Articles by: Charlie Ricci

Chicago, “Devil’s Sweet” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Devil’s Sweet” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Let’s start by saying jazz-fusion normally isn’t my cup of tea, so Chicago’s lengthy instrumental “Devil’s Sweet” came as a surprise.

Chicago, “Rediscovery” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Rediscovery” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Though Robert Lamm’s lyrics are usually straightforward, the quite cryptic “Rediscovery” is one of the coolest songs on 1973’s ‘Chicago VI.’

Chicago, “Hollywood” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Hollywood” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

“Hollywood,” Robert Lamm’s outstanding contribution from 1973’s ‘Chicago VI,’ remains a highlight on a very uneven album.

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

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

Good job on “Goodbye,” Robert Lamm. It’s too bad your dominance over Chicago’s songwriting would soon come to an end.

Chicago, “While the City Sleeps” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “While the City Sleeps” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm contributes a stand-out cut from the last album (except for parts of ‘VII’) where Chicago is truly an experimental band.

Chicago, “Let It Snow” from Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998)

Chicago, “Let It Snow” from Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998)

“Let It Snow” closes with one of the famed Chicago horn section’s 10 best moments. When listening in my car, I always play it a second time.

Chicago, “Mother” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Mother” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

A highlight from Chicago’s most jazz-oriented album to date, “Mother” is a perfect example of the era’s political activism and musical eclecticism.

Chicago, “Free Country” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Free Country” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

The most unmelodic, atonal instrumental Chicago ever released, “Free Country” is not a piece I would ever play separately – but it works as part of the “Travel Suite.”

Chicago, “Motorboat to Mars” / “Free” from Chicago III (1971) Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Motorboat to Mars” / “Free” from Chicago III (1971) Saturdays in the Park

“Free” isn’t as well remembered as some of Chicago’s bigger classic hits of the era, but I have a great time every time I hear it.

Chicago, “I Don’t Want Your Money” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “I Don’t Want Your Money” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Think Chicago is incapable of rocking? Too tightly arranged, not grungy enough? “I Don’t Want Your Money” proved detractors wrong on all of counts.