The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227617028
  • Catalog Number: 76170
  • Sales rank: 4,048

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Primary Artist
John Campbell Keyboards
Gipsy Kings Flamenco Guitar
David Foster Piano, Keyboards
Bill Champlin Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Lamm Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Wilson Background Vocals
Phillip Ashley Keyboards
Dawayne Bailey Guitar, Vocals
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards
Peter Cetera Bass, Vocals
Kenny Cetera Background Vocals
Tim Cetera Background Vocals
Tamara Champlin Background Vocals
Chaka Khan Background Vocals
Luis Conte Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Donnie Dacus Guitar, Vocals
Kiki Epsen Keyboards
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar
Bruce Gaitsch Guitar
Guille Garcia Percussion, Conga
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
James William Guercio Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar
Keith Howland Guitar
Tris Imboden Harmonica, Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Al Jardine Background Vocals
Charles Judge Keyboards
Terry Kath Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
John Keane Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Joe Lala Conga
Michael Landau Guitar
Lee Loughnane Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Othello Molineaux Steel Drums
J.G. O'Rafferty Pedal Steel Guitar
David Paich Synthesizer
James Pankow Percussion, Trombone, Vocals
Walter Parazaider Percussion, Vocals, Woodwind
Chris Pinnick Guitar
Chas Sandford Guitar
Jason Scheff Bass, Vocals
Daniel Seraphine Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Efrain Toro Keyboards
Blue Weaver Synthesizer Strings
Leroy Williams Steel Drums
Mike Murphy cowbell
Hawk Wolinski Synthesizer, ARP
Nicolás Reyes Vocals
Greg Adams Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Patchai Reyes Vocals
Tonino Baliardo Guitar
Tom Keane Keyboards
Dan Huff Guitar
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Technical Credits
Chicago Producer
Steve Stills Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Bobby Caldwell Composer
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
Bill Watrous Arranger, Orchestration
Dominic Frontiere Orchestration
Patrick Williams Orchestration
David Foster Arranger, Composer, Producer
Albert Hammond Composer
Steve Kipner Composer
Robert Lamm Composer
Jimmy Miller Composer
Hank Altman Engineer
Aaron Baron Engineer
Richard Baskin Composer
Roy Bittan Producer
Jim Boyer Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Fred Catero Engineer
Peter Cetera Composer
Chaka Khan Contributor
Donnie Dacus Composer
Larry Dahlstrom Engineer
Lee DeCarlo Engineer
Tom Dowd Producer
Kiki Epsen Programming
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Carlos Garcia Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer, Remixing
Don Gehman Engineer
Mark Goldenberg Composer
Bud Graham Engineer
James William Guercio Producer
Jimmie Haskell Orchestration, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Chris Hinshaw Engineer
Terry Kath Composer
Peter Kaye Programming
Tommy Keane Composer
Lee Loughnane Composer, Remastering
Peter Mayer Programming
David McLees Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Sy Mitchell Engineer
Erwin Musper Engineer
Brian Ross-Myring Engineer
Ron Nevison Producer, Engineer
James Pankow Composer
Walter Parazaider Composer
Ted Perlman Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Gerard Prevost Producer
Don Puluse Engineer
Alex Rodriguez Engineer
Chas Sandford Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jason Scheff Composer
Daniel Seraphine Composer, drum programming
Wayne Tarnowski Engineer
Ed Thacker Engineer, Live Recording Mixer
Efrain Toro drum programming
Diane Warren Composer
Mervyn Warren Producer
Lou Waxman Engineer
David "Hawk" Wolinski Composer
Shelly Berg Arranger, Orchestration
Jeff Guercio Engineer
Mike Murphy Programming
Michael Carnevale Engineer
John Dexter Composer
Maria Villar Art Direction
Jeff Magid Remastering
Gary McGachen Engineer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
J.B. Scott Composer
Tom Keane Composer
Tim Scanlin Liner Notes
Bill DeYoung Liner Notes
John Parker Composer
Jimmy Pankow Composer
Dave Donnelly Remastering
W. Schwebke Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Treasure Side One

    Without a doubt, the best quality from this band was provided with its earliest material. Sadly, in its quest to achieve commercial success, the band chose to enter the mainstream, focusing on predictable, sugar-coded MOR songs that simply did not (could not) maximize its potential. Classics from the best albums are contained on the first CD (with some exceptions). If you left CD #2 out of this pack, you would still have the content that counts. This band could have been so much more !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hope it will never end

    There will never be another Chicago. For anyone who loves rock/pop and hard driving horns this is the ultimate albumn. I already own this one and have practically worn the CD down. Playing in a jazz band in high school and college and loving rock and roll this band is the tops! I share the sentiments of another reviewer and I hope that this really is only the begining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. Shaft says...

    What's not to like about this title? It has everything going for it. Great songs by a great band and superb Rhino mastering add up to one excellent package. This is a title to which you'll want to listen over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazingly Mastered

    This is good ol' rock and roll at its best. The horns compliment the singing superbly. Highlights include "You're the Inspiration" and "25 or 6 to 4"...but they are all great. Chicago has real talent...not any digitally fake stuff. Do yourself a favor...pick up "Only the Beginning" as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unless you own everything.....

    This is truly a great ensemble of music to be had by any true fan or non-chalant fan...There is something for everyone and Rhino has done an excellent job of remastering these songs... Let's hope this is truly ''Only The Beginning''...after all the reissues are finished hopefully we will see some new material released...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great sound quality

    excellent showcase of the bands hits and there obvious talent for up tempo tunes and pop ballads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    159 Minutes of Pure Pleasure...hit after hit!

    If you are like me, and know Chicago best from their appearances on vinyl, and didn't splurge on much digital copy, now is the time to pick up a Chicago CD collection. All the major songs from every studio album of each decade in order, are here. The sound quality is good to superb; the older master tapes suffer hiss, particularly on ''Color My World'' but that is exactly how the band heard it in the studio those days, believe me. Remastering also seems to bring out the lead vocals subtle texture on most of the older material strikingly (and you'll love it). Now, if you are used to techno-inspired drum loops and canned multi-layered fake harmonies and pseudo-horns played on old excuses for synthesizers common in the 70s and 80s forget it. This is the real deal, in fact the horns sound so good, they ''seem'' a little dry without all the technical psycho-acoustics. They are just tightly and sharply played wind instruments that gel-well with the succession of soaring vocalists over the years that make this band a real institution. I'll forgive ''Sing, Sing, Sing'' if you will, otherwise not a single clinker in the batch. Grab it now and thank me later!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    39 Hits in one little box

    Old fan or newbie will enjoy this compact collection of remastered and cleaned up edits of America's greatest band!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If You Love Chicago.....

    you will love this compilation. Thanks Chicago for putting together a collection for the people who have loved your music from the beginning.

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