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‘Very special stuff’: Billy Sherwood polishes up some final sessions by Peter Banks for Prog Collective 2

Producer Billy Sherwood is substantially finished with the star-flecked Prog Collective 2, which will include some of the final recordings of Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist who passed earlier this month.

Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013)

Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013)

The addition of new vocalist Ted Leonard, late of the band Enchant, has brought Spock’s Beard back to its complex but consistently upbeat roots with Neal Morse.

‘Play with one Beatle, and it really f*cks up your jazz career’: Denny Seiwell on Wings, and other things

‘Play with one Beatle, and it really f*cks up your jazz career’: Denny Seiwell on Wings, and other things

Denny Seiwell had played with Zoot Sims and J.J. Johnson before joining Paul McCartney and Wings. His work on 1971′s Ram, in fact, arrived even as he played dates with Billy Joel and James Brown, among others.

Anthrax – Anthems (2013)

After hearing Joey Belladonna’s cringe-inducing vocals on Anthrax’s version of Rush’s “Anthem,” I didn’t have much hope for this EP of covers from the thrashers, especially considering the rest of the lineup

Something Else! sneak peek: Rod Stewart – Time (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rod Stewart – Time (2013)

Rod Stewart’s first original studio release in two decades, due on May 7, 2013, via Capitol Records, is aptly titled: Time. Sparked in part by Stewart’s work on a memoir, it’s the sound of someone looking determinedly backward.

‘Communicating in the most positive way’: Deep Purple’s David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore patch things up

‘Communicating in the most positive way’: Deep Purple’s David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore patch things up

After a season of loss for David Coverdale, the Deep Purple and Whitesnake frontman says he’s reaching out to former band mates like Ritchie Blackmore — saying life is simply too short to nurse bad feelings.

‘My goal is to make something really great’: Rick Rubin is pushing Black Sabbath to new creative places

‘My goal is to make something really great’: Rick Rubin is pushing Black Sabbath to new creative places

Rick Rubin took on the Black Sabbath reunion record with a mission statement: “I think he’s looking for a raw Sabbath,” longtime guitarist Tony Iommi says, “and I think we’re looking for that, as well.”

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” is one of the longer song titles in rock ‘n roll and one of the more oddball releases from R.E.M. (probably only superseded by “Leave” from New Adventures In Hi-Fi).

Forgotten series: The Status Quo – Messages from the Status Quo (1968)

Hailing from London, England, the Status Quo went on to acquire massive fame in the United Kingdom where their abdominal success persists today.

One Track Mind: John Oates, “Stand Strong” from Good Road to Follow (2013)

One Track Mind: John Oates, “Stand Strong” from Good Road to Follow (2013)

With John Oates of Hall and Oates fame, the worry might have been that his on-going Nashville residency would lead to a turn toward the soft commercialism of modern-day country music.