Chicago Transit Authority: Live in Concert [Ornyx]

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This performance, which has surfaced on various labels, comes from the 1969 Toronto Rock and Roll Revival (which also yielded John Lennon's decidedly more ragged Live Peace In Toronto). Livelier than the group's Carnegie Hall live album, it is an ideal companion to the band's debut Chicago Transit Authority album. The sound is above average for live shows of this era, and the band was pretty tight and energized for this show, with a song lineup that includes "Questions," "Beginnings," "I'm a Man," and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," as well as material unique to their live shows. It's only a shame that it exists on the periphery of their catalog, because it rates a listen by most fans. The indexing is a little out of order, and the price on this disc varies radically, from midline to premium, depending upon when it was ordered by whatever store has it -- but that's no reason to miss this.