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17 (Expanded) Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 3 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000GH3QA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Stay The Night
2. We Can Stop The Hurtin'
3. Hard Habit To Break
4. Only You
5. Remember The Feeling
6. Along Comes A Woman
7. You're The Inspiration
8. Please Hold On
9. Prima Donna
10. Once In A Lifetime
11. Bonus Track: Where We Begin

Product Description

Ultimately their best seller, this 1984 LP shot to #4, sending Hard Habit to Break and You're the Inspiration to #3. Includes the unissued Where We Begin !

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Format: Audio CD
The Chicago I once knew - innovative, original, experimental - as in Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago II - is not even remotely here in this album. I decided to check this group out after 27 years and was severely disappointed.
OK, groups are bound to change over that length of time, but there is nothing to remind one of those fabulous long horn lines and jazzy interludes that pervade the first two albums. No, we get electronic keyboard dreck.
This is a staid, run-of-the-mill album that sounds like anything else you've ever heard in the '90s. Nothing stands out. Nothing grabs you - just harken back to In the Country on CII - with its WOW finish - copied many times since. Nothing like South California Purples on CTA with its varied layers.
This group is a washout today. They should have quit after Kath died.
Crappy, sappy, unhappy album!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f18d0) out of 5 stars Chicago 17 revisited Oct. 3 2006
By Joshua Banker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This sounds AWESOME! Now granted I don't have a fancy stereo system. I use my iMac G5 with bose speakers hooked up to it but the resolution/definition in these songs are much improved from the old 80s CD. It even sounds much clearer and more detailed than the same songs that are featured on the box set that came out about 3 years ago. It is like redescoving this CD since I am able to hear it in a way I never was able to before.

The main complaint I have is the bonus track. This is probably Chicago's most consitant album and I believe it was ruined by the bonus track. The song sounds unfinished and it features Robert Lamm singing with what sounds like David Pack of Ambrosia fame. There are many other great songs that could have been used. Another complaint some may have, but I don't, is that they used the LP version to make this CD so there are a couple of songs on here that aren't going to sound like the old 80s CD. This doesn't bother me much since I grew up with the LP version.

So if you have fond memories of this album like I did or you are a fan of 80s music... buy this CD!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f37a4) out of 5 stars Not A Bad Set From Chicago May 18 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Much the same thing can be said of this album as can be said of Chicago 16:most people are going to go into this thinking they know what they're in for musically. All Music Guide: The Experts' Guide to the Best CD's, Albums & Tapes (All Music Guide Series) defined this recording as,and I quoate "this is what happens when you really go for the ballads".Well as far as ballads go this is a ten song album and of them you only get three. Obviously you have "Hard Habit To Break" and "You're My Inspiration" are the big songs here;the former is actually a really interesting song from a musical perspective but the former...well it has a little radio ware for me and really has a more AC kind of Peter Cetera solo ballad,similar to something you might find on his Solitude/Solitaire a couple years after this."Remember The Feeling" really more or less the same but is something of a weaker song in terms of writing as I see it. Interestingly enough this album,as with the one before it is primarily devoted to upbeat and uptempo tunes,something Chicago have always done and all of them have some selling point.As pointed out in the liner notes everything here could've easily charted and,not only that considering what was going on in music in the mid 1980's,especially in pop/rock (the majority of this album has a bit much of a drive to be called thoroughly adult contemporary) this music is actually pretty creative.Chicago were musical veterans who realized even if you couldn't set trends,you really had to make them work for you rather then work for them. Again produced by David Foster,the album opens with Peter Cetera and him actually working around a very upbeat 80's rock in "Stay The Night";it's a bit on the arena-y side but it does the trick.Robert Lamm gets a turn at bat with "We Can't Stop The Hurtin'",actually not a bad example of stripped down "naked funk" with Champlin throwing down some fine rhythm guitar overall.James Pankow turns in his own tune with Foster on "Only You",another great tune in a similar style-the break beats heavy,the hand claps pounding away it's probably the only Chicago song you'd be likely to be able to breakdance to.But not to worry;it's a great song and not silly at all."Along Comes A Woman" is a more driving Cetera rocker with some great horns for this later period Chicago. There's nothing lost here as the contemporary (for the time) R&B/funk tune really takes shape on "Please Hold On",a Lionel Richie co-composition which,considering Lionel's tendancy to be as musically overwraught as Certera was in this period,is a really driving tune with this nice locked tight shuffle and keyboard/horn arrangement;it's easily one of the very best tunes here."Prima Donna",also from the Two of a Kind (Soundtrack) : John Travolta is a decent but fairly conventional rocker and Pankow's closer "Once In A Lifetime" really works the rock/R&B groove very well again.The bonus track is Robert Lamm's "Where We Begin",a really nice off the cuff jazzy tune that's kind of romantic in an odd sort of way. This album as with all the Chicago reissues has excellent remastered sound quality and everything sounds a whole lot crisper for it. Sadly this would be there last album with Peter Cetera;his solo career did bring him commercial success but it was a loss to he and the bands...soul when the two parted ways in many senses. Considering though that Chicago weathered the tragic passing of Terry Kath eight years earlier they would manage to soldier on again even after this,a once highly underrated album that is not nearly as commerically ingratiating as you might've thought.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f3ce4) out of 5 stars CHICAGO 17 OVER 7,500,000 SOLD THROUGHOUT 1984-1985 Nov. 10 2006
By Patrick Miller - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Rhino does an excellent job once again with the chicago music catologue. Nice linear notes explaining the albums monumental success. Chicago 17 will not satisfy hardcore chicago fans but 17 brings me back to those magical and simplier 1980s. Chicago 17 sold over 7,000,000 copies throughout 1984-1985, in reality the chicago 17 tour(and album) was a launching pad for Peter Ceteras solo career, as Peter did write most of the songs on 17.James pankow did write "Once in a lifetime" and as an extra track on this remastered cd Robert Lamms "Where we belong". Producer and song writer David Foster co-wrote some of the songs and produced this blockbuster album. I do have to agree with some of the critics and reviews of this cd, that chicago 17 is mostly a Peter Cetera solo album. The rest of the band did contribute in some way to 17. I believe David Foster wanted to go in that direction, like it or not David Foster really helped Chicago with some really awesome success in the 1980s. One of the negatives of Fosters influence on 1980s Chicago is Danny Seraphines drumming is almost absent. I will always like Chicago 1-13 better than any of the 1980s recordings. I still think chicago does an awesome job on 17.The remastering is really crisp and sharp and lets you listen to Chicago 1980s in a different light. I realize edited songs may appear on Chicago 16-17 but I believe the songs were the same lengths on the original Lps, I am just glad 17 is remastered and will go along with my other Rhino remastered chicago cds.( note: Chicago 17s first vinyl run was pressed with the audiophile QUIEX II FORMAT for superior sound on vinyl records of that time. Recording engineer Humberto Gatica(recording engineer for 17) would eventually win a grammy for his recording expertise later on his career. When 17 first came out on cd improvements were made in the sound quality on the cd release of 17. Now hearing this remastered version of 17 the sound is even more awesome).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f60c0) out of 5 stars It is a "Hard habbit to break" Dec 5 2006
By Peter T. Greck - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Oh my, its been twenty two years since I had this cassette. I waited for the CD to be remastered and it was worth it. It sounds great. Rhino did a good job. I would have given this 5 stars but they put one bonus track on it which was okay but I was looking for them to remix something new or atleast include the old remix of "Along comes a women" It was good to hear "Stay the night" remastered and sounding great! This was Peter Cetera's last ride with Chicago and he went out with a bang. The band did get lucky and they handed things over to Jason Scheff. He could pull off this material with no problem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f606c) out of 5 stars Chicago 17 March 9 2009
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chicago 17 was Chicago's 1984 release and their 17th release and included such hits as "Stay the Night", "Hard Habit to Break" and "You're the Inspiration". The booklet is quite simple with the logo and the number of the album on the front. A Scott Galloway writes some interesting linernotes about the album. The lyrics are easy to read and we get a nice list of whom plays what on the album. 4/5.