Monday 4/26/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago 16

Chicago 16 is the thirteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released on June 7, 1982. It is considered their “comeback” album because it was their first album to go platinum since 1978’s Hot Streets, it made it into the top ten of the Billboard 200, and it produced their second number one single in the United States, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in August, 1982, two months after its release, and platinum in December, 1982, six months after its release. The song, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Chicago 16 is the first album in a decade-long association with new label Warner Bros. Records; the band’s first project to be produced by David Foster, who had been called the “key” to their comeback; their first album to include some songs exclusively by composers outside of the group; and it is also the first album since Chicago VII (1974) not to feature Laudir de Oliveira as a band member. It is also the first studio album to be released two years after the previous, as every other studio album was released once per year.

  1. “What You’re Missing” 4:10
  2. “Waiting for You to Decide” 4:06
  3. “Bad Advice” 2:58
  4. “Chains” 3:22
  5. “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” / “Get Away” 5:08
  6. “Follow Me” 4:53
  7. “Sonny Think Twice” 4:01
  8. “What Can I Say” 3:49
  9. “Rescue You” 3:57
  10. “Love Me Tomorrow” 5:06

Peter Cetera – bass, acoustic guitar on “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”, lead and backing vocals, BGV arrangements, rhythm arrangements
Bill Champlin – keyboards, guitars, lead and backing vocals, BGV arrangements
Robert Lamm – keyboards, backing vocals
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
James Pankow – trombone, horn arrangements
Walter Parazaider – woodwinds
Danny Seraphine – drums, rhythm arrangements
David Foster – keyboards, synth bass, rhythm arrangements, additional horn arrangements
David Paich – synthesizers
Steve Porcaro – synthesizers, synthesizer programming
Chris Pinnick – guitar
Steve Lukather – guitar
Michael Landau – guitar
Jeremy Lubbock, Peter Cetera and David Foster – string arrangements on “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “Love Me Tomorrow”