Progressive rock

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers: Live (2013)

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers: Live (2013)

Getting the old gang back together after more than decade to record a studio album was one thing for Deep Purple. The true test of the Mark II edition’s newfound musical camaraderie would be found on the concert trail.

‘It’s a pretty small field': Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his unique role as a rock flautist

‘It’s a pretty small field': Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his unique role as a rock flautist

Ian Anderson wasn’t exactly following the hot trend when he traded his guitar for a flute. So, the Jethro Tull frontman had to come up with his own rock ‘n’ roll style on the instrument.

‘I said: Of course, yes': Even with few details, Pat Mastelotto didn’t hesitate in rejoining new King Crimson

‘I said: Of course, yes': Even with few details, Pat Mastelotto didn’t hesitate in rejoining new King Crimson

When the ever-enigmatic Robert Fripp called Pat Mastelotto about rejoining the new iteration of King Crimson, the drummer leapt at the opportunity — even though he knew very little about Fripp’s plans.

‘An attempt at something that didn’t really work out': Rush’s Alex Lifeson on his musical regrets

‘An attempt at something that didn’t really work out': Rush’s Alex Lifeson on his musical regrets

Even Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands like Rush have moments they’ve lived to regret. Ask Alex Lifeson, who admits to two specific moments that still make him shake his head.

Alan Parsons Project – I Robot: Legacy Edition (1977; 2013 reissue)

One of the more fascinating experiments in combining rock and science fiction, I Robot sounds as innovative today as it did in 1977.

Robert Wyatt – ’68 (2013)

Just as Stephen Stills’ 1968 demos Just Roll Tape offers a tantalizing, after-the-fact glimpse of an enormous rock talent mapping a course that would soon seal his legacy, so does the rehabilitated acetates Robert Wyatt cut that same year

Something Else! sneak peek: Flash featuring Peter Banks – In Public (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Flash featuring Peter Banks – In Public (2013)

The live project that Peter Banks was completing at the time of the co-founding Yes guitarist’s death is set for release later this month. In Public finds him at work with his subsequent band Flash.

Download: Peter Gabriel, “Courage” from the So Box Set (2012)

Download: Peter Gabriel, “Courage” from the So Box Set (2012)

Can’t make the European leg of Peter Gabriel’s “Back to Front” tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of So? Here’s something to tide you over: A download of a never-before-heard bonus track from the era.

‘His spiritual strength is what remains': Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gives a touching tribute to Jon Lord

‘His spiritual strength is what remains': Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gives a touching tribute to Jon Lord

The death of Jon Lord had a profound impact on Deep Purple during the recording of its newest album Now What?!, even though he’d left the group some 10 years before.

‘You’ve just got to find another outlet': Carl Palmer on the genesis of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Works

‘You’ve just got to find another outlet': Carl Palmer on the genesis of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Works

1977’s double-album Works Vol. 1 was a highly anticipated moment for fans of Emerson Lake and Palmer, arriving as it did some three-and-a-half years after Brain Salad Surgery. Inside, they found something surprising, indeed