Chicago 19

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Chicago 19
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 20, 1988
Recorded Autumn 1987 - Spring 1988
Genre Rock, Adult Contemporary
Length 44:24
Label Full Moon/Reprise
Producer Ron Nevison
and Chas Sandford
Chicago chronology
Chicago 18
(1986)
Chicago 19
(1988)
Greatest Hits 1982–1989
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Chicago 19 is the sixteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released in 1988. After recording Chicago 18 with David Foster, the band decided to expand their sound with other producers and worked primarily with Ron Nevison and Chas Sandford for this album. There was also a slight shifting in labels, with their Full Moon Records imprint now being carried by Reprise Records.

Similar to the reaction to its predecessor, Chicago 19 became a moderate success on the album chart (although it went platinum) yet had major hit singles, including the #1 hit "Look Away", as well as "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (#3), and "You're Not Alone" (#10). A slightly remixed version of Jason Scheff's "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" (#5) would also prove to be a big success in late 1989, as part of the follow-up Greatest Hits 1982-1989 release. This album was the first Chicago effort to spotlight keyboardist/singer Bill Champlin on lead vocals, who sang all three of the album's hit singles. The fact that the group was highlighting a different voice on singles that had no signature horn sound may have hindered 19's sales. The album also relied heavily on outside writers, continuing a trend from the previous album. The first two singles were written by Diane Warren (who was virtually ruling the charts at that time) with the third penned by British-born songwriter Jimmy Scott.[2]

However, following its release, there would be another line-up casualty with the surprising 1990 firing of founding drummer Danny Seraphine, making Chicago 19 his last project with Chicago, just over twenty years after they originally formed. He was replaced on the next studio album by session drummer Tris Imboden, who remains to this day.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heart in Pieces" (Tim Feehan, Brian MacLeod; Warner Bros. Music/ATV Music) – 5:04
  2. "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (Diane Warren, Albert Hammond; Warner Bros. Music/Empire Music) – 3:55
  3. "I Stand Up" (Robert Lamm, Gerard McMahon; Sutton Way Music/Back Mack Music) – 4:06
  4. "We Can Last Forever" (Jason Scheff, John Dexter; MCA Music/Rondor Music) – 3:45
  5. "Come in From the Night" (Bill Champlin, Bruce Gaitsch; Warner Bros. Music) – 4:43
  6. "Look Away" (Warren; Warner Bros. Music) – 4:02
  7. "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" (Scheff, Chas Sandford, Bobby Caldwell; MCA Music/SBK Music/Warner Bros. Music) – 4:21
  8. "Runaround" (Champlin, Scheff; MCA Music/Warner Bros. Music) – 4:10
  9. "You're Not Alone" (Jim Scott; Truland Music/Virgin Music Ltd.) – 3:56
  10. "Victorious" (Marc Jordan, John Capek; MCA Music/Warner Bros. Music) – 6:03

Chicago 19 (Full Moon/Reprise 25714) reached #37 in the US during a chart stay of 42 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.

OUTTAKES:

An alternative version of Come in From The Night exists. It has surfaced online.

An out take of Victorious is known to exist.

A cover version of Otis Redding's I Can't Turn You Loose was going to be on the album, It was never released on the album. It was performed live in July 1988.

Another track called Dancing in The Streets was left off the album. It was performed in 1989 in Houston, Texas as part of an encore.

A demo of Look Away exists, It was never released to the public.

There were alternative lyrics in an early demo of What Kind of Man Would I Be.

Personnel[edit]

Chicago[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Phillip Ashley, John Campbell & Charles Judge – keyboards
  • Chas Sandford & Dann Huff – guitars
  • Mike Murphy – programming, cowbell, drum technichian
  • Peter Kaye & Peter Maher – programming
  • Kiki Ebsen – programming & keyboards
  • Efrain Toro – drum programming
  • Paul Jamieson – drum technichian
  • Tamara Champlin – additional background vocals
  • Tim Feehan – additional background vocals on "Heart In Pieces"

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Ron Nevison (2,4,6,9) & Chas Sandford (1,3,5,7,8,10)
  • Engineered By Ron Nevison (2,4,6,9), assisted by Bob Vogt, Nick Basich, Stan Katayama, Jeff Poe & Michael E. Hutchinson
  • Engineered by Chas Sandford & Gary McGachan (1,3,5,7,8,9), assisted by Daren Chadwick
  • Production Assistant to Ron Nevison: Deandra Miller
  • Production Assistant to Chas Sandford: Lisa M. Allen

The album makes extensive use of the then extremely popular Roland D-50 synthesizer presets. For example, I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love with "Pressure Me Strings," Look Away with PCM E-Piano.

Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 37

Singles - Billboard (America)

Release Date Title U.S. Hot 100 U.S. AC
May 1988 "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" 3 5
September 1988 "Look Away" 1 1
January 1989 "You're Not Alone" 10 9
April 1989 "We Can Last Forever" 55 12

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