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Rush- 2112: Early Best 45th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson

"2112"  by Rush was an amalgam of hard rock, progressive rock, science-fiction and Ayn Rand socio-economics right about the same time that The Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads were singing "Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll". So things were about to get interesting in 1976. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join me here In the Studio

Procol Harum- Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower

It is the fiftieth anniversary of "Broken Barricades , Robin Trower's final album in his tenure with the eclectic British band Procol Harum , which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with "Whiter Shade of Pale" in 1967 and "Conquistador" in 1972.
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Jethro Tull- Aqualung 50th Anniversary- Ian Anderson

Few albums from any time in the Rock Era continue  to satisfy quite so well as Jethro Tull's masterpiece "Aqualung". Ian Anderson smartly wrote songs for all seasons for a superb band, including the timeless rockers "Aqualung","Cross-Eyed Mary","Locomotive Breath," and "Hymn #43", but perfectly paced the album with tasty acoustic classics like "Wond'ring Aloud"and "Mother Goose". On "Aqualung" 's golden anniversary, Ian Anderson is my guest In the Studio.

YES- The YES Album 50th Anniversary- Jon Anderson, Tony Kaye, Steve Howe, Bill Bruford

It is the fiftieth anniversary of The YES Album , a progressive rock touchstone. If the British Invasion bands led by The Beatles and Rolling Stones wanted to be rock'n'roll's second verse after "Be Bop a Lula" and "Maybe Baby", then London's King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and YES were determined to be rock's "C" section, the musical bridge which takes the listener somewhere unexpectedly before returning to the familiar refrain.

Genesis- A Trick of the Tail 45th- Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

The first album in the post-Peter Gabriel era, Genesis "A Trick of the Tail" 45th anniversary interview In the Studio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford.

King Crimson- Epitaph- San Francisco 12/14/69

Clearly King Crimson were third billed openers that night of December 14, 1969 ahead of fellow countrymen from London, The Nice, and headliners local Bay Area favorites The Chambers Brothers...

Greg Lake- Affairs of the Heart- Dallas 1992

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and the original King Crimson showed up In the Studio in Dallas on Q102 one afternoon in 1992 with a curvy blonde (guitar) on his lap and serenaded us with this spine-tingling rendition of "Affairs of the Heart".

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer 50th Anniversary

On the fiftieth anniversary of the the first Emerson, Lake, and Palmer album, it's clear that Emerson Lake and Palmer were much  less "Be Bop a Lula" in their melodic grandeur and much more "Andrew Lloyd Weber". Here In the Studio is the story in their own words of progressive rock's first supergroup.

Alan Parsons Project- Turn of a Friendly Card 40th Anniversary

Due to the hit sales of their 1976 second album, "I Robot" , in order to escape a 93% income tax bracket (!),for the Alan Parsons Project's million-seller album "Turn of a Friendly Card" , released in November 1980, producer/ engineer Alan Parsons and songwriter Eric Woolfson had found themselves tax exiles from their native England, emigrating to the Mediterranean country of Monaco with its world-famous casinos.
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Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here 45th- Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason

"You try following up Dark Side of the Moon.  Go on, just try it!" playfully admonishes Pink Floyd guitarist/ singer David Gilmour."We've been trying to do it ever since!", laughs drummer Nick Mason. Gilmour and Mason are my guests, Roger Waters makes a cameo, and we include archive comments from the late keyboard player Richard Wright to round out the definitive classic rock interview regarding Wish You Were Here  on its forty-fifth anniversary.