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In 1995, Chicago gained the rights to its recordings of the 1960s and '70s originally released on Columbia Records, and the group not only formed Chicago Records to reissue the material, but also made licensing deals internationally. One result is this 24-track, 95-minute Canadian double-CD collection, which contains every Top 40 hit Chicago achieved between 1969 and 1979. Two of those songs, "Dialogue" and "Saturday In the Park," are presented in live recordings made in Japan in 1972; the rest are the original studio recordings. The tracks boast a notably superior sound quality to that found on the old Columbia CDs, doubtlessly because the group went back to the original master tapes. But the real bonus here for Chicago fans is two recordings, "Bigger Than Elvis" and "Stone of Sisyphus," drawn from the group's unreleased 1993 album Stone of Sisyphus, which was rejected by Warner Bros. The former is bassist/singer Jason Scheff's heartfelt reflection on his father, Elvis Presley sideman Jerry Scheff, and is in the power ballad style of so many Chicago hits -- it's unbelievable that a song this good has not been heard until now. The latter is also an excellent song penned by trumpeter Lee Loughnane and former Chicago guitarist DeWayne Bailey. If the rest of Stone of Sisyphus is of a similar quality, then it may be one of the better lost albums in rock history.

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