Chicago - The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning

Chicago - The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
Recording Date: January, 1969 - July, 1999
Artist: Chicago
Duration: 02:37:25
Release Date: July 2, 2002
Album: The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
Styles: Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, AM Pop, Jazz-Rock
Genre: Pop\Rock

Rhino began its elaborate Chicago reissue series in 2002 with The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning, a double-disc set that covers 39 hits from all of Chicago's eras -- from the early jazzy records, through the soft rock hits sung by Peter Cetera, to the post-Cetera adult contemporary records of the '80s, and beyond. It's the first compilation to cover this much ground, actually -- 1991's Group Portrait stopped around Cetera's departure -- and while it may go a little bit further than some would want (a cover of Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing" from their 1995 neo-swing album closes the set; it happens to feature the Gipsy Kings on support), it nevertheless is very satisfying, since it rounds up all of the hits, and Chicago were at their very best on their hits. For anybody who has been holding on to all three Greatest Hits collections, this will replace them all, since it has almost every song from all three, plus remastered sound.

Indeed, this is the definitive word on the group -- perhaps a fan favorite or two is missing, but everything you need is here, in a more concise, user-friendly shape than the Group Portrait box while offering more than any of the hits collections.

Make Me Smile / James PankowChicago4:25
25 or 6 to 4 / Robert LammChicago4:49
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? / Robert LammChicago3:19
Beginnings / Robert LammChicago6:27
Questions 67 and 68 / Robert LammChicago4:52
I'm a Man / Jimmy Miller / Steve WinwoodChicago5:43
Colour My World / James PankowChicago3:01
Free / Terry Kath / Robert Lamm / Walter ParazaiderChicago2:16
Lowdown / Peter Cetera / Daniel SeraphineChicago3:34
Saturday in the Park / Robert LammChicago3:55
Dialogue, Pts. 1 & 2 / Robert LammChicago5:01
Just You 'N' Me / James PankowChicago3:42
Feelin' Stronger Every Day / Peter Cetera / James Pankow / Jimmy PankowChicago4:14
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long / James PankowChicago4:28
Wishing You Were Here / Peter CeteraChicago4:35
Call on Me / Lee LoughnaneChicago4:03
Happy Man / Peter CeteraChicago3:16
Another Rainy Day in New York City / Robert LammChicago3:01
If You Leave Me Now / Peter CeteraChicago3:56

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