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Chicago 13 [Bonus Tracks]
     

Chicago 13 [Bonus Tracks]

by Chicago
 
While it might be a stretch to claim that disco in effect killed Chicago, as this effort exemplifies, the dance craze certainly didn't help the band, either. After the moderate success of its previous long player, Hot Streets (1978), Chicago seemed to have the fortitude to carry on in the wake of the

Overview

While it might be a stretch to claim that disco in effect killed Chicago, as this effort exemplifies, the dance craze certainly didn't help the band, either. After the moderate success of its previous long player, Hot Streets (1978), Chicago seemed to have the fortitude to carry on in the wake of the tragic loss of original member Terry Kath (lead guitar/vocals). With the addition of Donnie Dacus (guitar/vocals) and producer Phil Ramone, Chicago scored a pair of strong Top 40 hits with "No Tell Lover" and "Alive Again." By mid-1979, the fickle pop music tides had fully turned toward the beat-intensive drone of disco. Somewhere along the line the rhythm temporarily fixated the band -- much in the same way a deer reacts to oncoming headlights. As Chicago 13 (1979) proves, the results in either instance are not pretty. The nine-plus minute "extended" opener, "Street Player," could easily be mistaken for a Village People number. The same fate befalls the overtly funky and urban-influenced "Paradise Alley." Interestingly, the latter was originally slated as the title track from a concurrent Sylvester Stallone snoozer of the same name. The disc does contain a few redeeming moments, however. Laudir DeOliveira (percussion) contributes the breezy, jazz-flavored "Life Is What It Is." Featuring an equally liberating vocal from Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), it includes one of the more tasteful horn arrangements on the album. The ragtime blues feel on Danny Seraphine's (drums) "Aloha Mama" has some well-seasoned brass augmentation, proving that Chicago had not completely abandoned its roots or audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0081227618223
catalogNumber:
885042
Rank:
13508

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicago   Primary Artist
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Robert Lamm   Keyboards,Vocals
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Peter Cetera   Bass,Vocals
Donnie Dacus   Guitar,Vocals
Lee Loughnane   Trumpet,Vocals
James Pankow   Trombone
Walter Parazaider   Woodwind
Daniel Seraphine   Drums
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Synthesizer,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Chicago   Producer
Del Shannon   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Robert Lamm   Composer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Peter Cetera   Composer
Max Crook   Composer
Donnie Dacus   Composer
Lee Loughnane   Composer
James Pankow   Composer
Walter Parazaider   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Warner Schwebke   Composer
Daniel Seraphine   Composer,Contributor
Marcos Valle   Composer
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Composer
Tony Lane   Cover Design
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Gary Heery   Sleeve Photo
Luis Chaves DeOliveira   Composer

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