WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

If Chicago weren’t so horny …

I love this stripped-down version of “25 or 6 to 4,” which lacks the horns. The guitar solo is especially swell, but that bass line is pretty groovy too.

Sometimes I think I’d have liked that band better without all the brass, yet that’s the thing that gave them their signature sound. Like Lawrence Welk without the accordion.

Hmmm.

13 comments on “If Chicago weren’t so horny …

  1. pinklightsabre
    January 27, 2018

    Agreed, kill the brass.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 27, 2018

      Maybe it’s OK in “Saturday in the Park” … 🙃

      • pinklightsabre
        January 27, 2018

        True that, I think it was the Fourth of July.

  2. John W. Howell
    January 27, 2018

    As an ex-trombone player, I love the brass.

  3. Priscilla
    January 27, 2018

    As a former brass player after my older sister and our mother before us, I love the brass. Saw Chicago in concert back in the day. Good stuff. Can I brag here a sec? My mother was the first female tuba (Sousaphone) player on The University of Oklahoma marching band, and the gentleman who taught her to play was taught by Mr. JW Pepper himself (who invented the funny looking rain catcher instrument).

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 27, 2018

      As Hamlet said, “Tuba … or not tuba? That is the question.”

      Actually I don’t completely dislike brass. I think Chicago just rubbed me the wrong way after “Colour My World,” so. Partly because we don’t spell it “colour” in the U.S.! What the heck, Chicago?!

      Great story about your mom, though. 😉

  4. Manuela
    January 27, 2018

    I like the brass but stripped down was quite good as well. We have a radio station here that does a segment where they strip down all the instruments and it’s only vocals. It’s some amazing stuff!

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 27, 2018

      Yes, I’ve posted several isolated vocal tracks here, and I find them fascinating. You really hear details you can’t hear with the full mix. Very cool!

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