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" (Robert Lamm) – 6:27
  4. "Questions 67 and 68" (Robert Lamm) – 5:01
  5. "Listen" (Robert Lamm) – 3:22
  6. "South California Purples" (Robert 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" (Robert Lamm) – 2:29
  10. "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Make Me Smile/So Much to Say, So Much to Give" (James Pankow) – 7:02
  11. "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: Colour My World" (James Pankow) – 3:00
  12. "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon: To Be Free/Now More Than Ever" (James Pankow) – 2:41
  13. "Fancy Colours" (Robert Lamm) – 5:10
  14. "25 or 6 to 4" (Robert Lamm) – 4:50
  15. "Poem for the People" (Robert Lamm) – 5:31
  16. "It Better End Soon: 1st Movement/3rd Movement/4th Movement" (Robert Lamm/Terry Kath) – 6:37

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Loneliness Is Just a Word" (Robert Lamm) – 2:36
  2. "Travel Suite: Flight 602" (Robert Lamm) – 2:45
  3. "Travel Suite: Free" (Robert Lamm) – 2:16
  4. "Mother" (Robert 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" (Terry Kath) – 5:28
  7. "A Hit by Varese" (Robert Lamm) – 4:55
  8. "All Is Well" (Robert Lamm) – 3:50
  9. "Saturday in the Park" (Robert Lamm) – 3:56
  10. "Dialogue (Part I & II)" (Robert Lamm) – 7:10
  11. "Just You 'N' Me" (James Pankow) – 3:42
  12. "Something in This City Changes People" (Robert Lamm) – 3:42
  13. "In Terms of Two" (Peter Cetera) – 3:29
  14. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Peter Cetera/James Pankow) – 4:14
  15. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (James Pankow) – 4:29
  16. "Mongonucleosis" (James Pankow) – 3:26
  17. "Wishing You Were Here" (Peter Cetera) – 4:37
  18. "Call on Me" (Lee Loughnane) – 4:02
  19. "Happy Man" [GH2 Edit] (Peter Cetera) – 3:14

Disc three[edit]

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

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Street Player" (Danny Seraphine/David Wolinski) – 4:23
  2. "Must Have Been Crazy" (Donnie Dacus) – 3:23
  3. "Manipulation" (Robert Lamm) – 3:29
  4. "Thunder and Lightning" (Peter Cetera/Robert Lamm/Danny Seraphine) – 3:32
  5. "Song for You" (Peter Cetera) – 3:41
  6. "The American Dream" (James Pankow) – 3:17
  7. "Love Me Tomorrow" (Peter 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" (Peter Cetera/David Foster/Robert Lamm) – 5:06
  11. "Stay the Night" (Peter Cetera/David Foster) – 3:48
  12. "We Can Stop the Hurtin'" (Robert Lamm/Bill Champlin/Deborah Neal) – 4:11
  13. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipner/Jon Parker) – 4:43
  14. "Along Comes a Woman" (Peter Cetera/Mark Goldenberg) – 3:46
  15. "You're the Inspiration" (Peter Cetera/David Foster) – 3:48
  16. "Good for Nothing" (Robert Lamm/David Foster/Richard Marx) – 3:38
  17. "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (Steve Kipner/Randy Goodrum) – 3:51
  18. "Forever" (Robert Lamm/Bill Gable) – 5:17
  19. "Will You Still Love Me?" (David Foster/Tom Keane/Richard Baskin) – 4:11
  20. "Niagara Falls" (Steve 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" (Jason Scheff/John Dexter) – 3:45
  6. "You're Not Alone" (Jim Scott) – 3:56
  7. "Hearts in Trouble" (Bill Champlin/Dennis Matkowsky/Kevin Dukes) – 4:01
  8. "Only Time Can Heal the Wounded" (Robert Lamm/Gerard McMahon) – 4:43
  9. "You Come to My Senses" (Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly) – 3:49
  10. "God Save the Queen" (James Pankow/Jason Scheff) – 4:19
  11. "Chasin' the Wind" (Diane Warren) – 4:18
  12. "All the Years" (Robert Lamm/Bruce Gaitsch) – 4:16
  13. "Stone of Sisyphus" (Dawayne Bailey/Lee Loughnane) – 4:12
  14. "Bigger Than Elvis" (Jason 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" (James Pankow/Greg O'Connor) – 4:38
  18. "All Roads Lead to You" (Marc Beeson/Desmond Child) – 4:20
  19. "Show Me a Sign" (James Pankow/Greg O'Connor) – 3:35

Disc 6: DVD[edit]

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

References[edit]