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|Studio album by Chicago|
|Released||August 13, 1979|
|Recorded||May - June 1979 at Le Studio, Montreal, QU; A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; A&R Recording, New York, NY|
|Length||46:59, 60:37 (Remastered)|
|Producer||Phil Ramone and Chicago|
Chicago 13 is the eleventh studio album by the American band Chicago, released in 1979. The follow-up to Hot Streets, Chicago 13 is often critically disfavored. This would be the band's final release that features lead guitarist Donnie Dacus, who had followed late, founding lead guitarist, Terry Kath. All band members would contribute to the songwriting (one of only two albums where this is the case, with the other being Chicago VII).
After recording sessions in Morin-Heights, Quebec and Hollywood, Chicago 13—which saw the band return to numbering its albums and displaying its logo—was released that August and was preceded by Donnie Dacus's "Must Have Been Crazy" as lead single. Chicago 13 is the first Chicago album to bear no significant hit singles. With negative reviews, Chicago 13 reached No. 21 and went gold. Not long after its release, Donnie Dacus was released.
In 2003, Chicago 13 was remastered and reissued by Rhino Records with a B-Side, featuring Dacus's "Closer To You" (an outtake from the Hot Streets sessions), and the 12-inch single mix of "Street Player" as bonus tracks. The songs "Street Player" and "Closer To You" had previously been released by other artists: "Street Player" by Rufus, who originally recorded it before Chicago; and "Closer" by Stephen Stills, though with Donnie Dacus on lead vocals. "Street Player" did eventually reach hit status, being sampled for both the 1995 hit "The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)" by The Bucketheads, the 2009 hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull and the 2013 remix by dance music producer "Tradelove".
- "Street Player" (Danny Seraphine/David Wolinski) 9:11 (lead singer: Peter Cetera)
- "Mama Take" (Peter Cetera) 4:14 (lead singer: Peter Cetera)
- "Must Have Been Crazy" (Donnie Dacus) 3:26 (lead singer: Donnie Dacus)
- "Window Dreamin'" (Walter Parazaider/Lee Loughnane) 4:11 (lead singer: "P.C. Moblee")
- "Paradise Alley" (Robert Lamm) 3:39 (lead singer: Donnie Dacus)
- "Aloha Mama" (Danny Seraphine/David Wolinski) 4:11 (lead singer: "P.C. Moblee")
- "Reruns" (Robert Lamm) 4:29 (lead singer: Robert Lamm)
- "Loser With A Broken Heart" (Peter Cetera) 4:43 (lead singer: Peter Cetera)
- "Life Is What It Is" (Laudir de Oliveira/Marcos Valle) 4:37 (lead singer: Peter Cetera)
- "Run Away" (James Pankow) 4:18 (lead singers: Donnie Dacus & Peter Cetera)
Bonus Tracks on Rhino Re-issue:
- "Closer To You" (Donnie Dacus/Stephen Stills/Warner Schwebke) 4:54 (lead singer: Donnie Dacus)
- "Street Player" (Dance Mix) (Danny Seraphine/David Wolinski) 8:44
- Peter Cetera – bass, lead & background vocals
- Donnie Dacus – guitar, lead & background vocals
- Laudir de Oliveira – percussion
- Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead & background vocals
- Lee Loughnane – trumpet, background vocals
- James Pankow – trombone, brass arrangements
- Walter Parazaider – woodwinds
- Danny Seraphine – drums
- David "Hawk" Wolinski - synthesizer on "Street Player"
- Airto Moreira - percussion on "Street Player", "Paradise Alley", "Life Is What It Is" and "Run Away"
- Maynard Ferguson - trumpet on "Street Player"
- "P.C. Moblee" - lead vocals on "Window Dreamin'" and "Aloha Mama" (Moblee was actually Peter Cetera singing in a lower register. His appearance on the album is credited as "courtesy of the Peter Cetera Vocal Company").
- Produced by Phil Ramone and Chicago
- Production Assistant – Michele Slagter
- Engineered and Mixed by Jim Boyer
- Assistant Engineers – John Beverly Jones, Brad Leigh, Peter Lewis, Nick Blagona, Robbie Whelan and Roger Ginsley
- Mastered by Ted Jensen
- Cover Design – John Berg
- Logo Design – Nick Fasciano
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles- Billboard (North America)
|1979||Must Have Been Crazy||Pop Singles||83|
|1979||Street Player||Black Singles||91|
- "Chicago brings 'rock with brass' to bear in Sarasota's Van Wezel". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. May 31, 2002. pp. 4 and 8. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
- Beatport, LLC. "Tradelove - Street Player (Club Mix) [LoudBit] :: Beatport". Retrieved February 2, 2015.