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Chicago, “Fancy Colours” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Fancy Colours” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

With 1970’s “Fancy Colours,” Chicago proves once and for all how sophisticated rock music can be.

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

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

Those who prefer conventional fare might be put off by Chicago’s “Liberation.” Others looking for something more freewheeling may find a lot to like.

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.

Dennis Wilson’s rough-hewn Pacific Ocean Blue was an unexpected triumph

Dennis Wilson’s rough-hewn Pacific Ocean Blue was an unexpected triumph

‘Pacific Ocean Blue,’ released on August 22, 1977, turned a rare spotlight on the Beach Boys’ craggy-voiced bad boy Dennis Wilson.

Amid the Tonight Show controversy, a return to Little River Band’s music

Amid the Tonight Show controversy, a return to Little River Band’s music

Between age-old rock snobbery and this nasty squabbling, it’s easy to forget what once made the Little River Band great. Time for a cool change.

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Jackson Browne’s 1986 single “In the Shape of a Heart” was a big hit in certain circles. It went to No. 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but rose to only No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin'” (1971)

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin'” (1971)

The problem with Blood, Sweat and Tears was that many rock fans didn’t consider them to be a real rock band. Their guitarist, Steve Katz, never reeled off the flaming, red hot, twelve-minute, guitar jams

Almost Hits: Herman’s Hermits, “No Milk Today” (1967)

Almost Hits: Herman’s Hermits, “No Milk Today” (1967)

Even though “No Milk Today” (#35, Hot 100 in 1967) was released in the USA by Herman’s Hermits as the B-side to “There’s a Kind of Hush” (#4, Hot 100) it was the better song of the two

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969)

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969)

Back when the famous, classic, horn-rock band was known as Chicago Transit Authority, they released a top-notch single called “Questions 67 and 68,” off of a 1969 eponymously titled debut album. It didn’t do much on the charts