Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17
Chicago - Chicago 17

Chicago - Chicago 17

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Backing Vocals – Bill Champlin, Kenny Cetera, Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm

Bass Guitar, Vocals – Peter Cetera

Drums – Carlos Vega (B2), Daniel Seraphine, Jeff Porcaro (A1), John "J.R." Robinson (B3)

Guitar – Chris Pinnick

Guitar [Additional] – Mark Goldenberg, Michael Landau, Paul Jackson*

Horns – Gary Grant, Greg Adams

Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals – Bill Champlin

Keyboards, Vocals – Robert Lamm

Percussion [Additional] – Paulinho Da Costa

Arranged By, Keyboards, Bass [Moog Source, Mini Moog, Memory Moog, DX7] – David Foster

Programmed By [Synthesizer] – David Foster, Erich Bulling, John Van Tongeren, Marcus Ryle

Trombone, Arranged By [Horns] – James Pankow

Trumpet – Lee Loughnane

Wind [Woodwinds] – Walter Parazaider

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Warner Bros

Engineered & mixed by : Humberto Gatica

Produced by George Marino

Remastered by Joe Reagoso at With Lee Loughnane Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, CA

Originally released in 1984

 

Tracks:

Selections:

Side A:

  1. Stay the Night
  2. We Can Stop the Hurtin'
  3. Hard Habit to Break
  4. Only You
  5. Remember the Feeling

 

Side B:

  1. Along Comes A Woman
  2. You're the Inspiration
  3. Please Hold On
  4. Prima Donna
  5. Once In A Lifetime

 

Reviews :

"Chicago 16 finally gave Chicago a big hit after a four-year drought, thanks in large part to new producer David Foster, who steered the jazz-rock veterans toward a streamlined, crisply produced pop direction on that 1982 effort. Given that success, it's no surprise that the septet teamed with Foster again for its next album, 1984's Chicago 17 (apparently Roman numerals were left behind along with their progressive jazz-rock). It's also no surprise that Foster took an even greater control of 17, steering the group further down the adult contemporary road and pushing Peter Cetera toward the front of the group, while pushing the horns toward the back. Indeed, it's often possible to not notice the horns on 17; they either fade into the background or meld seamlessly with the synthesizers that are the primary instruments here, providing not just the fabric but foundation of nearly all the arrangements, as synth bass and drum machines replaced the rhythm section. This did not sit well with many longtime fans -- and it may have also caused some tension within the group, since Cetera left after this album -- but it did make for the biggest hit album in Chicago's history, going quadruple platinum and peaking at number four on the Billboard charts. A big reason for its success is the pair of hit ballads in "Hard Habit to Break" and "You're the Inspiration," two big and slick dramatic ballads that each peaked at number three on the charts and helped set the sound for adult contemporary pop for the rest of the decade; the likes of Michael Bolton and Richard Marx are unimaginable without these songs existing as a blueprint (in fact, Marx sang backup vocals on "We Can Stop the Hurtin'" on 17)." AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine 

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 3,76 / 5

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