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Chicago Box (Bonus DVD) [CD]

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According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups ever. If such statements of fact surprise, that's because ... Read more in Amazon's Chicago Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000A0DVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
3. Beginnings
4. Questions 67 To 68
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Loneliness Is Just A Word
2. Flight 602
3. Free
4. Mother
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Harry Truman
2. Old Days
3. Brand New Love Affair - Part I & II
4. Never Been In Love Before
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Street Player
2. Must Have Been Crazy
3. Manipulation
4. Thunder And Lightning
See all 20 tracks on this disc
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?
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

A 5-CD set containing over 100 songs compiled with the band's cooperation from throughout their career (which is a first), PLUS a special archival bonus DVD containing rare footage from a 1972 performance at the Arie Crown Theatre! A massive booklet details this band's 36 years of genre-hopping, innovative pop. 25 or 6 to 4; Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (special edit); Saturday in the Park; Feelin' Stronger Every Day; If You Leave Me Now; Baby, What a Big Surprise all their big hits from the Columbia, Full Moon, Warner and Reprise labels!

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT!!! "CHICAGO 28" COULDN'T BE IMPROVED!! July 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
OK, whew, where do I start?? First off, this is the best put-together box I think Rhino has ever produced. There is nothing wrong, everything right. The packaging is immaculate, sorta like the Yes box but better.
"Chicago 28" (proof, count the number of logos!!), aka "The Box" covers all the bases of this groundbreaking, highly underrated, lately critically overlooked and underappreciated, innovative, unclassifiable "rock + roll band with horns", and ties up all loose ends. The 60-page booklet is awesome, with tons of cool photos, memorabilia, quotes, and well-written essays. The detailing is thorough, with all proper Billboard chart info, album covers, the works. Oh and the DVD is cool, exciting, historic, and really fun. The song choices are spot-on, with all charting singles included (except for the 1986 remake of "25 Or 6 To 4", no biggie), key and band/fan fave album-only songs + suites, and all tracks from the double "Very Best Of Chicago/Only The Beginning" aka "Chicago 27" included (except for "Sing Sing Sing" from "Night & Day/Big Band" aka "Chicago 23", again, no biggie, "Caravan" is here instead), so no need to buy the double CD anymore, served its purpose. PLUS, 3 songs from the Holy Grail, "Chicago 22/Stone Of Sisyphus" are included, woohoo!! (Those songs are AMAZING, Warner dropped the ball in rejecting the album back in 1993 due to it not being a radio POP album--they were tired of that kind of predictable stuff--it was pure art, like the first 3 albums with modern production touches!!) The way things look, Rhino will probably release that masterwork in the near future, along with remasters of their Warner-period 80s-90s albums, which NEED an overhaul.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice box January 21, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Chicago box is something to marvel at. There have been many attempts to capture "the best" of Chicago through the means of compilation after compilation. This box truely does represent what most will consider the best. The box is in chronological order and features songs from most of their albums. The song selection includes hits but also takes a look at other great album tracks as well. The order of the songs makes for an interesting listen without getting too sleepy or cumbersome. The packaging is nice and there are plenty of neat pictures to look at. The 6th disc (a DVD) contains selections from a concert and then a promotional film from CHicago 13. Neat stuff. Some reviewers have spent a lot of energy pointing out the difference between early and later Chicago and in most cases have given the box a lower rating because it covers their entire selection. To me that is a benifit. It's true Chicago did change from a classic rock band to a more ballad-oriented approach, but so what. Bands change, people change, and music changes. Besides, what else would a Chicago box set cover?! Just what one person considers the best era of Chicago? If anything, the coverage of the entire cataloge is the strongest point. The rest is just bonus. If you are a casual fan, this is a nice start but for true die hard fans, this is a must.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT DOCUMENTARY BOX SET FOR A GREAT BAND!!! August 21, 2003
By Edward
Format:Audio CD
Rhino's recent box set "Chiago" is awesome! Overall, the delivery is quite professional and complete. From "Introduction" to "Show me a Sign" are all here, including a DVD of vintage footage of Terry, Danny and Pete, jamming once again with the era's best brass section pounding away at complex charts, while Lamm remains busy on keys all over the place. I loved listening to it and watching the bonus DVD. I highly recommend it. If you love actual music, then you'll love this box set. Yes, Chicago are a musician's band, which makes them the coolest of all! Who cares what a person's opinions are, when he/she has little ability? If you don't have ability, then buy this box set and perhaps you'll learn to make a guitar talk or write a toon, or pop a note through brass! Rock on!
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97 of 122 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The rise and monumental decline of a great band August 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The problem with a boxset by Chicago is that, effectively one is compiling three bands, the jazz-rock fusion experimentalists, the soft rock monsters, and the aged 80s power ballad kings.
The ride is basically like watching a huge beautiful vessel being built, put to sea, taking speed, crossing the Atlantic only to reduce speed and slowly die a long death sinking in the sea.
Chicago had everything, exceptional talent, intelligent lyrics, a combination of expertise in different styles from different members (Terry Kath the rocker, Robert Lamm the political commentarist and soul man, Peter Cetera the pop and R&B craftman, James Pankow the intricate arranger), and through their first five six albums, all was fine. Like The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and other "mixed-styles" bands, the combination was powerful, invigorating, innovative and commercial. They were progressive but focused, tight but loose.
But once the formula was set and the pressure for hits overtook the ability to write what they wanted, rot set in and everything went downhill. It is painful and sad to see the slow decline and ultimate abandon to corporate-formula rock from such an innovative act. Just why this box has so many cuts from the dreadful Hot Streets-Chicago 16 era is sadistic to say the least.
Then everything that made this band one of the most energetic live and recording acts in rock was lost in favour of indistinguishable FM friendly soft rock. They took a giant leap towards corporate-rock-hell to compete with the REOs of the 80s, setting themselves as a syrup ballad formulaic Peter Cetera vehicle. Ultimately the frontman would go solo to reach even lower depths of musical boredom, leaving the band in "outside writers hands to maintain the syrup production.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... over the singles because I discover some of my favorite music in...
I've always preferred to buy the full albums over the singles because I discover some of my favorite music in the less popular album tracks. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music !
Published 9 days ago by Michael Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago enthusiasts, this is THE must-have collection.
Doesn't get any better than the box set if you're a Chicago fan. It has all the classic hits and more. The DVD is merely icing on the elaborately-designed cake. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kelli Bosarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Box Set is a must for those who appreciate traditional Chicago...
This product is a must to have if you are Chicago fanatic. Most of the music selected by the group are as is from the album except for one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ramiro Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago
This is awesome! All of the great Chicago songs that I love! I am so glad that I purchased it!
Published 14 months ago by Haydon49er
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music, but not all full length tracks...
be careful, many of the tracks are edited versions, which is frustrating. Rhino released many of the individual cd's with the original lengths of the tracks, so issuing this box... Read more
Published 19 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I love it!!! The bonus DVD was excellent. This was purchased as a gift for my husband. He really enjoyed it.
Published 22 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW...if you love the group, Chicago
This collection of the music of Chicago is comprehensive and high quality. It has provided me many hours of memories and pleasure. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by JGB
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago is right uptown!
This box set covers their body of work completely. My wife has been a fan for 40 years. We have seen them live three times over the decades. They never disappoint. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by James W. Hodges
3.0 out of 5 stars Product works boxing poor
Cd set was not damaged but the collector case was torn up and broken. Very upset that they would sell something with poor presentation and damaged product. Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Chris L
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