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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LAL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

1. Niagra Falls
2. Forever
3. If She Would Have Been Faithful
4. 25 Or 6 To 4
5. Will You Still Love Me?
6. Over And Over
7. It's Alright
8. Interlude (Horns)
9. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now
10. I Believe
11. One More Day

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard on Oct. 25 2002
Format: Audio CD
Unlike some of the reviewers of this album, I find "Chicago 18" to be worth the money. It is a solid musical representation of those wonderful 80's, the last decade of truly great music.
Yes, "18" is more pop-oriented than rock ("Will You Still Love Me" and "I Believe", to cite just two) with a smattering of saccharine, (the final cut "One More Day") too. However, Chicago, as one of the premier bands in American musical history, has never failed to satisfy.
And I, for one, find this one to be more than exemplary.
I DO LIKE THE REWORKING OF "25 OR TO 4"!!!
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Peter Cetera, the number one voice of Chicago whose efforts peaked with the previous smash "17", left before this album...and the band picked right up where they left off. This album continues the evolution of the band to more of a pop band than a rock band, but the tracks themselves are still sterling.
"Will You Still Love Me?" is very powerful and well-produced--and the album-length version clocks in at well over 5 minutes. "If She Would Have Been Faithful", on the other hand, is quite different lyrically, as Jason Scheff sings about the parodox of having to go through the pain of losing an unfaithful lover in order to meet his true love. These were the top 20 hits on the album.
Two trends I wish that Chicago didn't get away from with their later single releases: releasing Robert Lamm-sung songs as well as releasing an uptempo track or two. That being said, I would like to rave about two tracks that each fit one of those categories. "Forever" has those classic Lamm vocals on a song that distresses about divorce in today's society. "It's Alright" is an uptempo song with Bill Champlain on lead vocals--and it's not a love song but a song about just spending time with someone to avoid being alone.
Despite others' opinions, I personally don't think there is a bad track on here. While I agree that it is not at all like classic rock-based Chicago, it is still a stellar pop album. For sure, very enjoyable, affecting ear candy for the soul.
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I had such expectations for this album. Chicago had just reached another high point with the success of 17, what with several hit singles & videos, they were on top again.
Not that success came cheaply. I tried to forget that the highest charters were lame Cetera-ballads & concentrate on the positive. Chicago was back, on another major label with a great producer & awesome potential.
Then Cetera quit. I thought, hey, all he's wanted to do since 1978 is write hokey, hornless pop crap, so let him go.
Unfortunately, Chicago & Producer David Foster did just the opposite of what they should've. Instead of tapping the great songwriting talent of Robert Lamm, James Pankow & new ace Bill Champlin, as well as the potential in Jason Scheff, they reserved Cetera's 3 or so soft rock slots with material from outside hacks that was even more awful than the likes of Cetera's own PRIMA DONNA.
18's list of covers & outsiders reads straight down the song list, with the only fully original track being the ill-advised re-make of 25 OR 6 TO 4. Couldn't Pankow & Lamm have channeled their talents into composing a new rocker, if that's what they wanted? Boggling.
Covers IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL & WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME are derivative at best. Another cover, NIAGRA FALLS, sets the tone with swiss cheese drum machines (had drummer Danny Seraphine even picked up a stick since 1982???) and pre-programmed CASIO keyboard schlock. Robert Lamm's co-offerings, FOREVER & OVER AND OVER miss the mark badly. The former wastes some good brass arrangements & a rare sax solo in the midst of aluminum foil drum machine patches & lounge act vocal delivery, while the latter is just a plain bore.
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Chicago 18 was developed and released on the heals of the successful 17, which was also Cetera's fairwell. It is the first of what the group calls their "A.C." (After Cetera) albums. Like most bands coming off a successful album, Chicago had difficulty duplicating the success of 17 however.
"Niagra Falls" IS a play on words and on music, yet it's too much of one, as though the band was trying for a new sound, and salvaged a song from it.
"Forever" seems better sung by Steve Lawrence than by Robert Lamm. Perhaps it's an indication of Lamm's diminishing creative edge which led the band in their early years.
"If She Would Have Been Faithful" sounds suspciously like "Hard Habit to Break" from 17, with Scheff filling in for Cetera, with the music twisted, and with a thesaurus consulted for the new verses.
"25 or 6 to 4" symbolizes the age of the band: trying to modernize a old classic. Pankow and Lamm would have been better using their efforts for a new composition, not changing the old one. Hey guys: There is a saying about not fixing something that's not broken.
"Will you still love me" is a highlight to the album. It demonstrates the band's perpetual ability to put together a good slow dance tune. The song is over five minutes, yet uses the time effectively to crescendo to a proper climax and resolution.
The second half of the album saves the work. "It's Alright" and "I Believe" show why Bill Champlin is such an important part of the band's ongoing success. He's able to put the effort and creativity into his compositions and performances which the band lacks as a whole on this album.
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