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Chicago, “Alive Again” from Hot Streets (1978): YESterdays

Chicago, “Alive Again” from Hot Streets (1978): YESterdays

Chicago’s Donnie Dacus was doomed to be compared to the late Terry Kath. It wasn’t fair then, and it still isn’t.

Chicago, “Inner Struggles of a Man / Prelude / Little One” (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Inner Struggles of a Man / Prelude / Little One” (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s Terry Kath had never sounded smoother or more melancholy. It’s almost as if he knew tragedy would soon befall him.

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, “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, “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.

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, “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, “Ain’t It Blue?” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Ain’t It Blue?” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

“Ain’t It Blue” was written in the spirit of Chicago’s early work and would easily fit on any of their classic, pre-Caribou Ranch records.

Chicago, “Long Time No See” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Long Time No See” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Not traditionally Chicago in any way, “Long Time No See” proves that Robert Lamm could still come up with something unique when he was motivated.

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.

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