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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.

‘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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Procol Harum Reissues Shine On Brightly

These reissues of the first four LPs are loaded with bonus material and make the case for the band’s sophisticated rock music’s significance

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Wilco Brings Back (Some of) the Fun

Rather than making an album with the implied stature of “masterpiece” etched into its grooves, Wilco keeps it short, snappy and fun on its ninth studio LP, yet without forsaking the experinentalism that has been the band’s hallmark since Yankee Foxtrot Hotel.

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Neil Young Rocks The Message

Making music the message and being a bit less polemical on The Monsanto Years might have yielded Neil Young & POTR one of his finest albums in years

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Jorma Kaukonen Offers Old School Acoustic

50 years since he blazed a psychedelic trail with the Airplane + decades since he + Jack Cassidy formed Hot Tuna, he’s happy to kick back and pick + sing

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Nellie McKay Revisits 1960s Songs

Do you fondly recall the 1960s? Nellie McKay, who was yet to be born, gleans a variety of gems from that decade and renders them with imagination & panache.

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