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Chicago : "Old Days", Terry Kath and the Telecaster

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ZackyDog, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Here is a great live rendition of Chicago's, Old Days.



    Terry Kath's modified Telecaster (he has a humbucker in the neck position) sounds really sweet and his rhythm playing is stellar, to my ears. He even turns on the Wah-wah pedal at about midway.

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    As you can hear, they were a very tight band. I like this version better than the studio recording.
     

  2. brookdalebill

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    Very well crafted song!
     
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  3. rogb

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    And lovely Sound City amps too, I loved those babies :)
     
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  4. rogb

    rogb Tele-Holic

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    And tight as a duck's quacker!
     

  5. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

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    Kath was an overlooked guitarist...the band took a major nosedive when he passed
     

  6. broadcaster

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    Terry Kath years with Chicago were the best!
     

  7. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

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    I agree.
     

  8. ac15

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    For those who are interested, there is a pretty good documentary on the band. I think it was on Netflix. I always took them for granted a bit, but man, they were stacked with talent.

    We sang “Old Days” for 8th grade graduation!
     
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  9. BopT

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    Kath was great the bass player peter ? Never liked his vocals.
     

  10. ac15

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    I think a lot of people feel that way, though objectively, he’s a pretty excellent singer, at least in terms of skills.
     

  11. broadcaster

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    I like Peter's vocals in the band's 1970s songs. It's his 80s solo pop stuff that turns me right away.
     
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  12. imwjl

    imwjl Poster Extraordinaire

    A baby boomer who did grade school through high school band is showing here. In those junior and high school days that band was cool and great in many ways. Good melodies, a rock band with a place for what my friends and i played (horns), from a place I'd go to, songs on the radio my parents would listen to too, and the slow dance song at every school event.
     

  13. Floyd Eye

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    Kath was amazing. He was in a band full of classically trained musicians who were all in awe of him. And with good reason. He's one of the reasons I love a Telecaster.

    And for the record, Cetera was a pretty good bass player and singer, although I can't think of any Chicago songs after Kath that I like. For me personally, Chicago died the night Terry shot himself.
     

  14. Gibsonsmu

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    Chicago is one of those top bands that started so strong and just went on to be awful with personnel changes. Like Fleetwood Mac. Kath was awesome.
     
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  15. jguitarman

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    Yep. I loved the early CTA. They morphed into a commercialized pop band and that's when I lost interest. My high school had a band that was doing Chicago covers and did them well as I remember. Horn bands were cool. I also liked Blood, Sweat and tears.
     
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  16. Floyd Eye

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    I almost agree. Although I think comparing Buckingham-Nicks era Fleetwood Mac with the Cetera dreck from the 80s is a big stretch. The first 2 FM albums with Buckingham-Nicks as well as their album that predated it are all great albums.
     

  17. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 TDPRI Member

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    Terry Kath was the one who inspired me to take up the guitar, I saw him before he started playing the Tele, in 1970. (I guess that really dates me) The first time I saw him, he was playing a Strat, and don't forget, he was as awesome at singing, as he was a virtuoso at the guitar! He really WAS a white Ray Charles.....
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    Amazing factoid: they have been playing together for 50 years now, and the horn players are STILL the original lineup!
     
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  18. Larmo63

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    I was dating a really hot redhead in the late eighties and she used to buy tickets to concerts to surprise me. When she told me had Chicago tickets, I was a bit bummed because I thought they were crap.

    Seriously, one of the best concerts I've EVER been to. They were great. Surprisingly great. They had the full orchestra with them too. Tris Imboden, their drummer grew up in my neighborhood too.
     
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  19. Gibsonsmu

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    That's fair and I agree. I think I just love Green Fleetwood Mac! Maybe Michael McDonald doobies? Although the Doobies were never as good as the early Mac or Chicago
     
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