|Studio album by|
|Released||September 29, 1986|
|Label||Full Moon/Warner Bros.|
|Singles from Chicago 18|
Chicago 18 is the fifteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released on September 29, 1986. This album is the first without cofounding member Peter Cetera. This is also the first album to feature Jason Scheff on bass guitar and vocals.
With Cetera having quit the band in 1985 in favor of a solo career, Chicago eventually hired Scheff to fill Cetera's position as vocalist and bassist. With Scheff and Bill Champlin aboard, who had joined the band in 1981, the most used voices in Chicago now belonged to its two newest recruits.
Chicago again hired producer David Foster to create a followup to Chicago 17.
The band recorded an updated high-tech remake of their hit classic "25 or 6 to 4" (#48). Scheff recalled when he asked Foster on the way he should sing the song, the latter responded: "Just like Cetera." Then, "Will You Still Love Me?" (#3) and "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (#17) became hits. Scheff was lead vocalist on all three releases. The album features a brief instrumental horn riff, Pankow's "Free Flight."
Despite the success of its predecessor, Chicago 18 ultimately only went gold, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
Chicago 18 (Full Moon/Warner Bros. 25509) reached gold status and #35 in the US during a chart stay of 45 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.
|1.||"Niagara Falls"||Steve Kipner/Bobby Caldwell||Scheff with Bill Champlin||3:43|
|2.||"Forever"||Robert Lamm/Bill Gable||Lamm||5:17|
|3.||"If She Would Have Been Faithful..."||Kipner/Randy Goodrum||Scheff with Champlin||3:51|
|4.||"25 or 6 to 4"||Robert Lamm||Scheff with Champlin||4:20|
|5.||"Will You Still Love Me"||David Foster/Tom Keane/Richard Baskin||Scheff with Champlin||5:44|
|6.||"Over and Over"||Lamm/James Newton Howard/Steve Lukather||Lamm||4:20|
|7.||"It's Alright"||Bill Champlin/Foster||Champlin||4:29|
|9.||"Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now"||Scheff/Buzz Feiten||Scheff||4:25|
|10.||"I Believe"||Champlin||Champlin, with Scheff||4:20|
|11.||"One More Day"||Pankow/Carmen Grillo||Lamm, Champlin, Scheff||4:13|
A re-recorded version of "When Will the World Be Like Lovers?" (Robert Lamm/Tom Keane/David Foster) appears on Robert Lamm's 1995 solo album Life Is Good In My Neighborhood. The original recorded version from the Chicago 18 sessions also appears online.
- Bill Champlin – keyboards, vocals
- Robert Lamm – keyboards, vocals
- Lee Loughnane – trumpet
- James Pankow – trombone, brass arrangements
- Walter Parazaider – woodwinds
- Jason Scheff – bass, vocals
- Danny Seraphine – drums, drum programming
- Vocal arrangements by Chicago, Bill Champlin, and David Foster
- Michael Landau – guitar
- Howard "Buzz" Feiten – guitar
- Steve Lukather – guitar
- David Foster – keyboards, additional arrangements, brass contributions
- Tom Keane – keyboards, backing vocals
- Michael Boddicker – synthesizer programming
- David Boruff – synthesizer programming
- Rhett Lawrence – synthesizer programming
- Bo Tomlyn – 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"
- Jon 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 and Bettina Bush – kids choir on "One More Day"
- Produced by David Foster
- Engineered and Mixed by Humberto Gatica
- Recorded at Chartmaker Studios (Malibu, CA) and Lion Share Recording Studio (Los Angeles, CA), assisted by Claudio Ordenes and Ray Pyle.
- Horn Sessions recorded at Skyline Recording Company (Malibu, CA), assisted by Britt Bacon and David Garfield.
- Mixed at Lion Share Recording Studio, assisted by Laura Livingston.
- Originally mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
- CDD Pre-mastering by WCI Record Group
- Art Direction – Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff
- Design – Hugh Brown and Jeri McManus
- Album Cover (Mosaic) – Maria Sarno
- Photography – Hugh Brown
- Stylist/Wardrobe – Kali Korn
- Group Photography – Guy Webster
- Deriso, Nick (September 29, 2014). "Danny Seraphine, Bill Champlin on the complicated legacy of Chicago 18". Something Else!. Retrieved September 1, 2017.