The Box (Chicago album)

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The Box
Box set by Chicago
Released July 22, 2003
Recorded January 1969–1998
Genre Rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 392:55
Label Rhino Records
Producer James William Guercio,
Phil Ramone, Chicago,
Tom Dowd, David Foster,
Ron Nevison,
Chas Sandford,
Bruce Fairbairn,
Lenny Kravitz,
James Newton Howard
and Roy Bittan
Chicago chronology
The Very Best of: Only the Beginning
(2002)
The Box
(2003)
Love Songs
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Box is a five-CD/one DVD career-spanning box set by popular American group Chicago and was compiled and released through Rhino Records in 2003. The set was authorized by the band, which helped choose material from its entire back catalogue.

The box includes material from every studio album released by the band since its 1969 debut The Chicago Transit Authority to its late 1990s recordings, along with a few rarities, notably three songs from the then-unreleased 1993 Stone of Sisyphus project. Every charting single from 1969 to 2003 is included, with the exception of the 1986 remake of the band's earlier hit, "25 or 6 to 4."

An additional DVD sports rare live recordings from 1972 and promotional material for 1979's Chicago 13. The set also includes a booklet of additional material featuring track-by-track analysis, promotional photos, essays and variations on the familiar Chicago logo.

The set did not chart in the US or the UK.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Introduction" (Terry Kath) – 6:35
  2. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Robert Lamm) – 3:20
  3. "Beginnings" (Lamm) – 6:27
  4. "Questions 67 and 68" (Lamm) – 5:01
  5. "Listen" (Lamm) – 3:22
  6. "South California Purples" (Lamm) – 6:11
  7. "I'm a Man" (Jimmy Miller/Steve Winwood) – 5:43
  8. "Movin' In" (James Pankow) – 4:06
  9. "Wake Up Sunshine" (Lamm) – 2:29
  10. "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile/So Much to Say, So Much to Give" (Pankow) – 7:02
  11. "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World" (Pankow) – 3:00
  12. "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free/Now More Than Ever" (Pankow) – 2:41
  13. "Fancy Colours" (Lamm) – 5:10
  14. "25 or 6 to 4" (Lamm) – 4:50
  15. "Poem for the People" (Lamm) – 5:31
  16. "It Better End Soon: 1st Movement/3rd Movement/4th Movement" (Lamm/Kath) – 6:37

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Loneliness Is Just a Word" (Lamm) – 2:36
  2. "Travel Suite: Flight 602" (Lamm) – 2:45
  3. "Travel Suite: Free" (Lamm) – 2:16
  4. "Mother" (Lamm) – 4:30
  5. "Lowdown" (Peter Cetera/Danny Seraphine) – 3:35
  6. "An Hour in the Shower: A Hard Risin' Morning Without Breakfast/Off to Work/Fallin' Out/Dreamin' Home/Morning Blues Again" (Kath) – 5:28
  7. "A Hit by Varese" (Lamm) – 4:55
  8. "All Is Well" (Lamm) – 3:50
  9. "Saturday in the Park" (Lamm) – 3:56
  10. "Dialogue (Part I & II)" (Lamm) – 7:10
  11. "Just You 'N' Me" (Pankow) – 3:42
  12. "Something in This City Changes People" (Lamm) – 3:42
  13. "In Terms of Two" (Cetera) – 3:29
  14. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Cetera/Pankow) – 4:14
  15. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (Pankow) – 4:29
  16. "Mongonucleosis" (Pankow) – 3:26
  17. "Wishing You Were Here" (Cetera) – 4:37
  18. "Call on Me" (Lee Loughnane) – 4:02
  19. "Happy Man" [GH2 Edit] (Cetera) – 3:14

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Harry Truman" (Lamm) – 3:01
  2. "Old Days" (Pankow) – 3:31
  3. "Brand New Love Affair, Part I & II" (Pankow) – 4:27
  4. "Never Been in Love Before" (Lamm) – 4:10
  5. "You Are on My Mind" (Pankow) – 3:12
  6. "Mama Mama" (Cetera) – 3:30
  7. "Hope for Love" (Kath) – 3:03
  8. "Another Rainy Day in New York City" (Lamm) – 3:01
  9. "Gently I'll Wake You" (Lamm) – 3:33
  10. "If You Leave Me Now" (Cetera) – 3:56
  11. "Mississippi Delta City Blues" (Kath) – 4:39
  12. "Baby, What a Big Surprise" (Cetera) – 3:04
  13. "Take Me Back to Chicago" (Seraphine/David Wolinski) – 5:17
  14. "Prelude (Little One)/Little One" (Seraphine/Wolinski) – 6:34
  15. "Gone Long Gone" (Cetera) – 4:00
  16. "No Tell Lover" (Cetera/Loughnane/Seraphine) – 3:48
  17. "Alive Again" (Pankow) – 3:28
  18. "The Greatest Love on Earth" (Seraphine/Wolinski) – 3:18
  19. "Little Miss Lovin'" (Cetera) – 4:36
  20. "Hot Streets" (Lamm) – 5:14

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Street Player" (Seraphine/Wolinski) – 4:23
  2. "Must Have Been Crazy" (Donnie Dacus) – 3:23
  3. "Manipulation" (Lamm) – 3:29
  4. "Thunder and Lightning" (Cetera/Lamm/Seraphine) – 3:32
  5. "Song for You" (Cetera) – 3:41
  6. "The American Dream" (Pankow) – 3:17
  7. "Love Me Tomorrow" (Cetera/David Foster) – 4:59
  8. "Chains" (Ian Thomas) – 3:22
  9. "What You're Missing" (Jay Gruska/Joseph Williams) – 3:30
  10. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" (Cetera/Foster/Lamm) – 5:06
  11. "Stay the Night" (Cetera/Foster) – 3:48
  12. "We Can Stop the Hurtin'" (Lamm/Bill Champlin/Deborah Neal) – 4:11
  13. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipner/Jon Parker) – 4:43
  14. "Along Comes a Woman" (Cetera/Mark Goldenberg) – 3:46
  15. "You're the Inspiration" (Cetera/Foster) – 3:48
  16. "Good for Nothing" (Lamm/Foster/Richard Marx) – 3:38
  17. "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (Kipner/Randy Goodrum) – 3:51
  18. "Forever" (Lamm/Bill Gable) – 5:17
  19. "Will You Still Love Me?" (Foster/Tom Keane/Richard Baskin) – 4:11
  20. "Niagara Falls" (Kipner/Bobby Caldwell) – 3:42

Disc five[edit]

  1. "Heart in Pieces" (Tim Feehan/Brian MacLeod) – 5:04
  2. "Look Away" (Diane Warren) – 3:59
  3. "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" (Jason Scheff/Chas Sandford/Bobby Caldwell) – 4:19
  4. "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (Diane Warren/Albert Hammond) – 3:55
  5. "We Can Last Forever" (Scheff/John Dexter) – 3:45
  6. "You're Not Alone" (Jim Scott) – 3:56
  7. "Hearts in Trouble" (Champlin/Dennis Matkowsky/Kevin Dukes) – 4:01
  8. "Only Time Can Heal the Wounded" (Lamm/Gerard McMahon) – 4:43
  9. "You Come to My Senses" (Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly) – 3:49
  10. "God Save the Queen" (Pankow/Scheff) – 4:19
  11. "Chasin' the Wind" (Diane Warren) – 4:18
  12. "All the Years" (Lamm/Bruce Gaitsch) – 4:16
  13. "Stone of Sisyphus" (Dawayne Bailey/Loughnane) – 4:12
  14. "Bigger Than Elvis" (Scheff/Peter Wolf/Ima Wolf) – 4:31
  15. "Caravan" (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Juan Tizol) – 3:23
  16. "Here in My Heart" (Glen Ballard/James Newton Howard) – 4:15
  17. "The Only One" (Pankow/Greg O'Connor) – 4:38
  18. "All Roads Lead to You" (Marc Beeson/Desmond Child) – 4:20
  19. "Show Me a Sign" (Pankow/Greg O'Connor) – 3:35

Disc 6: DVD[edit]

Features live material from 1972 and promotional videos for Chicago 13 in 1979

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