Articles by: Bob Helme

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Till We Meet Again” is barely over two minutes long, and kindly labeled “filler.” Well-arranged filler, but filler nevertheless.

Chicago, “Brand New Love Affair, Parts I and II” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Brand New Love Affair, Parts I and II” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Road weary and dying for a day off, Chicago still manages to address both their jazz roots and rock and roll side in a single composition.

Chicago, “Byblos” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Byblos” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

From ‘Chicago VI’ on, it was increasingly apparent that guitarist / vocalist / band heart and soul Terry Kath was becoming weary of his diminishing role.

Chicago, “Prelude to Aire / Aire” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Prelude to Aire / Aire” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago always denied being a jazz-fusion band. The opening songs on 1974’s underrated ‘Chicago VII’ say something different.

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

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

Chicago’s Terry Kath delivers a raw, emotional performance not unlike John Lennon’s brilliant but bleak ‘Plastic Ono Band’ album.

Chicago, “What’s This World Comin’ To” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “What’s This World Comin’ To” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

One of the few social commentary songs on ‘Chicago VI,’ this funk workout was penned by James Pankow.

Chicago, “Darlin’ Dear” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Darlin’ Dear” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

It’s a shame Terry Kath never hitched up the slide again. Chicago’s “Darlin’ Dear” shows he had a real talent for it.

Chicago, “Alma Mater” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Alma Mater” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

I remember my late father listening to this Chicago song and remarking, “Terry Kath could sing the telephone book and make you weep!” True and tragic.

Chicago, “Saturday in the Park” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Saturday in the Park” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm’s “Saturday in the Park” became a signature hit. It also marked a huge turning point for Chicago.

Chicago, “A Hit By Varese” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “A Hit By Varese” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

“A Hit By Varese” leads off Chicago’s fifth album, one many of my colleagues and I feel is flawless. It is, as they used to say, “all killer, no filler.”

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