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How the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was almost, but not quite, saved

How the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was almost, but not quite, saved

Pity the poor Brits, who didn’t initially receive the full 11-song U.S. version of the Beatles’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ released on Nov. 27, 1967.

Paul McCartney’s Give My Regards to Broadstreet had one moment that wasn’t awful

Paul McCartney’s Give My Regards to Broadstreet had one moment that wasn’t awful

Tucked away inside the largely avoidable ‘Give My Regards to Broadstreet,’ issued on Oct. 22, 1984, was Paul McCartney’s first real rock song in years.

Paul McCartney’s overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

Paul McCartney’s overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

Paul McCartney has been on a creative tear of late. But first he had to dispense with the overproduced dud ‘Press to Play,’ released on Aug. 25, 1986.

Yes, “Clear Days” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Clear Days” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Jon Anderson has written a few classic Yes songs by himself. Sadly, “Clear Days” from the 1970 release ‘Time and a Word’ is not one of them.

John Lennon and the American left: Some Time in New York City (1972)

John Lennon and the American left: Some Time in New York City (1972)

‘Some Time in New York City,’ released in the summer of ’72, is not only the worst John Lennon album. It’s the worst (non-Ringo) solo Beatles record.

Yes, “The Prophet” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “The Prophet” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes’ “The Prophet,” the lone Jon Anderson/Chris Squire collaboration on ‘Time and a Word,’ is a strong track hampered by heavy-handed production.

Bob Dylan’s wrongheaded Knocked Out Loaded was almost saved by epic ‘Brownsville Girl’

Bob Dylan’s wrongheaded Knocked Out Loaded was almost saved by epic ‘Brownsville Girl’

Bob Dylan’s otherwise entirely forgettable ‘Knocked Out Loaded,’ released on July 14, 1986, had its merits. Well, one of them, anyway.

Yes, “Everydays” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Everydays” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Talk about a buzz kill. Yes’ cover of Stephen Stills’ “Everydays,” though situated between two of their best early songs, just doesn’t work.

When the National Anthem, well, sucked: Gimme Five

When the National Anthem, well, sucked: Gimme Five

In its best moments, the National Anthem is a heady combination of patriotism and emotional resonance. Then, there are the other times.

Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin defend Chicago 17: ‘The biggest album we ever had’

Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin defend Chicago 17: ‘The biggest album we ever had’

‘Chicago 17,’ released on May 14, 1984, was a multi-million-selling smash. And Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin aren’t about to apologize for it.

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