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Yes, “Rhythm of Love” from Big Generator (1987): YESterdays

Yes, “Rhythm of Love” from Big Generator (1987): YESterdays

“Rhythm of Love” provides a rabble-rousing opening to 1987’s ‘Big Generator,’ but I’m not sure it’s really Yes.

Elton John – Greatest Hits 1976-1986 (1992): On Second Thought

Elton John – Greatest Hits 1976-1986 (1992): On Second Thought

Although Elton John was not quite as dominate a force as before, he still parented plenty of worthy moments during this second hit-making era.

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

‘Wide Open’ may well be Michael McDonald’s most musically dense and compelling studio project – and that’s saying something.

The Successful Failures – Ichor of Nettle (2017)

The Successful Failures – Ichor of Nettle (2017)

Juggling power-pop instincts with roots rock influences, the Successful Failures produce a sound that exercises both the body and the brain cells.

Toto, “A Thousand Years” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “A Thousand Years” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

“A Thousand Years” offered a glimpse into Toto’s growth and aspirations, as they began the run home on 1988’s ‘The Seventh One.’

Chicago, “Happy Man” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Happy Man” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

“Happy Man’ is the least-bombastic vocal Peter Cetera ever recorded with Chicago, and I’m including “If You Leave Me Now.”

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

‘On Broadway’ offers mostly curiosities for admirers and collectors of the brilliant ’60s and ’70s songs composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

“Owner of a Lonely Heart” wasn’t great progressive rock but, without this track, it’s doubtful the band Yes would still be here today.

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

A new reissue highlights the often-overlooked Paul Collins’ Beat, one of the great power pop bands from the late ’70s/early ’80s.

Toto, “Anna” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Anna” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

There are some songs that simply take me away, and Toto’s “Anna” is one of them. It’s a master class.

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