The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition

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The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition
Best of chicago.jpg
Greatest hits album by Chicago
Released October 2, 2007
Recorded January 1969 – 2005
Genre Rock
Label Rhino
Producer James William Guercio,
Phil Ramone, Chicago, David Foster, Ron Nevison, Chas Sandford and Bruce Fairbairn
Chicago chronology
Chicago XXX
(2006)Chicago XXX2006
The Best Of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition
(2007)
Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus
(2008)Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary is a double greatest hits album, and the thirty-first album overall, by American rock band Chicago, released by Rhino Records on October 2, 2007. It consists of two discs containing 30 of Chicago's top 40 singles. It is the fourth compilation of past hits released by their label since beginning of the decade. Most of the songs on this compilation are presented as their shorter length radio-single edits, as opposed to the album versions. It also features "Love Will Come Back" without Rascal Flatts' vocals.

The 39 tracks of The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning holds all the tracks of 40th Anniversary except for the tracks 13-15 on disc 2.

Although no indication is given on the discs or the cover, the album could also be considered as Chicago XXXI (31) in their canon, as it is preceded by Chicago XXX (30) in 2006, and followed by Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus in 2008. This is further emphasized by the display of albums on the band's website.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Questions 67 & 68" (Single version) Robert Lamm The Chicago Transit Authority, 1969 3:26
2. "25 or 6 to 4" (Single version) Lamm Chicago, 1970 2:52
3. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Promo single version) Lamm The Chicago Transit Authority 2:45
4. "Make Me Smile" (Single version) James Pankow Chicago 2:59
5. "Beginnings" (Single version) Lamm The Chicago Transit Authority 2:48
6. "Colour My World" Pankow Chicago 3:02
7. "Saturday in the Park" Lamm Chicago V, 1972 3:56
8. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" Pankow/Peter Cetera Chicago VI, 1973 4:14
9. "Just You 'n' Me" Pankow Chicago VI 3:42
10. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (Single version) Pankow Chicago VII, 1974 4:18
11. "Call on Me" Lee Loughnane Chicago VII 4:01
12. "Wishing You Were Here" (Single version) Cetera Chicago VII 3:00
13. "Old Days" Pankow Chicago VIII, 1975 3:30
14. "Another Rainy Day in New York City" Lamm Chicago X, 1976 3:00
15. "If You Leave Me Now" Cetera Chicago X 3:56
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Baby, What a Big Surprise" Cetera Chicago XI, 1977 3:06
2. "No Tell Lover" (Single version) Loughnane/Danny Seraphine/Cetera Hot Streets, 1978 3:50
3. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (Single version) Cetera/David Foster Chicago 16, 1982 3:41
4. "Love Me Tomorrow" (Single version) Cetera/Foster Chicago 16 3:58
5. "Hard Habit to Break" Cetera/Foster Chicago 17, 1984 4:45
6. "You're the Inspiration" Cetera/Foster Chicago 17 3:48
7. "Will You Still Love Me?" (Single version) Foster/Tom Keane/Richard Baskin Chicago 18, 1986 4:13
8. "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." Steve Kipner/Randy Goodrum Chicago 18 3:51
9. "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" Albert Hammond/Diane Warren Chicago 19, 1988 3:54
10. "Look Away" (Single version) Warren Chicago 19 4:00
11. "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" (Single version) Jason Scheff, Chas Sandford, Bobby Caldwell Chicago 19 4:19
12. "You're Not Alone" (Single version) Jim Scott Chicago 19 4:00
13. "Here in My Heart" Glen Ballard/James Newton Howard The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997, 1997 4:20
14. "Feel" (Horn section mix) Danny Orton/Blair Daly Chicago XXX, 2006 4:31
15. "Love Will Come Back" Scheff/Jay DeMarcus/Sandford Chicago XXX 3:43

Personnel[edit]

Chicago[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition review at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 November 2014.