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Chicago XIV (Expanded) [Import, Original recording remastered, CD]

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1. Manipulation
2. Upon Arrival
3. Song For You
4. Where Did The Lovin' Go
5. Birthday Boy
6. Hold On
7. Overnight Cafe
8. Thunder And Lightning
9. I'd Rather Be Rich
10. The American Dream
11. Doin' Business
12. Live It Up (Previously Unissued)
13. Soldier Of Fortune (Previously Unissued)
14. Bonus Track 1

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Remastered reissue of 1980 album, expanded with three bonus tracks including Robert Lamm's hard-to-find 'Doin' Business', along with the two previously unissued tracks 'Livin' It Up' & 'Soldier Of Fortune'. 13 tracks. Rhino. 2003.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicago XIV - Not popular but not bad, either! July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
This controversial album was a turning point for the band, and it also marked the end of another chapter of awesome tunes from this hit machine. Most fans know that Chicago 16 in '82 starts another chapter, so Chicago XIV from 1980 holds a special place in the hearts of many who have followed the guys this amazing ride.
Chicago XIV comes eleven years after the debut album. The late 70s was a tough period for the band for many reasons, as "Hot Streets" and "Chicago 13" did ok, but not as well as all Chicago records from approx 1970-77. It was back to the Roman Numerals we love for this release, and after this they went to solid numbers for quite some time until around XXV with the Christmas Album in '98 and XXVI (Live) in '99.
In this reviewer's opinion, over half of the songs are great...which usually shows that you have a winner.
The Good: "Hold On" should have been released as a single, and I think it would have become a huge hit. This is by far the best song on the album. 'Overnight Café,' 'Thunder and Lightning,' 'Upon Arrival,' 'Where did the Lovin' Go,' and 'The American Dream' follow as the best songs. Of the bonus tracks, the two previously unissued songs are great (Live it Up, Soldier of Fortune.)
The bad: 'Song for You', 'Birthday Boy', 'I'd Rather be Rich', and the bonus track 'Doin' Business.' SFY and BB are really bad but the rest of this record makes up for it. 'Manipulation' is adequate but should not be considered their #1 song from this album.
Stories swirl about how Columbia mistreated this record, how it was barely visible on the store shelves back in 1980, and about how the band wasn't promoted properly. It only reached #71 on the famous Billboard list, a far cry from what Chicago was used to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Loses Direction May 17 2003
By Rik22
Format:Audio CD
Chicago XIV may be the true low point in the legendary band's massive catalogue of albums. Although some of the writing and performances are good, producer Tom Dowd had no business being involved with this record, and is to blame for this product not being up to par. The mix is terribly lean and the recorded sound is flat. Chicago, aside from being recognized for their great unique horns, is a band always known for terrific harmony vocal arrangements. Here, there are practically none in the CD's ten tracks, with Robert Lamm or Peter Cetera standing alone in the lead vocal role of each tune.
The CD's opener, "Manipulation" is a highlight, with a crisp, uptempo groove and ripping, lightening-fast guitar solo from session player Chris Pinnick, who toured with the group in the early 80's.
"I'd Rather Be Rich" another Bobby Lamm composition, finds the band on solid footing, with a tight groove and cool horn sectional.
A perfect example however of the lackluster production's impact on the disc's presentaton of the material is "Where Did the Lovin' Go?" . This is a great Peter Cetera rock ballad that simply has no style due to the minimal arrangement and paper-thin production value.
The bonus tracks on this re-issue are interesting especially "Doin' Business", which finds Bobby Lamm belting out a Joe Jackson-esque quick tempo rocker. This track should have been included in the original release, and why it was omitted is a mystery. Why Chicago used Tom Dowd on Chicago XIV, passing on the skills of David Foster, who was to be brought in for the terrific Chicago 16, is an even greater mystery.
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I don't care what anyone says, but this album is one of the absolute best that Chicago has made. It certainly deserved better than it got. Of course around the time of its release (July, 1980) music was going in different directions with punk and disco fading away and new wave and "Arena Rock" bands such as Journey, Styx, and REO Speedwagon taking center stage, leaving Chicago at a crossroads, so to speak. The music on this album tips a hat to the Chicago of old and propels them to pop superstardom two years later with the success of CHICAGO 16 and the international #1 hit "Hard To Say I'm Sorry."
The band kicks into sonic overdrive on the up-tempo lead-off track, "Manipulation," one of Chicago's hardest rocking songs ever. Guitarist Chris Pinnick does a fine job replacing Donnie Dacus, who two years previous, replaced legendary founding vocalist/guitarist Terry Kath. "Song For You" is one of the most beautiful ballads that bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera has ever sang with the band and it's a shame that the band doesn't go back to this or any of the material on this album, for that matter. It's a great song to dance to at a wedding. Other great songs like the minor hit "Thunder And Lightning," "Upon Arrival," "Hold On," and "The American Dream" make this album just as great as CHICAGO 16 and even 17 and I stand by my opinion. Even the first of the three bonus tracks, "Doin' Business" rocks like never before!
The horn players (Pankow, Loughnane, and Parazaider), as always, are in top form on XIV. Seraphine's drumming is as tight as ever and Cetera's bass playing/vocals and Lamm's keyboard playing/vocals are as good as ever. And Chris Pinnick is one hell of a guitar player.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Struggles April 4 2005
By Bill Fleck - Published on Amazon.com
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Charging into the 1970's, Chicago took radio by storm with hits such as "Beginnings," "Make Me Smile," "Colour My World," and "Saturday in the Park."

Limping into the 1980's, hardly anybody noticed Chicago at all. The liner notes to this Rhino remastered re-release explain (in part) why.

CHICAGO XIV, the band's first set of the decade, is a real mixed bag. It features better tunes than the previous offerings--the dismal "Hot Streets" and "Chicago 13." It boasts the talented guitarist Chris Pinnick, who replaces the mercifully departed Donnie Dacus. But it also heralds the complete dominance of vocalist Pete Cetera and the indifferent production of Tom Dowd.

Dowd, who produced some classic Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd albums, badly misfires with Chicago, muting the overall "big" sound the band had developed under James William Guercio. Too, he lets a series of awful Cetera ballads dominate the first half of the CD; drivel like "Song for You" and "Where Did the Loving Go" signal the eventual decline of Chicago into Cetera-spun sap (the same goes for the dreadful "Birthday Boy," a Daniel Seraphine/David Wolinski opus best left in the out-take bin). The liner notes indicate that Dowd was unable to control much of what went on during the sessions, and band profiles (such as "Chicago: VH1 Behind the Music") show that no one was able to control what went on OUTSIDE the sessions.

The band somewhat overcomes these disadvantages with solid rockers like Bobby Lamm's "Manipulation," Cetera's "Hold On," and Jimmy Pankow's "The American Dream."

The second half of the CD is aided as well by the great uptempo single "Thunder and Lightning" (why it didn't chart higher is still a mystery to me), and Lamm's excellent "I'd Rather Be Rich"--the CD's absolute standout, ranking among the best Chi's ever done (an early version of this great tune can be found on Rhino's remaster of Chicago X). Even Cetera's mid-tempo "Overnight Cafe" has a pleasing hook and a killer bridge.

The Rhino remaster features three bonus tracks, any one of which is preferable to "Song for You." Lamm's "Doin' Business" is uptempo and catchy, and his "Soldier of Fortune" is perhaps better than anything that wound up on on the original release. Cetera growls out the Pankow-penned "Live It Up," which, admittedly, is nothing special.

CHICAGO XIV sold poorly. Very soon after its release, Columbia dropped the band, sending it into limbo. This is sad, because XIV features some of the band's best work in years, mishandled though it may be.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much maligned change of tune for a much maligned band March 7 2006
By Gene Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Why fans hate this album is beyond me. It rocks much like their early efforts though with a harder edge. If you want to hear the swan song of their rock days get this worst(?) selling album-soon to come were the syrup ballads of Pete and David Foster. Who cares if there is too much guitar (often heard complaint)or that some tunes are possessing goofy titles-creativity should be reconsidered. Tunes like "Thunder and Lightning", "Manipulation", and "The American Dream" are great. It is better than 13 and far more interesting than Hot Streets. Being the first album I bought of the band at age 14-it kicked!!!!!!! Chicago has survived by changing with the times. They would have bombed even worse trying to release something harkening back to the early 70's in that punk rock-Adam Ant era of 1980. So be kind and please rewind to a different sounding band. As I write this, once again we come to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame initiation with no Chicago-does Blondie really outrank them in success and popularity? Oh Great Spirit,help us!!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The End of a Chapter for Chicago Aug. 6 2006
By Jim Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Following Terry Kath's death after Chicago XI, the group band produced three albums without longtime producer James William Guercio: Hot Streets, 13, and XIV. These three albums tend to be referred to by fans as the "low point" in Chicago's career. Chicago XIV has received undo criticism of not being a great album; however, I would tend to disagree. Though it's not their strongest effort, it contained far better material than Chicago 13 and was much better than their eighth album.

Chicago XIV marked the end of a chapter for the band; this was the last studio album to have songs written solely by members of the band. Chicago 16 marked a drastic change by adding extra studio musicians (look at the liner notes and you'll see several members from Toto contributing their talents), as well as outside songwriters. This changed the overall sound of the band, which has been a contention amongst diehard fans that were used to the old sound. Because sales were so poor with Chicago XIV, Columbia dropped them, even though they released a greatest hits album the following year.

I've said this in other Chicago reviews, so I'll say it again here. What I've always admired about the band is the balance between singers and songwriters. This balance brings a great amount of variety and does not leave one hearing the same "sound" again and again. Robert Lamm's compositions tend towards the classical vein, which you hear those elements (mixed meter, especially) in his tune "Manipulation." Trombonist James Pankow's tunes lean towards driving rock and funk, which is quite present in the tunes "Thunder and Lightning" and "American Dream." He also adds a great solo at the end of the former tune. Peter Cetera, the frontman for the group, was better at writing pop, which is clearly demonstrated in "Song for You" and "Where Did the Lovin' Go."

This album contains great brass arrangements by Pankow and the remastered edition has three additional unreleased tunes: two by Robert Lamm and one by James Pankow. Of the three post-Kath albums, this one comes the closest to their older "classic rock" sound - very guitar-centered, which may partially explain why the sales were low; the advent of punk/new wave was most likely the real reason. Totally unrelated to the music is the album cover. The fingerprint is clearly the coolest Chicago cover to be produced, the next one being the chocolate bar of Chicago X.

If you're unsure of whether or not to pick this album up, I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed. This is one for the library.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicago's most underrated and underappreciated release! April 25 2003
By Josh Creasey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't care what anyone says, but this album is one of the absolute best that Chicago has made. It certainly deserved better than it got. Of course around the time of its release (July, 1980) music was going in different directions with punk and disco fading away and new wave and "Arena Rock" bands such as Journey, Styx, and REO Speedwagon taking center stage, leaving Chicago at a crossroads, so to speak. The music on this album tips a hat to the Chicago of old and propels them to pop superstardom two years later with the success of CHICAGO 16 and the international #1 hit "Hard To Say I'm Sorry."
The band kicks into sonic overdrive on the up-tempo lead-off track, "Manipulation," one of Chicago's hardest rocking songs ever. Guitarist Chris Pinnick does a fine job replacing Donnie Dacus, who two years previous, replaced legendary founding vocalist/guitarist Terry Kath. "Song For You" is one of the most beautiful ballads that bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera has ever sang with the band and it's a shame that the band doesn't go back to this or any of the material on this album, for that matter. It's a great song to dance to at a wedding. Other great songs like the minor hit "Thunder And Lightning," "Upon Arrival," "Hold On," and "The American Dream" make this album just as great as CHICAGO 16 and even 17 and I stand by my opinion. Even the first of the three bonus tracks, "Doin' Business" rocks like never before!
The horn players (Pankow, Loughnane, and Parazaider), as always, are in top form on XIV. Seraphine's drumming is as tight as ever and Cetera's bass playing/vocals and Lamm's keyboard playing/vocals are as good as ever. And Chris Pinnick is one hell of a guitar player. His shredding is just as good as his rhythm playing.
It's songs like these that make you wonder why this album didn't get as far as it should have.
The music on this album is highly underrated and underappreciated. Please check this great album out and see how they got their success in the 80's.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chicago's Heroic Return To Form June 19 2006
By Gord o' The Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I rank this a 3-star, because I would not want this to be someone's first exposure to Chicago. When it first came out, I was disappointed. First, I had started to like Donnie Dacus, and now he was gone. Other than that, I don't know why I didn't like it. I think that a good Chicago album has to have less overall Cetera on it. But the group as a whole was struggling creatively right about now, and Peter Cetera is to be credited with keeping them afloat. He was entering his creative wave at this point (witness his self-titled first solo album). Danny Seraphine continues to present fine compositions, as well.

It also is the last de Oliveira album. The congas and percussion will not be a staple of the band from now on.

I thought that Thunder and Lightning was a legitimate return to their early 70s form. There was a lot that I loved about the rest of the album - but still used to feel empty after listening to it.

In college in 1983, a friend of mine told me it was his favorite Chicago album. I though "what?", and from then on started listening to it with the goal of liking it. Gradually, through the years, it has slowly become an album that I truly like.

Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera carry all of the lead vocals, proving that Chicago does not need a prominent third voice (although it helps).

This is the final album in Chicago's third era - the post-Kath years of wandering in the wilderness. As the first part of the era dabbles in disco and glitz, this one tests the edges of punk and new wave. The weak efforts of the suits, and hate campaigns of industry rags notwithstanding, this album does not disappoint. It bridges the past (Chris Pinnick's strong guitars) with the Cetera-pop-heavy future.

Add the three bonus tunes, and you have an outstanding Chicago album. But please - reader - do not buy this unless you are a tried and true Chicago fan that appreciates all of their styles and eras!

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