Chicago 18

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Chicago 18
Studio album by Chicago
Released September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
Recorded March-June 1986
Genre Rock, adult contemporary
Length 45:19
Label Full Moon/Warner Bros.
Producer David Foster
Chicago chronology
Chicago 17
(1984)
Chicago 18
(1986)
Chicago 19
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Chicago 18 is the fifteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released on September 29, 1986. As the successor to 1984's multiplatinum hit Chicago 17, this album is the first without cofounding member Peter Cetera.

After Cetera quit the band in favor of a solo career in 1985 after he had already done two solo albums, Chicago eventually hired Jason Scheff, son of Jerry Scheff (who had backed up Elvis Presley for years), to fill Cetera's high register vocals and bass position. Although founding member Robert Lamm still took an active part in the band, the most used voices in Chicago now belonged to their two newest recruits: Scheff and Bill Champlin, who had joined the band in 1981.

Chicago again hired producer David Foster to create a soft rock followup to Chicago 17.

The band recorded an updated high-tech remake of their hit classic "25 or 6 to 4" (#48). Trombonist James Pankow is listed as a co-writer on the Lamm original. Then, "Will You Still Love Me?" (#3) and "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (#17) became hits. Scheff is lead vocalist on all three releases. The album features a brief, a cappella horn riff, Pankow's "Free Flight." Chicago 18 ultimately went gold, peaking at #35.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Niagara Falls" (Steve Kipner/Bobby Caldwell) – 3:43
  2. "Forever" (Robert Lamm/Bill Gable) – 5:17
  3. "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (Steve Kipner/Randy Goodrum) – 3:51
  4. "25 or 6 to 4" (Robert Lamm/James Pankow) – 4:20
    • A new recording of the 1970 hit that originally appeared on Chicago
  5. "Will You Still Love Me?" (David Foster/Tom Keane/Richard Baskin) – 5:44
  6. "Over and Over" (Robert Lamm/James Newton Howard/Steve Lukather) – 4:20
  7. "It's Alright" (Bill Champlin/David Foster) – 4:29
  8. "Free Flight" (James Pankow) – 0:25
    • An uncredited track
  9. "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now" (Jason Scheff/Buzz Feiten) – 4:25
  10. "I Believe" (Bill Champlin) – 4:20
  11. "One More Day" (James Pankow/Carmen Grillo) – 4:13

Chicago 18 (Full Moon/Warner Bros. 25509) reached #35 in the US during a chart stay of 45 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.

Outtakes[edit]

"When Will the World Be Like Lovers?" (Robert Lamm/Tom Keane/David Foster) - 4:24

The song was recorded sometime during the sessions with David Foster for Chicago 18 but was ultimately left off the album. A re-recorded version appears on Robert Lamm's 1995 solo album Life Is Good In My Neighborhood.

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocal arrangements by Chicago, Bill Champlin, and David Foster

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Michael Landauguitar
  • Howard "Buzz" Feitenguitar
  • Steve Lukather – guitar
  • David Fosterkeyboards, additional arrangements, and brass contributions
  • Tom Keane – keyboards, background vocals
  • Bo Tomlyn – synthesizer programming
  • Rhett Lawrence – synthesizer programming
  • David Boruff- synthesizer programming
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer programming
  • Jeremy Lubbock – string arrangements on "If She Would Have Been Faithful...", "Will You Still Love Me?", and "I Believe"
  • Jules Chakin – string contractor
  • Gerald Vinci – concertmaster
  • Betty Joyce – kids choir contractor on "One More Day"
  • John Joyce – kids choir conductor on "One More Day"
  • Rebecca Clinger, Christopher Leach, Julie Leach, Myhanh Tran, Peter Wade, Jason Pasol, Brandon Roberts, Alitzah Wiener, Betty Joyce, Laurie Parazaider, Felicia Parazaider, Melody Wright & Bettina Bush – kids choir on "One More Day"

Production[edit]

  • Produced by David Foster
  • Engineered & Mixed by Humberto Gatica
  • Assistant Engineers – Claudio Ordenes, Britt Bacon, David Garfield, and Ray Pyle
  • Mix Assistant – Laura Livingston
  • Mastered by George Marino
  • Art Direction – Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff
  • Design – Hugh Brown & Jeri McManus
  • Album Cover: Mosaic – Maria Sarno
  • Photography – Hugh Brown
  • Stylist & Wardrobe – Kali Korn
  • Group Photo by Guy Webster

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