It makes absolutely no sense to me at all why Rhino Records would release a compilation like this to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. This new compilation has only 30 tracks. That's less than the 39 tracks that were issued on the label's 2002 two-disc Chicago compilation, "The Very Best of Chicago: Only The Beginning", which is now unfortunately out-of-print (most likely because of the need to market this new Chicago compilation). Exactly what was wrong with the 2002 compilation? Why would fans wanna shell out their money for a new compilation that has 9 fewer tracks compared to the compilation that was released just 5 years ago?!? This is yet another bad idea in a long line of lame marketing moves by Rhino Records (a label that has sadly gone way down hill since Time Warner acquired it in the late 1990s).
Thanks for the info. I didn't realize until reading this post that they discountinued "Only Beginning". Kinda sad considering that was a more comprehensive collection. One plus to this set is it will that there are much less songs from the 80s but it is missing some gems from the 70s that the casual fan won't miss.
Keep in mind that this is a compilation of radio edits. Also,each time a "remastered" set comes out the technology is improved so the sound quality improves.However,the bottom line is these compilations sell well. Chicago XXX is a great CD but bombed as far as sales go. I've been at several recent Chicago concerts where the new songs from Chicago XXX didn't gel with the fans but they loved the classics.
I could be misremembering, but last I checked, ONLY THE BEGINNING had too many songs on it that weren't really worth it...I mean, quantity doesn't necessarily equal quality...if you're one who thirsts for as much Chicago as they can get, regardless of quality-standards, you can always buy the full albums...
You are exactly correct, Joshua. But at the time I posted this topic in this discussion more than three years ago, who knew what Rhino's plans would be with either of the compilations. I guess it doesn't matter though, since it seems the entire CD format for music is dying out, and eventually you'll only be able to be used CDs on the market.
Yup. Over the last 3 years my interest in Chicago had wained a lot and I have now made my own single disk length compilation. That's the great thing about the digital age, being able to compile our own greatest hits and not be at the mercy of whomever at the record company who puts this stuff together. Thanks for your quick reply.
Why the heck do people keep saying the CD format is dying out?? Just about every band that has a record deal, indie and major-label, puts most of their stuff out on CD, save for the occasional EP. They wouldn't do that if everyone, or most people, bought their music on iTunes or whatever.