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Chicago 14 Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

3.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00008LKH5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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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!!!!
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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.
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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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