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New "Beginnings": Chicago releasing remixed 50th anniversary version of debut album

Chicago's debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, arrived 50 years ago this past April, and in honor of its milestone anniversary, the band will be releasing a remixed version of the record on August 30.

The reissue will be available on CD, digitally and as a two-LP vinyl set. A limited-edition version of the double-disc collection pressed on gold vinyl will be sold exclusively at Rhino.com.

Chicago Transit Authority actually was a self-titled album, as that was the band's original moniker before it was shortened to Chicago later in '69. The record peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and yielded three top-40 singles: "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings" and "Questions 67 and 68." It also features a fiery cover of The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."

The album eventually was certified double-platinum for sales of two million units in the U.S.

The group's current lineup is on tour now in the U.S., and has dozens of shows lined up through an October 19 concert in Clearwater, Florida.

Here's the Chicago Transit Authority two-LP track list:

Side One "Introduction" "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" "Beginnings"

Side Two "Questions 67 and 68" "Listen" "Poem 58"

Side Three "Free Form Guitar" "South California Purples" "I'm a Man"

Side Four "Prologue, August 29, 1968" "Someday (August 29, 1968)" "Liberation"

And here are Chicago's upcoming tour dates:

6/26 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion 6/28 -- Youngstown, OH, Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater 6/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Pavilion - Summerfest 6/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 7/3 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 7/5 -- Lake Charles, LA, The Golden Nugget - Grand Event Center 7/6 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater 7/17 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 7/19 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle 7/20 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle 7/21 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo 7/23 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Civic 7/24 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 7/26 -- Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair 7/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre 7/28 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall 7/30 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre 8/1 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort 8/2 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar Casino & Resort 8/3 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City, Riverdome 8/6 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate - South Terrace 8/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 8/11 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 9/1 -- Lewisville, TX, Texas International Pop Festival 9/20 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort SoCal - The Events Center 9/21 -- Laughlin, NV, Harrah's Laughlin 9/24 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center 9/26 -- Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center 9/28 -- Minot, ND, Norsk Hostfest 9/29 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Washington Pavilion 10/1 -- Mankato, MN, Mankato Civic Center 10/2 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theater 10/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 10/13 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater 10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 10/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park






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