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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick: Live in Iceland (2014)

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick: Live in Iceland (2014)

Whatever the cover says, the star here will always be Gerald Bostock.

‘I said – No, you won’t!': Steve Cropper almost lost the Blues Brothers gig to Robben Ford

‘I said – No, you won’t!': Steve Cropper almost lost the Blues Brothers gig to Robben Ford

Could there have been a different guitarist in that legendary band?

Donna Loren – These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings (2014)

Donna Loren – These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings (2014)

A versatile and engaging singer, Loren is joined by the era’s most memorable songwriters and sidemen.

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

They sound utterly reinvigorated on this stomping new live release.

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

A mystery-laced tribute to Anne Sexton has lost none of its power, 25 years on.

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Be Back” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Be Back” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Inexplicably underrated, “I’ll be Back” foreshadows later Lennon-penned masterpieces.

The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night was a revolution in black and white

The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night was a revolution in black and white

Mike Tiano on how ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ catapulted the Beatles into stratospheric ubiquity.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Reissues and Live): Toto, the Who, Roy Orbison, Stick Men, Jon Anderson, Mike Bloomfield

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Reissues and Live): Toto, the Who, Roy Orbison, Stick Men, Jon Anderson, Mike Bloomfield

These 10 reissues and live sets provided us with important new perspectives.

‘A powerhouse not to be duplicated': Dan Aykroyd on the secret to the Blues Brothers’ success

‘A powerhouse not to be duplicated': Dan Aykroyd on the secret to the Blues Brothers’ success

They had the luck of timing and a classic R&B cut. They also had something else.