Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “This Time” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “This Time” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “This Time” is a statement of hope for the future, a hope that was sadly snuffed out on Jan. 23, 1978.

Chicago, “Takin’ It On Uptown” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Takin’ It On Uptown” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Takin’ It On Uptown,” the last Terry Kath song released in his lifetime, is a nod to idol Jimi Hendrix – and so much more.

Chicago, “Vote For Me” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Vote For Me” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

‘Vote For Me’ reveals Chicago legend Robert Lamm’s sense of humor, while skewering our political process and the hypocrisy of elected officials.

Chicago, “Take Me Back to Chicago” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Take Me Back to Chicago” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Co-written by drummer Danny Seraphine, “Take Me Back to Chicago” is a standout from a disjointed album.

Chicago, “Policeman” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Policeman” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm’s first contribution to ‘Chicago XI’ is a quiet and sensitive look at a day in the life of a middle-aged, lonely beat cop.

Chicago, “Till the End of Time” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Till the End of Time” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

The song itself is a good one. However, there is one big problem with Chicago’s “Till the End of Time.”

Chicago, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Lounging between Chicago’s vintage poppier moments and the slicker stance they’d recently adopted, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” is the best of both worlds.

Chicago, “Mississippi Delta City Blues” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Mississippi Delta City Blues” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

The evolution of Chicago’s “Mississippi Delta City Blues” helps us chart the more personal evolution of Terry Kath as a songwriter, arranger and musician.

Chicago, “Your Love’s an Attitude” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Your Love’s an Attitude” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

It’s a shame this wonderful, mostly acoustic jazzy bonus cut from the late Terry Kath didn’t find itself on ‘Chicago X.’

Chicago, “Hope for Love” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Hope for Love” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

As with most of this underserved LP, “Hope For Love” had potential but Chicago simply doesn’t show the devotion of their pre-Caribou records.

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