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G-Man
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OK, I'll be the first here to admit, I like "If You Leave Me Now". Lovely melody, fine arrangement, and Peter Cetera's warbling is good on it (the high notes especially).

Of course, Chicago was pretty good when they were Blood, Sweat & Tears lite. They had some excellent songs before Cetera's coup d'etat. "Saturday In The Park" ought to be regarded as a classic, and "25 Or 6 To 4" rocks like a motherfucker.

Post-coup Chicago mainly sucked. With his corporate soft-rock, Cetera anticipated the '80s, and his visage is emblemic of that horrible decade. There's one post-coup song that I like, called "Take Me Back To Chicago", which incorporates a bit of a fusion vibe, but I've yet to meet anyone who shares my enthusiasm for it.

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Agree about their early stuff, G-Man - great brass!

Always thought the naming of their albums was a bit lazy.

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The only pre-slush Chicago tracks I'm familiar with are "25 or 6 to 4" (by the way, what the fuck is that supposed to mean anyway?), and "Streetplayer" (which was sampled by Kenny 'Dope' & The Bucketheads on "Da Bomb"). "Streetplayer" is wicked.
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Well, another tiny piece of trivia to squeeze into my brain somewhere. Until today I didn't know that Peter 'Glory Of Love' Etcetera was the main man in Chicago.
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Answer to SR's query.
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Oh man, "Glory Of Love' is an evil song.
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Ha, after meanderous beginnings, there's a nice conclusion to the article ursus linked to (doubtlessly after searching so long):

"I think we can take Lamm's word for the whole thing. Because, when it's that early in the morning, does anybody really know what time it is?"

Made me smile.

[ 26.03.2008, 10:40: Message edited by: G-Man ]

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