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Original Album Series Box set

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B003U7RP6C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
3. Beginnings
4. Questions 67 And 68
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Movin' In
2. The Road
3. Poem For The People
4. In The Country
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. A Hit By Varese
2. All Is Well
3. Now That You've Gone
4. Dialogue
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Critics' Choice
2. Just You 'N' Me
3. Darlin' Dear
4. Jenny
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Prelude To Aire
2. Aire
3. Devil's Sweet
4. Italian From New York
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

A collection of five of the best albums from the career of American rock band, Chicago. This box set includes the complete albums:
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Chicago II
  • Chicago V
  • Chicago VI
  • Chicago VII

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By coca-ebola on 4 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Slowly but surely, Chicago are being elevated out of the middle-of-the-road kitsch bracket - more people are discovering their early work, much of which couldn't be further removed from Hard Habit To Break et cetera.

In the early '70s, they called this sort of music "brass rock" - a term that should be revived, as it certainly isn't jazz-rock fusion, it's not a bit like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, twin-guitar '70s Miles Davis, early (Vitous-era) Weather Report, or Frank Zappa's instrumental-oriented stuff. It's closer to Blood Sweat & Tears and such lesser-known phenomena as the Ides Of March or Heaven (who may even have coined the "brass-rock" term on their one and only [great] album).
Or Santana - because even before the Latin percussion starts creeping in on Volume VII, Chicago were mixing the same influences in the same fashion, and they had their own guitar hero in the perenially-underrated Terry Kath (odd that, since Hendrix was quite bowled over by him). I would recommend this to curious Santana fans, but I feel I may be wasting my time. To most people, this is an incomprehensible, utterly time-locked, musical genre. (I've seen reviews of both early Chicago and BS&T which argue that this music communicates absolutely nothing to later generations, and they may be right).
Chicago Transit Authority (1969) is the most guitar-heavy album of their career, with a lot of time taken up by Cream-ish extended jams (Poem 52 and the epic Liberation) and a Hendrixy atonal noise solo (Free Form Guitar. which doesn't really have enough variety of tones and ideas: Larry Coryell would've done it better). But it also introduces the mix of straight pop, jazz-tinged pop-rock and hippie politics that would occupy the next few albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Mason on 16 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Chicago when 'If you leave me now' was a hit. And I must admit I loved that song, especially the horn section. So a couple of years later I bought Chicago Transit Authority, thinking it might be more of the same. At first I was shocked! It was fairly heavy Jazz Rock, and not at all what I expected. But it grew on me, and has become my all time favourite album (though I do flip past Free From Guitar).

The other CDs in this collection aren't quite as good - how could they be - but Chicago (aka Chicago II), and Chicago V are still excellent (Chicago IV was a 4 Album live set). The one change I would have made to this collection would have been to drop the rather weak Chicago VI and replace it with Chigago III.

For anyone who thinks Chicago were a middle of the road AOR band, I'd recommend this collection highly. An absolute bargain - especially when you consider that Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago and Chicago VII were alll originally double albums.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Gardner on 26 May 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wonderful Music,

All bar Chicago 3 from the best period of a unique band.

Unfortunately the transcription from the albums has lost so much of the dynamism of the original. What were the "engineers" doing I would have rather paid more for better quality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. W. Riggs on 15 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Represents the ONLY Chicago records worth a second listen with the original line up, at the helm Robert Lamm & the superb Terry Kath on lead guitar - after his early death the band died in the middle of the road.

Chicago III seems to be missing ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Milham on 4 Mar. 2014
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Having owned the original Chicago Transit Authority for many years, but not having heard any other Chicago albums I was keen hear how they had developed. These low cost boxed sets are a great way of exploring music of my youth. I was a bit disappointed that there was less of the rock, jazz, brass sound than CTA had promised Nethertheless some good tracks on the other albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miles on 1 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I remember buying Chicago V when it came out...wore that record out! Great songs and when it comes to guitar players, Terry Kath is one the most talented players EVER! Such amazing ability and confidence! Love this Original Album Series stuff Rhino does! That cut Free Form Guitar from CTA is just plain scary as hell!! Terry had balls for sure!!
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