Chicago, “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays In The Park

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Robert Lamm gets sole writing credit for the last two songs from 1974’s Chicago VII, and proceeds down a very funky path with both. The results are somewhat mixed.

Lamm’s clavinet moves “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” over a somewhat awkward backbeat. Peter Cetera’s bass is simply too obtrusive, competing with the funky drum licks of Danny Seraphine instead of complimenting them. The James Pankow/Robert Lamm-arranged horn parts seem almost an afterthought, and they ultimately verge on being intrusive.

Put simply, Chicago’s “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” could have used a little more musical space. Even Terry Kath’s acoustic guitar steps on his fine distorted electric guitar rhythm.

That said, Kath takes a turn on the wah-wah that is good, dirty fun, before Cetera returns for another vocal pass. Perhaps the song would have benefitted from Lamm or Kath handling the lead vocal, and providing a more forceful delivery – albeit in a lower key.

The fact that “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” is a lesser song on Chicago VII is a testament to how strong the rest of the album really is. As it is though, this would have made a find addition to a Robert Lamm solo album, albeit with a less caffeinated arrangement.

‘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.

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.
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