A.K.A. Chicago XV
All but one of these songs have already appeared on the blog on another compilation, Only The Beginning: The Very Best Of Chicago. But since the goal of the blog is to listen to all the CDs on the shelves, this one is getting a Friday morning spin.
The lone exception? Track 9, Gone Long Gone doesn't appear on Only The Beginning. This compilation primarily samples material from Chicago VIII through 1978's Hot Streets, though it also stretches back to pick up overlooked hits from the era first covered by the first greatest hits album.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #171
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #158
|Baby What a Big Surprise||XI||1977||4|
|Dialogue (Part II)||V||1972||24|
|No Tell Lover||Hot Streets||1979||14|
|Alive Again||Hot Streets||1978||14|
|If You Leave Me Now||X||1976||1|
|Question 67 & 68||I||1969||71|
|Gone Long Gone||Hot Streets||1979||73|
|Take Me Back to Chicago||XI||1978||63|
Missing Top 40 hit: Another Rainy Day in New York City (#32, 1976). Would I have preferred chronological sequencing and liner notes and credits? You betcha.
It's an understandably weaker album that the first greatest hits compilation, but Peter Cetera's soft rock contributions to the Chicago œuvre are squarely in my wheelhouse, particularly Baby What A Big Surprise, No Tell Lover, and If You Leave Me Now. Hearing part 2 of Dialogue without the first part doesn't seem right, even though I prefer the latter half of that conversation. However, I can easily listen through the whole CD without skipping any tunes.
|Billboard, November 11, 1981, p. 72|
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I'm flashing back to the hot summer Old Days, being introduced to these tunes on the AM radio. I had a friend whose much older sister listened to Chicago, so in my pre-teen mind, this was music the cool high school kids enjoyed so if I liked it, it would make me cool, too. Right?
Previously revisited for the blog:
Only The Beginning: The Very Best Of Chicago (2002)
Greatest Hits 1982-1989 (1989)
Chicago 17 (1984)
Chicago 16 (1982)
Greatest Hits (1975)
Chicago Transit Authority (1969)