REVIEWS:

Informed and inquiring rock fans want to know: What’s the read on the latest albums and reissue releases and live performances by classic and newer artists? What biopics, dramatic movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and on home entertainment formats and sources? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our expert and aesthetically discerning crew of reviewers offer their assessments and also take a second look at notable works in our Rewind reviews.

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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2017 in Review: New Albums by Classic Rockers

It’s that time of year–music for everyone! Here, for your wish list, are 34 brand new albums, all released during 2017, by classic rock artists.

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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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Classic Rock Christmas Albums: New and Classics

Our holiday gift guide includes titles from rock bands like Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon, classic vocalists like Frank Sinatra and the Carpenters, and other great collections

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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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Queen’s A Night at the Opera: Wonderfully Uneven

Their fourth album was “a showy spectacle that revels in its bombastic production” and gave us “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s also an indisputable classic.

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Olivia Newton-John and Audience: A Love-Fest

The beloved singer has a big vocal range and signature sound unlike anyone else’s. Her tour resumed just months after announcing a recurrence of cancer

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Review: The New Bio That Jann Wenner Hates

It’s “an ambitious, dishy, well-written biography, with a backstory worthy of its subject.” So why is the Rolling Stone magazine founder so unhappy with it?

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11 Movies That Truly Rock: Woodstock to Spinal Tap

From This Is Spinal Tap to Wayne’s World to Almost Famous to Woodstock, these movies share one thing in common – they all rock!

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Argent’s Masterful, Underrated Debut: From Z to A

Out of the ashes of the Zombies came their keyboardist’s new band, Argent. Their debut album is one of rock’s most underrated of all time.

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