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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’?

Toto, “Make Believe” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Make Believe” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Make Believe” is one of the reasons I’m still longing for the day that Toto and Chicago tour together.

Toto, “Lorraine” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Lorraine” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

I’d argue ‘Hydra’ did more to establish Toto’s style and sound than their debut. The complex and entertaining “Lorraine” is exemplary of that.

Toto, “Angela” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Angela” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

“Angela,” a song of shifting moods and layered musical complexity, puts the exclamation point on Toto’s bold debut album.