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Chicago, “Bright Eyes” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Bright Eyes” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

A hidden gem, Robert Lamm’s Rhodes-driven “Bright Eyes” finally made it onto ‘Chicago VIII’ – but it took 27 years.

Chicago, “Sixth Sense” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Sixth Sense” from Chicago VIII (2002 reissue): Saturdays in the Park

At times, it felt like subtraction by addition when Rhino re-released Chicago’s catalog with bonus tracks. “Sixth Sense” was one of the exceptions.

Button [Featuring Members of Doobie Brothers + Chicago] – Button (2018)

Button [Featuring Members of Doobie Brothers + Chicago] – Button (2018)

Button, a new group founded by touring musicians from the Doobie Brothers and Chicago, is defined by musicality, chemistry and experience.

Chicago, “Old Days” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Old Days” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago closes out the nostalgia-concept second side of 1975’s ‘Chicago VIII’ with this upbeat, enjoyable catalog of “boyhood memories” that “seem like yesterday.”

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, “Oh Thank You Great Spirit” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Oh Thank You Great Spirit” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago is typically associated with horns, but “Oh Thank You Great Spirit” makes it clear that the rhythm section was the band’s heart and soul.

Chicago, “The Christmas Song” from Chicago XXV (1998): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “The Christmas Song” from Chicago XXV (1998): Saturdays in the Park

This is the Chicago I long for. It’s nice to see it return every now and then.

Chicago, “O Come All Ye Faithful” from Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “O Come All Ye Faithful” from Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998): Saturdays in the Park

“O Come All Ye Faithful,” featuring restrained, yet thoughtfully modern production from Roy Bittan, is one of my favorite Chicago Christmas songs.

Chicago, “Bethlehem” from What’s It Gonna Be Santa? (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Bethlehem” from What’s It Gonna Be Santa? (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Bill Champlin is said to have always pushed new music on the band. This is once case where Chicago should said no.

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