The Studio Albums 1979-2008, Vol. 2


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The Studio Albums 1979-2008, Vol. 2 Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

A belated sequel to Rhino's 2012 box set The Studio Albums 1969-1978, 2015's The Studio Albums: 1979-2008 rounds up the expanded remasters of Chicago's next ten studio albums, beginning with 1979's Chicago 13 and ending with 2008's Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus (which was actually recorded in 1994 but shelved for 14 years). Some of the group's biggest hits are here -- Chicago 16, Chicago 17, Chicago 18, Chicago 19 -- but so are some of their odder albums, like 1995's Night & Day: Big Band and, generally, some fans of the band's earliest music may find this a shade too slick. Nevertheless, for the hardcore, this is a handsome way to get the remasters, and for more casual fans, it's a convenient and relatively affordable way to get Chicago's best albums in one place.

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