UPDATED 1/22: As one of the seven members of Chicago as featured on their 1969 debut album Chicago Transit Authority, bassist-singer Peter Cetera's soaring tenor became an integral component of the band's sound on such hits as "25 or 6 to 4," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Just You 'n' Me," and "(I've Been) Searching So Long." When his own composition "If You Leave Me Now" became Chicago's first-ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 - not to mention in international territories such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia - Cetera was recast as a highly romantic balladeer. This fact wasn't lost on producer David Foster when he took the reins of the group for Chicago 16. With Cetera as lead or co-lead vocalist on all but one song, Chicago 16 reinvented the band for the soft rock-minded 1980s. Its runaway success also led to his departure from his longtime band and the reactivation of a solo career for Cetera which had begun inauspiciously in 1981.
On May 28, Cherry Red's Cherry Pop imprint will celebrate the first and most celebrated chapter of Cetera's solo career with an all-encompassing new 6-CD box set. Love, Glory, Honor, and Heart: The Complete Full Moon and Warner Bros. Recordings 1981-1992 brings together Cetera's four solo albums released during that period along with two bonus discs packed with rare and previously unreleased single mixes and versions.
The set opens with 1981's Peter Cetera, his only solo LP released while he was still a member of Chicago. More rock-oriented than his subsequent work with David Foster, it was entirely self-penned by the artist with the exception of "I Can Feel It," co-written with The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson and Ricky Fataar (both of whom also played on the track). "Livin' in the Limelight," featuring guitar from Toto's Steve Lukather, ascended to No. 6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart but failed to register on the Pop side. The box set's presentation of Peter Cetera has one bonus track: the single version of "On the Line."
Cetera sensed that his label felt the solo album came at the expense of his work with Chicago, and indeed, the next year brought the band's hoped-for "comeback" with Chicago 16 (the band's first album to feature Bill Champlin) and the chart-topping success of "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" featuring Cetera on lead vocals. He didn't return to the studio as a solo artist yet.
An even bigger success was to come: 1984's Chicago 17 yielded four top 20 singles, all of which were primarily sung by Cetera, and earned a 6x Platinum certification as well as three Grammy Awards. It remains Chicago's biggest-selling LP. But its success led to Cetera's desire to resume his solo career, a position which (somewhat understandably) was met with frustration by those in the band's orbit. The result was that Cetera departed the group in 1985 with some acrimony. Jason Scheff was tapped to replace him for Chicago 18, and Cetera teamed with producer Michael Omartian to record his sophomore LP, Solitude/Solitaire.
The public couldn't get enough of Cetera's voice; the LP spun off two No. 1 singles on the Hot 100, the Karate Kid II theme "Glory of Love" (co-written by David Foster) and the Amy Grant duet "Next Time I Fall." It became a Platinum seller, and even outsold Chicago 18 despite the strong showing of its single "Will You Still Love Me." Solitude/Solitaire has become, in effect, a 2-CD set here with an entire disc of related singles including two new-to-CD tracks and one previously unreleased cut. Among these rare cuts are the single and soundtrack versions of "Stay with Me" (the latter from the Japanese film Princess of the Moon) and three versions, one new to CD, of the Agnetha Fältskog duet "I Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)" from the ex-ABBA member's Cetera-produced album I Stand Alone.
The box set continues with 1988's One More Story and an accompanying disc of singles. Co-produced by Cetera and Patrick Leonard, it welcomed Bonnie Raitt, The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban, David Gilmour, and one "Lulu Smith," a.k.a. Madonna (with whom Leonard was working at the time). Lead single "One Good Woman" made it to No. 4 on the Hot 100 while the album itself stalled on the Billboard 200 at No. 58. "Body Language (Alone in the Dark)" which featured Gilmour is heard in four different versions on the bonus disc, three of which are previously unissued remixes by Shep Pettibone.
Surprisingly, Peter didn't quickly follow up his chart-topping Cher duet "After All" (not included on this set) with a solo album. His fourth solo album and final one for Warner Bros., World Falling Down, didn't arrive until 1992. It was recorded over a long period of time in various studios with multiple producers including David Foster and guests such as Bill Champlin and Chaka Khan. Despite strong material including the No. 3 AC hit "Even a Fool Can See," World Falling Down fell victim to the passage of time. By the time of its release, Cetera's brand of AC rock had lost favor on radio although "Restless Heart" made it to the top spot of the AC survey. ("Restless Heart" was also the album's lone top 40 Pop entry.) Two bonus tracks are included: the edit of "Man in Me" co-written by Toto's Joseph Williams, and the fade version of the No. 5 AC Chaka Khan duet "Feels Like Heaven." World Falling Down remains Peter Cetera's final major label release to date. Three solo LPs have followed, with the most recent being 2004's You Just Gotta Love Christmas, as well as the new/old hybrid You're the Inspiration: A Collection (1997) and a live album.
Love, Glory, Honor, and Heart: The Complete Full Moon and Warner Bros. Recordings 1981-1992 has been remastered from the original Warner Bros. tapes, and the set includes a thick 48-page booklet with liner notes, credits, discography, and more. This comprehensive look at Cetera's solo years is due from Cherry Pop on May 28.
Peter Cetera, Love, Glory, Honor, and Heart: The Complete Full Moon and Warner Bros. Recordings 1981-1992 (Cherry Red/Cherry Pop, 2021) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Cherry Red)
CD 1: Peter Cetera (Full Moon/Warner Bros. LP FMH 3624, 1981)
- LIVIN' IN THE LIMELIGHT
- I CAN FEEL IT
- HOW MANY TIMES
- HOLY MOLY
- MONA MONA
- ON THE LINE
- NOT AFRAID TO CRY
- EVIL EYE
- PRACTICAL MAN
- IVY COVERED WALLS
Bonus Tracks (Singles)
- ON THE LINE (Single Version) (Full Moon/Warner Bros. single 9 28662-7, 1986)
CD 2: Solitude/Solitaire (Warner Bros./Full Moon CD 9 25474-2, 1986)
- BIG MISTAKE
- THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO
- GLORY OF LOVE (THEME FROM THE KARATE KID, PART II)
- QUEEN OF THE MASQUERADE BALL
- DADDY'S GIRL
- THE NEXT TIME I FALL - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
- WAKE UP TO LOVE
- ONLY LOVE KNOWS WHY
CD 3: Bonus Tracks
- GLORY OF LOVE (THEME FROM THE KARATE KID, PART II) (Edit) †
- THE NEXT TIME I FALL (Remix) - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant (Warner Bros. (U.K.) 12-inch single W 8597T, 1986)
- BIG MISTAKE (Remix/Edit) *
- ONLY LOVE KNOWS WHY (Single Version) (Full Moon/Warner Bros. single 7-28383, 1987)
- STAY WITH ME (Single Version) (Warner Bros. (Germany) single 928 236-7, 1987)
- I WASN'T THE ONE (WHO SAID GOODBYE) (Single Version) * - Agnetha Fältskog with Peter Cetera (Atlantic single 7-89145, 1987)
Remixes and Alternate Versions
- GLORY OF LOVE (Extended Version) (Warner Bros. (Germany) 12-inch single 920 506-0, 1986)
- THE NEXT TIME I FALL (Extended Remix) - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant (Warner Bros. (U.K.) 12-inch single W 8597T, 1986)
- I WASN'T THE ONE (WHO SAID GOODBYE) (Extended Version) - Agnetha Fältskog with Peter Cetera (WEA 12-inch single 247 930-0, 1988)
- STAY WITH ME (Soundtrack Version) (from Princess from the Moon: Original Soundtrack, Warner-Pioneer (Japan) CD 32XD-827, 1987)
- YO NO FUI (QUIEN DIJO ADIOS) (Spanish Version) - Agnetha Fältskog with Peter Cetera (WEA 12-inch single 247 930-0, 1988)
CD 4: One More Story (Full Moon/Warner Bros. CD 9 25704-2, 1988)
- BEST OF TIMES
- ONE GOOD WOMAN
- PEACE OF MIND
- HEAVEN HELP THIS LONELY MAN
- SAVE ME - featuring Bonnie Raitt
- HOLDING OUT
- BODY LANGUAGE (THERE IN THE DARK)
- YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ME - featuring David Gilmour
- SCHEHERAZADE - featuring Madonna
- ONE MORE STORY
CD 5: Bonus Tracks
- ONE GOOD WOMAN (Single Edit) (Full Moon/Warner Bros. single 7-27824, 1988)
- HOLDING OUT (Edit) (Full Moon/Warner Bros. single 7-27563, 1988)
Bonus Tracks - Remixes & Alternate Versions
- BODY LANGUAGE (THERE IN THE DARK) (7″ Mix) †
- BODY LANGUAGE (THERE IN THE DARK) (7″ Remix) †
- BODY LANGUAGE (THERE IN THE DARK) (12″ Remix) †
- BODY LANGUAGE (THERE IN THE DARK) (Bonus Beats) †
CD 6: World Falling Down (Warner Bros. CD 9 26894-2, 1992)
- RESTLESS HEART
- EVEN A FOOL CAN SEE
- FEELS LIKE HEAVEN - Peter Cetera with Chaka Khan
- WILD WAYS
- WORLD FALLING DOWN
- MAN IN ME
- WHERE THERE'S NO TOMORROW
- THE LAST PLACE GOD MADE
- DIP YOUR WINGS
- HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE
- FEELS LIKE HEAVEN (Fade) - Peter Cetera with Chaka Khan (Warner Bros. single 9 18651-4, 1992)
- MAN IN ME (Edit) (Warner Bros. (Germany) single 9362-40688-2, 1992)
(*) denotes new-to-CD track
(†) denotes previously unreleased track
Larry Davis says
It's funny...I love Chicago, always have, and many fans hated their 80s stuff cuz they became a slick studio heavy soft rock band with many outside-written songs...courtesy of David Foster...but that period has always been a guilty pleasure for me...I do wonder how the band would have evolved if Terry Kath never died...and their great 1980 album Chicago 14 (thumbprint) was influenced by the punk era, so I also wonder if the band would have kept up this influence if it sold better...anyhoo, I do enjoy 16 & 17 & PC's solo work on Full Moon/Warners, the first album does rock, I recently did buy the Wounded Bird reissue from 2004(??) cuz no word on a box like this, and I do enjoy "One More Story" for the songs, production by Patrick Leonard, and performances...and that Madonna is on "Sheherazade"...knew that from the beginning, and I did see PC live on a solo tour the same year as Chicago live...Chicago was much better BUT PC was engaging & really funny, like a stand-up comic, looked like Bill Clinton too...will be getting this box as soon as it becomes available to preorder on Amazon & now I can sell the 2 old CDs I have...
steve veiga says
Sounds like a great set of songs from Chicago's Pete Cetera! I especially like his duet songs much like Jim Brick man does. Record Steve approved....
The only Peter Cetera I’ve ever owned is the Wounded Bird reissue of his debut. I will definitely check out this collection.
Too bad they couldn't license his solo CD's from River North to complete the box set with all of his solo work...
Agree. Another Perfect World is a pretty great record.
James Auman says
Great music with Chris Pelcer doing a lot of writing for those later albums. I would buy those if they received the same treatment.
I will definitely be ordering this. Excited for all the bonus tracks. But that cover art, Oooof!
Indeed, hideous cover.
Excellent collection. Cetera got a lot of bashing from Chicago fans for going MOR, but let's face it, it's excellent MOR.
Larry Davis says
That's why I call this stuff a guilty pleasure, cuz it's not exactly cool to like nor would you tell your friends you like it either...thing is, he started out a rocker, how he ended up doing stuff like this is beyond me...was it him or David Foster or even Michael Omartian?? Whatever, I still want this box, whenever Amazon releases the link like they finally did for the L7 box on Cherry Red.
Too bad they didn’t license the excellent “No Explanation” from the Pretty Woman soundtrack.
I always loved this side of the band, too. I had Solitude/Solitaire on cassette, and One More Story on cassette and later CD. Great album. I wonder, did "SAVE ME" never become a hit single? It was theme song for Baywatch for a long time before it was replaced by the Jimi Jamison song.
Sold - I got into Chicago via the Peter Cetera/David Foster era. The level of songcraft, production and musicianship makes those records the height of (admittedly slick) 80s LA pop/rock music.
It amazes me that nearly 40 years later old Chicago fans still get caught up in the whole "It's not the 70s Chicago that I love". Well duh - in terms of radio, their 70s sound was outdated by 1980 - hence their faltering record sales and chart performance. What sold in 1975 and 1985 were two very, very different things. They hired David Foster because they recognized that.
And while Cetera stayed with that formula, the shame of it is that he liked rock music and was a big Beach Boys / Beatles fan - his first solo album suggested someone who liked rock music. But by the time Glory of Love hit with radio, his reputation was set in stone, and all radio was ever going to play from him was more ballads.
Unlike, say, Toto - another LA act that made big ballads, but kept putting upbeat rock songs on their albums despite radio's indifference.
Zach C says
Agreed. Peter could sing all kinds of genres but he definitely got pigeon holed as a balladeer. He also was the king of doing duets, with female singers, back in the 80’s/90’s. But even though that’s all the radio would play from him, he still managed to Rock out on hidden gems like: Solitude/Solitaire, You Never Listen to Me– featuring David Gilmour & Scherezade – featuring Madonna. All of those could’ve easily been Rock singles. But unfortunately the record company didn’t even give them a chance.
David DiPetro says
Does anyone know:
Is this a us Release?
Do I have to order from an importer?
Will it be available for download/
I must add.....great business people;(, No marketing talents what so ever.
Joe Marchese says
This is a U.K. release via Cherry Red Records but is available for pre-order at Amazon U.S.; just click on the link, above.
Rich D says
This release keeps getting pushed back -- when is this coming out now? Late November?
Joe Marchese says
November 26 is the current date for the U.K. release. Fingers crossed!
James Auman says
Anyone know what the hold up is? Also what do we need to do to get his River North albums. Great music on there with Andy Hill and Chris Pelcer.
Larry Davis says
it looks like it was released but the holdup was removing songs...besides "No Explanation", they had to remove the Paul Anka collab (cuz Columbia/Sony) & the Cher duet "After All" (cuz Geffen/Universal...same as "No Explanation"...Universal)...but it's OK, I have the Cher track, Paul Anka no big loss & I do have that "Pretty Woman" soundtrack...and nope, no River North stuff...and it's now a tad cheaper...
James Auman says
Thanks for the heads up. I guess those three songs were not considered to be "Full Moon and Warner Bros. Recordings"? But if you are going to do a retrospective for somebody as big as Peter Cetera, why are these companies being jerks about these songs? What are they holding on to them for? Do you think Cherry Red couldn't afford to pay the fees or didn't want to (didn't think they could turn a profit)? If the latter, then that makes me sad. Also, I would like to see Cherry Red try to get the post-WB albums collected as well. They were just as good in my estimation. Some great work with Andy Hill and Chris Pelcer.
Larry Davis says
I think it was explained earlier by Vinnie Vero who compiled this set...it was due to terms in his Warners contract, that if a compilation was made of his Warner recordings, like this box is, that no other tracks released on other labels could be included, couldn't license & include them!! Bogus contract terms if you ask me, but if the choice is either have this set exist without any cross licensing OR not exist at all, I would accept the first choice & we are free to buy/collect the odds & ends out there...and the River North stuff...
Larry Davis says
Also, Cherry Red is king when it comes to cross licensing, they would have loved to include all Pete solo tracks from other labels, but their hands were tied I'm sure...
James Auman says
A year later and still nothing. Fail...