REVIEWS:

What’s the read on the latest reissue releases and live performances by classic rock artists? What biopics, movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and at home? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our team also takes a fresh look at notable works in our Album Rewind series

‘1971’ Book Makes a Strong Case for Best Rock Year

Was 1971 a peak year in rock? Maybe the peak year in rock? A new book makes the case for that thesis quite vigorously and well

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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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Faces 2015 Reunion Gave Fans a ‘Glorious’ 7 Songs

It was “exactly that shambolic bonhomie” that fans loved about the Faces, as Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones revived the band for one night

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Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ Breakthrough

After Ronstadt’s first four albums, followers of country-rock knew there was something special about her. On her fifth, they found out what it was.

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The Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ @50

Their most consequential stylistic stroke since their pioneering folk-rock debut three years earlier, it ushered in country-rock and Americana.

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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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Quicksilver Messenger Service’s Shining Debut @50

Years of playing and professionalism produced one of the era’s best records, whose sheer musicality shines as brightly today.

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The Moody Blues’ ‘Days of Future Passed’ @50

It was a new concept: a rock band would play its new songs, read some poems and be backed up by an orchestra. Today it’s considered a landmark recording.

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James Taylor’s Seminal ‘Sweet Baby James’

It ushered in the singer-songwriter era and has endured as a beacon to listeners and like-minded musicians for half a century.

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The Band’s 2nd Album: A Rustic Masterpiece

Following up their debut Music From Big Pink, Dylan’s former backup band made a transcendent, self-titled masterpiece in 1969. Here’s the story.

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