Rock Music

Yes, “Mood for a Day” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Mood for a Day” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes’ “Mood for a Day” probably isn’t the first Steve Howe solo guitar composition that comes to mind – but maybe it should be.

Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam: Seeing the glory 40 years later.

Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam: Seeing the glory 40 years later.

Four decades hence, it’s easy to hear the glory of Steely Dan’s diverse and calculating ‘The Royal Scam’.

Danzig – blackacidevil (1996): Metal Meltdowns

Danzig – blackacidevil (1996): Metal Meltdowns

Metal Meltdowns will explore those moments when my favorite metal and hard rock bands went off the rails. Let’s start with Danzig’s ‘blackacidevil.’

George Martin’s Death Apparently Wasn’t All That Interesting to Entertainment Weekly

George Martin’s Death Apparently Wasn’t All That Interesting to Entertainment Weekly

The stunning decision by ‘Entertainment Weekly’ to essentially ignore George Martin’s passing – and with it, his legacy – is insulting to Martin, the Beatles, and anyone interested in major music news.

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

When people scoff in disbelief that Chicago used to open for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, I pull out “Poem 58.”

Chicago, “Listen” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Listen” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

I love the horn section’s raw sound on ‘Chicago Transit Authority.’ As time went by, Chicago smoothed that sound out – but not here.

Yes, “And You and I” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

Yes, “And You and I” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

The opening title track on ‘Close to the Edge’ is longer, but “And You and I” may truly be Yes at the peak of its powers.

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

“Questions 67 & 68,” from 1969’s ‘Chicago Transit Authority,’ is an early glimpse into the genius that is Robert Lamm.

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

I’ve always been a fan of Zakk Wylde’s acoustic work, and the guitar parts here – both unplugged and electrified – are as solid as they come.

Santana – Santana IV (2016)

Santana – Santana IV (2016)

‘Santana IV’ remind us of what made the Santana band so groundbreaking, influential and appealing back in the day, plus a little bit more.