Chicago 18 is the fifteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released on September 29, 1986. As the successor to 1984’s multiplatinum hit Chicago 17, this album is the first without cofounding member Peter Cetera.
After Cetera quit the band in favor of a solo career in 1985 after he had already done two solo albums, Chicago eventually hired Jason Scheff, son of Jerry Scheff (who had backed up Elvis Presley for years), to fill Cetera’s high register vocals and bass position. Although founding member Robert Lamm still took an active part in the band, the most used voices in Chicago now belonged to their two newest recruits: Scheff and Bill Champlin, who had joined the band in 1981.
Chicago again hired producer David Foster to create a soft rock followup to Chicago 17.
The band recorded an updated high-tech remake of their hit classic “25 or 6 to 4” (#48). Trombonist James Pankow is listed as a co-writer on the Lamm original. Then, “Will You Still Love Me?” (#3) and “If She Would Have Been Faithful…” (#17) became hits. Scheff is lead vocalist on all three releases. The album features a brief, a cappella horn riff, Pankow’s “Free Flight.” Chicago 18 ultimately went gold, peaking at #35.
1 Niagara Falls (Bobby Caldwell, Steve Kipner) 3:46
2 Forever (Bill Gable, Robert Lamm) 5:19
3 If She Would Have Been Faithful… (Randy Goodrum, Steve Kipner) 3:51
4 25 or 6 to 4 (James Pankow, Robert Lamm) 4:21
5 Will You Still Love Me? (Richard Baskin, Tom Keane, David Foster) 5:43
6 Over And Over (James Newton Howard, Robert Lamm, Steve Lukather) 4:19
7 It´s Alright (Bill Champlin, David Foster) 4:29
8 Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Buzz Feiten, Jason Scheff) 4:52
9 I Believe (Bill Champlin) 4:23
10 One More Day (Carmen Grillo, James Pankow) 4:13
Choir (Kids) – Alitzah Wiener, Bettina Bush, Betty Joyce, Brandon Roberts, Christopher Leach, Felicia Parazaider, Jason Pasol, Julie Leach, Laurie Parazaider, Melody Wright, Myhanh Tran, Peter Wade, Rebecca Clinger (Track 10)
Producer – David Foster
Arranged By – David Foster (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By – Steve Kipner (Tracks 1, 3)
Arranged By – Bobby Caldwell (Track 1)
Arranged By – Humberto Gatica (Track 2)
Arranged By – Robert Lamm (Tracks 2, 4, 6
Arranged By – James Pankow (Track 4)
Arranged By – Steve Lukather (Track 6)
Arranged By – Bill Champlin (Tracks 7, 9, 10)
Arranged By – Jason Scheff (Track 8)
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci
Conductor (Kids Choir) – Jon Joyce (Track 10)
Contractor (Kids Choir) – Betty Joyce (Track 10)
Contractor (Strings) – Jules Chaikin
Engineer (Assistant At Chart Maker Studio) – Claudio Ordenes
Engineer (Assistant At Lion Share) – Ray Pyle
Engineer (Assistant At Skyline For Horn Sessions) – Britt Bacon, David Garfield
Engineer – Humberto Gatica
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – Humberto Gatica, Laura Livingston
Art Direction – Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff
Cover (Mosaic) – Maria Sarino
Design – Hugh Brown, Jeri McManus
Photography By – Hugh Brown
Photography By (Dust Sleeve) – Guy Webster
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Recorded At – Chartmaker Studios
Recorded At – Skyline Recording
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mixed At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix