Greatest Hits, Volume II (Chicago album)

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Greatest Hits, Volume II
Greatest hits album by Chicago
Released November 23, 1981
Recorded January 1969 - June 1978
Genre Rock
Length 35:49
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio,
Phil Ramone and Chicago
Chicago chronology
Chicago XIV
(1980)
Greatest Hits, Volume II
(1981)
Chicago 16
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits, Volume II is the second greatest hits album by the American rock band Chicago, and its fifteenth album overall, released in 1981.

Following 1980's Chicago XIV, Columbia Records dropped Chicago from its roster and cancelled a lucrative contract that had recently been signed. While the band had begun its association with David Foster and was in the process of building a new identity, Columbia had contractual obligations for a new release. Therefore, the label wanted a sequel to the band's first, and highly successful, hits package which had been 1975's Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits. This sequel, Volume II, featured bare-bones album artwork consisting of a collage of photos from around the city of Chicago. The album lacked liner notes, and it was the only album to lack the band's distinctive logo, aside from a small picture of it from their second album in the middle of the collage.

Released in November 1981, Greatest Hits, Volume II primarily sampled material from Chicago VIII through 1978's Hot Streets, after which the hits stopped coming, though it also stretches back to pick up overlooked hits from the era first covered by the original compilation album. Appearing just before Chicago's unexpected career revival with Chicago 16, reached #171 in the US. Curiously, though "Dialogue Part I & II" is part of the track listing, Part I of the song is left off, leaving only the Part II outro.

Like its predecessor, Greatest Hits, Volume II has since been superseded by 2002's The Very Best of: Only the Beginning and is out of print.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Baby, What A Big Surprise" (Peter Cetera) – 3:03
  2. "Dialogue (Part II)" (Robert Lamm) – 4:10 - incorrectly listed as "Parts I & II"
  3. "No Tell Lover" (Peter Cetera/Lee Loughnane/Danny Seraphine) – 3:47 - single edit
  4. "Alive Again" (James Pankow) – 3:32 - single edit
  5. "Old Days" (James Pankow) – 3:29

Side two[edit]

  1. "If You Leave Me Now" (Peter Cetera) – 3:55
  2. "Questions 67 and 68" (Robert Lamm) – 3:26 - single edit
  3. "Happy Man" (Peter Cetera) – 3:15 - exclusive mix which edits out the false start featured on Chicago VII
  4. "Gone Long Gone" (Peter Cetera) – 3:57
  5. "Take Me Back To Chicago" (Danny Seraphine/David Wolinski) – 3:00 - single edit

Greatest Hits, Volume II (Columbia 37682) reached #171 in the US during a chart stay of 5 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 171

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