His batteries re-charged, he re-entered the studio for what is possibly Peter's best, and if not best, certainly his most polished solo effort. Trading in the over-synthesized power-pop production of Michael Omartian on his sophomore Solitude/Solitaire Peter switched gears and changed directions for One More Story, this time teaming with Patrick Leonard who was still riding the success of Madonna's Like a Prayer album. Leonard even paid Peter the courtesy of bringing Madonna along for the ride (she went by the pseudonym of "Lulu Smith" for her very noticeable background vocal contributions on Cetera's Scheherezade).
Opening with the uptempo and upbeat Best of Times, which shows hints of Omartian's stylings from the previous album the album then shifts to One Good Woman which had been considered for use in the Tom Hanks hit movie, Big Hints of the Big influence are still evident in the opening lyrics: (although it was pulled before the film was released)
You can read me like a book
Just like a fortune-teller
Everybody needs a fortune-teller
Telling you the very truth
While One Good Woman was released as a single, it was unable to match the success of Glory of Love from Solitude/Solitaire, which had been a huge hit for Cetera. Who knows if the song might have been more successful had it actually been used in Big?
One of the other notable guest contributions is the beautiful and haunting guitar work by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on You Never Listen to Me. But on the whole it's not Madonna's vocal contributions nor is it Gilmour's stirring guitar work; One More Story benefits the most from Patrick Leonard's production and keyboards.
Peter also continued his practice of writing/dedicating at least one track per album to one or the other of his daughters. On Solitude/Solitaire it was Daddy's Girl (which was featured quite prominently in the 1987 hit film Three Men and a Baby) this time around it was the stark and beautiful One More Story which featured only Cetera's vocals and Pat Leonard's keyboard the end result is possibly one of the most beautiful tracks Peter has ever recorded.
Other notable tracks include Save Me (which was the theme song for the first season of Baywatch), Body Language (There In the Dark), and Heaven Help This Lonely Man. Truth be told though, there's not a clunker on this album. While it doesn't have the hits that its predecessor had, it's far more consistent and the quality of both the music and lyrics on this gem surpass those on Cetera's previous effort.
One Good Woman video
Peter Cetera artist overview
Peter Cetera s/t debut (1981)
Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Chicago Tranist Authority (1969)
Chicago II (1970)
Chicago XI (1977)
Chicago Hot Streets (1978)
Chicago What You're Missing (1982)
Chicago Live at Park West (1982)