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‘It was a joy’: Vintage Yoko Ono film helped Kevin Godley make Beatles video magic

‘It was a joy’: Vintage Yoko Ono film helped Kevin Godley make Beatles video magic

Twenty years ago, director (and 10cc co-founder) Kevin Godley was approached about constructing a video for the reunited Beatles. The challenge was to craft something fresh from so many old things.

Nate Jones Band – The Nate Jones Band EP (2014)

Let’s face it, the criteria of what makes a good singer-songwriter record are usually straightforward: does the singer-songwriter sing well and two, does he sing good songs?

Steely Dan Sunday, “Upside Looking Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Upside Looking Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore”) ||| ONWARD (“Paging Audrey”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There is a certain elegance in Steely Dan and Donald Fagen albums that was missing in Walter Becker’s first solo release, 11 Tracks of Whack.

Marillion – Sounds That Can’t Be Made: Special Edition (2014)

Marillion – Sounds That Can’t Be Made: Special Edition (2014)

There’s a reason most prog albums leave the epic song for the end, as Marillion’s 17th album made clear. They began here with “Gaza,” a dramatic rumination on the senselessness of war, and then seemed to struggle for a while to regain momentum.

‘Someone was thinking about you’: Julian Lennon on inspiring the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’

‘Someone was thinking about you’: Julian Lennon on inspiring the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’

As the celebrations marking 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America reach a fever pitch, Julian Lennon remembers their legacy — and his role in it.

One Track Mind: Deep Purple, “First Sign Of Madness” from Now What?!: Gold Deluxe Edition (2014)

One Track Mind: Deep Purple, “First Sign Of Madness” from Now What?!: Gold Deluxe Edition (2014)

Anyone with lingering concerns about the ability to rock of one Deep Purple — led by a trio in Ian Paice, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan who’ve been with the group since the late 1960s — is directed to this bonus track from their newly released Now What?!: Gold Deluxe Edition.

‘Freddie’s there, as large as life’: Brian May revels in newly discovered Queen music

‘Freddie’s there, as large as life’: Brian May revels in newly discovered Queen music

Brian May talks about a cache of unreleased Queen tracks that he discovered — and what it’s been like hearing the group, then still a four piece, working at the peak of its powers.

On Second Thought: The Waistcoats – We Are The Doctors (2011)

This 2011 offering from Netherland’s Waistcoats was a full-on Who-influenced rock opera, at least for half of the album, giving an obvious nod Tommy. Flip the record over to the b-side, and it was a whole other deal, however.

‘I never laughed as much in my life!’: Jon Anderson on Yes’ inspirational role in Spinal Tap

During the tour for Yes’ early-1980s blockbuster 90125, Jon Anderson found himself driving with a young filmmaker who was at work on a documentary about the group. He suggested that Anderson stop to see Spinal Tap at a local movie theater, and something amazing happened.

‘We did not expect this’: Styx, Foreigner, Eagles’ Don Felder collaborate on new music

Styx, Foreigner and the Eagles’ Don Felder didn’t just announce a blockbuster summer tour this week. They’ve also recorded a new collaborative version of “Hotel California,” and they’re thrilled with the results.