Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Chicago's Greatest Hits (1975)

Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by a CD.

A.K.A. Chicago IX

All 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 Thursday morning spin.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (5 consecutive weeks, Dec 13, 1975 - Jan 10,1976)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (7 consecutive weeks, Dec 13, 1975 - Jan 24, 1976)

Song Album  Year  Hot 100 
25 or 6 to 4 II19704
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?I19707
Colour My World II19717
Just You 'N' MeVI19734
Saturday in the ParkV19723
Feelin' Stronger Every DayVI197310
Make Me SmileII19709
Wishing You Were HereVII197411
Call On Me VII19746
(I've Been) Searchin' For So LongVII19749

Missing Top 40 hits: Free (#20, 1971), Lowdown (#35, 1971), Questions 67 and 68 (#24, 1971), Dialogue (Part I & II) (#24, 1972), Harry Truman (#13, 1975) and Old Days (#5, 1975). Would I have preferred chronological sequencing? You betcha.

I enjoy most all of the above tunes and if Wishing You Were Here isn't the perfect song for a cool winter morning, I don't know what could possibly replace it. The only song I'll skip is Colour My World, which bores me to no end and I call shenanigans on using the British spelling of the word "colour" - you're from Chicago, ferchrissakes.

Billboard, November 22, 1975, p. 74

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Beginnings reminds me of an ill-advised trip to the beach during the Lost Summer of Mark, 1988. Long story short: I listened to my cassette version of this album on said trip and was talking to another person about the trombone solo in Beginnings. The "B from D" got mad/jealous, walked out of the room, fight ensued. Good times and very possibly my only fight about a trombone solo. Hella song though.

Speaking of trombones, how do you improve the aerodynamics of a trombonist's car? Take the Domino's Pizza sign off the roof. Hi-yoooo!

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)
Chicago Transit Authority (1969)

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