Originally a bass player, Cetera had joined forces with guitarist Terry Kath and horn player Walter Parazider to form The BIG THING in 1967, together with brass players Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walter Perry on saxes, with keyboards man Robert Lamm added.
All Except Lamm (from Brooklyn) were natives of the Midwest's Windy City, so the group logically next titled themselves CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, and made their first album for COLUMBIA in 1969, quickly enjoying a huge hit with a version of the Spencer DAVIS GROUP's organ-driven "I'm A Man,
written by Steve Winwood. They soon dropped the words TRANSIT AUTHORITY from the band's name and furthered there impact with the equally powerfull "25 Or 6 To 4", notable for its distinctively strong sound dominated by the horns rather than guitars,
and the melodic ballad "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is ?", showing a rare talent for memorable reflective songs.
Throuhout the 1970s, CHICAGO released a succession of albums in the style they themselves had patented, each titled numerically, and ich caracterized by a sound at once highly popular and ķet very sofisticated, peang with their first No.l hit in 1976,
"If You Leave Me Now" which became an enduring pop standard.
1982 brought another No.l with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", and CHICAGO 16 at that time
became their most successful album in the years.
"Hard Habit To Break" and "You're The Inspiration" followed before Cetera left in 1986, immediately making his own personal mark
with "The Glory Of Love", "Next Time I Fall" (a duet with gospel singer Amy Grant) and anothe duet three years on, this time with Cher on "After All".
CHICAGO themselves continued under there original name, but it was Cetera's distinctive voice which played such shows very clearly in this fine concert how capable he is of revisiting both the
band's major hits and his own best solo recordings.
- Neil KELLAS
2. No Explanation ( New Version )
You really took me by surprise
If someone I've needed for a lifetime
Your heart was cleverly disguised
But it didn't look that way in my mind
Tell me: How could it be I was the last to know?
Darling, I couldn't read what was in your mind to turn around and to
love me with
I gave you everything I had
I didn't know that you would take me
And after all that we've been through
I can't believe it's true
Until I hear you say ...
My mouth is still wet from our last kiss
Was loving me your one intention
What were the signs and the times I've missed
I need you more than I could mention
I won't ever accept with leaving for someone else
Baby, and when something is wrong, Darling, I need to know
Don't ever leave me with