One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

There are probably more than a few people who thought this No. 12 1969 hit by the Spiral Starecase was a Chicago song anyway. But it sure is a strange way to advance a long-awaited new album project.

Yes, Chicago is actually, finally, at work on some original material. Not big band rehash, not Yuletide updates. New stuff.

And so they go and release a note-for-note remake of “More Today Than Yesterday” on iTunes.

Sure, Robert Lamm — who has been collaborating with Bobby Woods and Les Deux Love Orchestra for some time, releasing “Aeroplane” and a take on the Bowie-Metheny-Mays tune “This is Not America” — sounds completely in his element. And the orchestra, which previously had a tune featured on the Dreamworks film “Monsters and Aliens,” is a silky smooth delight.

But what about, you know, the new stuff?

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.