Solitude/Solitaire, released on June 23, 1986, is the second solo album by former Chicago bassist and vocalist Peter Cetera, his first album after leaving the band. It includes the hits “Glory of Love” and “The Next Time I Fall” (with Amy Grant). Both reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Produced by Michael Omartian (who later produced Another Perfect World in 2001) the album was Cetera’s greatest solo success.
Commonly mistaken for his first solo album, which was really the self-titled Peter Cetera, Cetera recorded this album after leaving Chicago in 1985. Being a prominent songwriter for the band, many of the songs on Solitude/Solitaire are rumored to originally have been slated for Chicago 18, especially “Big Mistake” and “Daddy’s Girl”.
While “Big Mistake” was due to be the first single from the album, “Glory of Love”, co-written by Cetera and producer David Foster was released instead. That song, from the The Karate Kid, Part II film, topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, and helped Solitude/Solitaire to eventually go platinum. The follow-up single, “The Next Time I Fall”, was also a major success and topped the charts. Later singles released from the album included “Big Mistake” and “Only Love Knows Why”.
Solitude/Solitaire, a slickly recorded and produced album, marked a high point in Cetera’s career, where he achieved success for the first time on his own, selling more copies than Chicago 18, Chicago’s first album without Cetera. As time progressed, he became less appealing to the general public and more appealing to the adult contemporary audiences, and consequently, this was his highest selling solo album.
Solitude/Solitare peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. It was certified platinum by the RIAA, selling over one million copies in the US.
1 Big Mistake (Peter Cetera; Amos Galphin) 05:41
2 They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To (Peter Cetera; Erich Bulling) 04:03
3 Glory Of Love (Peter Cetera; David Foster; Diane Nini) 04:23
4 Queen Of The Masquerade Ball (Peter Cetera; Michael Omartian) 03:53
5 Daddy’s Girl (Peter Cetera; Mark Goldenberg) 03:46
6 The Next Time I Fall (Bobby Caldwell; Paul Gordon) 03:46
7 Wake Up To Love (Peter Cetera; David Wolinski; Michael Omartian) 04:29
8 Solitude/Solitaire (Peter Cetera; Michael Omartian) 05:00
9 Only Love Knows Why (Peter Cetera; George Bitzer; Michael Omartian) 04:29
|Drums (programming)||Erich Bulling|
|Background Vocals||Kenny Cetera|
3 Glory Of Love
6 The Next Time I Fall
7 Wake Up To Love
|Guitar||Ray Parker Jr|
9 Only Love Knows Why
Producer – Michael Omartian
Engineer – John Guess, Terry Christian
Mixed By – John Guess, Terry Christian
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mixed At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Made By – Warner-Pioneer Corporation