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Chicago XIII: Remastered And Expanded [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (21 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B00008LKH4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Street Player (Remastered LP Version) 9:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mama Take (Remastered LP Version) 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Must Have Been Crazy (Remastered LP Version) 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Window Dreamin' (Remastered LP Version) 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Paradise Alley (Remastered LP Version) 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Aloha Mama (Remastered LP Version) 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Reruns (Remastered LP Version) 4:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Loser With A Broken Heart (Remastered LP Version) 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Life It What It Is (Remastered LP Version) 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Run Away (Remastered LP Version) 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Closer To You (Remastered LP Version) 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Street Player (Dance Mix) 8:440.79  Buy MP3 

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CD =Remastered 1979 Album + 2 Bonus Tracks=

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not That Bad!! 27 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must write in defence of this album. I am a long term Chicago fan and in my opinion, most of their albums including III and up to Hot Streets have contained a few stinkers (Byblos, Song of The Evergreens, Ain't it Blue, No Tell Lover to name a few) but I have always been prepared to turn a deaf ear to these as the quality of the majority of their output has been fantastic.

13 was the first Chicago album where I liked all the tracks and although I wouldn't put it up there with the eponymous double album or Chicago X, it's one of my favourites. I'm not sure why it's been labelled a disco album though, as Street Player is the only track that has any resemblance to a disco track but is that so bad anyway? and besides, the horns and percussion are amazing in it. What is different is that it is an almost total departure from jazz influences, something that Chicago had been moving further and further away from in previous albums anyway, so it should have come as no surprise! By the time we got to 17, they were even further away!

You can't hide quality musicianship and there is no question that all of the band are top quality players and the songs here are pretty good too if not cutting edge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars streetplayer 10 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
this was, for me, a one track album - bought for the original version of streetplayer covered later by chaka khan and then the buckethead. But in time I have got to like the rest of the tracks. That said, for streetplayer alone it gets 5 stars
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Chicago at last throw in the towel- after years of success and after several below par records they release this tosh. I still have the vinyl copy to remind that the game was up and they were heading somewhere that I was not going to follow - AOR/MOR. At this time main songwriter Robert Lamm was either out of his head or had lost all his inspiration - I know that the management told him they were going to bring in some song writers ! The back cover sees the band in a lift with 80s hair styles - THIS RECORD IS A STINKER.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Effort by Chicago 5 July 2003
By Rik22 - Published on
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"Chicago 13" is sometimes referred to as the band's "disco album".
True, the disc, originally released in 1979 at the height of the disco era finds Chicago dipping into the disco idiom. However, aside from the opener, "Street Player", none of the album's other tracks have anything resembling a disco groove.
"Street Player" is really a great tune and should not be boxed into the term, "disco". The track features some excellent percussion tracks (with jazz artist Airto guest starring) and a hot trumpet solo (with jazz artist Maynard Ferguson also guest starring). Trombonist Jimmy Pankow's horn chart on "Street Player" stands as one of his best works as well on this tune written by drummer Danny Seraphine.
There are some excellent songs on "Chicago 13" including Bobby Lamm's snappy "Reruns", the uptempo latin-styled "Life is What It Is" (written by percussionist Laudir De Oliveira) and Jimmy Pankow's "Runaway".
The only problem with this recording is the production value. Following in the footsteps of 1978's "Hot Streets" (the band's first album without guitarist and founding member Terry Kath), the approach of producer Phil Ramone to recording this American superband just doesn't click. Like he did on "Hot Streets", Ramone again uses a lot of reverb on the recorded tracks, making the overall sound very thin. Also, the vocals do not involve a lot of harmony arrangement, thus, the classic Chicago vocal sound, so beautifully evident in their first nine studio recordings (produced by James William Guercio) is sorely missing.
"Chicago 13" is still a good album with a great deal of melody permeating the songwriting as we had come to expect from the group over the years. The performances are solid and the horns are in fine form.
The bonus track on this 2003 re-issue is the club mix of "Street Player", which is pretty cool.
A worthwhile purchase.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but I think it's good!!! 17 Dec 2005
By MontyB - Published on
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I've had the 12inch single of Street Player since 1980 and when I saw that the song was remastered on this CD, I figured I just buy it just for that. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This CD is actually really good. The standouts for me on this disk are Street Player. I'm hearing sounds that just weren't captured on the vinyl record and Closer to You, which is, simply put, one of those feel good kind of songs. Window Dreamin is another favorite of mine. It kind of reminds me of Tuff Enough by the Fabulous Thunderbirds. I get a real kick out of negative reviewers. I wonder what they are hearing that I'm not. Oh well......
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlucky Number Or Not?I say the latter 17 Nov 2005
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
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'Chicago 13' is one of those albums that music critics love to hate.Like Rod Stewart's Blondes Have More Fun or the Rolling Stones Some Girls it is seen as a blatant attempt to jump onto the disco bandwagon.Well the opener "Street Player" isn't exactly disco either-it's a dancable latin-funk jam that was originally written and recorded by Rufus And Chaka Khan one year earlier on their album.....Street Player.And therin lies my only condemnation of the tune-it is not a Chicago original but it it still a great opener.Not disco but crossover and works in both world. That being said 'Chicago 13' actually contains more then handful of wonderful tunes.Sadly Donnie Dacus's 'Must've Been Crazy" isn't one of them-it's a yawn inducing rocker that's so pedestrian and unworthy of Chicago's normally funky jazz-rock style.If great rockers in their classic style is what you want then look no further then the driving "Window Dreamin'","Run Away",the almost arena worthy "Mama Take" and the equally impressive "Reruns",all sounding like vintage Chicago.On the softer side the gentle latin ballad "Life Is What It Is" is a sure fire should've been a hit-could've shared the same album with a song like "Just You N'Me".Same goes for the like-minded bonus cut "Closer To You".This album also has a couple jazzy funk tunes in "Paradise Alley" and the shuffling "Aloha Mama" for good measure. All this makes this 1979 release only inessencial in and of itself is it's lack of big Top 40 pop hits.So if all your favorite songs are only the ones you hear on the radio (which sadly seems to account for about 99.5 % of the music loving public) then 'Chicago 13' might not be for you.But if your traveling in your car and you want something good in the CD player,pick this one.It flows very well from beginning to end and if you tend to be an album listener rather then into only the hit singles this will do fine!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Disco Album That Isn't 4 April 2005
By Bill Fleck - Published on
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In an era when even the Rolling Stones went disco, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Chicago--in the search for fresh material--turned to Bee Gee territory themselves. The recently re-mastered Rhino re-release of CHICAGO 13 has given me a chance to re-evaluate one of Chicago's most unpopular collections, and I've found that it's the disco album that isn't.

I think "13" is a better set than the previous year's HOT STREETS, but I also think that--as an attempt to update their classic jazz-rock sound--it suffers from the too-many-cooks syndrome. As with HOT STREETS, much of the blame has traditionally fallen on guitarist/vocalist Donnie Dacus. The single, "Must Have Been Crazy," is a Dacus tune, featuring his strained vocals and rhymes, and it's as bad a song as any Chicago's been associated with. Perhaps not coincidentally, CHICAGO 13 marks his departure from the group. But Dacus wasn't really as bad as many (including me) have said, and "13" doesn't sink or swim on his strengths and weaknesses.

"Street Player" is the opener. As the only overtly disco tune, it *is* famously lame, and even some monster horn lines and a guest appearance by famed trumpet master Maynard Ferguson can't save it. Still, one song with a disco-influence does not a disco album make, and "13" should not be unfairly categorized on the basis of "Street Player" alone.

Sadly lame, too, however, are Pete Cetera's "Mama Take," Bobby Lamm's "Paradise Alley," and Jimmy Pankow's "Runaway" (my vote for Jimmy's worst song--not something I write with joy, either).

There are some bright spots. Cetera groans convincingly on the bluesy "Aloha Mama." Lee Loughnane and Walt Parazaider contribute "Window Dreaming," the best tune on the CD by far (it even showcases a great Dacus guitar solo). "Loser With a Broken Heart" proves that not ALL Cetera ballads are bad. And percussionist Laudir de Oliveira makes his writing debut with the latin-influenced "Life Is What It Is," a nice surprise (though it features a surprisingly sub-par Pankow trombone solo--again, not written with any glee).

The Rhino remaster features two bonus tracks: the single edit of "Street Player," and a Dacus tune called "Closer to You" which blows "Must've Been Crazy" away (why wasn't THIS ONE picked instead?). The liner notes are briefer here than on previous Rhino re-releases; perhaps the band really had little to say.

All things considered, CHICAGO 13 undoubtedly documents a struggling group. While its reputation as a disco set is very much unwarrented, fans of the very early Chicago sound will likely be disappointed even today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 13 wasn't cursed. Just lousy. 30 May 2009
By Misha Bendavid - Published on
Every time I read about Chicago, it seems that they grossly undervalue Terry Kath's death. But this record makes his loss really sting. The band wanted to avoid comparisons to Kath, so they went in a very different direction by hiring "pretty boy" Donnie Dacus, who's guitar playing was nowhere near as big, beefy and psychedelic as Kath's. Dacus was good at what he did, but he was really an early " hair metal" style player. Further, Dacus had a great voice, but again, it was totally removed from Kath's bluesy moan. I knew a girl who was a cousin of his. She said that not only was he totally wrong for Chicago, she said he was miserable from day one, and it wasn't long before the rest of the band knew they'd blown it.

The "music" here is pretty sad. Rufus recorded "Street Player" three years earlier, and made it soulful and swingin'. Chicago, with Rufus keyboardist Hawk Wolinski in tow, turned this into a weak, white-as-milk
disco track that was as stiff as a 2x4. That is exactly what should have been taken to whomever let this abomination in the studio.

The rest of the songs range from OK to "you did what ?" I worked as a record store manager when this came out and loving this band as I did, I tried as hard as I could to sell it but my heart wasn't it. I had never felt this way about any Chicago record. I liked "Hot Streets" more than most Chicago fans, but "13" just didn't cut it.

Kath was dead for almost two years, and the band was headed into three years of oblivion. Most of the fans who adored them through Xll records were disillusioned. 30 years later, I still am. But while Terry was here, no band was more dynamic, creative or durable.

Terry, we hardly knew ye...sigh.....
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