Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Harry Truman” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Harry Truman” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

One of the more unusual things Chicago ever recorded, “Harry Truman” could be considered a novelty song – but that doesn’t take away any of my enjoyment.

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Till We Meet Again” is barely over two minutes long, and kindly labeled “filler.” Well-arranged filler, but filler nevertheless.

Chicago, “Hideaway” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Hideaway” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

As Chicago’s “Hideaway” illustrates, Peter Cetera could and did rock. But was this the beginning of the end?

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, “Brand New Love Affair, Parts I and II” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Brand New Love Affair, Parts I and II” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Road weary and dying for a day off, Chicago still manages to address both their jazz roots and rock and roll side in a single composition.

Chicago, “Anyway You Want” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Anyway You Want” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Anyway You Want” sounds like Peter Cetera dashed it off in five minutes. And this is the lead-off song for ‘Chicago VIII’?

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

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

“Skinny Boy,” a song that later appeared on the Robert Lamm solo album of the same name, was this weird little treat to end a great Chicago album.

Chicago, “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays In The Park

Chicago, “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays In The Park

The fact that “Woman Don’t Want to Love Me” is a lesser song on ‘Chicago VII’ is a testament to how strong the rest of the album really is.

Chicago, “Call on Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Call on Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Combining a catchy melody, a good story, amazing brass and prominent percussion, Chicago’s “Call on Me” is a purely enjoyable listen.

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Is this Peter Cetera-composed, Terry Kath-sung track the best ballad in Chicago’s canon, or just one of many highs?

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