There’s a reason most prog albums leave the epic song for the end, as Marillion’s 17th album made clear. They began here with “Gaza,” a dramatic rumination on the senselessness of war, and then seemed to struggle for a while to regain momentum.
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There is perhaps no more unpredictably weird image than Hugh Laurie — who, from 2004-12, played the Golden Globe-winning title protagonist on TV’s House — weaving his way through Professor Longhair
There would be no poetry this time, some 44 years after the Rolling Stones last took the stage at London’s Hyde Park. Back then, in 1969, they were eulogizing Brian Jones, then just two days dead.
As “On the Loose” lifts off — first with the insectile thrill of Jim Gilmour’s keyboards, then with a full-throated roar from Michael Sadler — Saga’s new live set all but sells itself.
The decades have changed everything about this song. Once a paean, at least for me, of youth-bound angst — about dreams deferred for the drudgery (the tragedy!) of homework — it’s now shot through with real regret.
Getting the old gang back together after more than decade to record a studio album was one thing for Deep Purple. The true test of the Mark II edition’s newfound musical camaraderie would be found on the concert trail.
Bryan Ferry’s witty combining of art-rock musical constructions, post-modern lyrical detachment and Sinatra-esque couture can be subsumed at times by his unfocused career choices.
A new supergroup featuring Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian and Mike Portnoy reinvigorates some of the best moments from their separate musical histories, even as they make new ones.
Detailing almost the precise moment that Ritchie Blackmore began his transition toward ren-faire rock, this 1995 Rainbow performance for Germany’s Rockpalast isn’t by any means essential — but it sure is interesting.
There’s a sense of homecoming, both in the musical selection and in the easy collaborative verve, about Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin’s Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux.