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5.0 out of 5 stars V STARS FOR CHICAGO IX Nov. 29 2003
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I was lucky enough to catch Chicago (with The Beach Boys at the Capital Centre [R.I.P.] on June 25, 1975) while Terry Kath (also, R.I.P.) was still alive. The group had released Chicago VIII earlier in the year (March) and had this album waiting on the back burner for the end of the year (November - which might explain why Old Days was left off it). While some people might bellyache about this album using only the single version of many of these songs (as well as it maybe not including a personal favorite), I think that this is the tightest collection of Chicago's "hits" available at any time in their long history. It may not contain all of them but it has all the important ones up to the point of IX's release. There is no padding here (like many of today's "greatest hits" packages that get foisted upon us too early [or too often] in a group's career) and it is a great representation of the original group (with the late addition of Laudir de Oliveira) before it got diluted (for various reasons) over the years. I've owned this album on vinyl, 8 track, cassette, and CD. That alone shows it's continued appeal to me. It's a shame that it has been deleted from the current Chicago catalog. I can only hope that one day, someone has the sense, resources, and balls to release an expanded version of IX that would contain full versions of each song, include a more informative booklet, and add Old Days (where it belongs). Until then, I'll hang on to my cassette and CD versions and hunt down used copies for my friends and family who weren't lucky enough to score one the first time around. A solid V stars for Chicago IX.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time... Sept. 30 2003
By A. Ort
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I've recently revisited this one on vinyl. It is simply fantastic. It seems there is a progression with many bands who start out with one style and, just as they reach their prime, 'sell out'. Selling out, of course, is always a judgment call but Chicago in the 80s pretty much defined the sappy love songs that dominated the airwaves.
But going back just a few years to the songs contained on this album we find a very experimental, even progressive, band. Mixing solid rock and roll rhythms with a jazzy feel, including the horns, and some cool and catchy lyrics ('Does anybody know what time it is...does anybody care?'), Chicago was a fantastic band. No standout lead singer, no singular star pointed out, they were a band. And this band made some great music. Check it out if you're looking for a change of pace from the relatively uninteresting music dominating the airwaves today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Best Collection.... May 12 2004
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This album still holds as the best single disc retrospective of this great band. The songs feel as strong today (May 12, 2004) as they did on my vinyl records over 25 years ago. And with all the "used" product out there you can get it at a great price. Plus, Terry Kath is one of the most under-rated rock guitarist ever (Terry, say hi to Jimi for me). Rock on!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star July 17 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars The one Chicago CD to buy - but please remaster it Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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No question that this is indeed the most concise, exciting single CD best-of covering Chicago's early hit period.
Only two songs get the single editing treatment: Make Me Smile, and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
The only really frustrating thing about this CD is that the group regained the catalog from Columbia. Since then, Columbia has been remastering their Greatest Hits line (B,S&T, Byrds, Donovan, etc) adding bonus tracks to boot.
Chicago Records has to date failed to do the same. This means that this terrific Chicago best-of still has mid '80's sound quality.
Suggestion: Chicago records remaster the catalog and add needed bonus tracks where available.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Place to Start July 1 2001
By W. Langan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good CD to introduce someone to Chicago or to let them know who it was who sang songs like "25 or 6 to 4" or "Saturday in the Park" (perhaps 2 of their most recognisable songs). This collection features exclusively the original (and the best) lineup of Peter Cetera (he may have gone a little pop in the 1980's but he still could jam on bass and sing really well), Robert Lamm (an excellent keyboardist, singer, and songwiter), James Pankow (trombonist; both he and Lamm guested on Bob Coburn's Rock Line last week), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), Danny Seraphine (drummer extraordinaire), Walter Parazaider (woodwinds-sax, flute, and clarinet), and the late great Terry Kath (Hendrix complimented his guitar style when still alive and only Barry White could match his gravelly baritone). As others who reviewed this have said, this isn't a complete Greatest Hits collection. After all, there are no brass instruments on "I'm a Man" a song which showed a different side of Chicago and albums Chicago III and VIII are not even represented. Nevertheless, every song here is a gem. "Saturday in the Park" recollects Lamm's memories in NYC (he's one of the few original members who is not a native of the windy city). Pankow contributes the motivational "Feelin' Stronger" (co-written with Cetera) and the introspective "Searchin' So Long" (featuting some lovely strings joining the brass section). "Just You 'n' Me" features some fine jazz improvization in the middle. "Wishing You Were Here" features some fine vocals from Carl and Dennis Wilson and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. Kath croons on both the passionate "Make Me Smile" and the sensitive "Colour My World", featuring a lovely flute solo by Parazaider (both songs were part of a long medley on Chicago II) and jams out quite impressively with his guitar on "25 or 6 to 4"! "Call on Me" probably best represents Chicago VII (one of the last jazz-rock albums they did). And I'm really glad the entire versions of "Beginnings" (one of my all-time favorites) and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Lamm's plea for a world to chill out and not be in such a hurry all the time). When this 1st came out on vinyl, the samba fadeout of "Beginnings" was cut short as was the bold intro to "...What Time It Is" (too bad for vinyl owners, since Lamm's F/G piano riff is an essential part of the song). As I said before, this is the best place to start and if you'd really like to hear more, Chicago's Group Portrait is highly recommended.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific, But Mostly Unnecessary Collection Oct. 8 2005
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
CHICAGO IX: GREATEST HITS was first released thirty years ago and it was a fitting testament to the classic period in Chicago's continuing legacy. While Rhino justifiably remastered and rereleaseed (often with bonus tracks) their early catalog, was it really necessary to reissue this greatest hits package? After all, Rhino put out a definitive two-disc set, 2002's THE VERY BEST OF CHICAGO: ONLY THE BEGINNING, that covers every song here--and 28 more.

However, it should be noted that there are two distinctive differences. THE VERY BEST OF included a new edit of "Make Me Smile" that was over a minute longer than the original LP version, and they used a truncated version of "Beginnings," editing out the drum and percussion interlude. Both of these songs appear in their original album version on CHICAGO IX. Is that enough difference to warrant the purchase of this reissue? You'll have to decide that for yourself. But, overall, this is a solid (if somewhat skimpy) collection of Chicago's early hits. RECOMMENDED
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated Collection - but has the best stuff they did Aug. 5 2004
By L.A. Scene - Published on Amazon.com
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"Chicago Greatest Hits" is actually "Chicago IX" if you keep track of Chicago's numeric naming of their albums. This was a greatest hits album that was released early in their careers and like many Greatest Hits albums that come out early, they often get dated when the band continues to have success. In the case of Chicago, the band would still have another 1/4 century of music ahead of them. Chicago might be the greatest and most innovative band not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite having Hall of Fame eligibility. The key to their legend is the innovative use of horns and woodwinds (thanks to unheralded band members Lee Loughnane, Jimmy Pankow, and Walt Parazaider) Despite this particular Greatest Hits collection being dated - it does cover the most creative period of Chicago. This contains selections that have the most innovative use of the horn section which form an aggressive rock sound what I call the "Chicago (band) Sound". Although the band would continue to have the use of a horns section in the later stages of their career, the band would slowly transform into an adult contemporary and love ballads band.

There are other collections that will probably give you a more complete. For example, the set "The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning" contains every song on this collection plus a good selection of their material that would follow in the 25 years after the release of "Chicago Greatest Hits". "The Best of Chicago" and "The Best of Chicago Volume 2" are two separate CDs that between the 2, include all of the material on this CD. "Chicago - Group Portrait" is a more complete collection while the boxed set "Chicago - The Box" will provide the most complete library. The important thing to note is this CD has a good chunk of the band's early career. Another thing to point out is that this CD takes songs from the first 8 albums of Chicago's career, but it ignores Chicago III, Chicago Live at Carnegie Hall (IV), and Chicago VIII. There are some nice songs that are also missing from the other CDs, such as "Where Do we Go From Here", and "I'm a Man". While it may seem that you could go easily elsewhere in the Chicago library and find the selections on this CD, it is worth noting there are 11 songs on the collection. Keep in mind that this album was released in 1975 and an 11 song album (without being a double album) was not especially common during that time.

The songs themselves speak for themselves - these are legendary songs and need no introduction. They are: "25 or 6 to 4", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is", "Colour My World", "Just You and Me", "Saturday in the Park", "Feelin Stronger Every Day", "Make Me Smile", "Call on Me", "(I've Been) Searchin So Long", and "Beginnings". The ordering of the song does disappoint me as well. The songs are basically mixed up with no logical order. I usually prefer my greatest hits to be in chronlogical order. (It is ironic that the song "Beginnings" is the last song)

There are some very interesting facts to consider. The great songs on this collection had three different singers - Robert Lamm, Terry Kath, and Peter Cetera. Another amazing fact is that the band didn't have a number one single until the late 1980s with"Chicago 19"'s "Look Away" (almost 20 years into their careers) - yet this was probably Many say that it is the late Terry Kath who was the champion of the "Chicago Sound" and once he passed away in 1978, the balance of power started to shift to the likes of Peter Cetera who would begin to transform them into a ballads band.

The "Chicago Greatest Hits" CD has some real poor liner notes. The band members are listed - there are little in the way of production credits. I know many of the band members play multiple instruments depending on the song - I still would have liked to have seen this included. No lyrics are included. A nice thing is that the original album for each of the 'greatest hits' is listed. Normally, I would have given this 2 stars - but there is some good quality material on here and probably contains the best stuff the band did. My advice would be to only pick this album up if you can get it at a significant discount - otherwise look at some of the more recent compilations or boxed sets the band has done. You probably will get more value for your money.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ALMOST-perfect hits collection! Oct. 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without question, one of the best "Greatest Hits" albums I've ever found! In this rare case, EVERY SONG deserves to be here-- there's not a clunker in the bunch. And even if you have every other CHICAGO album, this is the place to hear the edited "hit" versions of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is", "Beginnings", "25 Or 6 To 4"; or "Colour My World" as a stand-alone song; or both ends of "Make Me Smile" edited together. WOW!!! Now-- IF ONLY they'd have included "Questions 67 & 68" and "I'm A Man"... It happens this was my first CHICAGO album-- need I add I went on to buy ALL the others?
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