Music Review: Chicago, Chicago II (Steven Wilson Remix)

“This endeavor should be experienced sequentially.”

When the band Chicago made this statement 47 years ago in the liner notes to its second album (eponymously named but commonly known as Chicago II), it could never have foreseen today’s digital music environment. Despite that, it reflects one of the things I dislike about music today. Then, […]

Midweek Music Moment: Chicago V, Chicago

Thirty-seven years ago hard-core Chicago fans like me thought the rest of the county had finally caught on. In retrospect, what we were seeing was actually the beginning of a new and different path, one that would lead some of us from the band.

On August 19, 1972, Chicago V became the number one album […]

Midweek Music Moment: Chicago Transit Authority

Some records simply rank among the most highly influential in a person’s musical development and tastes. Chicago Transit Authority is one such album for me. And the fact it was released 40 years ago yesterday reinforces just how effin’ old I’m getting.

One of the keys to formative albums is that they remain important to […]

Midweek Music Moment: Terry Kath

When Rolling Stone announced its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003, there were plenty of letters and comments complaining about artists excluded (and some who were included). Yet there was one wholly inexcusable omission — Terry Kath.

Kath was the lead guitarist of Chicago until his untimely (and foolish) death […]