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.

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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David Bowie’s Brilliant Last Will and Testament

The final album by David Bowie, ★ (Blackstar), ruminates on mortality with some of his most challenging artistry

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ZZ Top’s Gibbons Rocks the Latin Beat Solo

Sexy, saucy and set to a Latin beat, Billy Gibbons Perfectamundo allows him to shine after waiting some 45 years to go solo.

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Bryan Adams CD ‘Get Up’ a ‘Gem’

I never expected to say “my favorite album of 2015 is by Bryan Adams.” Then again, I had yet to listen to his set of rock gems from October, Get Up.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Alone In The Studio

The new album credited to Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Alone In The Universe, is really more of a solo effort, writes our reviewer. It’s great to have the old maestro back

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