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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, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

As good as some of Chicago’s other ambitious musical endeavors may have been, it could be argued that none matched “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.”

Chicago, “Wake Up Sunshine” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wake Up Sunshine” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

This is one Chicago deep cut I never get tired of – and the band seems to feel the same: “Wake Up Sunshine” remains an enduring concert chestnut, too.

Chicago, “In the Country” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “In the Country” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Every time I listen to “In the Country” from 1970’s ‘Chicago II,’ I feel the freedom of the solitude and being alone in my thoughts, the gentle breeze tousling my hair.

Chicago, “The Road” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “The Road” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

You know an album is good when even the filler tracks, like this one from ‘Chicago II,’ are outstanding.

Chicago, “Movin’ In” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Movin’ In” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

A new cohesiveness sets apart “Movin’ In” and, inevitably, the entire second album that followed Chicago’s brilliant debut.

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

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

With ‘Someday,’ Chicago’s Robert Lamm made the first of many political statements – and he did so with an exclamation mark.

Chicago, “I’m a Man” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “I’m a Man” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago swung for the fences repeatedly on this first album, and that included taking on a popular rock song – perhaps the height of hubris for a new band.

Chicago, “South California Purples” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturday in the Park

Chicago, “South California Purples” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturday in the Park

In the ’70s, Chicago came very close to their original goal of becoming the ‘American Beatles.’ It all starts here.