Chicago's 17 on Numbered Limited Edition Gold CD from Mobile Fidelity! Mastered From Original Tapes!
1984 Blockbuster Includes Four Top 20 Hit Singles: Youre 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 Ceteras Final Record With the Band
A Pop Standard: Sales of 7+ Million Copies Make It Chicagos Most Commercially Successful Album
Soft-Rock Landmark Awarded Two Engineering/Production Grammy Awards
The Chicago that created the multiplatinum blockbuster Chicago 17 isnt 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 Ceteras 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 Fidelitys numbered limited edition Gold CD reveals the genius behind David Fosters production and warm, soulful passion of Ceteras 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. Ceteras voice is so realistic and clear, its as if hes 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 doesnt matter. The numbers dont lie. And neither do the surfeit of soft-rock hooks. The mere mentions of songs like Youre 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 Chicagos 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 Fidelitys 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