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Chicago offers insight into the construction of new song “Naked In The Garden Of Allah”

Chicago offers insight into the construction of new song “Naked In The Garden Of Allah”

Chicago continues to offer fans unprecedented access into the progress of their long-awaited new project, as co-founding member Robert Lamm posts the step-by-step construction of a track called “Naked in the Garden of Allah.”

One Track Mind: The Guess Who, “This Time Long Ago”/”There’s No Getting Away From You” (1967)

Coming together in 1962 and originally known as Chad Allan and the Reflections, then Chad Allan and the Expressions, and finally the Guess Who, this Canadian band eventually turned into one of the biggest groups in the world.

Ringo Starr, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh – Ringo at the Ryman (2013)

Ringo Starr, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh – Ringo at the Ryman (2013)

Don’t let the goofball demeanor fool you: Ringo Starr is the model of consistency these days, as solid and professional a frontman as there is — and maestro of one of the last decades’ most reliably entertaining guest-packed tours.

One Track Mind: Fleetwood Mac, “Sad Angel” (2013)

One Track Mind: Fleetwood Mac, “Sad Angel” (2013)

As it continues a series of reunion concerts, Fleetwood Mac is previewing some original music — its first in a decade — including the newly composed “Sad Angel,” as well as an unreleased demo from the Buckingham Nicks sessions.

Gimme Five: Replacement metal vocalists who worked, from Ronnie James Dio to Bruce Dickinson

Recent discussions about the current Queensryche debacle have me thinking about what happens when bands implode, tempers flare and members are either fired or take their ball and go home.

One Track Mind: The National, “Demons” from Trouble Will Find Me (2013)

I do try to keep an open mind. As a person wades through the endless stream of new music, the tendency to be closed off to any particular current can result in missed opportunities.

One Track Mind: Julian Lennon with Steven Tyler, “Someday” (2013)

One Track Mind: Julian Lennon with Steven Tyler, “Someday” (2013)

If his last album seemed to be about coming to terms with John Lennon, both the good and bad of their often estranged relationship, Julian Lennon’s new single “Someday” is about rushing toward that shared legacy — and pulling it in close.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Michael Nesmith, April 6, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Michael Nesmith, April 6, 2013

At the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago: Michael Nesmith’s appearance was not just a concert — it was an evening with a raconteur, an artist weaving stories with words and music.

One Track Mind: The Bees, “Voices Green And Purple”/”Trip To New Orleans” (1966; 2012 reissue)

Pressed in very sparse quantities on the Liverpool label in the fall of 1966, this single quickly drifted into darkness with the assumption it would never be heard again. But you can’t keep a good disc down

On Second Thought: Bryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Dire Straits, ELP, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, others

On Second Thought: Bryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Dire Straits, ELP, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, others

So, the local church down the block was having its annual MAMMOTH GARAGE SALE. Occasionally, there are good deals to be had: high-end stereo systems for $100 or less, old but serviceable furniture suitable for a rental suite or cabin at the lake