Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

With its stellar arrangements, impressive chops and smart production, Chicago’s “Just You ‘N’ Me” reached rare heights among pop-rock singles in 1973.

Chicago, “Critic’s Choice” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Critic’s Choice” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

‘Chicago VI’ doesn’t get off to a great start, as “Critic’s Choice” becomes Robert Lamm’s first misfire.

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, “State of the Union” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “State of the Union” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

With “State of the Union,” the train of great Robert Lamm songs just keeps on rolling through 1972’s ‘Chicago V.’

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, “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, “Dialogue (Part I) and (Part II)” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Dialogue (Part I) and (Part II)” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

“Dialogue (Part I)” and “(Part II)” further cemented my view that Robert Lamm was – and is – Chicago’s greatest writer.

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.

Chicago, “All Is Well” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “All Is Well” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

You can’t help but smile after hearing Chicago’s “All Is Well.” And you can’t help but feel you’re listening to sheer perfection.

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.”