Chicago Ultimate Christmas Collection
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Audio CD, October 22, 2012
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I'm not a fan now, nor have I ever been a fan of the songs with the children's choir. The only children's choirs most of us tolerate are ones that include children we know directly or are somehow related to. Otherwise they generally come across sounding a bit shrill and high-pitched (obviously lacking the bass and baritone vocals necessary to give balance). Also someone should have told Robert Lamm that "Feliz Navidad" is supposed to be an upbeat happy and fun song. He sings it like a funeral dirge and completely kills any enjoyment I might otherwise get from that song. The 2 children's choir songs plus "Feliz Navidad" funeral dirge pull this set from a 5 down to a 4 star release.
Also, I am a big Bill Champlin fan. While I was quite disappointed by his departure from the band in August 2009, time has shown that the split was in the best interests of both the band and Champlin himself at the time. While, I doubt I'll ever grow accustomed to hearing Lou Pardini singing the material I grew up hearing Champlin (or Kath, on the original studio recordings) sing, I have to concede Mr. Pardini sounds quite good on the Christmas material he lends his vocals to on this collection. I quite enjoyed his vocals on "I'll Be Home For Christmas"-- and being such a fan of Champlin, I was likely being quite a tough critic before I even popped "O Christmas Three" into the CD player.Read more ›
Dedicated Chicago fans are divided as to the merits of these albums, but I can only speak for myself. I recognize that the overall sound of the second CD is different form the first, and this is inevitable given continuing line-up changes. However, the one thing that both CDs have in common is that while they almost exclusively contain songs that everybody is familiar with, Chicago have customized them (their words) to make them sound more like their own music. The different arrangements take some getting used to, but the more I play them, the more I like them.Read more ›
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The same old lame songs with nothing fresh. I am again underwhelmed by this album and don't think I will be purchasing any more from them in the future. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by hotchops57
This was a really nice surprise from Chicago, I didn't realize they were still making records. A welcome surprise and a really nice Christmas album. Highly recommend.Published on February 13, 2013 by mitchbo
If you enjoy Christmas music, this collection will not disappoint. Great value, too. It is a staple at my house each December.Published on January 20, 2013 by John Mlynar