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Have A Cigar!: Celebrating Pink Floyd's massive new reissue project

Psych-rockers Pink Floyd and EMI are launching an exhaustive re-release campaign, beginning today. You could say that tickled us … pink.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Kitty's Back" (1973)

Now here we have the E Street Band with David Sancious and Vinny Lopez imparting more than a little bit of their jazzier sides. The jazz feel comes partly from Lopez’ loose-but-tight work at the kit and from Sancious’ wicked organ solo.

Uriah Heep, “Easy Livin'” from Live in Armenia (2011): One Track Mind

Credit Uriah Heep as the co-inventors of hard rock, along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t craft a crunchy little hit single, too.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Charlie Freak" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The art of narration in a song, I would suppose, is one that’s hard to nail down so tight, because when it’s done so well, you remember it.

Something Else! Featured Artist: Queen

Freddie Mercury, talking about his band Queen, once compared them to the sweeping Hollywood auteur Cecil B. DeMille, and he wasn’t that far off. The group, which also included guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, was a heady mixture of heavy metal, prog, power pop, disco and show-tune bombast

Gimme Five: Tony Levin on "Big Time," "Thrak," "Late in the Evening," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind feature, we had the reins over to Tony Levin, bassist with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973)

Much of Springsteen’s early work was populated with large casts of characters and places, skillfully woven into the narrative. Heck, sometimes the people and places were the narrative.

Steely Dan Sunday, "With A Gun" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** With little apparent interest in pursuing non-ironic love songs, Steely Dan have often touched on themes of criminal activity (hell, I think most of The Royal Scam was about crime). They never pursued the topic with an approving tone, though.

Heart – Greatest Hits (1998; 2011 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

The distractions when it comes to Heart (gender politics, obvious curtsies to Led Zeppelin, wall-to-wall 1980s power-ballads, etc.) are swept away

James Taylor – Sweet Baby James (1970; 2011 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Recorded in the waning days of the 60’s, James Taylor’s second album became one of a handful of albums that defined the pop and rock landscape in the immediate wake of the Beatles’ breakup.