Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

When people scoff in disbelief that Chicago used to open for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, I pull out “Poem 58.”

Chicago, “Listen” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Listen” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

I love the horn section’s raw sound on ‘Chicago Transit Authority.’ As time went by, Chicago smoothed that sound out – but not here.

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

“Questions 67 & 68,” from 1969’s ‘Chicago Transit Authority,’ is an early glimpse into the genius that is Robert Lamm.

Chicago, “Beginnings” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Beginnings” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

One of Chicago’s crowning achievements, “Beginnings” boasts a near-perfect arrangement only marred by a good but too-long coda.

Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” is one of the great triumphs of Chicago’s 1969 debut, ‘Chicago Transit Authority.’ Here’s why.

Chicago, “Introduction” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Introduction” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Today, we begin a multi-writer, song-by-song examination of the music of Chicago, and where better to launch than the aptly named “Introduction” from their debut release, ‘Chicago Transit Authority’?

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