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Chicago, “Loneliness Is Just a Word” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Loneliness Is Just a Word” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm’s sophisticated deep cut recalls a period when Chicago was one of the preeminent jazz-rock ensembles – not just a rock band with horns.

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

The only downside on Chicago’s “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” is its abrupt ending. But I guess I shouldn’t be too greedy.

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, “Fancy Colours” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Fancy Colours” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

With 1970’s “Fancy Colours,” Chicago proves once and for all how sophisticated rock music can be.

Chicago, “Wake Up Sunshine” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wake Up Sunshine” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

This is one Chicago deep cut I never get tired of – and the band seems to feel the same: “Wake Up Sunshine” remains an enduring concert chestnut, too.

Chicago, “Poem for the People” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem for the People” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago will be excellent throughout the Terry Kath years, but rarely, if ever better than this deep cut “Poem for the People.” This is the sound of a band that can do anything and do it well.

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.

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.”

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

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

I love the horn section’s raw sound on ‘Chicago Transit Authority.’ As time went by, Chicago smoothed that sound out – but not here.

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

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

One of Chicago’s crowning achievements, “Beginnings” boasts a near-perfect arrangement only marred by a good but too-long coda.