Sunday, July 12, 2015

"What You're Missing" by Chicago

Song#:  1325
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  81
Peak:  81
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  The David Foster-ized "Chicago 16" album was a hit thanks to the singles "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (#1 pop and AC) and "Love Me Tomorrow" (#22 pop, #8 AC). This third single was issued but it ended up peaking where it debuted. It hung around the bottom of the chart for a few weeks before disappearing. 

ReduxReview:  This single brings back Chicago's horn section who were basically MIA on the first two hits. The melding of the old Chicago sound with Foster/Cetera's newly polished pop didn't work well here. It sounds forced. Like someone said, "oh yeah - I guess we gotta give the horns something to do." It's a strange result. The song is fine, but the arrangement is just odd.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Initially, the band called themselves Chicago Transit Authority and their self-titled debut double-album was a platinum hit. However, the actual CTA had issues with the band using their name and threatened a lawsuit. The band then scaled back their name to just Chicago and their second album, "Chicago II," was their first to feature the Roman numeral titling that would be used on many of their albums.


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