You're the Inspiration: A Collection

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You're the Inspiration: A Collection
You're the Inspiration A Collection.jpg
Compilation album by Peter Cetera
Released May 20, 1997
Genre Rock
Length 45:19
Label River North
Producer Various
Peter Cetera chronology
One Clear Voice
(1995)One Clear Voice1995
You're the Inspiration: A Collection
Another Perfect World
(2001)Another Perfect World2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

You're the Inspiration: A Collection (1997) is the second album released by Peter Cetera for River North Records and the sixth album released as a solo artist. While labeled as a 'collection', the album is not really a compilation of 'Greatest Hits' but rather a collection of previously recorded duets, a few new songs and a few re-recordings of old Chicago hits.


Following the release of One Clear Voice in 1995, Peter Cetera and his label began the task of creating a "greatest hits" type package to release. This proved to be challenging as many of Cetera's charting singles were from the four albums he had released under former label, Warner Brothers. Compounding the problem further, he had charting duet singles on albums by Agnetha Faltskog and Cher, which were the property of their record labels. In addition, many of his hits from his career as a member of the band Chicago were the property of either Warner Brothers or his old band mates. When River North approached Chicago and their self-run record label, Chicago Records, about licensing the master recordings, the band refused outright.[2] In 1997 and 1998, Chicago Records used the songs on two The Heart of Chicago greatest hits packages put out in a partnership between Chicago Records and Warner Brothers.

While the label sorted out the licensing his duet hits with Warner, Geffen and WEA, Cetera stepped into the studio to record five songs for the compilation. The first two were original songs, "Do You Love Me That Much?" and "She Doesn't Need Me Anymore". The latter was a song about Cetera's daughter Claire, who turned 14 shortly after the album was released. The other three were new recordings of Cetera's Chicago hits, "If You Leave Me Now", "Baby, What a Big Surprise" and "You're the Inspiration". The song keys were lowered a whole step down to suit Cetera's loss of range. "You're the Inspiration" sounded country flavored while "Baby, What a Big Surprise" had a harder edge electric guitar than the original due to the lower keys. and was missing the final verse.

In the end, the album featured all of Cetera's hit duets, along with two new songs and three re-recorded songs.

Commercial release[edit]

Unlike One Clear Voice, You're the Inspiration: A Collection made the Billboard Top 200 album charts, peaking at #134, higher than his last two studio albums and higher than his first solo album from 1981. The first single, "Do You Love Me That Much?" made the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, hitting #6. This was followed by "She Doesn't Need Me Anymore", which hit #27 AC.

For the third single, the label remixed the new version of "You're the Inspiration" with backing vocals from Az Yet. The group had scored a hit single remaking Cetera's "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" a year earlier, featuring Cetera's vocals at the end. An ocean side video was filmed featuring Cetera, the band and Cetera's newborn daughter Senna in some scenes. The single peaked at #77 on the Billboard top 100 and #29 on the Billboard top adult contemporary chart.

Cetera did not go on tour in support of the album. When he finally returned to live concerts in 2002, he performed the original Chicago arrangements of the songs.

The album sold approximately 250,000 copies as of 1999 - a commercial disappointment by some standards, but was one of the top selling albums released on the small record label.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If You Leave Me Now" (Peter Cetera) (featuring Waddy Wachtel on guitar) (Original key: B)(Re-recording: A) – 4:21
  2. "The Next Time I Fall" (with Amy Grant) (Bobby Caldwell, Paul Gordon) – 3:40
  3. "Do You Love Me That Much" (Liz Hengber, Will Robinson) – 3:38
  4. "Feels Like Heaven" (with Chaka Khan) (Mark Goldenberg, Kit Hain) – 4:47
  5. "You're the Inspiration" (with Az Yet) (Cetera, David Foster) (Original key: G#)(Re-recording: F#)– 4:06
  6. "I Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)" (with Agnetha Fältskog) (Mark Mueller, Aaron Zigman) – 4:04
  7. "She Doesn't Need Me Anymore" (Cetera, Walt Aldridge) – 4:30
  8. "Baby, What a Big Surprise" (Cetera) (Original key: C)(Re-recording: Bb) – 3:30
  9. "(I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight" (with Crystal Bernard) (Eric Carmen, Andy Goldmark) – 4:34
  10. "After All" (with Cher) (Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford) – 4:04
  11. "S.O.S." (with Ronna Reeves) (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson) – 4:05

The German Import CD also contains a 12th track:

  • "You're the Inspiration (Remix)" (featuring Az Yet)

The Philippine CD version of the album contained a 12th track:

  • "You're the Inspiration (New version)" - which was basically same as track 5 minus the vocals of the group AZ Yet

You're the Inspiration: A Collection reached a peak of #134 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. You're the Inspiration: A Collection at AllMusic
  2. ^ Taylor, Chuck (July 12, 1997). "For former Chicago crooner Cetera, making hits is a hard habit to break". Billboard. 109 (28). p. 85. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Barrington Research Associates, Inc. Atlanta Visit Reinforces Confidence. September 23rd, 1999. pp 2.