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January 13, 2008


All I can say is hats off to RHINO RECORDS for believing in CHICAGO enough to release this album FINALLY! Now what would be really cool is to see this ALBUM go double platinum in a week and make WARNER BROTHERS/REPRISE kick themselves for their STUPITY. When you are working with one of the top 3 MOST SUCESSFULL AMERICAN ROCK BANDS OF ALL TIME( Regardless of what MTV and ROLLING STONE say) you should give them the freedom to make the kind of music they want to make and not what is considered "releasable"

I hope the irony of the above poster misspelling "stupidity" is not lost on anyone ...

Anyway, I too commend Rhino, and the band, for finally giving wide release to this widely bootlegged material. I have one such bootleg, and while I don't agree with many others that the album is a massive change from the band's '80s work -- "Let's Take a Lifetime" and "Here With Me" are as cheesy as many other Chicago ballads, and "Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed" and "Get on This" are just plain bad -- I will welcome the improved mixing and sound quality that will come with a "real" release for tunes like "The Pull," "Stone of Sisyphus" and "Plaid."

I, like many Chicago fans, was beginning to wonder if this album would ever see the light of day.I'm so happy they finally released it and it was SO worth the 15 year wait. The songs are every bit as good as I always heard they were. A return, in many ways, to the style that put them on the map 40 years ago- edgy and fun. The band has often said in interviews that they feel this is some of their best work ever and I agree.

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