|Single by Chicago|
|from the album Hot Streets|
|B-side||"Love Was New"|
|Length||3:32 (single version)|
4:10 (album version)
|Producer(s)||Phil Ramone & Chicago|
|Chicago singles chronology|
"Alive Again" is a song written by James Pankow for the group Chicago and recorded for their album Hot Streets (1978), with Peter Cetera singing lead vocals. The first single released from that album, it reached No. 14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. In Canada, "Alive Again" spent two weeks at No. 11.
"Alive Again" was Chicago's first new single after their split with producer James William Guercio. It was also their first single after the accidental death of Terry Kath; Donnie Dacus played guitar on the recording.
An instrumental version was used as the opening theme to the syndicated radio show The Don & Mike Show in 2003.
According to Mike Stahl, Chicago's live audio engineer at the time, members of Chicago's rhythm section–Robert Lamm, Donnie Dacus, Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine–came into the studio, started "jamming", and then played what they thought would be a run-through of "Alive Again". Producer Phil Ramone had recorded the run-through, and despite recording the rhythm track ten more times, the run-through had the "feel" he was looking for, so the run-through made it to the album.
After the recording of "Alive Again" had been completed, Chicago's brass section recorded with the Bee Gees on their song, "Tragedy". Inspired by his work with Barry Gibb, James Pankow rewrote the brass charts for "Alive Again" and the song was rerecorded with the new brass charts. Mike Stahl said the new arrangements gave the song a whole new "feeling" and "sparkle".