Progressive rock

‘I was a candidate to produce a Rush album’: How Yes’ Chris Squire almost helmed Grace Under Pressure

Did Yes’ Chris Squire — a notable influence on bassist Geddy Lee — almost end up producing Rush’s Grace Under Pressure back in 1984?

‘We’d try little notes that you wouldn’t normally’: Tony Banks on Genesis’ early classic “The Musical Box”

‘We’d try little notes that you wouldn’t normally’: Tony Banks on Genesis’ early classic “The Musical Box”

Tony Banks goes in-depth on “The Musical Box” from 1971′s Nursery Cryme. Credited to each of Genesis’ five members, it remains one of the band’s most layered and satisfying early compositions.

‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work’: Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama

‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work’: Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama

Geoff Downes’ involvement with Yes began at a crossroads moment for the band, as he replaced long-time keyboardist Rick Wakeman even as original frontman Jon Anderson departed. He still understood the opportunity.

‘Of course, it was a real shock’: Greg Lake on the iconic cover image of King Crimson’s debut album

‘Of course, it was a real shock’: Greg Lake on the iconic cover image of King Crimson’s debut album

Nearly 45 years later, the cover of King Crimson’s ground-breaking debut album is understood to be a genre-defining prog classic — and the personification of the project’s signature song, “21st Century Schizoid Man.”

Something Else! sneak peek: Mike and the Mechanics, “Get Up” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mike and the Mechanics, “Get Up” (2013)

“Get Up,” a newly shared follow up to Mike and the Mechanics’ 2011 release The Road, is intriguing in that it doesn’t at first sound like Genesis or, for that matter, Mike and the Mechanics.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2013  (Non-Jazz): Harper/ Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Tommy Malone

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2013 (Non-Jazz): Harper/ Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Tommy Malone

If you were to go back and check the choices I made at the middle of 2012 for non-jazz albums released the first six months of that year, you’d find the artists being awarded were among the biggest hitmakers

Something Else! Interview: Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese on stars, Brian May and defying categorization

Something Else! Interview: Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese on stars, Brian May and defying categorization

Over a period of ever-shifting lineups, Edgar Froese has remained the stalwart mastermind of Tangerine Dream — always pushing the envelope, always searching for that next sound. The latest ones come from deep, deep space

Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Ian McDonald, others – Tokyo Tapes (1998; 2013 reissue)

Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Ian McDonald, others – Tokyo Tapes (1998; 2013 reissue)

A remastered reissue of the 2DVD/CD Tokyo Tapes — bolstered now with a new studio recording of Steve Hackett and John Wetton doing “All Along the Watchtower” — seeks to provide insights into both Genesis and King Crimson.

Deep Cuts: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s “Affairs of the Heart,” “Endless Enigma,” “Take a Pebble,”others

Deep Cuts: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s “Affairs of the Heart,” “Endless Enigma,” “Take a Pebble,”others

For a trio whose biggest single (1972′s “From the Beginning”) barely scratched the Top 40, Emerson Lake and Palmer has still come to be associated with several key moments: “Lucky Man,” “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Tarkus” among them.

‘Special meaning, now and forever’: New Prog Collective features more final recordings from Yes’ Peter Banks

‘Special meaning, now and forever’: New Prog Collective features more final recordings from Yes’ Peter Banks

Billy Sherwood, fresh off a stint in the reconstituted Alan Parsons Project, has completed work on Epilogue — the second Prog Collective effort. Parsons will be featured on this new album, as well as several current and former members of Yes.