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Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority

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Mobile Fidelity



Product No.:
CMOB 2134 SA
UPC: 821797213462
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Hybrid Stereo SACD

Hybrid Stereo SACD

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Chicago's 1969 debut album on Hybrid Stereo SACD! Mastered from original master tapes!

1969 double-album debut broke the ground for rock, pop, and jazz fusion

Mastered from the original master tapes: Longtime audiophile favorite now possesses reference-caliber separation, tonalities, balance

As the 1960s prepared to give way to the '70s, a myriad of artists explored the idea of fusing together several seemingly disparate styles. Yet no band bridged so many gaps and did so with such precision, vision, and skill as Chicago. One of the only groups to ever release a debut filled with such ambition, greatness, and enthusiasm that it got the go-ahead to make a double-album, the ensemble parlayed jazz, classical, rock, and pop elements into an eclectic blend that appealed equally to both mainstream tastes as well as hardcore music aficionados. The set also launched the ongoing career of the second-most commercially successful American rock band in history.

Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's Hybrid Stereo SACD lavishes Chicago Transit Authority with a clarity, transparency, and detail no previous digital edition has ever enjoyed. Pulling back the curtain on the recordings, this collector's version exponentially expands the soundstaging dimensions, imaging proportions, and dynamic information, allowing the songs to breathe and enjoy a roominess that enhances the stellar interplay and complex arrangements. Everything from tautly sculpted material such as "Listen" to the adventurous, free-form 14-plus-minute "Liberation" emerges anew, anchored by lifelike tonalities, full-range frequency responses, and stellar balances. 



1. Introduction
2. Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?
3. Beginnings
4. Questions 67 and 68
5. Listen
6. Poem 58
7. Free Form Guitar
8. South Carolina Purples
9. I'm a Man
10. Prologue (August 29, 1968)
11. Someday (August 29, 1968)
12. Liberation

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

Mobile Fidelity outdid themselves with this one

posted on 01/30/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bruce K
Mobile Fidelity really outdid themselves with this one. Dynamics and texture like I've never heard from this record. MFSL releases sometimes EQ too bright (in my opinion). Pronounced Lehnerdskynrd and Allman Brothers Brothers & Sisters are the perfect examples. Not this time. Sounds like no extra compression, and no extra EQ. If they used any, you can't tell, which is how it should be (in my opinion). I've got an original pressing in good condition, and this absolutely blows it away. The way DSD should sound.

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