24690_featureThis year marks the 45th anniversary of Chicago’s seminal debut The Chicago Transit Authority – the only album by the soft rockers to feature on the definitive 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die List. 

The classics Beginnings, Questions 67 And 68 and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? were three of the band’s biggest early hits. The 12-track album concludes with the epic Liberation – clocking in at a fabulous 14mins 38secs.

With vocalist Peter Cetera in fine form and the band’s potential as a perennial chart botherers there for all to see it’s little wonder The Chicago Transit Authority sneaked into the Billboard Top 20.

That it would also go on to break the Top 10 in the UK albums chart proved Chicago’s power as a truly global force.

Still shifting thousands of units every year, the band has now sold close to 40 million albums worldwide and some of the band’s very best work is available again in a mid-price budget box set.

The Chicago Transit Authority’s key cuts can be found on Disc One of the Original Album Series Volume 2 – as part of a remastered IX – Chicago’s Greatest Hits ’69-74.

Also included are Chicago X, XI, 16 and 17 – all huge hit records in their own right.

Further information on Rhino’s Original Album Series is available here.

The full tracklisting of The Chicago Transit Authority is as follows: