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The Best Of Chicago 40th Anniversary

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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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 (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000UJBY4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Questions 67 and 68
2. 25 or 6 to 4
3. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
4. Make Me Smile
5. Beginnings
6. Colour My World
7. Saturday In the Park
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
9. Just You N Me
10. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Baby, What a Big Surprise
2. No Tell Lover
3. Hard To Say I'm Sorry
4. Love Me Tomorrow
5. Hard Habit to Break
6. You're The Inspiration
7. Will You Still Love Me?
8. If She Would Have Been Faithful
9. I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love
10. Look Away
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Formed in its namesake city in 1967, Chicago is the first American band ever to chart albums in Billboardr's Pop Top 40 in five consecutive decades. In 2002, Rhino entered into a long-term partnership with this extraordinary group to restore their extensive, genre-defying catalogue as well as develop new projects (such as 2006's XXX, their first new studio album in a decade). Now Rhino adds to Chicago's legacy and salutes their 40th anniversary with a newly compiled 2-CD collection that spans their entire recording history, from the stellar 1969 debut LP Chicago Transit Authority to Chicago XXX. With a career encompassing five consecutive #1 albums, 13 platinum albums, 21 Top 10 singles, and many other laurels, Chicago is among the most successfully charting American groups of all time.

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241 of 252 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd say this, skip this one. February 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"The Best of Chicago:40th Anniversary Edition" does a grave disservice to all of its fans old and new by including the shorty 45 edits of its hits. That means that '25 or 6 to 4", which runs 4:50 in its full length, only runs 2:53 here. "Beginnings", at 7:51 for its complete version, only runs 2:52 here (even the "Greatest Hits" edit ran 6:26, only editing off the percussion run-off at the end, but leaving the body of the song intact). Doing this is NOT giving good value for the money. Do yourselves a favor - skip this, and pay the extra few dollars for "The Very Best Of Chicago: Only the Beginning". It has more songs, and the early hits are represented by their more complete versions. The current release smacks of what record companies do best: exploit, underestimate, and take advantage of their customers in the name of the almighty dollar.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicago - The Radio Hits October 17, 2007
By wr
Format:Audio CD
People are misinformed about this release. On the front of the CD, it says 30 radio hits, which means these are the songs in the original forms they were released to radio. There is no fooling people unless you don't look at the CD cover (this is on the outside on the plastic packaging, regarding what this oompilation is).

The only exception to this is What Kind of Man which is the LP version, a mistake by the record company.

This edition has comments provided by the band.

So, it is not at all a diservice to the band, but a collection of the songs as they were heard on the radio.

It was only after Chicago was a sucess that radio stations started playing the album versions of the hit singles.

This collection could have been titled: "Chicago: 40 years of radio hits" - so that so many of you would have not have been fooled into thinking it was something the collection is not.

I think it is nice to have all of the original radio releases all in one collection with the insight provided by the band members.

This is what Rhino does, compilations and re-issues, and this is a worthy collection for completists and the casual fan that needs an introduction to Chicago.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Edited Songs October 7, 2007
By Bill
Format:Audio CD
Buyer beware. I only got through the 1st 5 songs of the 1st CD before taking it out of my CD player in disgust. The songs are terribly edited (less than 3 minutes for Beginnings, same for Question 67 & 68). I thought that since there were fewer songs per CD, they would include the full album versions. And there is plenty of room on the CD to do so (only 51 minutes on the 1st CD). Why anybody would want these inferior versions is beyond me. All the Chicago greatest hits CDs suffer the same fate (although the edits on this one are worse than previous ones). Shame on you Rhino! Give us a real greatest hits with the real versions.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Hits February 10, 2008
Format:MP3 Music
In many albums that have been remastered, especially groups that have been around as long as Chicago, it is always a tough choice to decide to buy remastered releases. Chicago, as much as any band has had more variations of their music in different release formats with the possible exception of the Beatles and Elvis. I have been listening to Chicago since the first album was released on vinyl. That will give you some idea of how old I am. I have been through their progressive and experimental rock sounds in the 60's, Terry Kath's accidental death, and the departure of Peter Cetera in the 80's. With each change the band shifted gears and tried to recover. Terry provided the hard edge as one of the finest guitarist in rock history and Peter, much like Paul McCartney with the Beatles, wanted to move the band more toward traditional ballads and "love songs". This was not a bad idea because it resulted in a string of songs that extend the life of the band. Listening to If you Leave Me Now and A Hard Habit to Break on the remasterd album and the early Beginnings track emphasized the pronounced rift in the founding members including drummer Danny Seraphine. The sound and tightness of the band changed with each major loss or change in members. The attempt to bring in young talent to infuse the music seemed contrived or forced in the attempt by remaining band members to maintain the core of the group sound and uniqueness. I have seen Chicago seven times over the past 35 years and the last two have been disappointing in that I thought they were going through the motions much like I do from time to time at work.The live event Chicago preformed on the HD Rave satellite channel was the closet to a revival. Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip this release October 6, 2007
By Galley
Format:Audio CD
Although this set does include a few of Chicago's hits in the 2000s, it is seriously lacking compared to 2002's The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning. That excellent compilation has 39 tracks; this one has 30. You do the math.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST TIME ORIGINAL SINGLE EDITS ON ONE CD December 27, 2011
By xrey®
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Chicago fan and FM top 40 and AC radio guy since the CTA days. In defense of Rhino, they didn't do ANY of these radio edits. Chicago's management and Columbia authorized these so key top 40 chart reporters like the KHJ's, WLS', WABC's of the time would play their hybrid of jazz/fusion/rock, which was very unique sounding to stations still playing pop hits like the Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel, Jackson 5, and the Partridge Family. It was pretty well understood in the radio & record business that if WLS or WABC didn't play a song it wouldn't sell a million copies or "go gold". (Ask War if their top 10 smash "Low Rider" went gold without WLS' airplay! It didn't.) Many influential (but moronic) program directors hesitated to play singles that exceeded 3-1/2 minutes. Without key radio airplay, a 5 minute plus Chicago cut wouldn't have ever gotten played on top 40, AC radio, or in jukeboxes. (Little known fact: juke box operators stocked shorter songs so they'd see more money. If I saw "Hey Jude" in a jukebox or some other excessively long song, I'd play it a bunch just to get my quarter's worth.) Once the songs became hits, I programmed the LP version on the radio where appropriate, even the 8:27 album version of "American Pie". I even made my own special 4:22 edit of "Make Me Smile" because the 45 was released in mono, and was seriously butchered in my opinion. The album rock competitors were playing the "Ballet for A Girl In Buchanan" suite which is extremely long and self-indulgent to casual "adult contempted" listeners and advertisers for whom I had to cater, so I chose a middle ground. Amazingly, my special long edit of "MMS" now appears on the "Only The Beginning" compilation. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blast from the past!
Ahhhh!!!!
Great blast from the past.
Went on a recent road trip with a friend and we enjoyed this so much.'\
Great times with great music!!
Published 10 days ago by Suzette Bessette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great service it brings me back thank yoy
Published 20 days ago by victor m ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Very talented musicians
All the songs on this album are very well done, great musicianship. Recently saw the group in concert and was delighted to hear these songs lives.
Published 1 month ago by Lucy Reina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History
Chicago says it all for anyone who is interested in one of the most enduring groups. If your a fan, this is a must have collection!
Published 1 month ago by CRAZYGOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars blah blas
Good CD great music. Nice selection of songs for listener. We are happy with this purchase and would reccomend it.
Published 1 month ago by buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars best of chicago 40th anniversary...
if your a great big fan of chicago then this is the cd a must have for your collections and the songs are the greatest hits that we loved growing up listening to as teenagers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by maryannd
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Songs Of Chicago
This 40th Anniversary Edition features all my favorite songs from this legendary Band like, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is & 25 Or 6 To 4. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey M. Steron
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Chicago for 40 years
The Mrs. and I went through some tough years and had to sacrifice a lot of our CD's though (thank you God) many did not sell. All our Chicago went. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adm. Arthur LeDock, Ret. GSN
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't get any better!
Chicago is my favorite group. These 2 cd's are the best of the best. Put the music on my mp3 so I could listen to them while I walk.
Published 4 months ago by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MEMORIES
I'VE ALWAYS LOVED CHICAGO. THIS ARRIVED QUICKLY AND IN GOOD SHAPE. IT TAKES ME BACK TO MY YOUNG AND CAREFREE DAYS.
Published 6 months ago by MARGIE
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Another Useless Compilation from Rhino
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... Read More
Sep 19, 2007 by Joshua Banker |  See all 11 posts
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