Album of the Day
Released 35 years ago this month, CHICAGO 16 marked a new era for the legendary band. The 1982 set was the group's first for Warner Bros., and introduced a couple of new members: guitarist Bill Champlin and drummer Danny Seraphine. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first Chicago album produced by David Foster, whose meticulous craftsmanship and adult contemporary instincts put the focus on the septet's gentler side. Singer Peter Cetera's stock rose accordingly, and his ballads “Love Me Tomorrow” and “Hard to Say I'm Sorry” came to define the album – the latter was the band's second No.1 hit. A Top Ten, Platinum-certified smash, CHICAGO 16 set the group's course for the rest of the decade, and with its high-tech sheen and appealing songs, the collection still goes down easy.