Progressive rock

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Open Letter: Stop Being the Old Boys’ Club

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Open Letter: Stop Being the Old Boys’ Club

Mike Tiano makes a new argument for Yes’ long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier offers his thoughts on the best reissues and box sets from 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

“Madrigal” may be the only track on Yes’ disappointing 1978 album ‘Tormato’ which ends too soon.

Greg Lake (1947-2016): How His Childhood Song ‘Lucky Man’ Got That Crazy Moog Solo

Greg Lake (1947-2016): How His Childhood Song ‘Lucky Man’ Got That Crazy Moog Solo

Greg Lake was recording Emerson Lake and Palmer’s “Lucky Man” alone. Then Keith Emerson returned from the pub – and Lake had an idea.

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, “Big Brother, Little Brother” (2016): One Track Mind

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, “Big Brother, Little Brother” (2016): One Track Mind

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the pre-Yes progressive rock legends, are offering listeners a taste of their forthcoming 2017 album.

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

This second song from Yes’ ‘Tormato’ has a more straight-ahead sensibility than we usually expect from the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, “Ministry of Life” (2016): One Track Mind

Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, “Ministry of Life” (2016): One Track Mind

“Ministry of Life” is an excellent preface for what’s coming on ‘Esquire III: No Spare Planet,’ the third album from Yes co-founder Chris Squire’s ex-wife Nikki Squire.

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

As an opening track, “Future Times/Rejoice” is not a good omen for the rest of Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Up until recently, “Awaken” was at the bottom of my list when I thought of Yes’ so-called epic songs.