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Chicago 19
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 20, 1988
Recorded Autumn 1987 - Spring 1988
Genre Rock, Adult Contemporary
Length 44:24
Label Full Moon/Reprise
Producer Ron Nevison
and Chas Sandford
Professional reviews
Chicago chronology
Chicago 18
(1986)
Chicago 19
(1988)
Greatest Hits 1982-1989
(1989)

Chicago 19 is the nineteenth album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1988. After recording Chicago 18 with David Foster, the band decided to expand their sound with other producers and worked primarily with Ron Nevison and Chas Sandford for this album. There was also a slight shifting in labels, with their Full Moon Records imprint now being carried by Reprise Records.

Similar to the reaction to its predecessor, Chicago 19 became a moderate success on the album chart (although it went platinum) yet had major hit singles, including the #1 hit "Look Away", as well as "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (#3), and "You're Not Alone" (#10). A slightly remixed version of Jason Scheff's "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" (#5) would also prove to be a big success in late 1989, as part of the follow-up Greatest Hits 1982-1989 release. This album was the first Chicago effort to spotlight keyboardist/singer Bill Champlin on lead vocals, who sung all three of the album's hit singles. The fact that the group was highlighting a different voice on singles that had no signature horn sound may have hindered 19's sales. The album also relied heavily on outside writers, continuing a trend from the previous album. The first two singles were written by Diane Warren (who was virtually ruling the charts at that time) with the third penned by Jim Scott.

However, following its release, there would be another line-up casualty with the surprising 1990 firing of founding drummer Danny Seraphine, making Chicago 19 his last project with Chicago, just over twenty years after they originally formed. He was replaced on the next studio album by ace session drummer Tris Imboden, who remains to this day.

Track listing

  1. "Heart in Pieces" (Tim Feehan, Brian MacLeod) – 5:04
  2. "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (Diane Warren, Albert Hammond) – 3:55
  3. "I Stand Up" (Robert Lamm, Gerard McMahon) – 4:06
  4. "We Can Last Forever" (Jason Scheff, John Dexter) – 3:45
  5. "Come in From the Night" (Bill Champlin, Bruce Gaitsch) – 4:43
  6. "Look Away" (Warren) (Cantonese:PatrickTam)– 4:02
  7. "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" (Scheff, Chas Sandford, Bobby Caldwell) – 4:21
  8. "Runaround" (Champlin, Scheff) – 4:10
  9. "You're Not Alone" (Jim Scott) – 3:56
  10. "Victorious" (Marc Jordan, John Capek) – 6:03

Chicago 19 (Full Moon/Reprise 25714) reached #37 in the US during a chart stay of 42 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.

Personnel

Chart positions

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 37

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1988 "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" Adult Contemporary 5
1988 "Look Away" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1989 "You're Not Alone" The Billboard Hot 100 10
1989 "You're Not Alone" Adult Contemporary 9
1989 "We Can Last Forever" The Billboard Hot 100 55
1989 "We Can Last Forever" Adult Contemporary 12
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