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Chicago, “Anyway You Want” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Anyway You Want” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Anyway You Want” sounds like Peter Cetera dashed it off in five minutes. And this is the lead-off song for ‘Chicago VIII’?

Chicago, “Call on Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Call on Me” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Combining a catchy melody, a good story, amazing brass and prominent percussion, Chicago’s “Call on Me” is a purely enjoyable listen.

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Is this Peter Cetera-composed, Terry Kath-sung track the best ballad in Chicago’s canon, or just one of many highs?

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.

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