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This majestic, panoramic 8-minute suite with multiple parts stitched together was an attempt by Brian Wilson to return to the miniature conceptual pieces he was writing in the Smile
era. It compares to "Heroes And Villains
" and has a similar Wild West theme. Brian Wilson has said he had a particular love of Western movies and they were a great inspiration for all the band.
This was recorded at several different studios all over Los Angeles. They took the tape around from studio to studio and dubbed on different things. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
The Rio Grande is a river that borders Texas and Mexico.
Don Brewer of Grand Funk
The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.
Jon Anderson of Yes
From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust
The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.
Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"
The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.