Chicago, “Wake Up Sunshine” from Chicago II (1970): One Track Mind

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Had “Wake Up Sunshine” been released as a single, there is little doubt it would have scurried straight to the top of the charts. Appearing on Chicago’s sophomore album, simply called “Chicago” (later coined Chicago II), the song possesses a sound and subject matter as bright and shiny as its title implies.

Kicking off to an electrifying explosion of the band’s signature big-brass finesse, “Wake Up Sunshine” subsequently features a strong and soulful vocal performance, backed by fluttering Beach Boys-styled harmonies. Scripted of lyrics yearning to see a loved one’s smile in the morning after a long and cold night, the catchy tune smacks of earnest affection.

A cracking arrangement, bolstered by upbeat melodies, provides “Wake Up Sunshine” with additional attractive qualities. The song ends on a surprising note, but hear it for yourself and dig the inventiveness.


Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
Beverly Paterson
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