Chicago, “You Get It Up” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

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Not only is 1976’s Chicago X best remembered for containing the hit singles “Another Rainy Day in New York City” and “If You Leave Me Now,” but the album is also recognized for its jacket cover resembling a chocolate bar.

At this juncture, it was determined Chicago was headed towards a mellower mindset, yet the band had not completely deserted their experimental flair. The largely instrumental “You Get It Up,” for instance, grips tight to the group’s original mission of improvising and definitely cuts a striking pose.

Strewn with the funky bellow of a wah-wah guitar, “You Get It Up” cruises along at a relatively relaxed pace further circled by hip-swaying, Latin-based percussion. The vocals are soulful and sensuous, and a bit of a disco groove keeps the fires burning. In typical Chicago fashion, the brass arrangements are positively outstanding, while a hypnotic melody and rhythm seal the deal.

In view of “You Get It Up,” it sounds like Chicago had been listening closely to the music of Santana and Earth Wind and Fire, as impressions of both these acts are visible. Threaded with cool and classy jams and a beat designed to make you feel good all over, “You Get It Up” is a fine and inspired performance.

‘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.

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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