The Heart of Chicago 1967–1997

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The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997
Greatest hits album by Chicago
Released April 22, 1997
Recorded 1969 - 1997
Genre Rock
Length 66:59
Label Reprise
Producer James William Guercio, David Foster, Ron Nevison, Lenny Kravitz and
James Newton Howard
Chicago chronology
Night & Day Big Band
(1995)
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997
(1997)
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1998 Volume II
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Heart of Chicago 1967–1997 is the fifth greatest hits album, and twenty-third album overall, by the American band Chicago, released in 1997. It was compiled to commemorate the group's 30th anniversary of their formation.

The idea was to bridge their two eras on one CD: the James William Guercio and Columbia Records period of the 1970s, and the David Foster and Warner Bros. Records period of the 1980s. In addition, the band added two new songs, "The Only One" produced by Lenny Kravitz and "Here In My Heart" by James Newton Howard. Both of these new tracks were successful in the adult contemporary market; "Here In My Heart" topped the AC charts, and "The Only One" was a top 20 AC hit.

While the album was a gold certified success upon its April 1997 release, many critics and fans bemoaned the concept, finding the disparate styles of both decades clashing with each other, and with the lack of the most significant hits (i.e. "25 Or 6 To 4", "Call On Me", and "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?") detracting from the album's enjoyment. To counter this, a sequel, The Heart of Chicago 1967-1998 Volume II would appear the following year to fill in some of the missing gaps. Rhino Records' 2002 two-CD release The Very Best of: Only the Beginning, with chronological sequencing, is generally considered to supersede both volumes of The Heart of Chicago.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You're the Inspiration" (Peter Cetera/David Foster) – 3:49
  2. "If You Leave Me Now" (Peter Cetera) – 3:55
  3. "Make Me Smile" (James Pankow) – 2:59
  4. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipner/Jon Parker) – 4:44
  5. "Saturday in the Park" (Robert Lamm) – 3:55
  6. "Wishing You Were Here" (Peter Cetera) – 4:35
  7. "The Only One" (James Pankow/Greg O'Connor) – 5:59
    • A new recording produced and featuring backing vocals by Lenny Kravitz
  8. "Colour My World" (James Pankow) – 2:59
  9. "Look Away" (Diane Warren) – 4:00
  10. "Here in My Heart" (Glen Ballard/James Newton Howard) – 4:15
  11. "Just You 'N' Me" (James Pankow) – 3:42
  12. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Robert Lamm) – 3:19
  13. "Will You Still Love Me?" (David Foster/Tom Keane/Richard Baskin) – 5:41
  14. "Beginnings" (Robert Lamm) – 7:54
  15. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" (Peter Cetera/David Foster/Robert Lamm) – 5:05

The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 (Reprise 46554) reached #55 in the US during a chart stay of 27 weeks. It also peaked at #21 in the UK.

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