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Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Bessie Smith” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Bessie Smith” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Arriving in official form so many years later, the fabled late-1960s Basement Tapes project was almost destined to disappoint. Too much mythology had come to surround their Bob Dylan collaborations by 1975.

‘It stayed with me': Jonathan Cain remembers how a dying child reshaped Journey’s “Only the Young”

‘It stayed with me': Jonathan Cain remembers how a dying child reshaped Journey’s “Only the Young”

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, still very emotional after three decades, remembers the terminally ill little boy who forever changed the context of Journey’s 1980s hit “Only the Young.”

One Track Mind: Serpent and Seraph, “Tears of Niviane” from Under Darkened Skies (2013)

I try my best not to judge an album by its cover or a band by its name. But every now and then one of those things catches my attention.

‘It would be like a circus': Ian Gillan says he turned down millions to do multi-era Deep Purple reunion

‘It would be like a circus': Ian Gillan says he turned down millions to do multi-era Deep Purple reunion

Over its lengthy history, the Deep Purple lineup has boasted a number huge stars — including David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes and, of course, Ritchie Blackmore. Perhaps inevitably, someone had the idea of a reunion concert.

Something Else! sneak peek: Fergie Frederiksen, “Last Battle Of My War” from Any Given Moment (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Fergie Frederiksen, “Last Battle Of My War” from Any Given Moment (2013)

Fergie Frederiksen is the living embodiment of the old saw: If you’re going through hell, keep going. Rather than wallowing in any kind of pity, much less anger, the former Toto frontman is charging headlong into a hopeful future

‘Unlike anything else that’s ever been done': Adrian Belew on his amazing new solo venture

‘Unlike anything else that’s ever been done': Adrian Belew on his amazing new solo venture

He’s had the idea for decades. Finally, technology has caught up.

‘Always wished they would bury the hatchet': Friction sparked great work, before tearing Pink Floyd apart

‘Always wished they would bury the hatchet': Friction sparked great work, before tearing Pink Floyd apart

Through Bob Ezrin uses words like “magical,” “illuminating” and “life altering” to describe his three-album run as producer with Pink Floyd, working with Roger Waters on The Wall was best described as “challenging.”

One Track Mind: The Beefeaters, “Don’t Hurt Me / Change My Mind” (1966)

Not to be confused with the Beefeaters who released a solitary single (“Please Let Me Love You/Don’t Be Long”) for the Elektra label in 1964 before switching their name to the Byrds and winging to the top of the charts

‘That’s what drives me': John Oates still hopes to match career-defining moments like ‘She’s Gone’ again

‘That’s what drives me': John Oates still hopes to match career-defining moments like ‘She’s Gone’ again

Hall and Oates’ last charting single — at No. 97 — was a 2004 cover of the Spinners’ “I’ll be Around.” Their most recent original Top 10 hit was 1988’s “Everything Your Heart Desires.” That doesn’t stop John Oates from trying.

‘I just sort of closed my eyes and played': Rush’s Alex Lifeson selects his all-time favorite guitar solo

Though Neal Peart famously expressed his growing discomfort with fame through the lyrics of “Limelight,” guitarist Alex Lifeson has no such reservations about his solo on that familiar Rush tune: It’s his all-time favorite.