Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits

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Chicago IX:
Chicago's Greatest Hits
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 10, 1975
RecordedJanuary 1969 – December 1973
ProducerJames William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago VIII
Chicago IX:
Chicago's Greatest Hits

Chicago X
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album, and ninth album overall, by the American band Chicago and was released in 1975 by Columbia Records in both stereo (PC 33900) and SQ quadraphonic (PCQ 33900) versions.

Including all of Chicago's biggest hits to date, this set stretches from their 1969 debut, Chicago Transit Authority, to 1974's Chicago VII. Chicago VIII and its hits, having only come out just months earlier, were considered too recent to anthologize, while Chicago III's material was overlooked for inclusion due to its lack of top-selling singles.

Chicago IX proved to be an enormous success upon its release. It reached #1 in the US and remained on the Billboard 200 for a total of 72 weeks.[2] It has since been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, signifying sales of over five million copies.[3] Even though 2002's The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning superseded it, Chicago IX was also reissued by Rhino Records, Chicago's current distributor. The album did not chart in the UK. This album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "25 or 6 to 4" (Robert Lamm) – 4:51
  2. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Lamm) – 3:20 CD 2:53 LP/Cassette
    • On the original LP (and cassette) version of Chicago IX, most of the intro was cut off. The spoken part over the last verse was also omitted.
  3. "Colour My World" (James Pankow) – 2:59
  4. "Just You 'n' Me" (Pankow) – 3:42
  5. "Saturday in the Park" (Lamm) – 3:54
  6. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Peter Cetera/Pankow) – 4:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "Make Me Smile" (Pankow) – 2:59
    • This is the single edit that also includes parts of "Now More Than Ever".
  2. "Wishing You Were Here" (Cetera) – 4:34
  3. "Call on Me" (Lee Loughnane) – 4:02
  4. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (Pankow) – 4:29
  5. "Beginnings" (Lamm) – 7:51 CD 6:28 LP/Cassette
    • On the original LP version, this song fades out about 1:20 early.

The UK version contain the additions of "Never Been in Love Before" and a shortened 3:27 version of "I'm a Man". The Brazilian version has the addition of "Happy Man" and moves "25 or 6 to 4" to the end of Side 1. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" and "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" are omitted.



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 1


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 71.
  3. ^ "Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits RIAA certification". RIAA. Retrieved 10 February 2017.