Recordings

Best Classic Bands offers smart, informed and unbiased assessments of the latest rock album releases and reissues to offer readers guidance on what sounds they might enjoy.

Review: The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

There’s nothing retro about it yet the Stones’ first-ever all-blues album is very much a celebration of their roots. We listened, and we loved it.

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Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl Album Review

Producer Giles Martin has vastly improved what his father, George, called the fans’ “eternal shriek” to deliver a more dynamic and definitely more powerful album than the original

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Van Morrison Grooves With the Street Choir

Morrison’s third official solo album in 1970 is largely about the spirit of soul/R&B, the feel and his singing. It features his biggest U.S. hit, “Domino.”

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Heart Breathes Life Into Old and New Songs

The iconic classic rock band’s Beautiful Broken is “the new Heart album fans have been waiting for,” says our reviewer. Listen to the title cut

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Jeff Beck’s Guitars + Messages Hail Loudly

The six-string classic rock master fires up his stunning music again, and it comes with a loud message for the world.

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Neil Young Rocks the Globe on EARTH

The classic rock icon and his young but mighty backing band Promise of the Real soar to greatness on a live LP that plays and prays for the planet.

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The Kinks’ Masterful ‘Show-Biz’ LP Gets a Second 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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Van Morrison at His Finest Live

The enhanced original ‘It’s Too Late to Stop Now’ and the added three discs and DVD are a treasure trove of live in-concert gems.

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Rolling Stones ‘Totally Stripped’ Totally Rocks

When The Rolling Stones are at their best, as they are on this release, they are indeed the world’s greatest.

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Paul Simon Gets Masterful on New Album

Our reviewer finds that the compelling rhythms and cool musical touches on Simon’s 13th solo album add up to a ‘modern masterpiece’

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