Chicago XX: Chicago's Greatest Hits

by Low-Maintenance Perennials

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Andrew Pearson If Mark Prindle gives it a ten out of ten, who the hell am I to argue? It must be said that I am baffled by the legitimacy he places on jokey projects like "Jurassic Park" and "Tamara" etc., saying he's "extremely proud of" his utlra-stupid lo-fi LuMP albums, but here I must agree. This sounds the most like a collection of songs, which other Perennials albums did not (for the most part), and I am pleased to find myself pleased by it. Gone are the wannabe-Butthole Surfers interludes, replaced with real songwriting and stupid jokes that sound more like parts of songs than just recordings of stupid jokes. Awesome! Favorite track: O.J. Simpson.
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This was the seventh and final Low-Maintenance Perennials album, and the only one recorded on a 6-track recorder. Many would argue that this is better than any of my solo CDs thanks to (a) a strong six-track mix by vocalist/producer Christ Smith, (b) the guitar interplay and songwriting input of superior guitarist Matthew Terrebonne, (c) melodies that were actually written beforehand, and (d) several songs that last longer than a minute.

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released July 7, 1997

Christ Smith, Mark Prindle, Matthew Terrebonne, with special guest appearances by Matt Murray, Chris Noble, Richardson Jackson, Matt Buffington and Mike Doyle

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