|Studio album by Chicago|
|Released||January 29, 1991|
|Genre||Rock, Adult Contemporary|
|Label||Full Moon/Reprise Records|
Except "Explain It To My Heart": Humberto Gatica
Twenty 1 is the seventeenth studio album (and twenty-first overall) by the American band Chicago, released on January 29, 1991. As their first album of the 1990s, Twenty 1 was intended to extend Chicago's continuing success into another decade.
The production of Twenty 1 saw a significant personnel reconfiguration. The recent departure of founding drummer Danny Seraphine had made way for new permanent member Tris Imboden on drums, though session player John Keane played the majority of this album's tracks. Their touring guitarist since 1986, Dawayne Bailey, performed as an extra guitarist for Twenty 1's sessions.
The band retained producer Ron Nevison from Chicago 19. According to Nevison, work on the album was somewhat fragmented, with the band members rarely in the studio together, and work continuing with session musicians while the band was on tour. The fragmentation was furthered when Humberto Gatica was assigned to mix the final version of the album without Nevison's input.
They weren’t there every night to get a mix, like most bands, and take them home, and listen to them, and digest them. They were on tour … they came in when they needed to do stuff, and you do lose some continuity with that approach, but I don’t fault them for that.
— Twenty 1 producer, Ron Nevison
Unfortunately, while the music for Twenty 1 was familiar and commercial, the shifting of musical trends (Nirvana and the grunge movement were months away) lost Chicago valuable radio support and, consequently, Twenty 1 and its songs went mostly unheard upon their January 1991 release. Nevison maintains that if his original mixes had been used, he'd have been much happier and the album could have theoretically been more successful: "It all would have worked if they’d left it alone. I promise you." Although "Chasin' The Wind" (#39) became a minor hit, Twenty 1 merely reached #66 before exiting the charts, making it their second least successful non-greatest hits album, only behind Chicago XIV.
For the band's twenty-second album, Stone of Sisyphus, Chicago hired producer Peter Wolf to develop what could be considered a more ambitious, experimental effort. That 1994 release was indefinitely postponed, and then finally released over 14 years later on June 17, 2008 as Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus. A demo from the Twenty 1 sessions was included on the Sisyphus release. Twenty 1 would be Chicago's last full-length album release of original songs until Chicago XXX in 2006.
Track listing 
- "Explain it to My Heart" (Diane Warren) – 4:44
- "If It Were You" (Jason Scheff/Darin Scheff/Tony Smith) – 4:43
- "You Come to My Senses" (Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly) – 3:49
- "Somebody, Somewhere" (Bill Champlin/Dennis Matkosky/Kevin Dukes) – 4:21
- "What Does It Take" (Jason Scheff/Gerard McMahon) – 4:38
- "One from the Heart" (Robert Lamm/Gerard McMahon) – 4:43
- "Chasin' the Wind" (Diane Warren) – 4:18
- "God Save the Queen" (James Pankow/Jason Scheff) – 4:19
- "Man to Woman" (Jason Scheff/Adam Mitchell) – 3:56
- "Only Time Can Heal the Wounded" (Robert Lamm/Gerard McMahon) – 4:43
- "Who Do You Love" (Bill Champlin/Dennis Matkosky) – 3:20
- "Holdin' On" (Bill Champlin/Tom Saviano) – 4:15
Twenty 1 (Full Moon/Reprise 26391) reached #66 in the US during a chart stay of 11 weeks. It did not chart in the UK.
- Dawayne Bailey - guitars, background vocals
- Bill Champlin - keyboards, vocals, background vocals
- Tris Imboden - drums, percussion
- Robert Lamm - keyboards, vocals, background vocals
- Lee Loughnane - trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals
- James Pankow - trombone, background vocals
- Walter Parazaider - saxophones, flute, background vocals
- Jason Scheff - bass, vocals, background vocals
- John Keane - drums
- Robbie Buchanan - keyboards
- Efrain Toro - keyboards
- Tom Keane - keyboards
- Steve Porcaro - keyboards programming
- David Foster - acoustic piano
- Michael Landau - guitar
- Stephen "Doc" Kupka - baritone saxophone
||This article needs additional citations for verification. (June 2009)|
- Nevison, Ron (May 28, 2010). Anatomy of an Album: Producer Ron Nevison Discusses "Chicago Twenty 1″. Interview with Jeff Giles. Popdose. http://popdose.com/anatomy-of-an-album-producer-ron-nevison-discusses-chicago-twenty-1/. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Twenty 1 personnel credits at Allmusic. Retrieved April 30, 2013.