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The Very Best of: Only the Beginning

 

The Very Best of: Only the Beginning

The Very Best Of: Only the Beginning
Chicago
Released July 2, 2002 (2002-07-02)
Recorded January 1969 – January 1995
Genre Rock, jazz fusion, adult contemporary, soft rock, pop rock
Length 157:44
Label Rhino
Producer James William Guercio, Phil Ramone, Chicago, David Foster, Chas Sandford, Ron Nevison, Bruce Fairbairn, David McLees
Chicago chronology

Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert
(1999)
The Very Best Of: Only the Beginning
(2002)
The Box
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning is a double greatest hits album by the American band Chicago, their twenty-seventh album overall. Released in 2002, this collection marked the beginning of a long-term partnership with Rhino Entertainment which, between 2002 and 2005, would go on to remaster and re-release Chicago's 1969–1980 Columbia Records catalogue. In Europe, the collection was released as The Chicago Story: Complete Greatest Hits with a slightly different track listing.

The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning is notable for combining almost all of Chicago's greatest successes from their entire recording career up to that point, excerpting material from all of their regular studio albums with the exception of 1979's Chicago 13 and 1980's Chicago XIV. Several songs appear in an edited form, presumably to allow the band to include more songs on the CD. Most notable are "I'm a Man", which is missing the Danny Seraphine drum solo, and "Dialogue (Part I & II)", which is presented in its shortened single version.

Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Make Me Smile" (James Pankow) – 4:26
    • New Edit
  2. "25 or 6 to 4" (Robert Lamm) – 4:50
    • Tracks 1–2 originally issued on 1970's Chicago II
  3. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Lamm) – 3:20
  4. "Beginnings" (Lamm) – 6:26
  5. "Questions 67 and 68" (Lamm) – 4:52
  6. "I'm a Man" (Jimmy Miller, Steve Winwood) – 5:44
  7. "Colour My World" (Pankow) – 3:00
    • Originally issued on 1970's Chicago II
  8. "Free" (Lamm) – 2:17
  9. "Lowdown" (Peter Cetera, Danny Seraphine) – 3:34
  10. "Saturday in the Park" (Lamm) – 3:56
  11. "Dialogue (Part I & II)" (Lamm) – 5:00
    • Single Version
    • Tracks 10–11 originally issued on 1972's Chicago V
  12. "Just You 'n' Me" (Pankow) – 3:42
  13. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Cetera, Pankow) – 4:14
    • Tracks 12–13 originally issued on 1973's Chicago VI
  14. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (Pankow) – 4:29
  15. "Wishing You Were Here" (Cetera) – 4:36
  16. "Call on Me" (Lee Loughnane) – 4:02
  17. "Happy Man" (Cetera) – 3:15
  18. "Another Rainy Day in New York City" (Lamm) – 3:00
  19. "If You Leave Me Now" (Cetera) – 3:57
    • Tracks 18–19 originally issued on 1976's Chicago X

Disc two

  1. "Old Days" (Pankow) – 3:31
  2. "Baby, What a Big Surprise" (Cetera) – 3:06
  3. "Take Me Back to Chicago" (Seraphine, David Wolinski) – 2:57
    • Single Version
    • Tracks 2–3 originally issued on 1977's Chicago XI
  4. "Alive Again" (Pankow) – 4:04
  5. "No Tell Lover" (Cetera, Loughnane, Seraphine) – 4:13
  6. "Love Me Tomorrow" (Cetera, David Foster) – 3:58
    • Single Version
  7. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" (Cetera, Foster, Lamm) – 5:05
    • Tracks 6–7 originally issued on 1982's Chicago 16
  8. "Stay the Night" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:50
  9. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipner, John Parker) – 4:45
  10. "You're the Inspiration" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:49
  11. "Along Comes a Woman" (Cetera, Mark Goldenberg) – 3:47
    • Single Version
    • Tracks 8–11 originally issued on 1984's Chicago 17
  12. "Will You Still Love Me?" (David Foster, Tom Keane, Richard Baskin) – 4:12
    • Single Version
  13. "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (Randy Goodrum, Kipner) – 3:51
    • Tracks 12–13 originally issued on 1986's Chicago 18
  14. "Look Away" (Diane Warren) – 4:00
    • Single Version
  15. "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" (Jason Scheff, Bobby Caldwell, Chas Sandford) – 4:14
    • Single Version
  16. "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (Warren, Albert Hammond) – 3:57
  17. "We Can Last Forever" (Scheff, John Dexter) – 3:44
    • Single Version
  18. "You're Not Alone" (Jim Scott) – 4:00
    • Single Version
    • Tracks 14–18 originally issued on 1988's Chicago 19
  19. "Chasin' the Wind" (Warren) – 4:18
  20. "Sing, Sing, Sing" – with the Gipsy Kings (Louis Prima) – 3:20

Track listing (Europe)

Disc one

  1. "If You Leave Me Now" (Peter Cetera) – 3:57
  2. "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" (Cetera, David Foster, Robert Lamm) – 3:51
    • Single Version
  3. "You're the Inspiration" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:49
  4. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipne, John Parker) – 4:45
  5. "Will You Still Love Me?" (Foster, Tom Keane, Richard Baskin) – 4:12
  6. "Baby, What a Big Surprise" (Cetera) – 3:06
  7. "Look Away" (Diane Warren) – 4:00
  8. "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" (Jason Scheff, Bobby Caldwell, Chas Sandford) – 4:14
  9. "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (Warren, Albert Hammond) – 3:57
  10. "Love Me Tomorrow" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:58
    • Single Version
  11. "Just You 'n' Me" (James Pankow) – 3:42
  12. "Happy Man" (Cetera) – 3:15
  13. "You're Not Alone" (Jim Scott) – 4:00
  14. "Chasin' the Wind" (Warren) – 4:18
  15. "Wishing You Were Here" (Cetera) – 4:36
  16. "No Tell Lover" (Cetera, Lee Loughnane, Danny Seraphine) – 4:13
  17. "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (Pankow) – 4:29
  18. "Colour My World" (Pankow) – 3:00
  19. "You Come to My Senses" (Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg) – 3:48
  20. "We Can Last Forever" (Scheff, John Dexter) – 3:44

Disc two

  1. "25 or 6 to 4" (Lamm) – 4:50
  2. "Saturday in the Park" (Lamm) – 3:56
  3. "Questions 67 and 68" (Lamm) – 4:52
  4. "I'm a Man" (Jimmy Miller, Steve Winwood) – 5:44
    • Same edit as American Issue
  5. "Stay the Night" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:50
  6. "Only You" (Foster, Pankow) – 3:54
  7. "Dialogue (Part I & II)" (Lamm) – 5:00
    • Single Version
  8. "Old Days" (Pankow) – 3:31
  9. "Beginnings" (Lamm) – 6:26
  10. "Lowdown" (Cetera, Seraphine) – 3:34
  11. "Another Rainy Day in New York City" (Lamm) – 3:00
  12. "Call on Me" (Loughnane) – 4:02
  13. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (Cetera, Pankow) – 4:14
  14. "Take Me Back to Chicago" (Seraphine, David Wolinski) – 2:57
  15. "Sing, Sing, Sing" – with the Gipsy Kings (Louis Prima) – 3:20
  16. "Along Comes a Woman" (Cetera, Mark Goldenberg) – 3:47
  17. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" (Lamm) – 3:20
  18. "Make Me Smile" (Pankow) – 4:26
  19. "Street Player" (Seraphine, Wolinski) – 4:22
    • Single Version

Personnel

Charts and certifications

Release history

Title Region Date Label Format Catalog
The Very Best Of:
Only the Beginning
United States July 2, 2002 Rhino Entertainment double CD R2 76170
The Chicago Story:
Complete Greatest Hits
United Kingdom September 2002 Rhino Entertainment double CD 8122736302
Australia October 2002 Warner Music Australasia double CD 8122736062

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