On April 28, 1969.


On April 28, 1969, “Columbia” label released the debut, self-titled Chicago Transit Authority album. Later the band changed its name to Chicago and the debut album became known as “Chicago I”.  It was recorded in “Columbia Recording Studios” in New York City and was produced by James William Guercio.


  • Peter Cetera- vocals, bass guitar, agogo bells
  • Terry Kath- vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
  • Robert Lamm- vocals, acoustic piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Pianet, Wurlitzer electric piano, maracas
  • Lee Loughnane- trumpet, claves
  • James Pankow- trombone, cowbell
  • Walter Parazaider- woodwinds, tambourine
  • Danny Seraphine- drums, percussion
  • James William Guercio – original liner notes
  • Fred Catero – engineer
  • Nick Fasciano – artwork

Track listing:

  1. Introduction – Terry Kath
  2. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – Robert Lamm
  3. Beginnings – Robert Lamm
  4. Questions 67 and 68 – Robert Lamm
  5. Listen – Robert Lamm
  6. Poem 58 – Robert Lamm
  7. Free Form Guitar – Terry Kath
  8. South California Purples – Robert Lamm
  9. I’m a Man – Steve Winwood, Jimmy Miller
  10. Prologue – James William Guercio
  11. Someday – James Pankow, Robert Lamm
  12. Liberation – James Pankow

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