The Chi-Lites

19 Greatest Hits

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The Chi-Lites are one of the great '70s smooth soul bands from Chicago (or anywhere else for that matter). They had great songs, stunning vocals, and smart, interesting production and unfortunately, they also felt the need to hit the studio in what sounds like the late '80s to re-record their hits and a few other tracks, ten in all. The session has found its way on to numerous budget collections masquerading as greatest-hits sets. The Chi-Lites 19 Greatest Hits on Platinum Disc is one of these, and while the vocal performances aren't half bad, the music is bland and overly polished and most importantly, they aren't the original versions, which is what you must have. There are many legitimate Chi-Lites collections out there and with a little looking you should be able to find one that satisfies your smooth soul needs.