Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD]

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227387129
  • Catalog Number: 73871
  • Sales rank: 15,521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (6:36)
  2. 2 Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (3:20)
  3. 3 Beginnings (6:27)
  4. 4 Questions 67 and 68 (5:01)
  5. 5 Listen (3:24)
  6. 6 South California Purples (6:11)
  7. 7 I'm a Man (5:43)
  8. 8 Movin' In (4:08)
  9. 9 Wake Up Sunshine (2:32)
  10. 10 Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile/So Much to Say, So ... (7:02)
  11. 11 Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World (3:02)
  12. 12 Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free/Now More Than Ever (2:43)
  13. 13 Fancy Colours (5:11)
  14. 14 25 or 6 to 4 (4:51)
  15. 15 Poem for the People (5:31)
  16. 16 It Better End Soon: 1st Movement/3rd Movement/4th Movement (6:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Loneliness Is Just a Word (2:37)
  2. 2 Travel Suite: Flight 602 (2:48)
  3. 3 Travel Suite: Free (2:18)
  4. 4 Mother (4:31)
  5. 5 Lowdown (3:35)
  6. 6 An Hour in the Shower: A Hard Risin' Morning Without Breakfast/Off to ... (5:30)
  7. 7 A Hit by Varèse (4:55)
  8. 8 All Is Well (3:50)
  9. 9 Saturday in the Park (3:55)
  10. 10 Dialogue, Pts. 1 & 2 (7:12)
  11. 11 Just You 'N' Me (3:43)
  12. 12 Something in This City Changes People (3:43)
  13. 13 In Terms of Two (3:30)
  14. 14 Feelin' Stronger Every Day (4:14)
  15. 15 (I've Been) Searchin' So Long (4:30)
  16. 16 Mongonucleosis (3:27)
  17. 17 Wishing You Were Here (4:38)
  18. 18 Call on Me (4:02)
  19. 19 Happy Man (3:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Harry Truman (3:01)
  2. 2 Old Days (3:31)
  3. 3 Brand New Love Affair, Pts. 1 & 2 (4:27)
  4. 4 Never Been in Love Before (4:10)
  5. 5 You Are on My Mind (3:12)
  6. 6 Mama Mama (3:30)
  7. 7 Hope for Love (3:03)
  8. 8 Another Rainy Day in New York City (3:01)
  9. 9 Gently I'll Wake You (3:33)
  10. 10 If You Leave Me Now (3:56)
  11. 11 Mississippi Delta City Blues (4:40)
  12. 12 Baby, What a Big Surprise (3:04)
  13. 13 Take Me Back to Chicago (5:15)
  14. 14 Prelude (Little One)/Little One (6:35)
  15. 15 Gone Long Gone (4:00)
  16. 16 No Tell Lover (3:49)
  17. 17 Alive Again (3:29)
  18. 18 The Greatest Love on Earth (3:18)
  19. 19 Little Miss Lovin' (4:36)
  20. 20 Hot Streets (5:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Street Player (4:24)
  2. 2 Must Have Been Crazy (3:23)
  3. 3 Manipulation (3:29)
  4. 4 Thunder and Lightning (3:32)
  5. 5 Song for You (3:42)
  6. 6 The American Dream (3:17)
  7. 7 Love Me Tomorrow (4:59)
  8. 8 Chains (3:22)
  9. 9 What You're Missing (3:31)
  10. 10 Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away (5:06)
  11. 11 Stay the Night (3:48)
  12. 12 We Can Stop the Hurtin' (4:11)
  13. 13 Hard Habit to Break (4:43)
  14. 14 Along Comes a Woman (3:46)
  15. 15 You're the Inspiration (3:48)
  16. 16 Good for Nothing (3:38)
  17. 17 If She Would Have Been Faithful (3:53)
  18. 18 Forever (5:20)
  19. 19 Will You Still Love Me? (4:11)
  20. 20 Niagara Falls (3:42)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Heart in Pieces (5:05)
  2. 2 Look Away (3:59)
  3. 3 What Kind of Man Would I Be? (4:19)
  4. 4 I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love (3:56)
  5. 5 We Can Last Forever (3:45)
  6. 6 You're Not Alone (3:59)
  7. 7 Hearts in Trouble (4:01)
  8. 8 Only Time Can Heal the Wounded (4:39)
  9. 9 You Come to My Senses (3:48)
  10. 10 God Save the Queen (4:19)
  11. 11 Chasin' the Wind (4:18)
  12. 12 All the Years (4:16)
  13. 13 Stone of Sisyphus (4:12)
  14. 14 Bigger Than Elvis (4:31)
  15. 15 Caravan (3:24)
  16. 16 Here in My Heart (4:14)
  17. 17 The Only One (4:38)
  18. 18 All Roads Lead to You (4:17)
  19. 19 Show Me a Sign (3:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Backstage & Buildup
  2. 2 Now That You've Gone
  3. 3 Devil's Sweet
  4. 4 Saturday in the Park
  5. 5 Dialogue
  6. 6 End Credits
  7. 7 Intro
  8. 8 Must Have Been Crazy
  9. 9 Cat Pranks
  10. 10 Run Away
  11. 11 Street Player
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Primary Artist
John Campbell Keyboards
The 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, Guitar
Jimmie Haskell Strings
Keith Howland Guitar
Tris Imboden Harmonica, Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Al 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
Dan Huff Guitar
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
David Donnelly Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    WONDERFUL ADDITION TO ANY CD LIBRARY!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stellar Time Capsule

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CHICAGO IS STILL THE BEST

    GREAT MUSIC FROM START TO FINISH THIS IS THE MUSIC KIDS SHOULD LISTEN TO BECAUSE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING SAID

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago Box Set a MUST Have!

    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!

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    Posted February 25, 2010

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