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.

Black Sabbath’s Debut LP: Where Metal Began

Every defining characteristic of the British band’s self-titled debut would become a hallmark of the oft-maligned heavy metal genre.

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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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Bob Dylan’s Masterful ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Revisited

After finishing the recording sessions for his new album, the artist decided he didn’t like some of it and went back into the studio. A classic emerged.

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Warren Zevon’s Exciting ‘Excitable Boy’ @40

With songs like “Werewolves of London,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and the title track, it was not only his greatest work but a singer-songwriter classic.

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When Johnny Cash Did Time ‘At Folsom Prison’

Performing for prison inmates was nothing new for the legendary singer, but his record label was nervous about making an album at one. Good thing they did.

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Rod Stewart’s Unequaled Masterpiece

Gasoline Alley, his second solo album, showcased an artist who excelled at both rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and tender, emotive ballads

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’: A Significant Pivot

Her 1974 best-seller was adorned by a sophisticated sonic sensibility that would define her career from that moment forward.

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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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Badfinger Straight Up: A Power Pop Masterpiece

They began as proteges of the Beatles, then became power pop heroes. The story behind one of the classic Apple Records albums.

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Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ Album @50

In the hands of a lesser group than Traffic, the various musical styles represented on ‘Mr. Fantasy’ may well have been a mishmash.

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