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One Track Mind: The Alan Parsons Project, “Fragile” (2014)

One Track Mind: The Alan Parsons Project, “Fragile” (2014)

Draped with a David Gilmour-like diaphanous reverie — fitting, considering the band leader’s connection back to Pink Floyd — “Fragile” illustrates once again how the ever-malleable, at times almost faceless Alan Parsons Project continues through loss.

One Track Mind: Earth Wind and Fire, “Can’t Hide Love” from Essential (2014)

One Track Mind: Earth Wind and Fire, “Can’t Hide Love” from Essential (2014)

This sound, in the dead of night, comes rushing out of my radio — a tornadic gust of horns. Then there follows a devastatingly cool lyric, amid a suave and spacious groove. But who is it? 45 seconds in, I finally peg “Can’t Hide Love” as the new Earth Wind and Fire song; I knew Maurice White’s “yow” anywhere.

One Track Mind: Ian Anderson, “Enter the Uninvited” from Homo Erraticus (2014)

One Track Mind: Ian Anderson, “Enter the Uninvited” from Homo Erraticus (2014)

When all of the talk about concepts and recurring characters is done, an album like Ian Anderson’s forthcoming Gerald Bostock-themed Homo Erraticus must still have the musical goods — must still hold up on its own. The frenzied, very modern creativity surrounding “Enter the Uninvited” signals that it will.

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregg Allman, “Midnight Rider” from All My Friends (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregg Allman, “Midnight Rider” from All My Friends (2014)

The Allman Brothers Band will soon pull into the station for good, but Gregg Allman shows via a forthcoming concert film that he’s not finished playing the role of Midnight Rider.

Viper Mad Trio – Buddy Bolden’s Blues (2014)

Viper Mad Trio – Buddy Bolden’s Blues (2014)

With so many traditional jazz artists fetishizing the oh-so-serious 1950s, it’s a breath of fresh air to find the Viper Mad Trio kicking up their heels amid the hipster — and determinedly happy — small-combo sounds that came before.

One Track Mind: Nick Drake, “Reckless Jane” from The Phoenix and the Turtle (2014)

One Track Mind: Nick Drake, “Reckless Jane” from The Phoenix and the Turtle (2014)

That there was unheard music from Nick Drake, dead four decades now, is one thing. That is as delicate and funny as “Reckless Jane” makes it all the more of a wonder.

‘I connected with him very intensely’: Deep Purple’s Steve Morse remembers Jon Lord

‘I connected with him very intensely’: Deep Purple’s Steve Morse remembers Jon Lord

As Deep Purple gathers to pay tribute to Jon Lord tonight, guitarist Steve Morse remembers the band’s co-founding keyboardist as someone he “connected with intensely,” and from the first. In the end, Morse remains “one of Jon’s biggest fans.”

One Track Mind: The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen, “Beat Up Guitar” from Essential Songs of Philadelphia (2014)

One Track Mind: The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen, “Beat Up Guitar” from Essential Songs of Philadelphia (2014)

David Uosikkinen reunites with fellow founding members Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian for an anthematic reworking of “Beat Up Guitar,” originally the closing track from the Hooters’ folkier, more personal 1989 release Zig Zag. There could perhaps be no better concluding song for Uosikkinen’s new Philly-focused set of songs.

One Track Mind: John Wesley, “Mary Will” from Disconnect (2014)

One Track Mind: John Wesley, “Mary Will” from Disconnect (2014)

A heart-wrenching tale of the search for redemption, with a calescent riff to match, John Wesley’s “Mary Will” is for everyone who ever worried they’d never overcome the mistakes of the past.

Across the Great Divide: Remembering Richard Manuel (1943-1986)

Across the Great Divide: Remembering Richard Manuel (1943-1986)

For a brief moment, as the Band’s career officially got underway on 1968′s Music from Big Pink, Richard Manuel held the spotlight completely. “Tears of Rage” was enough to convince anyone of his anguished genius.