Solitude/Solitaire

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All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
Chicago's early-'80s return from the scrapheap did more than bring the group its biggest chart successes: it finally shattered the carefully maintained "faceless" image that had prevented any member from becoming an individual star. In the dawning age of video, the band needed a focal point, and bassist Peter Cetera -- already the voice behind Chicago's soft rock smashes like "If You Leave Me Now," which had made significant inroads with the MOR audience -- was the logical choice. So it wasn't a huge surprise that, following Chicago XVII, Cetera decided to use his new celebrity to strike out on his own. He'd already come close to leaving a few years earlier, making his first ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
Chicago's early-'80s return from the scrapheap did more than bring the group its biggest chart successes: it finally shattered the carefully maintained "faceless" image that had prevented any member from becoming an individual star. In the dawning age of video, the band needed a focal point, and bassist Peter Cetera -- already the voice behind Chicago's soft rock smashes like "If You Leave Me Now," which had made significant inroads with the MOR audience -- was the logical choice. So it wasn't a huge surprise that, following Chicago XVII, Cetera decided to use his new celebrity to strike out on his own. He'd already come close to leaving a few years earlier, making his first solo album when Chicago was at a commercial low point; this time he had plenty of momentum, reinforced with a little cross-marketing for the movie The Karate Kid, Part II. Cetera's gallant "The Glory of Love" served as the film's theme and became a major hit as well as defined his post-Chicago sound -- essentially XVII without the horns, with one ultra-slick L.A. producer (Michael Omartian) replacing another (David Foster). The loss of brass, even in the subservient role it had come to play in post-resurrection Chicago, leaves Solitude/Solitaire bland around the edges, and since Omartian went for more trendy embellishments than Foster (especially on up-tempo tracks like "Big Mistake") the album doesn't have the timeless sound of Cetera's former work. However, his familiar tenor and gift for melody insure a pleasant listen even today, the well-crafted balladry making the lack of bite bearable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227965716
  • Catalog Number: 25474
  • Sales rank: 23,297

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Cetera Primary Artist
Kenny Cetera Percussion, Background Vocals
Paul Leim Drums
Michael Omartian Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro Percussion
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Chester Tompson Drums
Technical Credits
Amy Grant Duet
Britt Bacon Engineer
Erich Bulling drum programming
Terry Christian Engineer
Khaliq Glover Engineer
John Guess Engineer
Michael Omartian Producer
Ray Pyle Engineer
Laura Livingston Engineer
Jeri McManus Art Direction
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