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Greg Lake (1947-2016): How His Childhood Song ‘Lucky Man’ Got That Crazy Moog Solo

Greg Lake (1947-2016): How His Childhood Song ‘Lucky Man’ Got That Crazy Moog Solo

Greg Lake was recording Emerson Lake and Palmer’s “Lucky Man” alone. Then Keith Emerson returned from the pub – and Lake had an idea.

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, “Big Brother, Little Brother” (2016): One Track Mind

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, “Big Brother, Little Brother” (2016): One Track Mind

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the pre-Yes progressive rock legends, are offering listeners a taste of their forthcoming 2017 album.

Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, “Ministry of Life” (2016): One Track Mind

Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, “Ministry of Life” (2016): One Track Mind

“Ministry of Life” is an excellent preface for what’s coming on ‘Esquire III: No Spare Planet,’ the third album from Yes co-founder Chris Squire’s ex-wife Nikki Squire.

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

As an opening track, “Future Times/Rejoice” is not a good omen for the rest of Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Up until recently, “Awaken” was at the bottom of my list when I thought of Yes’ so-called epic songs.

Yes, “Wonderous Stories” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Wonderous Stories” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Over just three verses and one hook-driven chorus, Yes’ “Wonderous Stories” demonstrates prog rock in its direct and most accessible form.

Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic” from Emergent (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic” from Emergent (2016): Something Else! video premiere

There is a display of chops going on with Burnt Belief’s “Ghosts Aquatic.” It’s all there in the guise of subtle sublimity.

Yes, “Parallels” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Parallels” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Despite the fact that “Parallels” is a solo contribution from the late Chris Squire, there is no doubt this is a Yes song.

Gong – Rejoice! I’m Dead! (2016)

Gong – Rejoice! I’m Dead! (2016)

With the first post-Daevid Allen Gong album, the torchbearers of serious rock who don’t take themselves *too* seriously carries on confidently.