Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

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“Questions 67 and 68,” from 1969’s Chicago Transit Authority, is an early glimpse into the genius that is Robert Lamm. Though it was the first single from Chicago and not initially successful, the song found an audience in an edited rerelease.

Lyrically, Lamm weaves together a look at a romance over the two years, 1967 and 1968. The song forges the majestic James Pankow horn arrangement with a moving back beat provided by the departed Chicago tandem of Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine.

Lamm gives a glimpse of his arranging prowess, casting Cetera’s tenor voice against his own smooth and evocative baritone. The vocals seem to build and build. Add to this the rousing mid-song brass breakdown, and Chicago’s “Questions 67 and 68” is an enduring treasure.

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
Preston Frazier
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