jessup.

CTA features the original and classic lineup of Chicago — guitarist Terry Kath, keyboardist Robert Lamm, bassist Peter Cetera, drummer Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone, and Walt Parazaider on saxophone. Highlights on the set include “Beginnings,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Questions 67 And 68.” CTA also features the signature guitar work of the late-Terry Kath on “South California Purple,” “Free Form Guitar” and “I’m A Man.”

According to the new edition’s press release: “Originally released on April 28th, 1969, Chicago Transit Authority topped the album chart was certified double platinum and earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The album also has the unique distinction of having stayed on the charts for an amazing three-year run — 171 weeks — a record when it was released.”

A half-century since recording their 1969 debut set, Chicago Transit Authority, Pulse asked co-founding trombonist and songwriter, James Pankow, what he remembers about tracking the band’s first album in the “Big Apple”: “I remember having to battle with Columbia to get a double disc because the length of the songs were such that two discs we felt were necessary to capture the full scope of the music. And they had us in the studio, they gave us midnight to five a.m. as our recording time, because Simon & Garfunkel — the big dogs — were in the studio in prime time, so we had to record in the wee small.”

Chicago tour dates (subject to change):
June 26 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
June 28 – Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
June 29 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion at Summerfest
June 30 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre – St. Louis
July 3 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
July 5 – Lake Charles, LA – The Golden Nugget – Grand Event Center
July 6 – Austin, TX – Moody Theater
July 17 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavillion
July 19, 20 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste Michelle
July 21 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo
July 23 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
July 24 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
July 26 – Costa Mesa, CA – OC Fair
July 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
July 28 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
July 30 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
August 1 – Tulsa, OK – Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
August 2 – Thackerville, OK – WinStar Casino & Resort
August 3 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Bossier City, Riverdome
August 6 – Asheville, NC – Biltmore Estate – South Terrace
August 10, 11 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia
September 1 – Lewisville, TX Texas – International Pop Festival
September 20 – Valley Center, CA – Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
September 21 – Laughlin, NV – Harrah’s Laughlin
September 24 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
September 26 – Loveland, CO Budweiser – Events Center
September 28 – Minot, ND – Norsk Hostfest
September 29 – Sioux Falls, SD – Washington Pavilion
October 1 – Mankato, MN – Mankato Civic Center
October 2 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theater
October 12 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
October 13 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
October 17 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
October 18 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
October 19 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park

SOURCE: Press release