- 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)
Chicago 14 Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chicago is my favorite band, and this really brings back memoriesPublished 5 months ago by Bicoastal Nomad
The songs on this album are great!!! There is no filler. The songs are very original and very well done! Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Zoratti
So I have commented on Chicago XI and "13" recently. Let me plug in my stock intro so that you can better understand my review:
"About 20 years ago when used LPs got... Read more
This album didn't chart..no top 10 singles...no accolades. In fact, it got dismal reviews. But when you listen to this album from start to finish it leaves you asking for more! Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Glenn Sprague
"Chicago XIV" is an improvement over its predecessor. For one thing, keyboardist Robert Lamm, by far Chicago's best and most prolific songwriter in the band's glory years, had been... Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by maelje
When I first bought this album back in 1980, I thought the best thing about it was the thumb print cover art. I was disappointed in the music. Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by jpop
I first got into Chicago shortly after the death of Terry Kath, and quickly caught myself up on most of their back catalog. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by DM
Tom Dowd needs no introduction. He's a deity if you love 60's and 70's music. So, bringing him in to pull Chicago's commercial fat out of the fire seemed to be a great idea. Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by Misha Bendavid