Post Tagged with: "Peter Cetera"

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, “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.

Chicago, “In Terms of Two” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “In Terms of Two” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Was “In Terms of Two” from 1973’s ‘Chicago VI’ the beginning of Peter Cetera’s eventual takeover of Chicago?

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

With its stellar arrangements, impressive chops and smart production, Chicago’s “Just You ‘N’ Me” reached rare heights among pop-rock singles in 1973.

Chicago, “Lowdown” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Lowdown” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Given the results of the recent election, the opening lyrics to Chicago’s “Lowdown” feel especially true for many right now.

Chicago, “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’ Home” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’ Home” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

I’ve long thought Peter Cetera was underrated as a bass player, and Chicago’s “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’ Home” illustrates the point.

Chicago, “At the Sunrise” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “At the Sunrise” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Why is Chicago’s “At the Sunrise” overlooked? Maybe because ‘Chicago III’ has so many great songs, and this one falls through the cracks?

Chicago, “What Else Can I Say” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “What Else Can I Say” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

You could drop this Chicago song onto contemporary albums by CSNY or the Grateful Dead. So, what’s it doing here?

Chicago, “Where Do We Go From Here” from Chicago II (1970): Saturday in the Park

Chicago, “Where Do We Go From Here” from Chicago II (1970): Saturday in the Park

A gentle, hymn-like piece, “Where Do We Go From Here” marks the first Peter Cetera composition to be recorded by Chicago.

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