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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.

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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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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The Monkees Find Greatness with ‘Good Times!’

Nearly 50 years after their debut album, the 1960s pop music + TV stars return with what may be their best + truest LP yet.

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Eric Clapton’s Old Wine in a New Bottle

The master classic rock guitarist’s new album ‘I Still Do’ invites repeated listening and leads back to past Clapton pleasures.

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Mudcrutch ‘2:’ A Real Fine Rock Album

Mudcrutch is an American rock band, Southern division, from the ’70s, from which Tom Petty emerged. Now back and damn fine for the second time.

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Reunited Original Santana Brings the Past Into the Future

Back together again with Journey’s Gregg Rolie + Neal Schon as well as Michael Shrieve, Carlos Santana revives + updates his classic sound.

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Cheap Trick’s Newest Album is Something to Savor

On their first album in seven years Cheap Trick rock like the deserving Hall of Famers that they are.

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Raitt’s Latest LP Glows with Mature Confidence

Bonnie makes an album that shows all her talents in spades: emotive singing, strong songwriting, cool way with covers and hot slide guitar.

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