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Mr. Mister’s brilliant Pull simply arrived at the wrong time

Mr. Mister’s brilliant Pull simply arrived at the wrong time

Largely uncategorizable, Mr. Mister’s ‘Pull’ would finally be released five years ago after decades of neglect. It was worth the wait.

One fiery moment saved ZZ Top’s Afterburner from ’80s caricature

One fiery moment saved ZZ Top’s Afterburner from ’80s caricature

Released on Oct. 28, 1985, ‘Afterburner’ risked becoming just another faceless piece of glossy MTV-era production – until Billy Gibbons stepped in.

Quadrophenia was more than the Who’s ‘other’ rock opera

Quadrophenia was more than the Who’s ‘other’ rock opera

Released on Oct. 26, 1973, ‘Quadrophenia’ has never quite escaped the shadow of ‘Tommy,’ despite the Who’s best efforts. Here’s why it should have.

Every copy of Rush’s underrated Roll the Bones reveals something new

Every copy of Rush’s underrated Roll the Bones reveals something new

Rush’s ‘Roll the Bones,’ released on Sept. 3, 1991, is better than most people think. I should know, as many times as I’ve bought it.

It’s time to give Genesis’ Calling All Stations, ex-frontman Ray Wilson a fair hearing

It’s time to give Genesis’ Calling All Stations, ex-frontman Ray Wilson a fair hearing

If ‘Calling All Stations,’ released on September 1, 1997, didn’t have the “Genesis” legacy to live up to, would you have enjoyed it anyway?

A tribute to the transformative powers of my Who’s Next remaster

A tribute to the transformative powers of my Who’s Next remaster

Originally released on August 14, 1971, the Who’s ‘Who’s Next’ came to life again for me inside the confines of my Unproductivity Mobile Sound Lab.

Def Leppard’s perennial favorite Hysteria came along at just the right time

Def Leppard’s perennial favorite Hysteria came along at just the right time

I picked up Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria,’ after its Aug. 3, 1987 release, based on my love for ‘Pyromania.’ That began a years-long stint of daily listening.

Dire Straits’ typically overlooked Communique is an understated gem

Dire Straits’ typically overlooked Communique is an understated gem

Dire Straits’ ‘Communique,’ released on June 15, 1979, caught my ear much later – but it only confirmed Mark Knopfler’s genius.

In a surprise, Def Leppard rekindled their classic-era sound with covers-focused Yeah!

In a surprise, Def Leppard rekindled their classic-era sound with covers-focused Yeah!

When Def Leppard released a covers album on May 23, 2006, I didn’t expect to like it. This must clearly be a band on the verge of calling it quits, right?

Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky was that rare thing – an instant modern classic rock album

Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky was that rare thing – an instant modern classic rock album

Wilco’s ‘Sky Blue Sky,’ released on May 15, 2007, became my road music, an escape from the everyday nothingness that often drives us insane.