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Chicago 16

ChicagoAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups ever. If such statements of fact surprise, that's because ... Read more in Amazon's Chicago Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What You're Missing
2. Waiting For You To Decide
3. Bad Advice
4. Chains
5. Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away
6. Follow Me
7. Sonny Think Twice
8. What Can I Say
9. Rescue You
10. Love Me Tomorrow

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My original turn-on to Chicago July 22, 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
The title of this review indicates my age, I guess, as "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" was the first Chicago song I ever heard. Nonetheless, I have listened to Chicago's best of the '70s and '80s over the past 20 years and am still in love with most of it. This comeback album, as others have accurately termed it, was and still is a gem in my music collection.
No, it is not the best Chicago album. Some of the classic '70s stuff is of course better, as are some of the later efforts in the '80s. Nonetheless, this is well worth a listen.
"Hard To Say I'm Sorry" is one of the first singles I fell in love with as a kid growing up, and it still sounds great. A unique song in its day, and a beautiful ballad and huge hit. The other big single on the album, "Love Me Tomorrow" is also great in my opinion; I don't understand why it is so widely criticized. I had never before heard a sound quite like the end of that song--when the electric guitars and violins blend together as the song (and album) comes to an end.
It is a shame that Robert Lamm was such a small part of the band at this time, but Peter Cetera and (on a few tracks) newcomer Bill Champlain shine on the vocals. And for sure, such tracks as "Waiting For You To Decide" and "Rescue You" are fine rockers of a sort--with an '80s flair, of course. The horns are still present on many if not most of the tracks as well at this point, including on the lead track and obscure top 100 single "What You're Missing"--a mid-tempo track.
This truly was a transitionary period for the band that gave them new life. For many who were around when the band originally came to be, this was the end of the band's relevance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back From The Brink January 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Say what you want about Chicago 16--it all but brought them back from the brink of death.
After 3 mediocre to dreadful albums, 2 producers, 2 guitarists & no top 50 songs after 1978, the hit machine appeared to be cranking it's last.
16 popped up in Spring 1982 out of nowhere with little to no hype or support. Included in the package was a dynamic new producer in David Foster, and a stunningly talented new member in Songwriter/Vocalist/Multi-instrumentalist Bill Champlin. Also part of the deal were countless session musicians, a very hands-on producer re-writer in Foster, more cover tunes, and a greater reliance on synths & artificial sounds. And much more Peter Cetera.
16 & even more so it's successor managed to squeeze every last drop of the best out of these elements. Cetera's ballads (HARD TO SAY I'M SORRY and LOVE ME TOMORROW) charted a huge #1 & #22, and the other was a flat out winner (WHAT CAN I SAY). Out of the cover tunes (WHAT YOU'RE MISSING, WAITING FOR YOU TO DECIDE, CHAINS) 2 hit the bullseye with great hooks & arrangements, and key session work from TOTO's Steve Lukather & Steve Porcaro. Foster with his hands on knew just when to switch vocalists, program a classical line on the synth, or add that unforgettable bridge. In 1982, the B-I-G drums sounded state of the art.
James Pankow returned with the tough, brassy BAD ADVICE, and importantly, Champlin added his grammy award winning vocals & compositional skills to hit hard with FOLLOW ME & SONNY THINK TWICE. The addition of Champlin's gritty yet melodious tones gave Chicago a versatility unheard since the early days. Only a true fan wondered where the hell Robert Lamm was for this album...
A couple of clunks (Ian Thomas's?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd of 5 Chicago 80's Albums: All Good Stuff February 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Chicago 16 is the band's 2nd album of the 80's (the 1st being the underrated 'Chicago XIV', which was released in 1980). This album would mark the band's transition into a ballad hit machine with the songs 'Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away' and 'Love Me Tomorrow', which are both good. On a review about Chicago 19 I mentioned the band's selection of hits/singles. While 2 ballads were chosen, the band could've easily picked 'What You're Missing', 'Waiting For You To Decide', 'Bad Advice', 'Follow Me', and/or even 'Rescue You'. All of the following songs could have, would have, and should have been great hits. But since turning into a ballad machine saved Chicago, I guess it was best for them to do so. I still love this album, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A popular and historic album for Chicago. February 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The main aspect of Chicago 16 is that it brought Chicago back into the area of a Top 40 fan's pop sensibilities, early 1980's fashion. The lead single, "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", did the critical initial task of getting radio airplay and staying in rotation beyond the "death cutoff" of two weeks, when a song would be pulled because it hadn't generated any interest within 14 days (such is pop music life!). Of course as music history, it was significant because "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" became a #1 seller and airplay staple, pushed sales of Chicago 16, and got Chicago a new image. And as a collection, Chicago 16 is far stronger for the production path taken than what happened in Chicago 13 or 14 (15 was the second greatest hits album).
While refreshing in its new style, there are fading trails of older Chicago-pop styles, gone by the next album. "Get Away" is an exceptional track because the horns are essential to the arrangement. I only had problems with the album when songs seemed arranged with the horns as an afterthought. The Chicago style did not always rely on the horns (or brass) in the time before Chicago 16, but it would begin here, and make itself apparent later on, that the sound would become synthesized, and as such blended in with everything else. Other than that one issue, I enjoy this album musically, and for its historic place in the story of Chicago.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't like Chicago?
I can't remember growing up and not hearing Chicago at least a thousand times. From 16 to 19 to 21, there are tons of memories there, and many great songs
Published 16 months ago by D. D. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Chicago By Numbers.
Starting out with the self titled Chicago Transit Authority from 1969, they changed name for 1970's Chicago II and by 1982 had reached Chicago 16. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by J. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Success is up, quality is down
I thought CHICAGO XIV was a pretty weak album, one that seemed like a natural end to Chicago's story. In fact, when GREATEST HITS, VOL. Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by DM
4.0 out of 5 stars their top return, while not their breakthrough
Luis Mejia (son) - Chicago's problems around late '70s and early '80s were strong enough to cause a significant change in their way of making music, so, after a truly deserved two... Read more
Published on September 8, 2007 by Humberto Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Return
"Chicago 16" marked a new chapter for the band with two top-40 hits and a whole new sound. Picked up by Warner Brothers after Columbia Records dropped them (due to poor record... Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by Jim Kelsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Album
The singles released from this album ("Love Me Tomorrow" and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry") are really the weakest of the bunch. Read more
Published on July 17, 2006 by radiogal
5.0 out of 5 stars Begin The Foster Era
In this fourth era of Chicago - Laudir Oliveira is gone, and the group has decided to focus on a more relevant sound for the 80s. Read more
Published on June 28, 2006 by Gord o' The Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Chicago - Ballads, Brass and Brilliance.
Hard to say Im sorry is one of those songs that is regarded by many as the perfect ballad - Beautiful lyrics, magnificent musicianship and superb vocals - naturally the standout... Read more
Published on June 15, 2006 by andykay888
5.0 out of 5 stars David Foster Came To Rescue Chicago
Having listened to 80s glorious hit packaged albums, it is hard to believe that during late 70s through early 80s even Chicago had "dark ages" when their music had not been... Read more
Published on April 8, 2006 by susumu-5
4.0 out of 5 stars A popular and historic album for Chicago.
The main aspect of Chicago 16 is that it brought Chicago back into the area of a Top 40 fan's pop sensibilities, early 1980's fashion. Read more
Published on February 15, 2003 by T. J. Perhai
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