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One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

Both the singer and the song are revitalized here.

Robert Levon Been and the Call – A Tribute to Michael Been (2014)

Robert Levon Been and the Call – A Tribute to Michael Been (2014)

It was an unexpected gift, I’m sure, for them – and for us.

Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue (2014)

Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue (2014)

Joe Bonamassa’s new batch of songs points up the fact that the blues does come in so many different shades. And all of it is good.

One Track Mind: Robert Wyatt, “Shipbuilding” from Different Every Time (2014)

One Track Mind: Robert Wyatt, “Shipbuilding” from Different Every Time (2014)

A moment of artistry that’s so complete it became definitive.

Big Star – #1 Record and Radio City (2014)

Big Star – #1 Record and Radio City (2014)

As brilliant as Alex Chilton no doubt was, there’s more to Big Star.

One Track Mind: George Harrison, “Dark Horse (early take)” from The Apple Years (2014)

One Track Mind: George Harrison, “Dark Horse (early take)” from The Apple Years (2014)

The sad truth is that this song was always much better than its execution.

One Track Mind: David Lee Roth, “Tobacco Road” from Eat ‘Em and Smile (1986)

One Track Mind: David Lee Roth, “Tobacco Road” from Eat ‘Em and Smile (1986)

It’s corny and completely over the top, but that’s what I want from Dave.

Thank You Scientist – Maps of Non-Existent Places (2012; 2014 reissue)

Thank You Scientist – Maps of Non-Existent Places (2012; 2014 reissue)

Thank You Scientist more than deserves a second audition; don’t miss out this time.

One Track Mind: Dennis DeYoung, “Lorelei” from Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles (2014)

One Track Mind: Dennis DeYoung, “Lorelei” from Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles (2014)

Unbent by the years, DeYoung reclaims one of his best early Styx songs.

‘It had such a great groove to it': Paul Rodgers makes the case for Queen’s The Cosmos Rocks

‘It had such a great groove to it': Paul Rodgers makes the case for Queen’s The Cosmos Rocks

He says he added a new wrinkle to their legacy, and “not everybody can do that.”