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CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Original 1969 double album liner notes
DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?
QUESTIONS 67 AND 68
FREE FORM GUITAR*
SOUTH CALIFORNIA PURPLES
I’M A MAN
-S. Winwood-J. Miller-
PROLOGUE, AUGUST 29, 1968**
SOMEDAY (AUGUST 29, 1968)
-J. Pankow-R. Lamm-
The selections are BMI.
A Division of James William Guercio Enterprises Incorporated
Produced by James William Guercio
Engineering: Fred Catero
All brass arrangements by James Pankow with some help from the rest of the boys.
Daniel Seraphine, drums
James Pankow, trombone
Peter Cetera, bass and lead vocals
Walter Parazaider, woodwinds and background vocals
Lee Loughnane, trumpet and background vocals
Terry Kath, guitar and lead vocals
Robert Lamm, keyboard and lead vocals
* FREE FORM GUITAR was performed on a Fender Stratocaster guitar through a Showman amplifier equipped with a twin 15 bottom utilizing a Bogan P.A. amplifier as a pre-amp. No electronic gimmicks or effects were used in the recording of this selection, the intent being to capture as faithfully as possible the actual sound of the performance as it occurred.
** PROLOGUE, AUGUST 29, 1968 – Actual recording, Democratic Convention (Chicago, August 29, 1968). Black militants exhorting demonstrators: “God Give Us the Blood to Keep Going”; March begins; Police attempt to disperse marchers; Chant: “The Whole World’s Watching.”
*** LIBERATION – This track was recorded entirely live. The performance embodied in this recording is complete and uncut.
The name of this endeavor is simply “The Chicago Transit Authority.” For the last thirteen months these seven individuals have performed in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco as the C.T.A. So, if for nothing else than practical logic, they have chosen to title this work appropriately after their professional identity. The purpose of this commentary, however, is an attempt at documenting the complete rejection of any name label, title or verbal reference relative to the performance contained herein. Corporately as well as individually, this artist endeavors to be judged in terms of contribution alone rather than through the tag affixed upon it. The printed word can never aspire to document a truly musical experience, so if you must call them something, speak of the city where all save one were born; where all of them were schooled and bred, and where all of this incredible music went down barely noticed; call them CHICAGO.
– James William Guercio
Cover art: Sign – Nick Fasciano
COLUMBIA STEREO RECORDS CAN BE PLAYED ON TODAY’S MONO RECORD PLAYERS WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS. THEY WILL LAST AS LONG AS MONO RECORDS PLAYED ON THE SAME EQUIPMENT, YET WILL REVEAL FULL STEREO SOUND WHEN PLAYED ON STEREO RECORD PLAYERS.
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