Chicago 18

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Chicago 18
Chicago18.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
RecordedMarch–September 1986
GenreRock
Length45:19
LabelFull Moon/Warner Bros.
ProducerDavid Foster
Chicago chronology
Take Me Back to Chicago
(1985)
Chicago 18
(1986)
Chicago 19
(1988)
Singles from Chicago 18
  1. "25 or 6 to 4"
    Released: August 1986 (US) [1]
  2. "Will You Still Love Me?"
    Released: 24 October 1986 (US) [2]
  3. "If She Would Have Been Faithful..."
    Released: 6 March 1987 (US) [3]
  4. "Niagara Falls"
    Released: June 1987

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."[citation needed] 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[4]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."Niagara Falls"Steve Kipner/Bobby CaldwellScheff with Bill Champlin3:43
2."Forever"Robert Lamm/Bill GableLamm5:17
3."If She Would Have Been Faithful..."Kipner/Randy GoodrumScheff with Champlin3:51
4."25 or 6 to 4"Robert LammScheff with Champlin4:20
5."Will You Still Love Me"David Foster/Tom Keane/Richard BaskinScheff with Champlin5:44
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
6."Over and Over"Lamm/James Newton Howard/Steve LukatherLamm4:20
7."It's Alright"Bill Champlin/FosterChamplin4:29
8."Free Flight"Pankowinstrumental0:25
9."Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now"Scheff/Buzz FeitenScheff4:25
10."I Believe"ChamplinChamplin, with Scheff4:20
11."One More Day"Pankow/Carmen GrilloLamm, Champlin, Scheff4:13

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.

Personnel[edit]

Chicago[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Michael Landauguitar[5]
  • Howard "Buzz" Feiten – guitar
  • Steve Lukather – guitar
  • David Fosterkeyboards, 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"

Production[edit]

  • Produced by David Foster[5]
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago singles".
  2. ^ "Chicago singles".
  3. ^ "Chicago singles".
  4. ^ Chicago 18 at AllMusic
  5. ^ a b c All credits from CD booklet.

Further reading[edit]