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Chicago, “Till the End of Time” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Till the End of Time” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

The song itself is a good one. However, there is one big problem with Chicago’s “Till the End of Time.”

Yes, “Angkor Wat” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Angkor Wat” from Union (1991): YESterdays

How did something co-written by Yes legend Rick Wakeman end up as a mostly forgettable song bordering on the pretentious?

Chicago, “Hope for Love” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Hope for Love” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

As with most of this underserved LP, “Hope For Love” had potential but Chicago simply doesn’t show the devotion of their pre-Caribou records.

Yes, “Silent Talking” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Silent Talking” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Another collaboration between Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Yes producer Jonathan Elias is torpedoed by questionable decisions.

Yes, “Miracle of Life” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Miracle of Life” from Union (1991): YESterdays

The first two minutes of “Miracle of Life” are pure prog joy. Then, as with so much of Yes’ pieced-together 1991 album ‘Union,’ something goes wrong.

Toto, “Kick Down the Walls” from Kingdom of Desire (1991): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Kick Down the Walls” from Kingdom of Desire (1991): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “Kick Down the Walls” isn’t a bad song. (There are no bad Toto songs.) Still, it’s almost forgettable. Here’s what went wrong.

Chicago, “Another Rainy Day in New York City” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Another Rainy Day in New York City” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm’s cinematic “Another Rainy Day in New York City” is ruined by Peter Cetera’s worst Chicago vocal performance to date.

Chicago, “You Are On My Mind” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “You Are On My Mind” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Why did someone, or some group of ones, allow Chicago to release a song with James Pankow on lead vocals?

Yes, “Holy Lamb” from Big Generator (1987): YESterdays

Yes, “Holy Lamb” from Big Generator (1987): YESterdays

Perhaps with different sonic sensibilities, Yes’ “Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)” could have been great.

Chicago, “Bethlehem” from What’s It Gonna Be Santa? (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Bethlehem” from What’s It Gonna Be Santa? (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Bill Champlin is said to have always pushed new music on the band. This is once case where Chicago should said no.

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