Chicago Chicago 17 Numbered Limited Edition Gold CD
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1984 Blockbuster Includes Four Top 20 Hit Singles: “You’re the Inspiration,”
“Stay the Night,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “Along Comes A Woman”
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Standard-Setting Adult-Contemporary
Production by David Foster Now Sounds Absolutely Incredible
Tenor Vocalist Peter Cetera’s Final Record With the Band
A Pop Standard: Sales of 7+ Million Copies Make It Chicago’s Most Commercially
Soft-Rock Landmark Awarded Two Engineering/Production Grammy Awards
The Chicago that created the multiplatinum blockbuster Chicago 17 isn’t the band
that started out as a jazz-rock ensemble interested in complex time changes or
even the progressive AM pop group that it became in the 1970s. No, this is a
collective that shoots for and attains adult-contemporary glory via streamlined
arrangements, unforgettable refrains, dramatic balladry, and timeless melodies.
Hitching its wagon to Peter Cetera’s tender tenor croon, and bringing
synthesizers to the fore, Chicago redefines 1980's pop on this 1984 classic —
setting the stage for the power ballads and sweeping slow-dance fare that would
ultimately dominate the decade.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited
edition Gold CD reveals the genius behind David Foster’s production and warm,
soulful passion of Cetera’s signature timbre. A blueprint for how stunning
smooth pop-rock records should sound, this audiophile-grade reissue blooms with
crisp, pristinely detailed sonic traits such as effervescent tones, gigantic
walls of keyboard, and plush atmospheres. Cetera’s voice is so realistic and
clear, it’s as if he’s singing to you and you only, drowning you with emotional
longing, sincerity, and romance. Be prepared to be dowsed in the glory of love.
Whether you view Chicago 17 as a guilty pleasure or all-time easy listening
classic doesn’t matter. The numbers don’t lie. And neither do the surfeit of
soft-rock hooks. The mere mentions of songs like “You’re the Inspiration,” “Stay
the Night,” “Hard Habit to Break,” and “Along Comes A Woman” immediately trigger
a flood of memories and sweetened choruses, each hit a lesson in the art of
mellow persuasion, gentle communication, and sparkling songwriting. In
maintaining an intimate vibe but making the grooves come on with widescreen
proportions, cozy synth-bass lines and sympathetic drum machine beats are
elevated to previously unforeseen levels, while Chicago’s trademark horns move
to an accessory role.
The man behind the transformation, sonic mastermind David Foster, uses Chicago
17 as a canvas for exceptional backing harmonies and rejoinders. Along with
Humberto Garcia, awarded the Grammy for Best Engineered Recording,
Non-Classical, Foster received the prestigious award for Best Instrumental
Arrangement for his work on “Hard Habit to Break.” Is it any wonder that, taken
with the accolades that followed, Cetera soon left the group and attempted to
continue the winning streak as a solo artist?
Mobile Fidelity’s collectable edition of this pop landmark — packaged in a
mini-LP-style sleeve — brings out the liveliness and exactness of the music and
sonics of Chicago 17 like never before.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 24 Karat Gold - Ultradisc II
1. Stay the Night
2. We Can Stop the Hurtin'
3. Hard Habit to Break
4. Only You
5. Remember the Feeling
6. Along Comes A Woman
7. You're the Inspiration
8. Please Hold On
9. Prima Donna
10. Once In A Lifetime