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Procol Harum-Live w/Edmonton Symphony-Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower

The eclectic British band Procol Harum has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart, yet these same these guys put the capital "A" in "Art Rock"...
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YES- Fragile 45th Anniversary- Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman

It is the 45th anniversary of the remarkably durable breakthrough album by progressive rockers YES which has turned out to be anything but Fragile...

Kansas-Leftoverture- Phil Ehart, Richard Williams, Kerry Livgren

It was do or die for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka Kansas if their fourth album Leftoverture did not spawn a hit and sell significant quantities , the party would be over. And the "party" had a tab of over $175,000 in debt.. .(more)

Genesis-Abacab-Invisible Touch-Phil Collins,Mike Rutherford,Tony Banks

Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times! Two of those Genesis albums, 1981's Abacab   and 1986's Invisible Touch ,…

Moody Blues-A Question of Balance-Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge

Congrats to Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge for Rock Hall induction coming April 14!!

Progressive Rock's 1972 Peak

For Christmas 1971, my 11 year old brother received a present from me of a record album. While on the surface this would appear not the least remarkable … except that it was Meddle by Pink Floyd, containing the 18 minute long opus  “Echoes”.…

Moody Blues- Icon 2 best of the '80s

Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back on their latest compilation Icon 2 , it's surprising how consistent their musical vision has remained regardless of musical trend or fashion , and singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward modestly acknowledges that critics either love them or crucify them for it. "At least we've been #1 without being outrageous !" Hayward chuckles in this week's classic rock interview. "It's the larger-than-life things that happen in this (entertainment) world, but that's why we've made a point of not following any trend or any fashion , just doing our own music and trusting our own judgment, and doing what we wanted to do. We've been under a lot of pressure to compromise . We've never given in to that pressure..."(more)