REVIEWS:

What’s the read on the latest reissue releases and live performances by classic rock artists? What biopics, movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and at home? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our team also takes a fresh look at notable works in our Album Rewind series

Bill Withers’ ‘Live at Carnegie Hall’: Soul Preachin’

He’d never even planned for a career in music. Before long, he found himself on stage at one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd at Knebworth 1976: Review

The concert is well preserved on this release, which features 11 numbers, among them “Gimme Three Steps,” “Workin’ for MCA” and “Call Me the Breeze.”

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Kurt Cobain: The Puzzle Pieces He Left Behind

The Nirvana frontman died at 27. Our review of the documentary ‘Montage of Heck,’ an in-depth look at his life and work

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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris’ ‘Trio’: Soaring Sisterhood

Their partnership is among the purest, boasting a celestial vocal blend, rooted in mutual admiration and the sheer joy of making music.

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Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Out of the Blue’: The Masterpiece from Munich

‘Out of the Blue’ is full of treasures, a sweeping double-LP that Jeff Lynne dubbed “probably the hardest work I have ever done, but the most satisfying.”

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On the Menu: Supertramp’s ‘Breakfast in America’

The band had enjoyed steady growth with their first 5 albums. That all changed in 1979 with this blockbuster release which became one of the year’s top sellers

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Vanilla Fudge’s 1967 Debut: Maximum Psychedelia

It was rock music pushed to its limits, with a radical use of soft-loud-soft dynamics and the emotional drama of rhythm and blues and soul.

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‘Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful’ & The Evolution of Their Good-Time Music

For their third studio album, the band knew that it wanted no two songs to sound alike. The result: no two songs sounded alike.

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Traffic’s ‘Welcome to the Canteen’: Together Again

The front album cover didn’t even call them Traffic; it just listed the names of the musicians. But there was no mistaking who they were.

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The Band’s ‘Rock of Ages’: Was This LP Their Live Pinnacle?

It belongs on any short list of the best live albums ever, while serving as a coda to the group’s groundbreaking influence.

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