Generally I’m not a fan of cover versions of songs, tending to prefer the original group and the original song. I should define “original song” as “the version that I first heard” because lots of the first Beatles songs in the ’60s were cover songs of earlier songs from the ’50s.
What do I do when the original group re-records the original song to “update” it? Such as this one:
“25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago, 1970
“25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago, 1986
The original version spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Summer 1970, peaking at #4.
The 1986 version was also released as a single, spending 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September & October, and peaking at #48.
Chicago apparently really liked the 1986 version because in addition to releasing it as a single, they made it a B side, too. TWICE! Meaning that it was released three times!
It appeared as the B side to the “Will You Still Love Me?” single released in November 1986, and then again as the B side to the “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?” single released—ready for this?—in December 1989! Three years later!
I like both versions but I am partial to the 1970 original.
Chicago was formed in 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, as Chicago Transit Authority. Unfortunately, the original Chicago Transit Authority sued, forcing them to shorten their name to just Chicago. Good thing the city of Chicago didn’t sue!
Chicago has released 23 studio albums, 3 live albums, 10 compilation albums, and 63 singles. Their most recent album, “Chicago XXXVI: Now,” was released on July 4, 2014. I have all of their music in my collection, and their latest is another fine collection of classic Chicago.
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