Rock Music

The Beatles, “Blue Jay Way” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Blue Jay Way” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

A kind of sibling to “I Am the Walrus,” George Harrison’s “Blue Jay Way” is a perfect snapshot of the Beatles’ most unusually creative artistic phase.

Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds went out with a bang on Little Games

Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds went out with a bang on Little Games

The Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games,’ released on July 24, 1967, was a bit heavy, a bit soft, and showed a whole lot of imagination – despite their looming fate.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

Imaginos is the best Blue Oyster Cult album you’ve never heard

Imaginos is the best Blue Oyster Cult album you’ve never heard

Though it took a while to arrive, the engaging, smart and loud ‘Imaginos’ – finally released in July 1988 – was Blue Oyster Cult’s most consistent album.

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ Super Session was a free-form masterpiece

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ Super Session was a free-form masterpiece

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ wildly improvisational ‘Super Session’ arrived on July 22, 1968. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Yes, “Sweet Dreams” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Sweet Dreams” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes’ “Sweet Dreams” may have a decidedly non-progressive rock feel, but it is one of the stronger compositions on 1970’s ‘Time and a Word.’

Graham Parker’s Burning Questions found him still angry, if no longer young

Graham Parker’s Burning Questions found him still angry, if no longer young

‘Burning Questions,’ released on July 20, 1992, showed that time hadn’t dulled Graham Parker’s legendary rapier wit, or his inquisitiveness.

Joe Mandica + Grace Marino, “Where Did All the Good Times Go” (2015): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica + Grace Marino, “Where Did All the Good Times Go” (2015): One Track Mind

“Where Did All the Good Times Go” finds Joe Mandica and Grace Marino rocking hard to a bluesy formula dipped in a nip of southern-fried hospitality.

David Gilmour, “Rattle That Lock” from Rattle That Lock (2015): One Track Mind

David Gilmour, “Rattle That Lock” from Rattle That Lock (2015): One Track Mind

After a pair of largely meditative albums, David Gilmour sounds as if he’s just come fully awake on the lithe and propulsive “Rattle That Lock.”

Crowded House’s dark and tender Intriguer never stopped searching for the light

Crowded House’s dark and tender Intriguer never stopped searching for the light

Released this summer five years ago, Crowded House’s ‘Intriguer’ ended with the words “sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss.” They’d done just that.