Album Rewinds

Given the 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 a fresh perspective

Kinks’ Masterful ‘Show-Biz’ LP Gets a 2nd Act

The Kinks returned to America in 1972 after a ban to become the arena rock band they deserved to be. This expanded reissue catches them at that juncture

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Supremes at Their Peak With A’ Go-Go

The Motown trio’s first–and only–studio album to hit #1 has been expanded with a gorgeous reissue, with mono and stereo mixes and loads and loads of covers

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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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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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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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Steppenwolf’s Debut Album: Heavy Metal Thunder

If the album had given us nothing more than “Born to Be Wild,” it would still be a classic. But there was a lot more to the mostly Canadian band’s first LP.

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