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Chicago - Greatest Hits: 1982-1989

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Editorial Reviews

1. Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away 2. Look Away 3. Stay the Night 4. Will You Still Love Me? 5. Love Me Tomorrow 6. What Kind of Man Would I Be? [Remix] 7. You're the Inspiration 8. I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love 9. Hard Habit to Break 10. Along Comes a Woman 11. If She Would Have Been Faithful... 12. We Can Last Forever

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away
  2. Look Away
  3. Stay The Night
  4. Will You Still Love Me?
  5. Love Me Tomorrow
  6. What Kind Of Man Would I Be? (Remix)
  7. You're The Inspiration
  8. I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love
  9. Hard Habit To Break
  10. Along Comes A Woman
  11. If She Would Have Been Faithful...
  12. We Can Last Forever


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: November 21, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LJZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Rating this CD requires one to rate it on the basis that this was the 2nd incarnation of Chicago that musically was very different from the first Chicago. So, let's say that this is the greatest hits from Chicago II, and rate it on that basis.

Great ballads, lots of Peter Cetera, and occasionally horns to remind you of Chicago I. Truly these songs are greatest hits. Truly these songs are very mainstream, middle-of-the-road pop/rock.

You will recognize nearly all if not all songs on this CD. Most of them got a lot of airplay and were top 40 or top 10 and even #1 songs. The fact that all these songs are classified as adult contemporary music (read pop) should tell you everything you need to know about these songs.

These songs are highly polished, well produced, well sung. These songs represent the best of Chicago II's output. You could go purchase the albums from which these songs came, but you might also be disappointed. Save your money and stick with this album. My recommendation is that if you like pop, and you like ballads, go buy this CD and do not read beyond this point.

Now that I've rated the CD, I can make a comment regarding Chicago I and Chicago II. The group that made this album is not the same group that created "Chicago Transit Authority" and Chicago II, III, IV, ad infinitum. The original Chicago had a killer horn section that gave a jazz flavor to Chicago's rock. Chicago had some progressive rock, some tunes that were very jazzy, and some plain old rock. This group loved to experiment and while perhaps hoping for commercial success, wasn't falling all over itself to obtain it. They did their own thing.
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I will keep out of the "old Chicago vs. new Chicago" debates. I grew up in the 1980s and fell in love with all this stuff. I am also a huge fan of the early stuff. I'll leave it at that.
With one exception, this collection includes all of Chicago's big hits of the '80s. Yes, they are mostly ballads, and for most bands that would be a complaint from me. But these songs are so exceptionally well done, with such melody, polish, and emotion, that I can't complain. After all, I loved each and every one of these songs when they came on the radio.
Full-length versions of the songs are included--such as the ending of all-time favorite "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" (called "Get Away"). Also, the full-length version of the beautiful power ballad "Will You Still Love Me?" is included--not the radio edit version. In addition, a remix of "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?", which was released as a single off of this album (instead of the original version off of Chicago 19), is included. It ended up being the band's last big hit.
Ballads like "Look Away", "You're The Inspiration", and "Hard Habit To Break" also still sound fantastic. The only songs I would call "rockers" on this collection are both from Chicago 17--"Stay The Night" and "Along Comes A Woman". Both still sound fantastic and fit in nicely on this collection.
Now to that one missing "big hit" track: where is "You're Not Alone"? Instead of that top ten track, the beautiful but obscure hit "We Can Last Forever" was put on this collection. What I wish is that the radio version of "You're Not Alone" was also included here--with the extra melodies and guitar parts.
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By A Customer on October 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, I wasn't around for much of Chicago's time.
I'm ninteeen years old now, and a friend of mine introduced me
to Chicago through this CD. I fell in love instantly. Since,
I have purchased a good bit of their music from CTA to their
Christmas CD. I enjoy all of their music spanning their existence, but I keep coming back to this one. I'm fond of the earlier rock style, but the ballads are incredible. I don't understand why people can't bear their ballads...let's face it, they're sappy and lovey, but their also the very best of their kind. Chicago has proven that they can dominate every medium of musical style. These may be ballads, but they're the best ballads you'll ever hear. "Hard to say I'm sorry" is an exceptional Peter Cetera vocal effort, "Look Away" is my original favorite Chicago song, "You're the Inspiration" speaks for itself as quite possibly one of the best love songs they ever played, "If She Would've Been Faithful" is one of the best musically, and for crying out loud, "We Can Last Forever" is the most powerful love song I've heard in my life...to say nothing of the other great numbers contained in this CD. Every single song here is worthy of consideration. If you're looking for a good selection of Chicago's ballads, this is the CD you're searching for. If you're not, you need it anyway simply because love is what makes the world go 'round, and nobody expresses it like Chicago.
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Chicago has been a remarkably successful group; in fact, they're #18 on the list of Top 500 Artists of the rock era (see Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles"). This ranking makes them the fifth biggest group, behind only The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and The Temptations! The group, of course, was tremendously successful during most of the 70s. However, during the late 70s and early 80s, it looked as though their biggest successes were behind them as 6 of 9 releases failed to make the Top 40, and they only scored one Top 10 hit.

However, in 1982 they returned to #1 for the first time in six years with the wildly popular "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," which was featured in the flop movie "Summer Lovers." The song really kick-started their career again, and they scored a huge number of hits during the rest of the decade (#7 group of the 80s), as reflected by this collection.

Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away (#1 for 2 weeks in 1982)

Look Away (#1 for 2 weeks in 1988)

Stay the Night (#16 in 1984)

Will You Still Love Me? (#3 in 1987)

Love Me Tomorrow (#22 in 1982)

What Kind of Man Would I Be? (#5 in 1990)

You're the Inspiration (#3 in 1985)

I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love (#3 in 1988)

Hard Habit to Break (#3 in 1984)

Along Comes a Woman (#14 in 1985)

If She Would Have Been Faithful (#17 in 1989)

We Can Last Forever (#55 in 1989)

Despite their success during this period, this music isn't as rich and varied as their earlier oeuvre. Specifically, the majority of songs here are Peter Cetera-lead ballads.
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