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.

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 ‘Get Up’ Album: A ‘Gem’

Our reviewer called the 2015 release his favorite album of the year, describing it as a “little golden age of classic rock ‘n’ roll”

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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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‘Cutting Edge’ Best Dylan Bootleg Yet

A fascinating in-depth look into the creative process as one of rock music’s monumental artists was recording world-changing music

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Rod the Mod Kinda Comes Back

Fans of Stewart’s golden years of too-long-ago will appreciate his return to writing songs on an album that is a mixed bag, but not without moments of merit.

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Don Henley ‘Cass County’: A Sure and Sincere Touch

His solo country album is the sort of mainstream country album Nashville rarely makes anymore, and certainly a paradigm shift away from The Eagles.

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Keith Richards’ Masterful Solo Album

His third solo album finds a master comfortably showing us how his rock ‘n’ roll soul can create a disc that’s damned hard to resist

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Gary Clark Jr. Second Album Review

Our reviewer is duly impressed by Gary Clark Jr.’s skill as a guitar player and the range of styles on his second studio album. But maybe some better songs?

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