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Is Toto XIV the band’s swansong?: ‘It just wrings you out’

Is Toto XIV the band’s swansong?: ‘It just wrings you out’

Songs like “Burn” show how well Toto operated creatively on ‘Toto XIV.’ So why does David Paich say it might be their last album?

David Gilmour’s On An Island was un-extravagant, mesmerizing

David Gilmour’s On An Island was un-extravagant, mesmerizing

Released March 6, 2006, David Gilmour’s ‘On An Island’ reconnected with an early Pink Floyd sound — and gave us a road map to ‘The Endless River.’

Ringo Starr, “Postcards From Paradise” from Postcards From Paradise (2015): One Track Mind

Ringo Starr, “Postcards From Paradise” from Postcards From Paradise (2015): One Track Mind

Ringo Starr has always loved reanimating his storied past in song, but rarely has he hit on such a winning combination of whimsy and memory.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” (1974): Across the Great Divide

These are the first hints at darker revelations to come from Bob Dylan on ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ But, because of the Band’s presence, far different.

With Power to Believe, King Crimson explored an unsettled post-9/11 landscape

With Power to Believe, King Crimson explored an unsettled post-9/11 landscape

Released on March 4, 2003, King Crimson’s turbulent ‘Power to Believe’ felt like an innocent’s view of war as it started before his very eyes.

Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition (1985; 2015 reissue)

Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith: 30th Anniversary Edition (1985; 2015 reissue)

Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’ and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ get the praise, but a new reissue of ‘Defenders of the Faith’ shows it’s their equal.

Jerry Woods – Clearly EP (2014)

Jerry Woods – Clearly EP (2014)

Newcomer Jerry Woods’ phrasing and inflection, mirroring moments ranging from latter-day Beatles to Todd Rundgren, are lively and commanding.

Yes, “I See You” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes, “I See You” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

“I See You” hints at the wide-screen experimentation to come for Yes, though in this early incarnation they tend more to psychedelia than prog.

The Zakary Thaks – It’s The End: The Definitive Collection (2015)

The Zakary Thaks – It’s The End: The Definitive Collection (2015)

Motivated by fire in their belly and a true love for rock and roll, the Zakary Thaks brought their edgy talents together with amazing synchronicity.

Nick Mason says Pink Floyd leftovers are scarce now: ‘There weren’t very many discards’

Nick Mason says Pink Floyd leftovers are scarce now: ‘There weren’t very many discards’

There won’t be more ‘Endless River’-style explorations of additional unheard Pink Floyd songs for future albums. Nick Mason explains why.