Chicago Box (5-CD+DVD)

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Format: CD  (6 Discs)
Item:  RHI 73871

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  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Released: July 22, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Rhino

Description by OLDIES.com:

The only comprehensive Chicago boxed set to date covering their entire 36-year career. Over 100 career-spanning songs encompassing full album versions, single edits, greatest hits, band favorites and more. Includes three previously unreleased tracks from the fan-requested Stone Of Sisyphus project: "All The Years", "Stone of Sisphus" and "Bigger Than Elvis". Includes a bonus DVD with rare live performances from The Aerie Crown Theater, and a promotional film for XIII from 1979. Detailed track by track information including original credits and chart positions. Produced with hands-on involvement from Chicago themselves. Massive deluxe booklet packed with archival photos. In-deth liner notes from two prominent writers: Part 1 by Phil Gallo, Part 2 by A. Scott Galloway. 3 1/2 hours of brilliantly remastered music.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  • 3.Beginnings
  • 4.Questions 67 and 68
  • 5.Listen
  • 6.South California Purples
  • 7.I'm a Man
  • 8.Movin' In
  • 9.Wake Up Sunshine
  • 10.Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile / So Much to Say
  • 11.Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World
  • 12.Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free / Now More Than Ever
  • 13.Fancy Colours
  • 14.25 or 6 to 4
  • 15.Poem for the People
  • 16.It Better End Soon: 1st Movement/3rd Movement/4th Movement

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Loneliness Is Just a Word
  • 2.Travel Suite: Flight 602
  • 3.Travel Suite: Free
  • 4.Mother
  • 5.Lowdown
  • 6.An Hour in the Shower: A Hard Risin' Morning Without Breakfast / Off to Work
  • 7.A Hit by Varese
  • 8.All Is Well
  • 9.Saturday in the Park
  • 10.Dialogue, Pts. 1 & 2
  • 11.Just You 'N' Me
  • 12.Something in This City Changes People
  • 13.In Terms of Two
  • 14.Feelin' Stronger Every Day
  • 15.(I've Been) Searchin' So Long
  • 16.Mongonucleosis
  • 17.Wishing You Were Here
  • 18.Call on Me
  • 19.Happy Man

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Harry Truman
  • 2.Old Days
  • 3.Brand New Love Affair, Pts. 1 & 2
  • 4.Never Been in Love Before
  • 5.You Are on My Mind
  • 6.Mama Mama
  • 7.Hope for Love
  • 8.Another Rainy Day in New York City
  • 9.Gently I'll Wake You
  • 10.If You Leave Me Now
  • 11.Mississippi Delta City Blues
  • 12.Baby, What a Big Surprise
  • 13.Take Me Back to Chicago
  • 14.Prelude (Little One)/Little One
  • 15.Gone Long Gone
  • 16.No Tell Lover
  • 17.Alive Again
  • 18.The Greatest Love on Earth
  • 19.Little Miss Lovin'
  • 20.Hot Streets

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Street Player
  • 2.Must Have Been Crazy
  • 3.Manipulation
  • 4.Thunder and Lightning
  • 5.Song for You
  • 6.The American Dream
  • 7.Love Me Tomorrow
  • 8.Chains
  • 9.What You're Missing
  • 10.Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away
  • 11.Stay the Night
  • 12.We Can Stop the Hurtin'
  • 13.Hard Habit to Break
  • 14.Along Comes a Woman
  • 15.You're the Inspiration
  • 16.Good for Nothing
  • 17.If She Would Have Been Faithful
  • 18.Forever
  • 19.Will You Still Love Me?
  • 20.Niagara Falls

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Heart In Pieces
  • 2.I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love
  • 3.Look Away
  • 4.What Kind Of Man Would I Be?
  • 5.You'[re Not Alone
  • 6.We Can Last Forever
  • 7.Hearts In Trouble
  • 8.Only Time Can Heal The Wounded
  • 9.Chasin' The Wind
  • 10.God Save The Queen
  • 11.You Come To My Sense
  • 12.All The Years
  • 13.Sonte Of Sisyphus
  • 14.Bigger Than Elvis
  • 15.Caravan
  • 16.Here In My Heart
  • 17.The Only One
  • 18.All Roads Lead To You
  • 19.Show Me A Sign

Product Description:

This boxed set retrospective includes 3 previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD video containing live performances and a promotional film.
Chicago: Bill Champlin (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Peter Cetera, Terry Kath (vocals, guitar, bass); Donnie Dacus (vocals, guitar); Robert Lamm (vocals, keyboards); Jason Scheff (vocals, bass); Dawayne Bailey (guitar, background vocals); Bruce Gaitsch, Keith Howland, Chris Pinnick (guitar); Walter Parazaider (flute, winds, percussion, background vocals); Tris Imboden (harmonica, drums); Lee Loughnane (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, background vocals); James Pankow (trombone, keyboards, timbales, percussion); Danny Seraphine (drums, congas, bells, programming); Laudir DeOliveira (congas, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Maynard Ferguson (trumpet); Airto Moreira, Luis Conte (percussion); Chaka Khan, The Jordanaires, BeeGees, Lenny Kravitz, Donny Osmond (background vocals).
Producers include: James William Guercio, Phil Ramone, Chicago, Tom Dowd, David Foster.
Compilation producers: Chicago, Gary Peterson, David McLees.
Recorded between 1969 & 1998. Includes liner notes by Phil Gallo, A. Scott Galloway.
Beginning with its double-LP debut in 1969, Chicago has always done things in a big way, so it's no surprise that the band's career-spanning box set (Group Portrait, an earlier box, covered only their first decade) is lengthy. There are five CDs, containing 94 tracks clocking in at more than six and a half hours, plus a DVD running another 40 minutes. In that time, Chicago's story is told, from the band's ambitious, eclectic beginnings through its two extended hitmaking periods and on into still popular work 30 years on. All but one of the band's 48 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 1969-1991, are included, the sole exception being the 1986 re-recording of the 1970 hit "25 or 6 to 4," which, of course, is featured in its original version. Also included are extended suites from the early albums, key LP tracks, songs from soundtrack and charity albums, and three songs previously unreleased in the U.S. that were intended for an album Chicago's then-record label rejected in the 1990s. As the two sets of liner notes suggest, there are really two main phases to the Chicago saga. The first, from the group's beginnings up to 1980, takes the group to a peak of popular success with five consecutive number one albums, followed by a decline that includes business travails and the accidental death of singer/guitarist Terry Kath. The second, from the early '80s through the end of that decade, finds the band reborn largely as a vehicle for adult contemporary power ballads sung by bassist Peter Cetera and his sound-alike successor, Jason Scheff. Actually, there is also a third act to the story, finally assembled here in the second half of the fifth disc, during which the band regains its early promise in isolated recordings from the unreleased album (particularly Scheff's tribute to his father, bassist Jerry Scheff, "Bigger Than Elvis") and tracks used on hits compilations such as "Here in My Heart" (which topped the AC charts in 1997). It is, thus, a story with a happy ending. And it is that story Chicago is interested in telling here. This is not a box set full of alternate takes and unreleased material; it is an attempt to chronicle all the significant recordings in one package, and at that it succeeds. The DVD material consists of a 24-and-a-half-minute film of Chicago performing at the Arie Crown Theater in the band's hometown in November 1972 and a 16-and-a-half-minute promotional film concerning the 1979 album Chicago 13, which was one of the group's weaker efforts. Of the two, the first is more impressive, particularly because of an early performance of the jazz fusion tune "Devil's Sweet," while the latter is slight but amusing. ~ William Ruhlmann

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Rating 5.0 Chicago CD box set Music Lover: from Spring Lake, NC US -- February, 13, 2009

This is a very good CD, with alot of the hits that i havent heard in a long time. It has 33, #1 hits on this box set. I look forward to purchasing it for my collection. It brings back memories, when you hear songs you havent heard in a long time.


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