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.

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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Beach Boys Party! – Fun Time or Waste of Time?

Capitol Records wanted a new album for the holiday shopping season. Brian was busy with ‘Pet Sounds.” Here’s what they got, as did many fans for Xmas 50+ years ago.

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On the Menu: Supertramp’s ‘Breakfast in America’

The band had enjoyed steady growth with their first 5 albums. That all changed in 1979 with this blockbuster release which became one of the year’s top sellers

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Harry Nilsson’s Ambitious ‘Schmilsson’ LP Revisited

Noteworthy for its scope and ambition, the album was justifiably rewarded with worldwide success that took Nilsson to the next level of stardom.

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Prince ‘Purple Rain’ Deluxe Reissues Review

Says our reviewer: “It is both a welcomed arrival and a mixed bag, delivering some very desirable material and some far less so.”

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The Guess Who Go Hard With ‘American Woman’

The Canadian band had been scoring with ballads like “These Eyes” and “Laughing.” Now they wanted to rock. American Woman introduced a new Guess Who.

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