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Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Is this Peter Cetera-composed, Terry Kath-sung track the best ballad in Chicago’s canon, or just one of many highs?

Chicago, “Byblos” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Byblos” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

From ‘Chicago VI’ on, it was increasingly apparent that guitarist / vocalist / band heart and soul Terry Kath was becoming weary of his diminishing role.

Chicago, “Song of the Evergreens” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Song of the Evergreens” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Musically, Chicago’s “Song of the Evergreens” is brilliant. Where the disconnect occurs are the vocals.

Chicago, “Mongonucleosis” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Mongonucleosis” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

After the seriousness and maturity of Chicago’s “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long,” it’s time to party!

Chicago, “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

If Chicago had to go mainstream, this track was the way to do it. No apologies were necessary.

Chicago, “Happy Man” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Happy Man” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

“Happy Man’ is the least-bombastic vocal Peter Cetera ever recorded with Chicago, and I’m including “If You Leave Me Now.”

Chicago, “Lifesaver” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Lifesaver” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Part of the appeal of Chicago’s “Lifesaver” is that it’s fun – a stark contrast to the pretentious seriousness of 1973’s ‘Chicago VI.’

Chicago, “Hanky Panky” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Hanky Panky” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Hanky Panky” shows a versatility at Peter Cetera’s instrument for which he never truly receives due credit.

Chicago, “Italian From New York” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Italian From New York” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

You won’t find this on anyone’s list of Top 10 favorite Chicago songs, but “Italian from New York” proves just how versatile they were in the ’70s.

Chicago, “Devil’s Sweet” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Devil’s Sweet” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Let’s start by saying jazz-fusion normally isn’t my cup of tea, so Chicago’s lengthy instrumental “Devil’s Sweet” came as a surprise.

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