Chicago 17 on numbered limited edition Gold CD from Mobile Fidelity
1984 blockbuster includes four top 20 hit singles: "You're the Inspiration," "Stay the Night," "Hard Habit to Break," "Along Comes A Woman"
Mastered from the original master tapes: Standard-setting adult-contemporary production by David Foster now sounds absolutely incredible
Tenor vocalist Peter Cetera's final record with the band
Sales of 7-plus mllion copies make Chicago 17 the group's most commercially successful album. The Chicago that created the multiplatinum blockbuster Chicago 17 isn't the band that started out as a jazz-rock ensemble interested in complex time changes or even the progressive AM pop group that it became in the 1970s. No, this is a collective that shoots for and attains adult-contemporary glory via streamlined arrangements, unforgettable refrains, dramatic balladry, and timeless melodies. Hitching its wagon to Peter Cetera's tender tenor croon, and bringing synthesizers to the fore, Chicago redefines 1980s pop on this 1984 classic-setting the stage for the power ballads and sweeping slow-dance fare that would ultimately dominate the decade.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition Gold CD reveals the genius behind David Foster's production and warm, soulful passion of Cetera's signature timbre. A blueprint for how stunning smooth pop-rock records should sound, this audiophile-grade reissue blooms with crisp, pristinely detailed sonic traits such as effervescent tones, gigantic walls of keyboard, and plush atmospheres. Cetera's voice is so realistic and clear, it's as if he's singing to you and you only, drowning you with emotional longing, sincerity, and romance. Be prepared to be dowsed in the glory of love.