The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition

by Chicago

CD(Special Edition)


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227996161
catalogNumber: 309116
Rank: 7513

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago   Primary Artist
Bill Champlin   Guitar,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
Robert Lamm   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Chicago   Audio Production
James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Foster   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Steve Kipner   Composer
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
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
Robert Lamm   Composer,Author

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The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GT_oh More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
JimZ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago