Ryan Reed is a freelance music/culture writer/editor. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Relix Magazine, Revolver, Pitchfork, and other publications.
How Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Defined a New Era of British Blues
This LP is revered for defining a new kind of electric blues, and most of that praise is well-deserved.
When Rush Released Their First LP With Neil Peart, ‘Fly by Night’
This second album proved they were more than simple-minded "Working Men."
The History of John Rutsey and Rush
His last gig with the band came on July 25, 1974 at the Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.
How Frank Zappa Broke Every Rule With His Solo Debut ‘Lumpy Gravy’
He really wasn't a "rock" musician. That fact is cemented on this first album.
The History of the Beatles’ ‘Rattle Your Jewelry’ Concert
The Beatles took a potshot at the rich and regal during one of their most famous concerts.
40 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Respond to Critics and Strip Off the Excess
Jethro Tull's seventh album, 1974's 'War Child,' was born during a particularly awkward transitional period.
How Jethro Tull Ended the ’70s With the Underrated ‘Stormwatch’
Jethro Tull's 12th studio album concludes with 'Elegy,' a quiet instrumental of pastoral acoustic guitar and melancholy strings. The title is appropriate.
When Traffic Released a Debut LP That Didn’t Sound Like Traffic
They're rightly remembered as titans of jazz-rock and soul. But that's not the way things began.
How the Late George Harrison Returned With ‘Brainwashed’
This posthumous studio project became a loving swan song from one of rock's finest talents.
16 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin’s ‘BBC Sessions’ Released
For many diehards, Led Zeppelin were even more mind-blowing onstage than they were in the studio. With 1997's 'BBC Sessions,' that argument was strengthened considerably, as it showcased the most powerful quartet in rock music at their most playful and hard-hitting.
When Steely Dan Took It To the Next Level With ‘Aja’
It's the band's highest-selling album, but more importantly remains their most fully realized collection of songs.
Why Rush’s Overlooked ‘Hold Your Fire’ Is Worth Another Listen
Highlights from their first sub-platinum release in nearly a decade still rank among the band's finest work.