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Chicago IX/Chicago's Greatest Hits

Columbia 3390
Released: November 1975
Chart Peak: #1
Weeks Charted: 72
Certified Platinum: 11/21/86

Peter CeteraRobert LammFirst greatest hits package for this all star group, one of the first to mix the sounds of rock and horns. While often considered an album oriented band, the seven have had their share of hit singles over the years, as this set aptly demonstrates. Equally impressive, they have scored with several kinds of songs -- from jazz flavored to wild big band material to fun rockers to simpler tunes. The material has also covered a wide variety of subject matter.
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With the various musical feels and the fine combinations of lead and harmony vocals the group stands heads above most other "supergroups" musically speaking, and, in fact, rank as one of the few legitimate American super bands. Best cuts: "25 Or 6 To 4," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Saturday In The Park," "Feelin' Stronger Everyday," "Wishing You Were Here," "Beginnings."

- Billboard, 1975.

Bonus Reviews!

The biggest hits of Chicago's first five years of recording, including "Just You 'N' Me," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Wishing You Were Here," "Call On Me," and "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long." * * * *

- William Ruhlmann, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.

Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits is the essential singles collection, a testament to the commercial force Chicago was during the late 60s and early 70s. * * * *

- Gary Graff, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.

"Bring on the horns!" hoot hordes hot for this brassy, jazz-influenced rock group and their crisp, clean '70s sound. Bursting with hits that make you smile, like "Color My World" and "26 or 6 to 4," this fine compilation has all the flavor you need for hours of listening. Sure, it's mushy love music but you can also listen to it when your heart is broken. * * * *

- Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time, 2003.

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