Archive for April, 2015

Yes’ patched-together homecoming project Union never lived up to its promise

Yes’ patched-together homecoming project Union never lived up to its promise

Jon Anderson and Billy Sherwood look back on Yes’ Frankenstein-like collaborative album ‘Union,’ released on April 30, 1991.

There’s a reason the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz plays drums that way: ‘I know it’s bizarre’

There’s a reason the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz plays drums that way: ‘I know it’s bizarre’

Musicians, particularly drummers, have probably noticed the unique set up the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz employs for his drum kit.

Journey’s Neal Schon, “El Matador” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Journey’s Neal Schon, “El Matador” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Neal Schon’s “El Matador” underscores a musical symbiosis with Steve Smith that lingers from their time together in Journey.

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

If Booker T. and the MGs’ signature hit “Green Onions” always felt like a loose-limbed good time among musical friends, that’s because it actually was.

Pressure-filled Red Rose Speedway fractured Paul McCartney and Wings: ‘Point of no return’

Pressure-filled Red Rose Speedway fractured Paul McCartney and Wings: ‘Point of no return’

Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough talk about Paul McCartney and Wings’ turbulent, uneven ‘Red Rose Speedway,’ released on April 30, 1973.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

“Going Going Gone” makes a definitive case for Bob Dylan’s 1974 reunion with the Band, so perfect is their musical reaction to his frayed lyric.

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson is a traveler, always has been, and “Beatnik Walking” — both in its lyric, and in its creation story — speaks to that.

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann’s free-form soul-jazz experiment ‘Invitation to Openness’ is the sound of someone loosing himself from the bonds of expectation.

Ian Gillan picks the classic track Deep Purple should play: ‘It is my favorite DP song’

Ian Gillan picks the classic track Deep Purple should play: ‘It is my favorite DP song’

With three stints going back to 1969, Ian Gillan has a unique perspective on Deep Purple’s catalog. Here’s the song he always wanted to perform live.

Paul McCartney, “Take It Away” from Tug of War (1982): One Track Mind

Paul McCartney, “Take It Away” from Tug of War (1982): One Track Mind

Released as part of ‘Tug of War’ in April 1982, “Take It Away” is McCartney’s last best pop hit – but there was a darker undercurrent at work.

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