Chicago 17

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Chicago 17
Studio album by Chicago
Released May 14, 1984 (1984-05-14)[1]
Recorded mid 1983 – early 1984
Genre Soft rock
Length 41:53
Label Full Moon/Warner Bros.
Producer David Foster
Chicago chronology
If You Leave Me Now
(1983)
Chicago 17
(1984)
Chicago 18
(1986)
Singles from Chicago 17
  1. "Stay the Night"
    Released: April 18, 1984[1]
  2. "Hard Habit to Break"
    Released: July 18, 1984[1]
  3. "You're the Inspiration"
    Released: October 31, 1984[1]
  4. "Along Comes a Woman"
    Released: February 6, 1985[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Chicago 17 is the fourteenth studio album by American band Chicago, released on May 14, 1984. It was the group's second release for Full Moon/Warner Bros. Records and their last with founding bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera.

A total of four singles were released from the album, all of which placed in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] The success of the singles propelled Chicago 17 to achieve an RIAA certification of six times platinum. Chicago 17 remains the biggest-selling album in the band's history.

In 2006, Rhino Entertainment remastered and reissued the album, using the original analog versions of "Please Hold On" (which was co-written with Lionel Richie who was enjoying success from his album Can't Slow Down) and "Prima Donna" and adding a Robert Lamm demo, "Here Is Where We Begin" as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stay the Night" (Peter Cetera, David Foster) – 3:50
  2. "We Can Stop the Hurtin'" (Robert Lamm, Bill Champlin, Deborah Neal) – 4:11
  3. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipner, Jon Parker) – 4:44
  4. "Only You" (James Pankow, Foster) – 3:53
  5. "Remember the Feeling" (Cetera, Champlin) – 4:28
  6. "Along Comes a Woman" (Cetera, Mark Goldenberg) – 4:14
  7. "You're the Inspiration" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:51
  8. "Please Hold On"* (Champlin, Foster, Lionel Richie) – 3:41
  9. "Prima Donna"* (Cetera, Goldenberg) – 4:13
  10. "Once in a Lifetime" (Pankow) – 4:11
  11. "Where We Begin"** (Lamm) – 3:53

"*" indicates an original analog version on the Rhino re-release
"**" indicates a bonus track on the Rhino re-release

Songs that were not released:

A song called Sweet Marie was intended to be released for the album but was cut from the release. It was written by Bill Champlin. The song was performed in 1983-1984 (most noticeably in Tokyo on January 10. 1984)and has surfaced online as bootlegs. The song became known to many fans as the lost track. The original demo version remains unreleased at this present time.

Good For Nothing was planned to be on the album. It was later released on the We Are the World superstar charity album in 1985.

Robert Lamm sings lead vocals in a demo version of Hard Habit to Break.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

  • Jeff Porcaro - drums (uncredited) on "Stay The Night"
  • Carlos Vega - drums (uncredited) on "You're The Inspiration"
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • Mark Goldenberg – guitar
  • Paulinho DaCosta - percussion
  • David Foster – keyboards, synthesizer programming
  • Jon Van Tongeren – synthesizer programming
  • Erich Bulling – synthesizer programming
  • Marcus Ryle – synthesizer programming
  • Gary Grant – horns
  • Greg Adams – horns
  • Kenny Cetera – background vocals on "Stay the Night", "Prima Donna", "You're the Inspiration", "Remember The Feeling" and "Along Comes a Woman"
  • Donny Osmond – background vocals on "We Can Stop the Hurtin'"
  • Richard Marx – background vocals on "We Can Stop the Hurtin'"
  • David Pack – background vocals on "Here Is Where We Begin"
  • Jeremy Lubbock - string arrangements

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[4] 20
German Albums Chart[5] 12
Norwegian Albums Chart[6] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 6
US Billboard 200[3] 4
Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 25
UK Albums Chart[11] 24

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1984 "Hard Habit To Break" Adult Contemporary 3
1984 "Hard Habit To Break" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1984 "Stay The Night" The Billboard Hot 100 16
1984 "Stay The Night" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1984 "You're The Inspiration" Adult Contemporary 1
1984 "You're The Inspiration" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1985 "Along Comes A Woman" Adult Contemporary 25
1985 "Along Comes A Woman" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
1985 "Along Comes A Woman" The Billboard Hot 100 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e The Very Best Of: Only the Beginning (CD liner). Chicago. Rhino. 2002. p. 11. R2 76170. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r3860
  3. ^ a b "Chicago – Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chicago – 17". GfK Dutch Charts. Hung Medien language=Dutch. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Album – Chicago, 17". Charts.de (in German). Media Control. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Chicago – 17". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Chicago – 17". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chicago – 17 – Hitparade.ch". Hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM 41 (25): 11. March 2, 1985. ISSN 0033-7064. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Chicago – 17". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "1985-02-16 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 17, 2013.