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Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

“Questions 67 & 68,” from 1969’s ‘Chicago Transit Authority,’ is an early glimpse into the genius that is Robert Lamm.

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

I’ve always been a fan of Zakk Wylde’s acoustic work, and the guitar parts here – both unplugged and electrified – are as solid as they come.

Santana – Santana IV (2016)

Santana – Santana IV (2016)

‘Santana IV’ remind us of what made the Santana band so groundbreaking, influential and appealing back in the day, plus a little bit more.

Night Songs by Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, others: Odd Couples

Night Songs by Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, others: Odd Couples

Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello + others have tackled the great existential empty void over the years. But who did it best?

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Keith Emerson’s Death Sparked a Journey Through the Past

Mike Tiano remembers Keith Emerson, the legendary Emerson Lake and Palmer keyboardist who died on March 10, 2016.

Ethan Keller wants to release FIVE albums this year…but needs your help!

Ethan Keller wants to release FIVE albums this year…but needs your help!

Milwaukee hero Ethan Keller will issue five albums this year with just a little help from you.

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

As with the last two albums, Flotsam and Jetsam gives us something a little different here – providing a tasty tribute to metal legends Iron Maiden.

Chicago, “Beginnings” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Beginnings” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

One of Chicago’s crowning achievements, “Beginnings” boasts a near-perfect arrangement only marred by a good but too-long coda.

Yes, “Close to the Edge” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

Yes, “Close to the Edge” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

A high water mark for Yes, the title track from 1972’s ‘Close to the Edge’ was the result of a slightly different approach.

Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” is one of the great triumphs of Chicago’s 1969 debut, ‘Chicago Transit Authority.’ Here’s why.