Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Another Rainy Day in New York City” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Another Rainy Day in New York City” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm’s cinematic “Another Rainy Day in New York City” is ruined by Peter Cetera’s worst Chicago vocal performance to date.

Chicago, “Together Again” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Together Again” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

“Together Again” is one of the better songs on 1976’s sometimes-wretched ‘Chicago X.’ There’s just one problem.

Chicago, “If You Leave Me Now” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “If You Leave Me Now” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

I know “If You Leave Me Now” was Chicago’s first No. 1 hit, but maybe they should strike it from the setlist permanently.

Chicago, “Skin Tight” from Chicago X (1976): Saturday in the Park

Chicago, “Skin Tight” from Chicago X (1976): Saturday in the Park

“Skin Tight” makes for a nice little trip back to the kind of gutty rhythm and blues that Chicago was once known for.

Chicago, “You Are On My Mind” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “You Are On My Mind” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Why did someone, or some group of ones, allow Chicago to release a song with James Pankow on lead vocals?

Chicago, “Once or Twice” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Once or Twice” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

A Chicago album that starts out so strong with “Once or Twice” ultimately becomes so uneven, thus making “Once or Twice” an unfulfilled promise.

Chicago, “Satin Doll” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Satin Doll” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s update of this old Duke Ellington favorite showed their versatility, and their willingness to try anything.

Chicago, “Bright Eyes” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Bright Eyes” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

A hidden gem, Robert Lamm’s Rhodes-driven “Bright Eyes” finally made it onto ‘Chicago VIII’ – but it took 27 years.

Chicago, “Sixth Sense” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Sixth Sense” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

At times, it felt like subtraction by addition when Rhino re-released Chicago’s catalog with bonus tracks. “Sixth Sense” was one of the exceptions.

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

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

Chicago closes out the nostalgia-concept second side of 1975’s ‘Chicago VIII’ with this upbeat, enjoyable catalog of “boyhood memories” that “seem like yesterday.”

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