Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD]

Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD]

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They're not name-checked as often as the Beach Boys or the Dead, but Chicago rank as one of the most popular American rock bands of all time. Beginning with their 1969 debut LP, Chicago amassed 5 consecutive No. 1 albums, 21 Top 10 singles, and 35 Top 40 singles, drawing fans with their free-flowing rock style, which took cues from jazz, R&B, blues, and more. This…  See more details below


They're not name-checked as often as the Beach Boys or the Dead, but Chicago rank as one of the most popular American rock bands of all time. Beginning with their 1969 debut LP, Chicago amassed 5 consecutive No. 1 albums, 21 Top 10 singles, and 35 Top 40 singles, drawing fans with their free-flowing rock style, which took cues from jazz, R&B, blues, and more. This lavish six-disc set spans the band's impressive -- and ongoing -- career, from their beginnings as a septet called the Chicago Transit Authority dabbling in ambitious compositions like the four-movement "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" to purveyors of familiar songs like the driving classic rock nugget "25 or 6 to 4." The Box also highlights Chicago's reign as soft-rock stalwarts with hits such as "Saturday in the Park" and "Hard Habit to Break" before coming full circle with a splashy reading of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and the 1999 collaboration with Lenny Kravitz, "The Only One." The set's first three discs span Chicago's achievements through the late '70s, setting familiar hits such as "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and "Baby, What a Big Surprise" alongside more offbeat fare, such as the Cream-like dirge "South California Purples," the percussion-driven Latin instrumental "Mongonucleosis," and the lushly arranged "Brand New Love Affair -- Parts I & II," in which late guitarist Terry Kath comes off sounding like Ray Charles. Discs 4 and 5 track Chicago's move from disco-soaked tunes like "Street Player" to their collaborations with production Svengali David Foster on a string of smash ballads, from "You're the Inspiration" to the early-'90s Stone of Sisyphus album, which was rejected by Warner Bros. but is represented here by three previously unreleased tracks. The sixth disc, a bonus DVD, features live performances from a 1972 concert, along with a promotional film made for the release of Chicago 13. The icing on the cake, the set's deluxe booklet, collects detailed track notes, essays by Phil Gallo and A. Scott Galloway, and numerous archival photos, making The Box as appealing to casual fans as it is imperative for diehards.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.

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Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  3. Beginnings
  4. Questions 67 and 68
  5. Listen
  6. South California Purples
  7. I'm a Man
  8. Movin' In
  9. Wake Up Sunshine
  10. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile/So Much to Say, So ...
  11. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World
  12. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free/Now More Than Ever
  13. Fancy Colours
  14. 25 or 6 to 4
  15. Poem for the People
  16. It Better End Soon: 1st Movement/3rd Movement/4th Movement

Disc 2

  1. Loneliness Is Just a Word
  2. Travel Suite: Flight 602
  3. Travel Suite: Free
  4. Mother
  5. Lowdown
  6. An Hour in the Shower: A Hard Risin' Morning Without Breakfast/Off to ...
  7. A Hit by Varèse
  8. All Is Well
  9. Saturday in the Park
  10. Dialogue, Pts. 1 & 2
  11. Just You 'N' Me
  12. Something in This City Changes People
  13. In Terms of Two
  14. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
  15. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
  16. Mongonucleosis
  17. Wishing You Were Here
  18. Call on Me
  19. Happy Man

Disc 3

  1. Harry Truman
  2. Old Days
  3. Brand New Love Affair, Pts. 1 & 2
  4. Never Been in Love Before
  5. You Are on My Mind
  6. Mama Mama
  7. Hope for Love
  8. Another Rainy Day in New York City
  9. Gently I'll Wake You
  10. If You Leave Me Now
  11. Mississippi Delta City Blues
  12. Baby, What a Big Surprise
  13. Take Me Back to Chicago
  14. Prelude (Little One)/Little One
  15. Gone Long Gone
  16. No Tell Lover
  17. Alive Again
  18. The Greatest Love on Earth
  19. Little Miss Lovin'
  20. Hot Streets

Disc 4

  1. Street Player
  2. Must Have Been Crazy
  3. Manipulation
  4. Thunder and Lightning
  5. Song for You
  6. The American Dream
  7. Love Me Tomorrow
  8. Chains
  9. What You're Missing
  10. Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away
  11. Stay the Night
  12. We Can Stop the Hurtin'
  13. Hard Habit to Break
  14. Along Comes a Woman
  15. You're the Inspiration
  16. Good for Nothing
  17. If She Would Have Been Faithful
  18. Forever
  19. Will You Still Love Me?
  20. Niagara Falls

Disc 5

  1. Heart in Pieces
  2. Look Away
  3. What Kind of Man Would I Be?
  4. I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love
  5. We Can Last Forever
  6. You're Not Alone
  7. Hearts in Trouble
  8. Only Time Can Heal the Wounded
  9. You Come to My Senses
  10. God Save the Queen
  11. Chasin' the Wind
  12. All the Years
  13. Stone of Sisyphus
  14. Bigger Than Elvis
  15. Caravan
  16. Here in My Heart
  17. The Only One
  18. All Roads Lead to You
  19. Show Me a Sign

Disc 6

  1. Backstage & Buildup
  2. Now That You've Gone
  3. Devil's Sweet
  4. Saturday in the Park
  5. Dialogue
  6. End Credits
  7. Intro
  8. Must Have Been Crazy
  9. Cat Pranks
  10. Run Away
  11. Street Player

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago   Primary Artist
John Campbell   Keyboards
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Lenny Kravitz   Vocals
Donny Osmond   Background Vocals
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
James Newton Howard   Piano
Tim Feehan   Background Vocals
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Bill Champlin   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Robin Gibb   Background Vocals
Robert Lamm   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Carl Wilson   Background Vocals
Barry Gibb   Background Vocals
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Kiki Ebsen   Keyboards
Phillip Ashley   Keyboards
Dawayne Bailey   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Peter Cetera   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Cetera   Background Vocals
Tim Cetera   Background Vocals
Tamara Champlin   Background Vocals
Chaka Khan   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jody Cortez   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Donnie Dacus   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Kevin Dukes   Guitar,Background Vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Larry Ferguson   Overdubs
Bruce Gaitsch   Guitar
Guille Garcia   Percussion,Conga
Maurice Gibb   Background Vocals
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Gary Grant   Horn
Linda "Peaches" Green   Choir, Chorus
James William Guercio   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Jimmie Haskell   Strings
Keith Howland   Guitar
Dann Huff   Guitar
Tris Imboden   Harmonica,Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jardine   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Terry Kath   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Keane   Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Lala   Conga
Michael Landau   Guitar
Paul Lani   Overdubs
Lee Loughnane   Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Othello Molineaux   Steel Drums
J.G. O'Rafferty   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Paich   Synthesizer
James Pankow   Percussion,Trombone,Keyboards,Timbales,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Walter Parazaider   Flute,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Woodwind,Soloist
Chris Pinnick   Guitar
Chas Sandford   Guitar
Jason Scheff   Bass,Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Daniel Seraphine   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vocals,Bells
Efrain Toro   Keyboards
Richard Torres   Choir, Chorus
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Blue Weaver   Synthesizer Strings
Leroy Williams   Steel Drums
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Mellotron,ARP,fender rhodes
Mike Murphy   cowbell
Greg Adams   Horn
Tom Keane   Keyboards
John Carsello   Choir, Chorus
Joanne Rocconi   Choir, Chorus
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Katherine Ogden   Choir, Chorus
Steve Fagin   Choir, Chorus
Leslie Matkosky   Background Vocals
Brandy Maitland   Choir, Chorus
Peter Wolf   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Producer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Bobby Caldwell   Composer
James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Irving Mills   Composer
Bill Watrous   Arranger,Orchestration
Dominic Frontiere   Orchestration,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Patrick Williams   Orchestration
Tim Feehan   Composer
Bill Gable   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bill Champlin   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Desmond Child   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Steve Kipner   Composer
Robert Lamm   Composer,String Arrangements
Ian Thomas   Composer
Kiki Ebsen   Programming
Jay Gruska   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Composer
Dawayne Bailey   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Richard Baskin   Composer
Marc Beeson   Composer
Roy Bittan   Producer
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Rev. Dave Boruff   Programming
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Erich Bulling   Programming
Fred Catero   Engineer
Peter Cetera   Composer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements
Chaka Khan   Contributor
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer,Engineering
Donnie Dacus   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Kevin Dukes   Composer
Paul Ericksen   Engineer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Bruce Gaitsch   Composer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Mark Goldenberg   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Willie Greer   Engineer
James William Guercio   Producer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor
Jerry Hey   Brass Arrangment
Chris Hinshaw   Engineer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Terry Kath   Composer
Peter Kaye   Programming
Tom Kelly   Composer
Rhett Lawrence   Programming
Lee Loughnane   Composer,Brass Arrangment
Richard Marx   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer,Producer
Peter Mayer   Programming
David McLees   Producer,Liner Notes
Gerard McMahon   Composer
Sy Mitchell   Engineer
Erwin Musper   Engineer
Ron Nevison   Producer,Engineer
Greg O'Connor   Composer
James Pankow   Composer,Horn Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Walter Parazaider   Composer
Gary Peterson   Producer
Steve Porcaro   Programming
Don Puluse   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Alex Rodriguez   Engineer
Chas Sandford   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jason Scheff   Composer
Daniel Seraphine   Composer,Programming,drum programming,Concept,rhythm arrangement
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Wayne Tarnowski   Engineer
Ed Thacker   Engineer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Bo Tomlyn   Programming
Efrain Toro   drum programming
Ian Underwood   Programming
John Van Tongeren   Programming
Diane Warren   Composer
Lou Waxman   Engineer
Joseph Williams   Composer
Ina Wolf   Composer
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Composer
Shelly Berg   Arranger,Orchestration
Jeff Guercio   Engineer
Mike Murphy   Programming
Mark Guercio   Engineer
Deborah Neal   Composer
John Lewis Parker   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Michael Carnevale   Engineer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
John Dexter   Composer
Arnold Levine   Director
Phil Gallo   Liner Notes
Nick Fasciano   Cover Design
Gary McGachen   Engineer
Andy Strauss   Portrait Photography
J.B. Scott   Composer
Tom Keane   Composer
Hank Steiger   Background Noise
Bobbi Roen   Background Noise
Camelia Ortiz   Background Noise
Julie Nini   Background Noise
Diane Nini   Background Noise
Peter Wolf   Composer,Programming,Producer
Marcus Ryle   Programming

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Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chicago is one of my favorite rock band groups of all times. In addition to the songs I am familiar with, I enjoyed the songs I have heard for the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicago is the greatest band in history, and the Box Set that was recently released is an excellent start to your Chicago music collection. Though not EVERY song they wrote is included in the Box (though any song you may have heard on the radio or remember growing up probably is) you just can't go wrong with this purchase. It is beautifully packaged and each remastered disc is loaded with music. If Chicago is indeed the greatest band to ever grace the face of this Earth, then this Box Set is going to go down in history as one of the best ever. Please purchase this, you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must for die-hard Chicago fans and those youngsters that want to know why this band has been so successful. It is not a complete listing of all their songs but a broad swath across the highlights of a long stellar career. This set has much more than simply another "Greatest Hits" album. The collection here also shows the songs that pointed to the transitions of the band's career over time. The earlier recordings have been remastered to polished gems - with the remastering, the horns shine much brighter and are more distinguished than the old LP recordings. Terry Kath's guitar work is cutting edge. Chicago's music ranges from the hard-core rock to power ballads, and the clever, intricate arrangements are a real joy to hear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago