Album Rewind

Given the passage and test of time and the wisdom of hindsight, how do significant albums from the past sound and play today? Our critics take a second look from today’s perspective.

Rolling Stones Ya-Ya’s Still Unrivaled

The late Lester Bangs had “no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.” Decades later, our writer feels that’s still true

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Band on the Run: The LP That Saved McCartney

The recording sessions were plagued with problems, but Paul McCartney and Wings made the best of it. The result: one of his most beloved LPs.

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Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’: A Look Back

Despite tense recording sessions, the band’s followup to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ became a landmark of art-rock on its own right

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The Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ @40

They only released one album but it sparked a musical revolution. We look back at a punk-rock game-changer four decades after its release

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Steely Dan’s Aja: A Digestible, Dazzling Listen

Previously a collective yet to realize its most effective means of transforming ideas into finished art, Becker and Fagen coalesced on this 1977 classic

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Aerosmith Permanent Vacation: The Rejuvenation

They’d lost their way as the ’80s lumbered along. Then, the Boston rockers remembered just who Aerosmith was. We take a look back at their classic comeback.

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When Zappa Was ‘Only In It for the Money’

The third album from the genius and his motley band lampooned society and the hippies escaping it. We look back at a ’60s masterpiece.

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The Clash’s ‘London Calling’: Cathartic & Exciting

Although disjointed and sprawling, it was one of the best albums of its time, and marked the evolution of the UK quartet from punk heroes to great rock band

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Alice Cooper’s #1 Breakthrough: Billion Dollar Babies

Alice Cooper was still a band, not just one guy, and this was the album that took started their transition from novelty act to classic rock legends.

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Talking Heads’ Fear of Music: A Transitional Gem

“The first step in David Byrne’s assumption of power, moving Talking Heads from a band to his band… It was dance music that reflected the time.”

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