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Heart of Chicago 2 1982-1998
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
Japanese collection with 15 of their best tracks for Reprisedigitally remastered, including '25 Or 6 To 4', 'Here With Me' and 'Explain It To My Heart'. The CD comes in a standardjewel case, which in turn comes inside of a... more »
Japanese collection with 15 of their best tracks for Reprisedigitally remastered, including '25 Or 6 To 4', 'Here With Me' and 'Explain It To My Heart'. The CD comes in a standardjewel case, which in turn comes inside of a embossed black slipcase embossed with silver lettering. The slipcase has space for both parts of 'The Heart Of Chicago... Volume II' & is protected by a generic white slipcase cover. It also contains three tracks from the unreleased album 'Stone Of Sysyphus': 'The Pull', 'Here With Me' & 'Bigger Than Elvis'.1998 Reprise release.
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Reviewed on 3/4/2007...
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retrowens | Alabama, USA | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We all know about the controversy behind those notorious "greatest hits" albums. Most of them leave off two or more of your favorite hits by that artist, and others don't include any new tracks so we can see if the artist still has it, but we can't help to buy these albums because of what they DO have. It's the rare greats that don't leave off any of the classics that you can't live without, and what's even more rare are the artists who have so many songs you like that one disc of hits isn't enough. And for that second compilation to be as chock full of hits and to be as great as the first is almost unheard of.
But this CD, The Heart of Chicago Vol. II, is living proof that some artists can go beyond the norm. Chicago has been making great music since 1967 and they've had more success than most artists could ever dream of, but somehow they remain very underrated. Why are they not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame yet!?? The first Heart of Chicago CD featured the best known tracks from Chicago's history, but there wasn't enough room for many of the band's best.
Heart of Chicago Vol. II has most of the lesser known hits that you seldom, if ever hear on the radio. As you listen through them, you'll scratch your head and wonder why the DJs never play most of these songs anymore. I'm only 23, so it may not be a surprise that I can't recall ever hearing the catchy "Stay The Night" on the radio (but I've learned to love it!); listening to "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" (my favorite!) makes me feel old, on the other hand, because I remember when it was new, but I don't think I've heard it played this millennium on the airwaves. "Old Days" is full of nostalgic lyrics that could be a representation of what many fans of 'old' music think. Take us back to the old days when most of the new music was worth hearing more than once!
Myself, I'm usually not a big fan of artists including many new songs on compilations, but Chicago's are pretty good, especially "All Roads Lead To You". I bet it could have been a top 40 hit had it been released. I thought that Heart of Chicago Vol. 1 would've been plenty of Chicago for me, even though this one had "Baby What A Big Surprise", "Old Days", and even the overlooked "You're Not Alone". But then I listened to a clip of some of the others, like "Stay The Night" and "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" and decided that I wanted to add it to my collection. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of Chicago's music or a clueless newcomer who wants to sample their music, I fully recommend adding both volumes of The Heart of Chicago to your library."
25 Or 6 To 4 Again
Michael Kerner | Brooklyn, New York U.S.A. | 01/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Since the late 60's, Chicago has created a dynamic vibe with their unique blend of rock n' roll and horns. The Heart Of Chicago Volume 2 1967-1998, is a delightful companion album to the previous Heart Of Chicago album from 1997.The songs here blend in with classic songs like No Tell Lover, and Love Me Tomorrow, plus a pair of new songs added to the mix, All Roads Lead To You, and Show Me A Sign.Now, set to celebrate their 35th anniversary in the spotlight, Chicago has crafted a energy that is well worth rewarded. From their early work as The Big Thing, to their power ballad triumph in the 80's, there are so many fans that enjoy the soulful sound of Chicago."