39 Songs, 2 Hours 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As this well-selected “best of” package makes clear, Chicago quickly found that tuneful midtempo numbers and romantic balladry were their true forte. In early hits like “Color My World,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” and “Saturday in the Park,” the band emphasizes smooth, plaintive vocals and tight, lustrous arrangements. Tunes like “Wishing You Were Here,” “If You Leave Me Now” and “Old Days” continue in a soft yet distinctive vein, boasting seamless ensemble work along with inescapable hooks. Weathering the loss of lead singer Peter Cetera in 1985, the band remains faithful to their core sound on such melodically-rich singles as “Look Away” and “What Kind of Man Would I Be?”

EDITORS’ NOTES

As this well-selected “best of” package makes clear, Chicago quickly found that tuneful midtempo numbers and romantic balladry were their true forte. In early hits like “Color My World,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” and “Saturday in the Park,” the band emphasizes smooth, plaintive vocals and tight, lustrous arrangements. Tunes like “Wishing You Were Here,” “If You Leave Me Now” and “Old Days” continue in a soft yet distinctive vein, boasting seamless ensemble work along with inescapable hooks. Weathering the loss of lead singer Peter Cetera in 1985, the band remains faithful to their core sound on such melodically-rich singles as “Look Away” and “What Kind of Man Would I Be?”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 Ratings

badmusichater ,

Actual Music!

This is great. People that actually SING not rap. Great Album.

R&R ,

Chicago is the Best

I love Chicago. This album is almost a list of hits, and nearly all songs are instantly recognizable to anyone who knows anything about good music. I like their Peter Cetera stage much better, but Chicago has continued to consistently tour and represent their time period. The tragic loss of Terry Kath (The guitar soloist on 25 or 6 to 4) was huge for the band, and they almost broke up. However, they didn't, and that didn't stop them from starting up the hit machine again. One of the things that impresses me the most about Chicago is they are the only band I know that is/was popular that didn't give into the fame. You can't find anything out there that has the tell-tale Chicago symbol besides albums because they never signed any product contracts. You would think that would greatly decrease the probability of them ever being popular, but they were so genuis, it didn't matter. Lee Loughnane (Trumpet) is one of my inspirations, being a trumpet player, and I might even go as far as to say they are my favorite band. If you have sensible tastes musically, then have a listen and you won't be dissapointed. Key Tracks= #1-4, #7, #9-14, #16, #19-21, and #24.

TheDailyPainter ,

My soundtrack

Unlike "Crap" and his review, I've actually listened to this album and there are more than two songs worth buying it for. Chicago was basically the soundtrack to my teenage years and just beyond. Saturday night cruising was never complete without Chicago, Meatloaf or Peter Frampton in the tape deck. One of the finest concerts I attended as a teenager was Chicago and I attended quite a few. Make no mistake about it, if you would like to pick up a CD with every decent hit that Chicago put out, this is the one.

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