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Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 (Reissues and Box Sets): Joni Mitchell, Yes, Mr. Mister + others

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 (Reissues and Box Sets): Joni Mitchell, Yes, Mr. Mister + others

Joni Mitchell, Yes, Mr. Mister, Kevin Gilbert and David Baerwald find a home on Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 list for reissues and box sets.

Yes, “Perpetual Change” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Perpetual Change” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes’ “Perpetual Change” is a wonder of polyrhythms, poetic lyrics, tight harmonies, elegant keys and sometimes melodic, always innovative guitar.

Metallic Taste Of Blood – Doctoring The Dead (2015)

Metallic Taste Of Blood – Doctoring The Dead (2015)

The perfect pairing of Eraldo Bernocchi with Colin Edwin makes ‘Doctoring The Dead’ well worth this second helping of Metallic Taste of Blood.

Los Lobos, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes + others: Preston Frazier’s Five Recommended Stocking Stuffer CDs

Los Lobos, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes + others: Preston Frazier’s Five Recommended Stocking Stuffer CDs

A pair of musicians with Yes affiliations are among Preston Frazier’s recommendations for Best of 2015 gift ideas.

How Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ ‘almost got left off the album’

How Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ ‘almost got left off the album’

Inspired by a Dec. 4, 1971 blaze at Montreux, “Smoke on the Water” nearly missed being included on Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head.’ Roger Glover explains.

Billy Sherwood on Citizen, Yes’ Cruise to the Edge: Something Else! Interview

Billy Sherwood on Citizen, Yes’ Cruise to the Edge: Something Else! Interview

Billy Sherwood goes in depth with Douglas Harr on his new solo project ‘Citizen,’ and discusses Yes’ surprise setlist addition during Cruise to the Edge.

The Necks – Vertigo (2015)

The Necks – Vertigo (2015)

With ‘Vertigo’ as with their 17 prior albums, The Necks reveals its secrets in enticing ways over the course of one long, enchanting track.

Roger Waters should have left Pink Floyd’s The Wall at this

Roger Waters should have left Pink Floyd’s The Wall at this

When Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ arrived on Nov. 30, 1979, it included a deep cut that perfectly summed up the theme. Too bad he kept going.

Here’s how Genesis’ ‘The Musical Box’ gave rise to Eddie Van Halen

Here’s how Genesis’ ‘The Musical Box’ gave rise to Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen must have been paying close attention to Steve Hackett’s unique approach to the song, released in November 1971 on Genesis’ ‘Nursery Cryme.’

Yes, “A Venture” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “A Venture” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Jon Anderson’s often-forgotten “A Venture” likely would have been a favorite on most prog projects, and that speaks to the strength of ‘The Yes Album.’