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Kansas- Leftoverture 45th- Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, Richard Williams

By 1976, it was go big or go home for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka, Kansas. Because of the hit "Carry On Wayward Son" ( submitted by the prolific Kerry Livgren even as the band was packing up to leave rehearsals ) and radio hits "Miracles Out of Nowhere","The Wall", "Cheyenne Anthem", and "What's On My Mind ", Leftoverture   gave Kansas rock statehood to the tune of over four million sold. Livgren is joined by Richard Williams, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, & the late original Kansas violinist/singer Robbie Steinhardt here In the Studio.

Pink Floyd- Meddle 50th Anniversary 10-25

October 1971's album "Meddle"  by Pink Floyd  is certainly not the most famous of their Seventies output, but nevertheless it is a formative album for icons "Dark Side of the Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "Animals", and "The Wall, which makes "Meddle"  one of Progressive Rock's most important releases fifty years ago. David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters are my guests here In the Studio  for eyewitness accounts from the front lines of rock history the week of October 25.
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Genesis- Abacab 40th Anniversary- Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins

The September 1981 release of Genesis "Abacab"  forty years ago. The veteran English band's eleventh  studio album, nevertheless it was the first Genesis album to breach the American Top Ten album sales on Billboard , and surprisingly the first Genesis million seller. Yet it is no minor miracle that my guests Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Tony Banks could make it to the Progressive Rock promised land.

Kansas- The Prelude Implicit- Phil Ehart, Rich Williams, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale

Five years ago the first new original studio album in sixteen years, "The Prelude Implicit",  from all-American progressive rockers Kansas, was one of the most pleasant musical surprises in 2016...like discovering the "lost"  album which would have fit naturally between early mid-Seventies efforts "Song for America"  and "Masque". Lifers drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Richard Williams are joined here In the Studio  by violinist David Ragsdale and impressive veteran lead singer Ronnie Platt.

Moody Blues- Every Good Boy…50th- Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge

"Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"  was the Moody Blues' seventh album in a string of commercially and critically popular efforts including "Days of Future Passed" , "On the Threshold of a Dream" , and "A Question of Balance" . Singer/ lead guitarist Justin Hayward, singer/ bass player John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge take the occasion of the golden anniversary of "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"  to share here In the Studio insights into some of the Moody Blues' best of those early years.
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Genesis- Invisible Touch 35th Anniversary- Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins

Concerts are coming back just in time for the 35th anniversary of Genesis' biggest album in their long fifty year+ career, Invisible Touch  (worldwide sales estimated at 15,000,000), so we convene Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Phil Collins here In the Studio  to discuss the blockbuster sales behind "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", "Land of Confusion", "In Too Deep", "Throwing It All Away", and "Invisible Touch".
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Peter Gabriel- So 35th Anniversary

(cont)...It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness, up close and personally, individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence through the modern phenomenon of celebrity, by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week's classic rock interview : 35 years ago, ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had a cult following after four studio solo albums, with his most significant creation being the ground-breaking "Shock the Monkey" video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK,#2 U.S., over 5 million sold; 4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit "Sledgehammer"), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening , barrier-eliminating amenities...(more)

Moody Blues- Long Distance Voyager 40th- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

After scoring a worldwide #1 seller with "Seventh Sojourn" in 1972, then spending the next two years mounting the largest concert tour in history at the time, the Moody Blues baffled everyone by taking practically the rest of the Seventies off as a collective. To fill in the missing piece of the puzzle, as well as mark the fortieth anniversary of their #1 selling album "Long Distance Voyager", Moody Blues lifers Justin Hayward and John Lodge are my guests here In the Studio.

Alan Parsons Project- Tales of Mystery and Imagination 45th

"Basically he signed a blank tape," Alan Parsons chuckles about 20th Century Records President Russ Regan greenlighting a concept album "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", based on the books of Edgar Alan Poe, composed by the young Abbey Road studio hound and songwriter Eric Woolfson as The Alan Parsons Project.

YES- Union 30th- Jon Anderson, the late Chris Squire,Alan White,Tony Kaye,Steve Howe,Trevor Rabin

It's the thirtieth anniversary of the long dreamed about, too good to last summit meeting of both Seventies- and Eighties-era YES members on the album "Union", with Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, and the late Chris Squire ALL In the Studio.