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Ringo Starr – Postcards from Paradise (2015)

Ringo Starr – Postcards from Paradise (2015)

His current All-Starrs buoy everything that surrounds them — including, it’s clear, Ringo Starr himself. The ultimate bandmate, Starr sounds whole again.

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James’ new collection of classic Billie Holiday covers makes for a stellar, if somber, album. Yesterday I had the blues, indeed.

How a Beatles song got into the final Monkees TV show: ‘I was so wiped out’

How a Beatles song got into the final Monkees TV show: ‘I was so wiped out’

Micky Dolenz shares insights into the impact of the Beatles on the Monkees’ last television episode, which aired on March 25, 1968.

Toto, “Manuela Run” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Manuela Run” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

“Manuela Run” contains all the strengths discussed so far in our new Toto Tuesdays series, adding in lead vocals by David Paich for the first time.

Brian Wilson + Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, “Sail Away” from No Pier Pressure (2015)

Brian Wilson + Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, “Sail Away” from No Pier Pressure (2015)

This is as close as we’re apparently going to get to what should have happened in 2013, after the Beach Boys’ reunion tour with Brian Wilson.

Bread – Guitar Man (1972): On Second Thought

Bread – Guitar Man (1972): On Second Thought

Although Bread’s best-known hits were all in the soft-rock genre, you’ll find that albums like ‘Guitar Man’ were actually a lot more mercurial.

The Beatles, “Baby You’re a Rich Man” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Baby You’re a Rich Man” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The B-side to “All You Need Is Love,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man” stands as one of the Beatles’ most innovative, funky, and underrated tracks.

Daryl Hall on the Hall and Oates song that should have been a hit: ‘It didn’t get any response whatsoever’

Daryl Hall on the Hall and Oates song that should have been a hit: ‘It didn’t get any response whatsoever’

It boasted the signature Hall and Oates sound, and an up-and-coming legend as producer, but bombed anyway. Daryl Hall will never understand why.

Michael Brown, of the Left Banke and Stories: An Appreciation

Michael Brown, of the Left Banke and Stories: An Appreciation

In the wake of the passing of Left Banke co-founder Michael Brown, we return to his later work with the underrated Stories.

Brian Wilson’s No Pier Pressure was almost a Beach Boys album: ‘I changed my mind’

Brian Wilson’s No Pier Pressure was almost a Beach Boys album: ‘I changed my mind’

Brian Wilson says he originally envisioned his forthcoming solo album ‘No Pier Pressure’ as a Beach Boys project. Then something happened.