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Chicago, “Song of the Evergreens” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Song of the Evergreens” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Musically, Chicago’s “Song of the Evergreens” is brilliant. Where the disconnect occurs are the vocals.

Toto, “These Chains” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “These Chains” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Sometimes, favorites jump out and grab you – and other times, as with Toto’s “These Chains,” they sneak up and catch you unaware.

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

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

Part of the appeal of Chicago’s “Lifesaver” is that it’s fun – a stark contrast to the pretentious seriousness of 1973’s ‘Chicago VI.’

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

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

Chicago’s “Hanky Panky” shows a versatility at Peter Cetera’s instrument for which he never truly receives due credit.

Toto, “Mushanga” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Mushanga” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

“Mushanga” isn’t merely a great Toto song; it’s a veritable drum clinic from the late Jeff Porcaro.

Toto, “Stop Loving You” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Stop Loving You” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Over time I’ve grown to love other Toto songs more, but “Stop Loving You” from 1988’s ‘The Seventh One’ remains a sentimental favorite.

Chicago, “Something in This City Changes People” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Something in This City Changes People” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

If more of 1973’s ‘Chicago VI’ had shown this kind of naked honesty, the album as a whole would be better regarded today.

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

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

If ‘Chicago VI’ had opened with “Jenny” instead of “Critic’s Choice,” the album might be held in higher regard than it is today.

Toto, “Could This Be Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Could This Be Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

“Could This Be Love” introduced Joseph Williams as Toto’s new lead vocalist, even as it laid the foundation for a return to greatness on ‘The Seventh One.’

Chicago, “Now That You’ve Gone” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Now That You’ve Gone” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

On an album as strong as ‘Chicago V,’ “Now That You’ve Gone” still manages to stand out – a testament to its greatness.

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