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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer- Brain Salad Surgery 50th- Carl Palmer

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer were HUGE arena fillers and sales monsters ( UK #2 sales, Top 10 US ) and quite innovative progressive rockers when "Brain Salad Surgery" came out in late 1973. And you must hear Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer tell the story of visiting Swiss cover artist the late H.R.Giger! 
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YES- 90125 @40- Jon Anderson,Trevor Rabin,Tony Kaye, the late Chris Squire & Alan White

It's the 40th anniversary of a remarkable album story. It resulted in more than eight million copies selling (three million just in the U.S.) from a musical entity thought to be extinct, but with the songs "It Can Happen","Hold On","Leave It","Changes", and the #1 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart", YES could rise like a musical phoenix from the ashes of the progressive rock Seventies with the comeback album of the Eighties in "90125".

Genesis- Selling England by the Pound 50th- Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

The fiftieth anniversary of the sublime "Selling England by the Pound" by Genesis with Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins In the Studio.

Moody Blues- In Search of the Lost Chord- Justin Hayward, John Lodge, the late Graeme Edge

The Moody Blues' sixth album, "A Question of Balance"released in Summer 1970, unfolded like a sweeping cinematic epic playing in the panorama between your ears. The antithesis of a Top 40 band, nevertheless "A Question of Balance"  contained the dynamic hit "Question" plus "Dawning is the Day","How is It We Are Here","It's Up to You", and the classic "Melancholy Man". Justin Hayward and John Lodge co-host here In the Studio

Alan Parsons Project- Pyramid

"It started trying to be an album based on witchcraft," Alan Parsons confessed to me about  "Pyramid", the highly anticipated third album by the Alan Parsons Project, released in June 1978. Alan Parsons is my guest In the Studio..

Genesis- And Then There Were Three- Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins

Progressive rock band Genesis flirted perilously close to the mainstream for the first time in December 1976 with "Your Own Special Way" on the album Wind and Wuthering, yet there are no reports of any permanent injury. Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins join me In the Studio. -Redbeard

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

Keith Reid, Procol Harum lyricist, has passed away March 23. “Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" from 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. This ultra-rare interview features organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, guitarist on the first three studio albums,Robin Trower, and the late singer/pianist Gary Brooker.
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Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon 50th- David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters

To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" to see how this progressive rock movement had matured,  with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this fiftieth anniversary classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.

Moody Blues- Seventh Sojourn- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

Justin Hayward & John Lodge are In the Studio for their international #1-seller, "Seventh Sojourn".
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Moody Blues- Days of Future Passed- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

"Days of Future Passed" Moody Blues mainstays Justin Hayward and John Lodge document the fascinating story of a true Hail Mary pass to avoid abject poverty and starvation, resulting not only in timeless hits "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Nights in White Satin" but also igniting a musical movement, Progressive Rock,