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The Band, “Saved” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Saved” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ critics always say, was no ‘Big Pink.’ As Richard Manuel gleefully crows through ‘Saved,’ you realize it wasn’t meant to be.

John Wetton’s complex relationship with a signature Asia tune: ‘American guys went: Yes!’

John Wetton’s complex relationship with a signature Asia tune: ‘American guys went: Yes!’

John Wetton admits that ‘Alpha,’ released on July 26, 1983, contained “one of the most identifiable Asia songs.” But he struggles with its message today.

Jon Anderson’s Olias of Sunhillow charted a course of separation from Yes

Jon Anderson’s Olias of Sunhillow charted a course of separation from Yes

Released on July 24, 1976, ‘Olias of Sunhillow’ makes clear why Jon Anderson soon turned to solo projects, and why Yes would ultimately move on, too.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

Imaginos is the best Blue Oyster Cult album you’ve never heard

Imaginos is the best Blue Oyster Cult album you’ve never heard

Though it took a while to arrive, the engaging, smart and loud ‘Imaginos’ – finally released in July 1988 – was Blue Oyster Cult’s most consistent album.

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ Super Session was a free-form masterpiece

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ Super Session was a free-form masterpiece

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ wildly improvisational ‘Super Session’ arrived on July 22, 1968. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Los Lobos, “Gates of Gold” from Gates of Gold (2015): One Track Mind

Los Lobos, “Gates of Gold” from Gates of Gold (2015): One Track Mind

The best songs speak to us as individuals, allowing us to find answers for ourselves. Los Lobos’ “Gates of Gold” is one of those songs.

Graham Parker’s Burning Questions found him still angry, if no longer young

Graham Parker’s Burning Questions found him still angry, if no longer young

‘Burning Questions,’ released on July 20, 1992, showed that time hadn’t dulled Graham Parker’s legendary rapier wit, or his inquisitiveness.

David Gilmour, “Rattle That Lock” from Rattle That Lock (2015): One Track Mind

David Gilmour, “Rattle That Lock” from Rattle That Lock (2015): One Track Mind

After a pair of largely meditative albums, David Gilmour sounds as if he’s just come fully awake on the lithe and propulsive “Rattle That Lock.”

Crowded House’s dark and tender Intriguer never stopped searching for the light

Crowded House’s dark and tender Intriguer never stopped searching for the light

Released this summer five years ago, Crowded House’s ‘Intriguer’ ended with the words “sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss.” They’d done just that.