Chicago IX


Chicago IX
Chicago IX:
Chicago's Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Chicago
Released November 10, 1975
Recorded January 1969 - December 1973
Genre Rock
Length 47:18
Label Columbia
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago chronology
Chicago VIII
(1975)
Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits
(1975)
Chicago X
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1975, in both stereo and SQ quadraphonic versions.

Considering all of Chicago's biggest hits thus far, this set stretches all the way back to their 1969 debut, The 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 truly big hit singles.

Released in November 1975 on Columbia Records, Chicago IX proved to be an enormous seller, reaching #1 in the US. Despite 2002's The Very Best of: Only the Beginning superseding it, Chicago IX was also reissued by Rhino Records, Chicago's current distributor.

Contents

Track listing

Side one

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

Side two

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

Chicago IX (Columbia 33900) reached #1 in the US during a chart stay of 72 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.

Personnel

  • John Berg – Design
  • Peter Cetera – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
  • Laudir DeOliveira – Percussion
  • Nick Fasciano – Logo
  • James William Guercio – Producer
  • Terry Kath – Guitar, Vocals
  • Robert Lamm – Keyboards, Vocals
  • Lee Loughnane – Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals
  • Reid Miles – Photography
  • James Pankow – Trombone
  • Walter Parazaider – Wind
  • Daniel Seraphine – Drums

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 1
1976
Preceded by
Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 13, 1975 - January 16, 1976
Succeeded by
Gratitude by Earth, Wind & Fire

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