Chicago 17

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Chicago 17
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Studio album by Chicago
Released May 14, 1984 (1984-05-14)[1]
Recorded Mid 1983 – Early 1984 in Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, California, US
Genre Rock
Length 41:53
Label Full Moon/Warner Bros.
Producer David Foster
Chicago chronology
Chicago 16
(1982)
Chicago 17
(1984)
Chicago 18
(1986)
Singles from Chicago 17
  1. "Stay the Night"
    Released: April 2, 1984[1]
  2. "Hard Habit to Break"
    Released: July 2, 1984[1]
  3. "You're the Inspiration"
    Released: October 29, 1984[1]
  4. "Along Comes a Woman"
    Released: February 4, 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]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Stay the Night"   Peter Cetera/David Foster Peter Cetera 3:50
2. "We Can Stop the Hurtin'"   Robert Lamm/Bill Champlin/Deborah Neal Robert Lamm 4:11
3. "Hard Habit to Break"   Steve Kipner/Jon Parker Cetera with Bill Champlin 4:44
4. "Only You"   James Pankow/Foster Lamm with Champlin 3:53
5. "Remember the Feeling"   Cetera/Champlin Cetera 4:28
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
6. "Along Comes a Woman"   Cetera/Mark Goldenberg Cetera 4:13
7. "You're the Inspiration"   Cetera/Foster Cetera 3:50
8. "Please Hold On"   Champlin/Foster/Lionel Richie Champlin 3:41
9. "Prima Donna"   Cetera/Goldenberg Cetera 4:33
10. "Once in a Lifetime"   Pankow Champlin with Cetera 4:11

Some songs were recorded during the Chicago 17 sessions but not released. "Good for Nothing" was later released on the We Are the World superstar charity album in 1985. This is the last released Chicago song to feature Peter Cetera on vocals.

A song called "Sweet Marie" that was supposed to be released on the Chicago 17 album has been performed by the Norwegian band called TOBB. Bill Champlin offered this song to perform with the band. It was released on May 14, 2014 by the band, the 30th anniversary of the Chicago 17 album that was released on May 14, 1984. It was performed by Chicago on rare occasions back in 1984 and have surfaced online from VHS recordings of some of their performances.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (uncredited) on "Stay the Night"
  • Carlos Vega – drums (uncredited) on "You're the Inspiration"
  • John "JR" Robinson - drums (uncredited) on "Please Hold On"
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
  • Mark Goldenberg – guitar, additional arrangements on "Along Comes a Woman" and "Prima Donna"
  • Paulinho da Costapercussion
  • David Foster – keyboards, synthesizer programming, additional arrangements
  • John Van Tongeren – synthesizer programming
  • Erich Bulling – synthesizer programming
  • Marcus Ryle – synthesizer programming
  • Gary Grant – trumpet
  • Greg Adams – trumpet
  • 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 Packduet vocals on "Here Is Where We Begin"

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 Chicago: 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 (in Dutch). Hung Medien. 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.