Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

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“Beyond All Our Sorrows” was originally titled “Blues Original” when the Rhino remaster of 1973’s Chicago VI was announced. Whether that was a different track or the item at hand remains a mystery.

Another mystery is who the pianist is. I couldn’t find who performed that instrument on Chicago’s vocal and piano demo. An educated guess is probably Terry Kath himself, as the chording is at times hesitant and the tempo is all over the place. (Kath was not known as a keyboardist.)

Kath delivers a raw, emotional performance not unlike the material found on John Lennon’s brilliant but bleak Plastic Ono Band album.

Given the tragic circumstances of the beloved Chicago guitarist/vocalist’s death, lines like “Why do I always hurt the ones I love?” are heartbreaking.

On the one hand, many would call this Chicago track a throwaway ballad demo. If you are fan of Terry Kath, it’s a tragic reminder of his demons and, as usual, an incredible and honest performance. If you love Terry as so many of us do, it’s almost too much to take.

‘Saturdays in the Park’ is a multi-writer, song-by-song examination of the music of Chicago. Find it here at Something Else! each weekend.

Bob Helme

Bob Helme

Bob Helme, a contributor to our weekly song-by-song series on Chicago called Saturdays in the Park, is a father of two with an MBA who still plays jazz part-time. Contact Something Else! at
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  • lnh

    for me it IS too much to take…..I rarely listen to it. ditto for “Little One”. “Colour My World” doesn’t sadden me as much as these 2 songs. I didn’t think that was RL on the piano but I never thought about it being TK. This is why I love this segment… makes me see/hear outside my box! So looking forward to the review on the next song…..which is possibly my fave “Chicago” song…..if I can call it that! Thanks for reviewing the Rhino editions!

    • Bob Helme

      Glad you are enjoying this series, Inh! We love writing it! Terry was one of a kind and can never be replaced.