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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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There are some groups who survive for decades simply because their music is timeless, and Chicago is one of those bands. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jeff A. Groves
2 of the CD's would not play and provided an error message. Awaiting an email to see about a return. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A.L.
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Mike
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 morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Kelli Bosarge
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 morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Ramiro Garcia