Progressive rock

Roger Waters and Pink Floyd came to a grinding halt with didactic Final Cut

Roger Waters and Pink Floyd came to a grinding halt with didactic Final Cut

Released this week in 1983, ‘The Final Cut’ represented the novelization of Pink Floyd, its songs reduced to infrastructure for Roger Waters’ narratives.

Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a brilliant moment of studio trickery

Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a brilliant moment of studio trickery

“Locomotive Breath,” released this week back in 1971, seemed like Jethro Tull’s most coherent, successful synthesis yet. It was actually pieced together.

Alan Parsons Project’s ‘I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You,’ ‘Lucifer,’ others: Gimme Five

Alan Parsons Project’s ‘I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You,’ ‘Lucifer,’ others: Gimme Five

On the anniversary of late member Eric Woolfson’s birth, we return to a radio favorite and then go deeper into the legacy of the Alan Parsons Project.

With Works, Emerson Lake and Palmer began to fall apart: ‘It just proved to be so unwieldy’

With Works, Emerson Lake and Palmer began to fall apart: ‘It just proved to be so unwieldy’

Released on March 17, 1977, Emerson Lake and Palmer’s ‘Works Vol. 1′ arrived more than three years after ‘Brain Salad Surgery.’ Much had changed.

Yes, “Yesterday and Today” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes, “Yesterday and Today” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

“Yesterday and Today,” from Yes’ 1969 debut album, finds the world’s greatest progressive rock band sounding anything but progressive.

Ben Craven, “Revenge of Dr. Komodo” from Last Chance to Hear (2015): One Track Mind

Ben Craven, “Revenge of Dr. Komodo” from Last Chance to Hear (2015): One Track Mind

Ben Craven would describe himself as a cinematic progressive-rock singer songwriter. But “Revenge Of Dr. Komodo” doesn’t quite fit that description.

John Wetton, Geoff Downes say success nearly killed Asia: ‘The pressure got to some of us’

John Wetton, Geoff Downes say success nearly killed Asia: ‘The pressure got to some of us’

Released this week in 1982, ‘Asia’ heralded a sure-fire supergroup. By 1983, they’d split. John Wetton and Geoff Downes tell us what went wrong.

Ian Gillan expounds on his shocking split with Ritchie Blackmore: ‘I didn’t want Deep Purple to be that way’

Ian Gillan expounds on his shocking split with Ritchie Blackmore: ‘I didn’t want Deep Purple to be that way’

Deep Purple’s stunning breakup with founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was about more than personality clashes, Ian Gillan says.

Steve Hackett, “The Wheel’s Turning” from Wolflight (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Hackett, “The Wheel’s Turning” from Wolflight (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Hackett describes ‘Wolflight’ as a journey, through both outer and inner space. The advance song is a ride far more visceral, tangibly thrilling.

John Wetton + Robert Fripp, “Raised in Captivity” from Studio Recordings Anthology (2015)

John Wetton + Robert Fripp, “Raised in Captivity” from Studio Recordings Anthology (2015)

John Wetton’s reunion with former King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp was bound to stand out on a new ‘Studio Recordings Anthology.’