Chicago, “Questions 67 & 68” from Chicago Transit Authority (1971): One Track Mind

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Before slimming their name down to Chicago, the band was called Chicago Transit Authority, which was also the name of their freshman album, released in April 1969.

Originally included on the band’s dazzling debut disc and selected as their first single, “Questions 67 & 68” (Columbia Records) failed to make much of a dent. But the tune was reissued a couple of years later and peaked at No. 26 on the national charts in the fall of 1971.

A truly spellbinding performance, the high-spirited love song rolls and sweeps with zesty horn-rocking arrangements pinned to wave after wave of glorious vocals and harmonies. Sparkling textures and a startling break elevate the bold and beautiful track to even loftier altitudes.

Mixing elegance with volume and power, “Questions 67 & 68” shines a light on vintage Chicago in the best possible way. Partly progressive and partly pop, the song discloses two different sides of the band, yet such elements come together with a natural ease.


Love Chicago? Click here to check out ‘Saturdays in the Park,’ a multi-writer, song-by-song examination of their music. The series runs here at Something Else! each weekend.

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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