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Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime (2013)

Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime (2013)

Greg Lake offers something greater than mere retrospective here — though, certainly, there are familiar tunes from King Crimson and ELP. With its powerful sense of reminiscence, Songs of a Lifetime ultimately becomes a more personal journey.

Forgotten series: Tommy James and the Shondells – Anthology (1989)

Although there is no shortage of Tommy James and the Shondells retrospectives available, Anthology tends to be the best of the bounty. Between the years 1966 and 1969, the East Coast band amassed a total of 14 top 40 hit singles

Gimme Five: Songs where Led Zeppelin, well, sucked

Gimme Five: Songs where Led Zeppelin, well, sucked

It’s become fashionable to like Led Zeppelin again, after the release of their 2007 partial reunion concert. Luckily, Celebration Day, which debuted in the Billboard Top 10 last fall, doesn’t include any of these duds.

‘I’m so proud of what Lou and I achieved’: Foreigner’s Mick Jones, Lou Gramm to reunite for first time in decade

‘I’m so proud of what Lou and I achieved’: Foreigner’s Mick Jones, Lou Gramm to reunite for first time in decade

Foreigner’s Mick Jones will reunite with the band’s original frontman Lou Gramm for the first time since 2003. The occasion: Their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13, 2013.

Something Else! Interview: Steven Wilson on classic ’70s sounds, prog’s rebirth and his amazing new album

Something Else! Interview: Steven Wilson on classic ’70s sounds, prog’s rebirth and his amazing new album

When neo-progger Steven Wilson says he loves the texture and scope of music from the 1970s, he doesn’t just mean classic recordings by the likes of King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. He means all of it — ABBA, jazz, the Bee Gees, all of it.

Almost Hits: The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)

Almost Hits: The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)

I would’ve thought there was enough of a melancholic beauty and universal appeal to the 1967 Kinks’ classic “Waterloo Sunset” that it would have transcended any Anglocentric provincialism

‘It almost got left off the album’: The story behind Deep Purple’s signature song “Smoke on the Water”

‘It almost got left off the album’: The story behind Deep Purple’s signature song “Smoke on the Water”

Deep Purple has become, since it was first issued as part of 1972′s Machine Head, inextricably linked to the song “Smoke on the Water.” To think the track almost didn’t make the final running order for the project.

‘Perhaps a heavier edge’: New Asia guitarist Sam Coulson says he’ll update Steve Howe sound

‘Perhaps a heavier edge’: New Asia guitarist Sam Coulson says he’ll update Steve Howe sound

In a just-posted web chat, newly installed Asia guitarist Sam Coulson talked about taking over for Steve Howe, and what it’s been like to join the band.

One Track Mind: Hall and Oates, “How Does It Feel to Be Back” (1980)

One Track Mind: Hall and Oates, “How Does It Feel to Be Back” (1980)

I used to force my brother Dustin to listen to my records — the Beatles, Hall and Oates, Journey, all of it. I made him learn every “nah nah” on “Hey Jude,” every deep cut off Voices, every Neal Schon guitar lick.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Girlfriend” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Cringemaker”) ||| ONWARD (“My Waterloo”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There are some things I don’t like about “Girlfriend” and other things I just love.