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The Beatles, “Love of the Loved” [Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Love of the Loved” [Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

“Love of the Loved” failed to secure a recording contract for the Beatles with Decca. But Brian Epstein didn’t give up the hope that it could still hit.

Crosby Stills and Nash captured one of rock’s best supergroups at the peak of its powers

Crosby Stills and Nash captured one of rock’s best supergroups at the peak of its powers

Released on May 29, 1969, ‘Crosby Stills and Nash’ brought together guys whose average work shames most rock composers. Then they upped the ante.

The Old Ceremony + R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, “Fall Guy” from Sprinter (2015): One Track Mind

The Old Ceremony + R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, “Fall Guy” from Sprinter (2015): One Track Mind

As the Old Ceremony joins together with several musical heroes, “Fall Guy” emerges as a fizzy moment of old-meets-new alchemy.

Bill Wyman, “What & How & If & When & Why” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bill Wyman, “What & How & If & When & Why” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bill Wyman’s “What & How & If & When & Why” doesn’t sound anything like is his earlier laid-back rootsy fare – to say nothing of the Rolling Stones.

Journey, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” from Raised on Radio (1986): One Track Mind

Journey, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” from Raised on Radio (1986): One Track Mind

Neal Schon takes us inside the unique guitar sound from Journey’s “I’ll Be Alright Without You,” released on May 27, 1986 as part of ‘Raised on Radio.’

Levon Helm, seen in this 1970 file photo, a singer and drummer for the rock group the Band, has died, April 19, 2012 at age 71. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Levon Helm’s essential Band songs: Gimme Five

Born on May 26, 1940, Levon Helm is known today as a country proselytizer, an inventive interpreter and a one-of-a-kind drummer. It all started right here.

Tom Tallitsch – All Together Now (2015)

Tom Tallitsch – All Together Now (2015)

The tenor ace Tallitsch delivers another mainstream jazz outing with a stellar supporting cast that’s dynamic, majestic and yes, a boatload of fun.

Yes, “Survival” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes, “Survival” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes knows a thing of two about survival. As such, it seems only fitting that the last song on their debut is so titled.

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Los Lobos’ Kiko was a mysterious, completely transfixing triumph

Released on May 26, 1992, ‘Kiko’ is still, by any measure, Los Lobos’ most unusual album. That’s what lures me back, again and again.

Often-forgotten David Gilmour was the Pink Floyd leader’s most varied solo effort

Often-forgotten David Gilmour was the Pink Floyd leader’s most varied solo effort

Released on May 25, 1978, ‘David Gilmour’ is a complete solo statement, refreshing in that it’s not trying too hard to sound like Pink Floyd.