Articles by: Charlie Ricci

Chicago, “Never Been In Love Before” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Never Been In Love Before” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s Robert Lamm didn’t write straight love songs often, but he did with “Never Been In Love Before.’ It’s a satisfying, if not memorable, listen.

Chicago, “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

If Chicago had to go mainstream, this track was the way to do it. No apologies were necessary.

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

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

“Happy Man’ is the least-bombastic vocal Peter Cetera ever recorded with Chicago, and I’m including “If You Leave Me Now.”

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.

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