The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
 : The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Rhino
EAN: 0081227617028
Feature: Shrink-wrapped
Item Dimensions: 4905602442
Label: Rhino Records
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Rhino Records
Model: 2021278
MPN: 8371538
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: July 02, 2002
Publisher: Rhino Records
Release Date: July 02, 2002
Studio: Rhino Records

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Disc 1:
  1. Make Me Smile/ Now More Than Ever
  2. 25 Or 6 To 4 (Remastered)
  3. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  4. Beginnings (GH Edit) [Remastered Version]
  5. Questions 67 And 68 (Remastered)
  6. I'm A Man (New Edit Remastered Version)
  7. Colour My World (Remastered Version #2/GH)
  8. Free (Remastered)
  9. Lowdown (Remastered Version)
  10. Saturday In The Park (Remastered)
  11. Dialogue (Part I & III) [Remastered Version]
  12. Just You 'N' Me (Remastered)
  13. Feelin' Stronger Every Day (Remastered)
  14. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long [Remastered]
  15. Wishing You Were Here (Remastered Version)
  16. Call On Me (Remastered)
  17. Happy Man (GH2 Edit) [Remastered Version]
  18. Another Rainy Day In New York City
  19. If You Leave Me Now (Remastered)
Disc 2:
  1. Old Days
  2. Baby, What A Big Surprise
  3. Take Me Back To Chicago (Remastered SINGLE Version)
  4. Alive Again
  5. No Tell Lover
  6. Love Me Tomorrow (Single Remastered Version)
  7. Hard To Say I'm Sorry / Get Away
  8. Stay The Night
  9. Hard Habit To Break
  10. You're The Inspiration
  11. Along Comes A Woman (Single Version)
  12. Will You Still Love Me? (Single Version)
  13. If She Would Have Been Faithful
  14. Look Away
  15. What Kind Of Man Would I Be?
  16. I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love
  17. We Can Last Forever (Album / Single Version)
  18. You're Not Alone (Album / Single Version)
  19. Chasin' The Wind
  20. Sing, Sing, Sing (Remastered)
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Product Description:
Out-of-print in the US. Subtitled - Only The Beginning. Double disc with 39 hit singles spanning Chicago's complete 35-year history. Including the #1 singles 'If You Leave Me Now,' 'Hard To Say I'm Sorry' and 'Look Away'. Booklet features detailed liner notes by Bill DeYoung. Rhino Records
From the perspective of 15 subsequent platinum albums and 20 top-10 hits, it's hard to imagine that Chicago began their career as a bona fide prog-fusion act, an early FM radio favorite whose jazz-tinged, album-length suites found them a hip cult following even as they confounded label execs. Ironically, when the pioneering horn band (a contemporary of Blood, Sweat & Tears and inspiration for one-hit wonders like Lighthouse, Ides of March, and Ten Wheel Drive) relented and allowed their music to be edited down to single length, their success was explosive. Most of the "single edits" on disc 1 of this 39-track anthology provide ample evidence of that de facto formula: a catchy riff ("25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday in the Park," "Color My World") develops into a hook-filled, pop-savvy production rife with the band's trademark horn perfection. One could argue that that sensibility--and a midcareer tilt toward producer David Foster, songwriter Diane Warren, and the MOR ballads that became some of their biggest successes--degenerated into formula. Indeed, there's much on the second disc to support that notion. This set spans it all, showcasing newly refocused edits of some their biggest early hits and lesser-known tracks like their lively '95 cross-cultural collaboration with the Gipsy Kings on a cover of Louis Prima's swing classic "Sing, Sing, Sing." --Jerry McCulley

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