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CHICAGO XXV (25) - THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
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CHICAGO XXV (25) - THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical, Classic Rock
 
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Uh, shouldn't that be Chicago XXV? Well, of course 25 refers not to where this title falls in the stalwart brass-pop band's ongoing oeuvre (besides, they dropped the Roman numerals they long favored way back around 1980's ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Chicago
Title: CHICAGO XXV (25) - THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Chicago Records
Original Release Date: 8/25/1998
Re-Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical, Classic Rock
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Opera & Classical Vocal, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 703404303523, 703404303547

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Uh, shouldn't that be Chicago XXV? Well, of course 25 refers not to where this title falls in the stalwart brass-pop band's ongoing oeuvre (besides, they dropped the Roman numerals they long favored way back around 1980's XIV) but to December 25, Christmas Day. While these Chi-town swingers have been putting out airy albums since 1969, this is their first holiday spree, and it's pretty much what one might expect. You get your Yule standards ("Little Drummer Boy," "Let It Snow," "Silent Night"). You get your collection of vocalists sharing the chores (Bill Champlin, Jason Sheff, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughname). You get your temperate jazz-rock arrangements (Chicago's brass section doesn't blow so much as puff). Doubters will find it frightful; for longtime devotees, it is delightful. --Steven Stolder

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One of the best Christmas CDs Ever
12/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's almost a rite of passage for pop artists to release a Christmas collection. Most of them are far from memorable. This one, however, is a classic. These are stunningly original takes on old favourites, with that unmistakable Chicago sound throughout.This one has instantly become my favourite holiday CD."
Chicago's slant on Christmas is innovative & thrilling!
Joseph J. Coppola | 11/11/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Chicago XXV is dominated by great vocals and the brass section. Bill Champlin lead and backing vocals dominate this effort. What Child Is This? is breathtaking and really showcases his tallents. He even gets funky with his organ playing and soulful voice on Santa Clause is Coming To Town. Then Robert Lamm does his thing on Christmas Time Is Here. He also has lead vocals on three other songs. This album continues Lamm's return to the forefront as a vocal force for this band which started with Night & Day (Big Band). The horn section blares throughout the CD also a continuation from Night & Day. My 7 year old daughter just loves this CD and so will you!"
Christmas with Chicago
Joseph J. Coppola | North Massapequa, New York United States | 09/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A great Cd by the kings of rock and horns. The band is tight throughout the entire Cd. A great blend of vocals and instruments. Chicago puts its unique style to some classic holiday music. The only drawback is that the Cd ends and you still want more. A truly fine effort by this legendary band that should be but is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."