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Deep Purple- Now What?! Fifth Anniversary- Roger Glover

It is the fifth anniversary of Deep Purple's impressive, muscular "comeback" album "Now What?!" April 26, 2013, and DP's Roger Glover joins Redbeard In the Studio.
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Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon- 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 classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.

Moody Blues- Seventh Sojourn- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

Time, the true arbiter of art, has been most kind to the Moody Blues’ Seventh Sojourn  over the five decades since its release, which cannot necessarily be said for all of the band’s releases up until then. When the subject of rock…

Peter Gabriel- Us pt 2

Continuing my in-depth classic rock interview with Peter Gabriel in Autumn 1992 on the occasion of the release of his sixth studio album, "Us"pt 2.  This is the conclusion of the career-spanning conversation. -Redbeard
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Kansas- Point of Know Return- Phil Ehart, Richard Williams, Kerry Livgren

With back-to-back quadruple platinum albums "Leftoverture"  in 1976 and "Point of Know Return"  barely eighteen months later, the band Kansas was assured of permanent statehood in rock history.

Jethro Tull- Thick As a Brick 2- Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson In the Studio for the 21st century sequel to Jethro Tull's "Thick As a Brick".

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer- Anthology pt 3- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

It turns out that the final curtain did indeed come down on "the show that never ends, my friends..." in March 2016 with the sudden death of Keith Emerson followed shortly after with Greg Lake. The Emerson, Lake, and Palmer keyboard maestro…

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia- Only Human- Boston 11-79

The release of the triple-disc live career set For the Lack of Honest Work from Todd Rundgren is a joy for us TR fans , but as comprehensive and era-spanning as it is, there are still some "best of" songs that are not represented . Check out the stunning live chorus vocals here on "Only Human" in this Thanksgiving-eve 1979 Boston performance with Utopia bass/vocalist Kasim Sultan, keyboards/vocalist Roger Powell, and drummer/singer Willie Wilcox.

Pink Floyd- The Endless River- David Gilmour, Nick Mason

Interviews with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Mason about "The Endless River" for the fascinating back story of a "final " musical statement, 1994's "The Division Bell", which was never intended to be the superstar progressive rock band's last word but which nevertheless became that when Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright died in 2008.

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”.…