The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The purpose of 2007's The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition -- the group's second double-disc set in just five years -- is plain in its title: it's been assembled with the band's birthday in mind. It's hard to pass up an anniversary like that, and so The Best of Chicago competes with 2002's The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning, a terrific 39-song set that had all of their hits. In comparison, the 2007 set covers a little more ground according to the calendar -- it has songs from their 2006 studio set Chicago XXX, which the 2002 does not -- but it's ten songs shorter, a compromise that might bring it in a smaller minimum suggested retail price, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The purpose of 2007's The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition -- the group's second double-disc set in just five years -- is plain in its title: it's been assembled with the band's birthday in mind. It's hard to pass up an anniversary like that, and so The Best of Chicago competes with 2002's The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning, a terrific 39-song set that had all of their hits. In comparison, the 2007 set covers a little more ground according to the calendar -- it has songs from their 2006 studio set Chicago XXX, which the 2002 does not -- but it's ten songs shorter, a compromise that might bring it in a smaller minimum suggested retail price, but doesn't really serve anybody looking for a truly comprehensive compilation. For those listeners, it's an easy decision: stick with the 2002 Very Best Of. For those listeners who want a double-disc set that's just slightly cheaper, this 40th Anniversary set will suit them fine, because it does have all the big hits -- so many that it takes a close comparison of the two track listings to realize what's missing on this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227996161
  • Catalog Number: 309116
  • Sales rank: 422

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Primary Artist
Bill Champlin Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Robert Lamm Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Dawayne Bailey Guitar, Vocals
Peter Cetera Bass, Vocals
Donnie Dacus Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Gaitsch Guitar
Keith Howland Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Tris Imboden Drums, Group Member
Terry Kath Guitar, Vocals
Lee Loughnane Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Group Member
James Pankow Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
Walter Parazaider Vocals, Woodwind, Group Member
Chris Pinnick Guitar
Jason Scheff Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Daniel Seraphine Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Technical Credits
Chicago Audio Production
James Newton Howard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
David Foster Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Steve Kipner Composer
Robert Lamm Composer, Author
Glen Ballard Composer
Richard Baskin Composer
Peter Cetera Composer
Randy Goodrum Composer
James William Guercio Producer, Audio Production
Lee Loughnane Composer, Author
Ron Nevison Producer, Audio Production
James Pankow Composer, Author
Walter Parazaider Author
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Chas Sandford Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jason Scheff Composer
Jim Scott Composer
Daniel Seraphine Composer
Diane Warren Composer
John Lewis Parker Composer
David Donnelly Remastering
Steve Woolard Annotation
Jay DeMarcus Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Blair Daly Composer
Tom Keane Composer
Bill DeYoung Liner Notes, Interviewer
Danny Orton Composer
Mark Rosenmeier Cover Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    comprehensive, not deep

    It's hard to argue with the song selection or price of this two-disk set. But as singles/AM-radio versions are often used, especially with early classics such as "Questions 67 & 68" and "Beginnings," disappointment may ensue as those fabulous horn solos and improvised sections are truncated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago's greastest original hits

    Have loved listening to Chicago's music since the 80's. When hearing their music, knew at once who the group was and the songs. Enjoyed hearing Peter Cetera's style of singing in Chicago and the Karate Kid movies. All around great listening music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago, The Best of Chicago 40th Anniversary Edition

    This CD set is Chicago at their best. I had a friend who recommended it to me. I have enjoyed it very much. I too would recommend it to all of Chicago's fans. They have put together a top notch collection of their work and it represents I believe the best from the iconic rock group. Very much enjoyable, great tracks some I new others I didn't. An all around winner. Songs that are among many favorites are included, Does Anybody REally Know What Time it is?, Saturday in the Park, Feelin' Stronger Everyday, Old Days, If You Leave Me Now, Baby, What a Big Surprise, Love Me Tomorrow, Hard Habit to Break, and many others, thirty of their best tracks of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!!!!

    First of all, I think this is the best Chicago album cover in many many years! It harkens back to the old days, and it fits well with the old style chicago album covers and themes. Their last 4 or 5 album covers were pretty bad... Great CD for new Chicago listeners. The old stuff keeps getting better as time marches on. They were/are a great band.

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    Posted June 25, 2010

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