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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.

Chicago, “Prelude to Aire / Aire” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Prelude to Aire / Aire” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago always denied being a jazz-fusion band. The opening songs on 1974’s underrated ‘Chicago VII’ say something different.

Chicago + Al Green, “Tired of Being Alone” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago + Al Green, “Tired of Being Alone” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

“Tired of Being Alone” has the greatest lead vocal on any officially released Chicago song – and that’s an insult to no one.

Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s Terry Kath delivers a raw, emotional performance not unlike John Lennon’s brilliant but bleak ‘Plastic Ono Band’ album.

Chicago, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

I don’t particularly like 1973’s ‘Chicago VI.’ There, I said it. Still, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” makes for an uplifting end.

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