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Chicago, “A Hit By Varese” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “A Hit By Varese” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

“A Hit By Varese” leads off Chicago’s fifth album, one many of my colleagues and I feel is flawless. It is, as they used to say, “all killer, no filler.”

Chicago, “A Song For Richard and His Friends” from At Carnegie Hall (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “A Song For Richard and His Friends” from At Carnegie Hall (1971): Saturdays in the Park

‘Chicago at Carnegie Hall,’ a sprawling four-record set, was ripe for abuse from so-called leading critics of the time.

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

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

“Elegy” is not an easy listen, but it shows the range of styles that Chicago’s original lineup could pull off – and pull off very well.

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

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

A highlight from Chicago’s most jazz-oriented album to date, “Mother” is a perfect example of the era’s political activism and musical eclecticism.

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

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

The most unmelodic, atonal instrumental Chicago ever released, “Free Country” is not a piece I would ever play separately – but it works as part of the “Travel Suite.”

Chicago, “Motorboat to Mars” / “Free” from Chicago III (1971) Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Motorboat to Mars” / “Free” from Chicago III (1971) Saturdays in the Park

“Free” isn’t as well remembered as some of Chicago’s bigger classic hits of the era, but I have a great time every time I hear it.

Chicago, “Flight 602” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Flight 602” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

With ‘Flight 602,” Chicago’s Robert Lamm describes the boredom of waiting to go onstage, but this engaging song is anything but boring.

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.