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Chicago 17
Studio album by Chicago
ReleasedMay 14, 1984 (1984-05-14)[1]
Recordedmid 1983 – early 1984
GenreSoft rock
Length41:53
LabelFull Moon/Warner Bros.
ProducerDavid Foster
Chicago chronology
If You Leave Me Now
(1983)
Chicago 17
(1984)
Chicago 18
(1986)
Singles from Chicago 17
  1. "Stay the Night"
    Released: April 18, 1984[1]
  2. "Hard Habit to Break"
    Released: July 18, 1984[1]
  3. "You're the Inspiration"
    Released: October 31, 1984[1]
  4. "Along Comes a Woman"
    Released: February 6, 1985[1]
 
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Chicago 17
Studio album by Chicago
ReleasedMay 14, 1984 (1984-05-14)[1]
Recordedmid 1983 – early 1984
GenreSoft rock
Length41:53
LabelFull Moon/Warner Bros.
ProducerDavid Foster
Chicago chronology
If You Leave Me Now
(1983)
Chicago 17
(1984)
Chicago 18
(1986)
Singles from Chicago 17
  1. "Stay the Night"
    Released: April 18, 1984[1]
  2. "Hard Habit to Break"
    Released: July 18, 1984[1]
  3. "You're the Inspiration"
    Released: October 31, 1984[1]
  4. "Along Comes a Woman"
    Released: February 6, 1985[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 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]

  1. "Stay the Night" (Peter Cetera, David Foster) – 3:50
  2. "We Can Stop the Hurtin'" (Robert Lamm, Bill Champlin, Deborah Neal) – 4:11
  3. "Hard Habit to Break" (Steve Kipner, Jon Parker) – 4:44
  4. "Only You" (James Pankow, Foster) – 3:53
  5. "Remember the Feeling" (Cetera, Champlin) – 4:28
  6. "Along Comes a Woman" (Cetera, Mark Goldenberg) – 4:14
  7. "You're the Inspiration" (Cetera, Foster) – 3:51
  8. "Please Hold On"* (Champlin, Foster, Lionel Richie) – 3:41
  9. "Prima Donna"* (Cetera, Goldenberg) – 4:13
  10. "Once in a Lifetime" (Pankow) – 4:11
  11. "Where We Begin"** (Lamm) – 3:53

"*" indicates an original analog version on the Rhino re-release
"**" indicates a bonus track on the Rhino re-release

Songs that were not released:

A song called Sweet Marie was intended to be released for the album but was cut from the release. It was written by Bill Champlin. The song was performed in 1983-1984 (most noticeably in Tokyo on January 10. 1984)and has surfaced online as bootlegs. The song became known to many fans as the lost track. The original demo version remains unreleased at this present time.

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.

Robert Lamm sings lead vocals in a demo version of Hard Habit to Break.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

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]

YearSingleChartPosition
1984"Hard Habit To Break"Adult Contemporary3
1984"Hard Habit To Break"The Billboard Hot 1003
1984"Stay The Night"The Billboard Hot 10016
1984"Stay The Night"Mainstream Rock Tracks7
1984"You're The Inspiration"Adult Contemporary1
1984"You're The Inspiration"The Billboard Hot 1003
1985"Along Comes A Woman"Adult Contemporary25
1985"Along Comes A Woman"Mainstream Rock Tracks10
1985"Along Comes A Woman"The Billboard Hot 10014

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. Hung Medien language=Dutch. 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.