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Chicago XI (Expanded)
Chicago XI (Expanded)
Price: CDN$ 16.38
21 used & new from CDN$ 9.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ ME!!! (Please), May 22 2004
This review is from: Chicago XI (Expanded) (Audio CD)
Chicago had by their eleventh album built a phenomenal fan base up. Which is why it is so sad that guitarist, vocalist and song writer Terry Cath went and accidentally shot himself. (Something you don't hear every day!) After this Chicago would never be the same. They were still a good band, most notably from Chicago 16-18 however they lost the soulfull voice of Cath. He gave an emotion to the band that his replacement Bill Chapman could not, well, replace.
However this is nothing to do with the music on the album, which is, some would argue, the main point of an album. So, the highlights are pretty much every track. It is a superb album up to their ussual standard. There are two very beautiful tracks right next to eachother, 'Til the End of Time and the exquiset Policeman (just listen to those horns!). There's also the rather snazy track Vote For Me which proves Chicago rock, and the rather out of place, but still great track Takin' it on Uptown. And the icing on the cake... the rest of the tracks. To be honest they are all great and I'd just end up listing them all.
Anywho, this is a beautiful and well constructed album. I STRONGLY advise you buy it!

Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago Transit Authority
Price: CDN$ 10.98
49 used & new from CDN$ 4.43

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ ME!!! (Please), May 20 2004
There are, as showed in the reviews for this album, many different people with many different opinions for this album. For example, I admit Chicago (Transit Authority) were more comercial than many other Jazz/Blues/Rock n' roll bands. However this is where peoples opinions are divided over Chicago's greatness. Some find it sickening that Chicago are considered one of the best Jazzy bands, over bands of whom were far more Jazz based, however others realise that they were titled as a Jazz/Blues etc band because their style was unique and fitted into no other catagories and so were named Jazzy.
Those of you who don't like Chicago, that's fine, perfectly exceptable as music is all about pesonel opinions, likes dislikes etc. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions don't you know?
Now, to talk about the music.
Chicago Transit Authority is a great first album for Chicago, displaying everything that would make them great over the forth coming decade. All the songs are superb and all have their individual moments of perfection. The great thing about a band like Chicago is you can feel the emeotion in the music. This is at no point more prominent than in the Trumpet/trombone solo's on Beginnings about four minutes in. It is worth buying the album just for that moment, it is truly beautiful.
In a rather rushed conclusion, If you already have some Chicago, even if it is a latter Chicago 20+, you will love their first album and it is worth every penny. If you have never bought a Chicago album before, you may as well start here as it is just as great as its successors. Superb!

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Price: CDN$ 12.14
33 used & new from CDN$ 7.70

5.0 out of 5 stars READ ME! (Please), May 13 2004
First of all, it's great. But I did not hear it until I heard its sequel, the Return, which admittedly is 25 odd years behind the rest of you prog fans, but hey. It was because I liked the sequel that I bought the Journey. It is admittedly not of the best sound quality but that's to be expected with a live disk. None the less the music is well crafted and of typical Wakeman style. If you have and enjoy any other of his albums then this will be the perfect one for you. Wakeman is at his best with twiddleing his fingers across those synthes, monogons and keyboards, making the rest of us who have tried to play a keyboard feel quite innadequate.
However, since I pesonnally am not trying to sell the album, I will inform you that there is a live DVD of the entire Journey and several other songs, available, most probably from Amazon. The DVD comes with the CD of the Journey so it is worth considering.
Whichever you will get/have got I'm sure you will enjoy/have enjoyed the feast that is Journey to the Center of the Earth. If only Jules Verne were here to listen to it now...

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