Archive for May 26th, 2013

One Track Mind: Moody Blues, “Gemini Dream” from Live at Montreux (2013)

One Track Mind: Moody Blues, “Gemini Dream” from Live at Montreux (2013)

While much has rightly been made of the Moody Blues’ prog-defining successes around the turn of the 1970s, a newly released concert performance contextualizes later hits like this one — which in its own way broke new ground.

Forgotten series: Dragon – Body and the Beat (1984)

Forgotten series: Dragon – Body and the Beat (1984)

Few CDs scream summer to me the way most of the albums Dragon released in the 1980s do. I’d argue that no other band captured the overall atmosphere and spirit of summer in musical form the way Dragon did.

‘It makes you want to be great’: Brad Wilk enthuses about Black Sabbath’s loose, fun reunion

‘It makes you want to be great’: Brad Wilk enthuses about Black Sabbath’s loose, fun reunion

Brad Wilk, who was plucked out of Rage Against the Machine by producer Rick Rubin, has come to think of his time playing drums on the forthcoming Black Sabbath reunion project in almost mythical terms.

Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck – The White House Sessions (2013)

If there’s any question as to how off-the-cuff, how gloriously in the moment, this ultra-rare one-off concert collaboration in fact was, one need only hear the lead tune — a fizzy, improv-filled take on “Lullaby of Birdland.”

Mike Love takes a long view on the Beach Boys’ ups and downs: ‘All of that is a natural cycle’

Mike Love takes a long view on the Beach Boys’ ups and downs: ‘All of that is a natural cycle’

Mike Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys and the only one to have appeared in all of its many incarnations over the decades, tends to take the long view on their legacy.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Josie [Live]” (1995)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Josie [Live]” (1995)

<<< BACKWARD (“Reelin’ In The Years [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“Book Of Liars [Live]”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The first of three Aja songs on Alive In America finally appears five tracks in, the brilliant yet fun party tune that caps that classic album, “Josie.”

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