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
Genre Soft 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 (1984-04-02)[1]
  2. "Hard Habit to Break"
    Released: July 2, 1984 (1984-07-02)[1]
  3. "You're the Inspiration"
    Released: October 29, 1984 (1984-10-29)[1]
  4. "Along Comes a Woman"
    Released: February 4, 1985 (1985-02-04)[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"   Cetera/David Foster Cetera 3:50
2. "We Can Stop the Hurtin'"   Lamm/Champlin/Deborah Neal Lamm 4:11
3. "Hard Habit to Break"   Steve Kipner/Jon Parker Cetera, with Champlin 4:44
4. "Only You"   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 4:13
10. "Once in a Lifetime"   Pankow Champlin, with Cetera 4:11

Some songs were recorded during the Chicago 17 sessions but not released. Sweet Marie by Bill Champlin was intended to be released for the album, but instead only performed live in 1983-1984. The original demo version remains uncirculated. 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. This is the last released Chicago song to feature Peter Cetera on vocals.

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, additional arrangements on "Along Comes a Woman" and "Prima Donna"
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • 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 Pack – background vocals on "Here is Where We Begin"
  • Jeremy Lubbock – string arrangements on "Hard Habit to Break", "Remember the Feeling" and "You're the Inspiration"
  • Jules Chakin – string contractor
  • Gerard Vinci – concertmaster

Production[edit]

  • Produced by David Foster
  • Engineered and Mixed by Humberto Gatica
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino
  • Assistant Engineers – Laura Livingston, Eddie Delena and Terry Christian
  • Mix Assistant – Larry Fergusson
  • Additional Overdubs – Larry Fergusson and Paul Lani
  • LP Art Direction and Design – Simon Levy
  • Album Art Cover – Larry Vigon
  • Photography – Harry Langdon and James Goble
Reissue
  • A&R/Project Supervision – Lee Loughnane, Jeff Magid and Mike Engstrom
  • Bonus Selections mixed by David Donnelly and Jeff Magid
  • Remastering – David Donnelly
  • Editorial Supervision – Cory Frye
  • Art Direction and Design – Greg Allen
  • Project Assistance – Steve Woodlard and Karen LeBlanc

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 (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.