Chicago Transit Authority (studio album) by Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago Transit Authority by Chicago Transit Authority
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 1,042nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 254 votes)
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80/100 (from 254 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.1/100, a mean average of 79.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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95/100
From 02/03/2022 12:59
Great band: probably i prefer Chicago II, but once i want to sponsorize USA talents i think about Chicago, Steely Dan, Blood Sweat & Tears.
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70/100
From 04/13/2021 02:22
This could have been Chicago's definitive LP if concentrated onto one record. The musicianship is top notch, the hits are mostly all there, and the CTA's signature sonic complexities are unrivaled.

Alas, they overextend...Time and again, Chicago overindulge, hindering the long-play experience for all but the most hearty listeners.

If you're a bear for punishment and like cherry-picking tracks across two records; or, you revel in the madness that accompanies the magic, this might be your jam!
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From 03/25/2021 01:08
Jimi Hendrix said he was the best guitarist!
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60/100
From 03/18/2021 15:48
a lot of good. a lot of bad
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85/100
From 06/13/2020 12:38
I like this album the other i like is the Chicago Album with Walking in the Park. Nice to here the disortion of one of the last songs. Good rock album for me it is good average
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From 03/17/2020 18:01
Too long
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From 09/08/2019 08:38
Amazing musicianship coupled with truly great vocals. Jazz meets rock meets big band and it works. I particularly like the way brass instruments take the lead solos in parts, in the case of the trumpet on the second track and the track 'Beginnings'. And then, side 3 (vinyl) opens with a guitar workout which sounds like freefrom Hendrix mixed with Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satrianni! Totally unexpected. I have only just bought this and can hear this cheering up many dark cold winter Sunday mornings.
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80/100
From 03/12/2019 20:04
jdenny2018 have you ever given Chicago II a listen? I think it's very similar musically to this one, and imo more consistent.

This record though, is pretty great. Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is? is their greatest song behind 25 or 6 to 4, and it's very ahead of its time. People claim Hot Rats was the first Jazz-Rock record, but this one predates it.
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From 05/17/2018 21:59
Only great chicago album. Everything afterwards was too pop
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From 01/07/2018 06:29
Started off on a fast track to Masterpieceville, but took some significant detours. But there's an excellent single album within this double.
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Best Albums of 1969
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) by King Crimson
3. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
4. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
5. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
6. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground
7. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
8. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. In A Silent Way by Miles Davis
10. Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
11. Tommy by The Who
12. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
13. The Band by The Band
14. Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire by The Kinks
15. Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash
16. The Stooges by The Stooges
17. Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
18. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
19. Willy And The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. Karma by Pharoah Sanders
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