Music on Mondays (8-17-15)—Good thing the City of Chicago didn’t sue!

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Generally I’m not a fan of cover versions of songs, tending to prefer the original group and the original song. I should define “original song” as “the version that I first heard” because lots of the first Beatles songs in the ’60s were cover songs of earlier songs from the ’50s.

What do I do when the original group re-records the original song to “update” it? Such as this one:

“25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago, 1970

“25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago, 1986

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The original version spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Summer 1970, peaking at #4.

The 1986 version was also released as a single, spending 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September & October, and peaking at #48.

Chicago apparently really liked the 1986 version because in addition to releasing it as a single, they made it a B side, too. TWICE! Meaning that it was released three times!

It appeared as the B side to the “Will You Still Love Me?” single released in November 1986, and then again as the B side to the “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” single released—ready for this?—in December 1989! Three years later!

I like both versions but I am partial to the 1970 original.

Chicago was formed in 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, as Chicago Transit Authority. Unfortunately, the original Chicago Transit Authority sued, forcing them to shorten their name to just Chicago. Good thing the city of Chicago didn’t sue!

Chicago has released 23 studio albums, 3 live albums, 10 compilation albums, and 63 singles. Their most recent album, “Chicago XXXVI: Now,” was released on July 4, 2014. I have all of their music in my collection, and their latest is another fine collection of classic Chicago.

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14 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (8-17-15)—Good thing the City of Chicago didn’t sue!

  1. dray0308

    I hold your opinion and it is funny you picked this song. It took me a while to get accept the 1986 version because I preferred the more upbeat version from the 70’s. However, I love Chicago and made room for the new version. I still only have the original cut on my playlist though.

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  2. Colltales

    For one of those flukes, I’ve heard I’m a Man with Chicago first, before hearing Steve Winwood’s version. I used to like them (even though Blood, Sweat & Tears were way more refined). Cheers

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Same here. I didn’t “discover” Winwood until he joined Blind Faith. Then I worked my way back to Traffic and the Spencer Davis Group. I was a Yardbirds and Cream fan, so when Eric Clapton went to Blind Faith, I followed and found Winwood there.

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  3. LAMarcom

    I was a huge (no pun) fan of Carole King in The Seventies…”Will you still love me tomorrow”
    Just saying.
    Chicago Three was the best album in the world.
    Just saying.
    All their latter stuff…well…
    Just sayin’
    Peace Friend.
    Grate post; I will re-visit it, coz you know… I have some opinions…
    Just sayin’..

    And here is a shameless plug for MY BLOG (hey! we all trying to make a living doin’ this stuff, ne-ces-pas)

    http://texantales.com/2015/08/12/freedom/

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    1. LAMarcom

      Or… since we are ‘talking’ about The Seventies, ergo, late Sixties and if Russ, you or your readers want to ‘kick it up a notch”, Well Swell
      (This a most prescient issue devoutly to be wished of mine)

      Anyhow… here goes yet one more selfish plug (I know you hate this–“I do apologize”—they taught me to say this at that Orwellian Place at FedEX while trying to explain to a woman why the lung transplant was late dot dot dot)

      “Music Relates”, or “Woodstock”… we all were there, (in spirit)

      http://texantales.com/2014/04/22/the-greatest-story-ever-told-if-at-woodstock/

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