With “State of the Union,” the train of great Robert Lamm songs just keeps on rolling through 1972’s ‘Chicago V.’
Saturdays in the Park
Robert Lamm’s “Saturday in the Park” became a signature hit. It also marked a huge turning point for Chicago.
Robert Lamm contributes a stand-out cut from the last album (except for parts of ‘VII’) where Chicago is truly an experimental band.
“Dialogue (Part I)” and “(Part II)” further cemented my view that Robert Lamm was – and is – Chicago’s greatest writer.
On an album as strong as ‘Chicago V,’ “Now That You’ve Gone” still manages to stand out – a testament to its greatness.
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.
“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.”
‘Chicago at Carnegie Hall,’ a sprawling four-record set, was ripe for abuse from so-called leading critics of the time.
“Elegy” is not an easy listen, but it shows the range of styles that Chicago’s original lineup could pull off – and pull off very well.
“Hour in the Shower” is a welcome reminder that as serious as Chicago took themselves at times, they still knew how to have fun.