Friday 14 February 2020

Chicago - Chicago 17 (1984)

The 14th album from this US band.

The band was an eight piece big band on this album with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, trombone, trumpet, woodwinds, bass, drums and vocals.
Numerous other musicians, including the whole of Toto and Donny Osmond added Latin percussion, moog, guitars, violin, woodwinds, synths, drums, bass and vocals.

Many years ago, this band released the self-titled album Chicago Transit Authority before they shortened their name just to Chicago. That album was a relevant, ground breaking album. The band was interesting.

Chicago anno 1984 is a totally different band again.

The founding member Peter Cetera with his ballads and his special vocals has now taken over the band. This is his final album with the band.

Chicago 17 is a mix of a funk brass rock album and a pop ballads album. It spawned four hit singles.
It has a happy chappy feeling and the 1980s sound.

It is not an album I find of much value. Luckily for the band, I am in a minority here as this is a zillions selling album and their biggest commercial hit to this date.

This album has some decent details and that is it. It is not a turkey. But I leave the band here and bypasses the rest of their albums.

Chicago is a fairly good band. As I am not a brass rock fan, I am not a fan. But check out this band. They deserve your attention.

1.5 points

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