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Chicago (Musical group), performer.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Rhino, [2003]

Physical Description:
5 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 videodisc (sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.) + 1 booklet (60 pages : illustrations ; 25 x 14 cm)
General Note:
Rock music.

Title from container.

Previously released material.

Compact discs.

Accompanying booklet includes biographical and historical notes by Phil Gallo and A. Scott Galloway.
Disc 1. CTA-Chicago. Introduction -- Does anybody really know what time it is? -- Beginnings -- Questions 67 and 68 -- Listen -- South California purples -- I'm a man -- Movin' in -- Wake up sunshine -- Ballet for a girl in Buchannon. Make me smile/ So much to say, so much to give/ Anxiety's moment/ West Virginia fantasies ; Colour my world ; To be free/ Now more than ever -- Fancy colours -- 25 or 6 to 4 -- Poem for the people -- It better end soon --

Disc 2. Chicago III-VII. Loneliness is just a word -- Travel suite (Excerpts). Flight 602 ; Free -- Mother -- Lowdown -- An hour in the shower. A hard risin' morning without breakfast ; Off to work ; Fallin' out ; Dreamin' home ; Morning blues again -- A hit by Varèse -- All is well -- Saturday in the park -- Dialogue (Part one & part two) -- Just you 'n' me -- Something in this city changes people -- In terms of two -- Feelin' stronger every day -- (I've been) Searchin' so long -- Mongonucleosis -- Wishing you were here -- Call on me -- Happy man --

Disc 3. Chicago VIII-Hot streets. Harry Truman -- Old days -- Brand new love affair part I & II -- Never been in love before -- You are on my mind -- Mama mama -- Hope for love -- Another rainy day in New York City -- Gently I'll wake you -- If you leave me now -- Mississippi delta city blues -- Baby, what a big surprise -- Take me back to Chicago -- Prelude (Little one)/ Little one -- Gone long gone -- No tell lover -- Alive again -- The greatest love on earth -- Little Miss Lovin' -- Hot streets --

Disc 4. Chicago 13-18. Street player -- Must have been crazy -- Manipulation -- Thunder and lightning -- Song for you -- The American dream -- Love me tomorrow -- Chains -- What you're missing -- Hard to say I'm sorry/ Get away -- Stay the night -- We can stop the hurtin' -- Hard habit to break -- Along comes a woman -- You're the inspiration -- Good for nothing -- If she would have been faithful-- -- Forever -- Will you still love me? -- Niagara Falls --

Disc 5. Chicago 19-Heart of, vol. II. Heart in pieces -- Look away -- What kind of man would I be? -- I don't wanna live without your love -- We can last forever -- You're not alone -- Hearts in trouble -- Only time can heal the wounded -- You come to my senses -- God save the queen -- Chasin' the wind -- All the years -- Stone of Sisyphus -- Bigger than Elvis -- Caravan -- Here in my heart -- The only one -- All roads lead to you -- Show me a sign --

Disc 6. Special archival bonus DVD. Chicago live at the Arie Crown Theater (11/72). Backstage & buildup ; Now that you've gone ; Devil's sweet ; Saturday in the park ; Dialogue. Promotional film for Chicago 13 (10/79). Intro ; Must have been crazy ; Cat pranks ; Run away ; Street player.
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Music CD


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Beginning with its double-LP debut in 1969, Chicago has always done things in a big way, so it's no surprise that the band's career-spanning box set (Group Portrait, an earlier box, covered only their first decade) is lengthy. There are five CDs, containing 94 tracks clocking in at more than six and a half hours, plus a DVD running another 40 minutes. In that time, Chicago's story is told, from the band's ambitious, eclectic beginnings through its two extended hitmaking periods and on into still popular work 30 years on. All but one of the band's 48 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 1969-1991, are included, the sole exception being the 1986 re-recording of the 1970 hit "25 or 6 to 4," which, of course, is featured in its original version. Also included are extended suites from the early albums, key LP tracks, songs from soundtrack and charity albums, and three songs previously unreleased in the U.S. that were intended for an album Chicago's then-record label rejected in the 1990s. As the two sets of liner notes suggest, there are really two main phases to the Chicago saga. The first, from the group's beginnings up to 1980, takes the group to a peak of popular success with five consecutive number one albums, followed by a decline that includes business travails and the accidental death of singer/guitarist Terry Kath. The second, from the early '80s through the end of that decade, finds the band reborn largely as a vehicle for adult contemporary power ballads sung by bassist Peter Cetera and his sound-alike successor, Jason Scheff. Actually, there is also a third act to the story, finally assembled here in the second half of the fifth disc, during which the band regains its early promise in isolated recordings from the unreleased album (particularly Scheff's tribute to his father, bassist Jerry Scheff, "Bigger Than Elvis") and tracks used on hits compilations such as "Here in My Heart" (which topped the AC charts in 1997). It is, thus, a story with a happy ending. And it is that story Chicago is interested in telling here. This is not a box set full of alternate takes and unreleased material; it is an attempt to chronicle all the significant recordings in one package, and at that it succeeds. The DVD material consists of a 24-and-a-half-minute film of Chicago performing at the Arie Crown Theater in the band's hometown in November 1972 and a 16-and-a-half-minute promotional film concerning the 1979 album Chicago 13, which was one of the group's weaker efforts. Of the two, the first is more impressive, particularly because of an early performance of the jazz fusion tune "Devil's Sweet," while the latter is slight but amusing. ~ William Ruhlmann