The Ultimate Music Guide – Yes

Yes is a progressive rock band that I return to often as their music echoes as poetry in the Music Of Our Heart. I obtained this issue of The Ultimate Music Guide Yes via the Uncut North America Digital Magazine Music Store. I couldn’t find it in my local magazine rack at Barnes & Noble.  Isn’t that what my iPad Pro and the Web is designed to accomplish 😉


Heavy Horses 40th Anniversary, ‘New Shoes Edition’ From Jethro Tull

Released Today, Friday, March 2, 2018!


2018 marks 50 years since progressive folk-rock band Jethro Tull jumped onto the British music scene. Released between Songs From The Wood (1977) and Stormwatch (1979), Heavy Horses was the second of a trilogy of folk-rock albums from Jethro Tull.

The 40th anniversary ‘New Shoes Edition’ of Heavy Horses, is a 3CD/ 2DVD boxset that features the original album with nine additional bonus tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased. The ‘New Shoes Edition’ also contains a live concert from May 1978, and two DVDs which feature the original, bonus and live tracks all mixed to surround sound by Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk. A 96-page booklet covers a history of the album and corresponding tour, complete lyrics, rare photos and exclusive interviews.

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Traffic – Shindig! Magazine, Issues 65/66

I put my iPad Pro to excellent use today as a digital music magazine. I downloaded two issues Shindig! Magazine (UK) regarding my favorite band, Traffic.

The magazine augments the two-part Traffic article with an exclusive Dave Mason interview as well as a provocative article on the oft-maligned Chris Wood, “Songs From The Wood”.

So if you have looked for a substantive source of knowledge about Traffic this will satisfy that craving.

My personal thanks to British journalist Kris Needs for the comprehensive research he conducted. Well done Sir! Excellent read.



Asia – Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013

Progressive rock has been decimated  by the deaths of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and John Wetton within the last year. Prog Rock Magazine will be featuring a cover story about John Wetton’s music and life in their next issue.

Asia has released a three-disc live set, Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013 which serves as their memorial to late singer John Wetton.

It was recorded in the Plovdiv Roman Theatre at the Sounds of the Ages festival four years ago and marks one of guitarist Sam Coulson’s first appearances with Asia after he replaced founding member Steve Howe. “The band never sounded better,” Wetton later said of the performance.

Asia, ‘Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013′ Track Listing
“Sole Survivor”
“Time Again”
“Face On The Bridge”
“My Own Time”
“Holy War”
“An Extraordinary Life”
“Days Like These”
“Open Your Eyes”
“Only Time will Tell”
“Don’t Cry”
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”
“Wildest Dreams”
“Heat of the Moment”

Read More: Asia Dedicate Upcoming Live Album ‘Symfonia’ to John Wetton |


Days of Future Passed in its 50th Year

Many of the artists who are essential to my DNA music fabric will be celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Moody Blues announced last week that they are embarking on a Days Of Future Passed, 50th Anniversary Tour. The U.S. Tour commences on June 3rd and runs through July 23rd. They will be performing their iconic album live onstage in its entirety for the first time.

The Moody Blues forged a unique direction with the Days Of….second album. I love the risks they took incorporating a symphony with their sound. They achieved cross-over to classical, especially with the album art.  I can’t decide if this album represents psychedelic or progressive rock as a genre.

In Search of a Lost Chord is definitely psychedelic rock with the song about Timothy Leary, “Legend of a Mind” and the Moody’s experiment with LSD. The album cover represents an acid trip.

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I think I’ll spend Saturday listening to The Moody Blues on Apple Music through the SONOS Play One to overcome the dreary day.

Prog Magazine – Jethro Tull Issue

Excellent issue this month about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull disbanded in 2012. Jethro Tull will celebrate a 50th-anniversary at the end of January 2018. Ian Anderson is working on a studio Jethro Tull recording that will mark that moment in rock history.

I have been trying to learn more about what happened between Ian Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre. Prog Magazine covers that story in depth in this issue.


I have been a Jethro Tull fan since 1968, starting with the first recording, This Was. I purchased Jethro Tull recordings steadily until 1980 when I hit marginal utility with the 13th studio album. Tull stopped clicking for me. I took a hiatus until 2002 when Ian Anderson began doing his Rubbing Elbows tours. I resumed seeing Jethro Tull live in concert on the 40th-anniversary tour in 2008 and again with the  Thick as a Brick 2 tour as a free concert.


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I look forward to the 50th-anniversary celebration of Jethro Tull. Prog Magazine has been instrumental in rekindling my interest in the Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson 80’s era discography. I especially like the recordings The Broadsword and the Beast and Crest of a Knave.



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Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime

I am constantly amazed by the powerful brilliance of Greg Lake’s voice. He is instrumental in his role in the history of progressive rock. I was listening to the 2nd and 3rd tracks on King Crimson’s, In the Court of the Crimson King, marveling at the richness found in the songs he sings, “I Talk To The Wind” and “Epitath“.  I decided to dig deeper into Greg Lake’s catalog. His vocal tone is a blessing within the music of our heart.

I spent time beguiled with his live recording, Songs of a Lifetime from 2013. Its a wonderful album to acquiesce with on a lazy afternoon. I relished how Greg Lake took the time to share his memories with an enraptured audience. The revelations allowed further insight into Greg’s artistic process which brought the songs greater sustenance.

So if you are searching for an hour of musical fulfillment, I strongly urge you to listen to Greg Lake’s Songs of a Lifetime.

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