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Chicago, “It Better End Soon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “It Better End Soon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s more political material, “It Better End Soon” included, happens to be some of my favorite from their extensive catalog.

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, “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, “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, “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.

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Afraid of Love” isn’t just one of the best deep cuts found on Toto IV; it’s one of Toto’s catchiest, most accessible album tracks ever.

Chicago, “Free Form Guitar” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Free Form Guitar” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago made numerous love songs, some of them hugely popular, but few were as personal – and none were as challenging – as “Free Form Guitar.”

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

When people scoff in disbelief that Chicago used to open for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, I pull out “Poem 58.”

Toto, “Good For You” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Good For You” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Co-written by Tot’s Steve Lukather and Bobby Kimball, ‘Good For You’ was one of the strongest songs not to be issued as a single from ‘Toto IV.’

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

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

Today, we begin a multi-writer, song-by-song examination of the music of Chicago, and where better to launch than the aptly named “Introduction” from their debut release, ‘Chicago Transit Authority’?