Progressive rock

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

As we reach the half-way mark, Preston Frazier offers an endlessly varied Mid-Year Best of 2016 list that spans genres and generations.

Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess (2016)

Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess (2016)

It’s an open and shut case of instrumental wizardry and fun-filled indulgence…’From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess.’

Yes, “Ritual / Nous Sommes Du Soleil” (1973): YESterdays

Yes, “Ritual / Nous Sommes Du Soleil” (1973): YESterdays

Yes’ sixth studio album, ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ ends with its most accessible side of music.

Jon Anderson, of Yes and Anderson Rabin Wakeman: Something Else! Interview

Jon Anderson, of Yes and Anderson Rabin Wakeman: Something Else! Interview

The always-busy Jon Anderson joins Preston Frazier for a Something Else! Sitdown that, predictably, covers a lot of musical ground.

Yes, “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” (1973): YESterdays

Yes, “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” (1973): YESterdays

Is Yes’ “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” an easy listen? No, but it sure is a good one.

Mick Abrahams, of Jethro Tull: Something Else! Interview

Mick Abrahams, of Jethro Tull: Something Else! Interview

Mick Abrahams rose to instant fame as a member of Jethro Tull, helping craft a debut album in ‘This Was’ that memorably melded blues with progressive rock.

Yes, “The Remembering / High the Memory” (1973): YESterdays

Yes, “The Remembering / High the Memory” (1973): YESterdays

Yes’ “The Remembering / High the Memory” is one epic from the world’s greatest progressive rock band which should not go overlooked.

Ray Wilson – Song for a Friend (2016)

Ray Wilson – Song for a Friend (2016)

‘Songs for a Friend,’ dedicated to a close confidant who passed away in 2015, shows a decidedly personal side to former Genesis singer Ray Wilson.

Yes, “The Revealing Science of God / Dance of the Dawn” (1973): YESterdays

Yes, “The Revealing Science of God / Dance of the Dawn” (1973): YESterdays

If something works in pop music, it’s usually then run into the ground. Yes seemed immune to the axiom as 1973’s ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ arrived.

Steve Porcaro, of Toto: Something Else! Interview

Steve Porcaro, of Toto: Something Else! Interview

Steve Porcaro has always been considered an ace songwriter, a trusted sideman, the ultimate team player. Now, he’s ready to step out.