Mammal’s Merry Memories: Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4

There were two giant jazz-rock bands in the early 1970s, Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Chicago was the more rock-oriented band. Their line-up included two of the most talented artists of the day in Terry Kath (guitar) and Peter Cetera (vocals).

This song became the biggest hit from their second album, simply titled Chicago, in 1970. In the guitar solo Kath uses plenty of wow-wow guitar pedal. That was a common style back then in the years before metal.

Chicago’s first few albums completely charmed me. Along with BS&T, this band inspired my enduring love of jazz-rock. Like too many great bands of the era, however, Chicago tried to become more mainstream by turning to schlocky music. Cetera went his own way down the same road to dreary solo mediocrity that was trodden by the likes of Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and Sting.


About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on May 31, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That’s a great song! But Chicago is actually a band that – until now – I just knew by name. But I recently bought one of those cheap crafted Classic Album series with five records of Blood, Sweat And Tears after them being mentioned from time to time in reviews of other bands I read. Especially “Child is the Father to the Man” is awesome. A great discovery for me.

    One of my favorites of that record:

  2. ChristopherMammal

    Great song, Sir M. That was from their days with Al Kooper as vocalist. He did some good solo albums too.

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