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You may not deliver thrills, but you sure deliver value.

True to the needs of the album-oriented rock (AOR) format that launched them, the first four releases by the band called Chicago comprised three double albums and one quadruple album. That's ten LPs in a little less than thirty months, and if you factored that into your Birthstar's already staggering album-sales figures, you might find that in terms of sheer tonnage, Chicago shipped more vinyl than any other American rock band in the 1970s. Not bad for a group that could've walked through O'Hare Airport at the height of their success without attracting so much as a single screaming fan. That's not because their fans didn't love them, but because total subjugation of individual ego to the collective good of the group was the rule in Chicago, even to the point of using a logo rather than a picture of the band on all of their albums. It would turn out in the end, of course, that the incredibly accomplished and hardworking musicians who had chosen so admirably to prosper as seven anonymous dwarves had been harboring a would-be Snow White in their midst all along. Peter Cetera was his name, and as soon his name became well known to those who loved his high tenor voice, he was asked to leave a hive that was perfectly happy not to have a queen. "Team player" may sound like faint praise sometimes, but find the right team to play with and you'll realize your true power.
Birthsongs
If You Leave Me Now  Oct 17-30, 1976
Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry  Sep 5-18, 1982
Look Away  Dec 4-17, 1988


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