I've Been Searchin'...For The Most Underrated Guitar Player

As we continue our dive this week into the world of Rock n Roll With Horns...it got me thinking about the secret sauce that really gave Chicago that much-needed “edge” to go along with their signature horn sound. That edge was provided by founding member...and possibly the most underrated guitar player of all-time...Terry Kath. The song “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” comes from their 1974 release “Chicago VII.” It is the perfect blend of styles...featuring the beautifully-sung lead vocal by Peter Cetera with the lighter sound of keys and horns that defined them so well. But just past the halfway point...a complete contrast as Terry rips into a distortion-filled guitar part while Cetera’s style changes to a soulful, freeform vocal improvisation that stretches the high range of his amazing voice. While the studio version is fantastic...they take the song to an entirely different level when performed live. Watch this performance from 1977 with Terry playing his signature modified Strat during the guitar solo...and you’ll see why Jimi Hendrix called him the greatest guitar player he had ever seen.

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