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Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994)

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994)

Robbie Robertson, though he shares a Native American heritage, spent the first few months on this project simply listening to Indian songs. Then, before full engaging for the first time in this legacy music, he tried to forget all of that and simply create.

Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Badfinger had endured its share of bad luck before April 24, 1975, to be sure. But everything changed on that awful day, when Pete Ham — singer and composer of so many of their hits — committed suicide.

One Track Mind: Neil Young, “Needle of Death” from A Letter Home (2014)

One Track Mind: Neil Young, “Needle of Death” from A Letter Home (2014)

But for the lack of surface noise, “Needle of Death” could just as well be a just-dug-up vinyl relic from a bygone era — so complete is Neil Young’s trip back into age-old technological nostalgia. Then, the lyrics begin to pierce through the facade of hype built up around its low-tech recording.

One Track Mind: Nocturne Blue with Markus Reuter, “Circle Around the Synthetic Sun: Intro” (2014)

One Track Mind: Nocturne Blue with Markus Reuter, “Circle Around the Synthetic Sun: Intro” (2014)

Markus Reuter, on a break from work with the Stick Men and the Crimson ProjeKCt, has added some dreamscape U8 Touch Guitar imagery to a new project by Dutch Rall, appropriately dubbed Nocturne Blue.

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

A completely rejuvenated Toto begins its 2014 tour in Japan this week, even as a new concert film is set for release. They’re continuing work on a studio project too, the band’s first since 2006.

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

After a long series of post-9/11 explorations into the darkness that’s invaded our lives, from within and from without, Billy Sherwood seems to have found the light at the end of the tunnel on the more approachable Divided by One

Eric Clapton – Behind the Sun (1985; 2014 SACD reissue)

Eric Clapton – Behind the Sun (1985; 2014 SACD reissue)

Often overlooked, widely misunderstood and generally derided, Behind the Sun might not be the first album you’d picture for a deluxe Steve Hoffman mastering to Audio Fidelity SACD. But, really, that’s the magic of this particular reissue — the way it challenges your expectations, even your memory.

One Track Mind: Jack White, “Lazaretto” from Lazaretto (2014)

One Track Mind: Jack White, “Lazaretto” from Lazaretto (2014)

With the second, and title track, from forthcoming Lazaretto album, Jack White makes a bold move away from the amped-up blues of the initial “High Ball Stepper.”

Little Feat – Live in Holland (2014)

Little Feat – Live in Holland (2014)

We’ve heard Little Feat live, of course. Grooved along on 1978′s Waiting for Columbus, and let it all hang down with the Rockpalast Live set recorded during the same 1977 jaunt. But neither captured the long-gone Lowell George at the peak of his powers

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty EP (2014)

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty EP (2014)

Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty finishes with a multi-tracked solo celebration of 5 o’clock freedom, and a layered meditation on the shelter that love provides. But that’s not how it starts.