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)
|25 or 6 to 4||II||1970||4|
|Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?||I||1970||7|
|Colour My World||II||1971||7|
|Just You 'N' Me||VI||1973||4|
|Saturday in the Park||V||1972||3|
|Feelin' Stronger Every Day||VI||1973||10|
|Make Me Smile||II||1970||9|
|Wishing You Were Here||VII||1974||11|
|Call On Me||VII||1974||6|
|(I've Been) Searchin' For So Long||VII||1974||9|
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)