Look Away

Composed by Diane Warren

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Diane Warren had written Chicago's 1988 number three pop single "I Don't Want to Live Without Your Love." The band's management wanted to tap Warren for more hit songs. The Warren ballad "Look Away" was gleamed from a situation that one of the songwriter's friends was involved in. One day when Warren was visiting her at her office, her friend's ex-husband came by. The friend told him that she'd met someone and they were planning a wedding. Warren felt that the ex wanted to get back together. "Look Away" featured Bill Champlin on lead vocals and continued to de-emphasize the band's brass section. The strategy proved successful with the million-selling "Look Away" staying at number one pop for two weeks and going to number one adult contemporary in late 1988. Their 19 album went platinum, peaking at number 37 pop and included "I Don't Want to Live Without Your Love" and the Top Ten pop single "You're Not Alone."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chicago 19 1988 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:02
Greatest Hits 1982-1989 1989 Rhino
The Heart of...Chicago [Wea] 1989 WEA 4:01
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 1997 WEA International 3:59
Chicago 1999 Warner Reprise Video
The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning 2002 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:03
Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits 1967-2002 [2 Disc] 2003 WEA International 4:00
Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] 2003 Rhino 3:59
Love Songs 2005 Rhino 4:01
Power of Love: Feelin' Good 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:02
The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition 2007 Rhino 4:00
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:01
The Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits [Single Disc] 2008 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Rhino 4:00
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 [MVI/CD] 2008 Rhino 4:01
Chicago: Collector's Edition 2009 Madacy 4:01
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 4:02
Ultimate Collection 2011 Music Club Deluxe
Chicago @ Symphony Hall 2015 Chicago Records II 4:49
The Studio Albums 1979-2008, Vol. 2 2015 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:02
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Rhino 4:02
Best of 1988: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:04
Feelin' Good [Time Life]
Various Artists
Time Life 4:02
The  Greatest Hits 2, Pt. 1
Various Artists
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