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

Bob Dylan’s Masterful ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Revisited

After finishing the recording sessions for his new album, the artist decided he didn’t like some of it and went back into the studio. A classic emerged.

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Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’: Struggle & Liberation

The album, a landmark release for Motown, remains a monument to Marvin Gaye’s big heart and soul, and a prophecy for our time.

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Elton John’s Farewell Tour Resumes After Nearly 2 Years

It was his first full concert in nearly two years. “This is a new experience for us,” he said. “I’ve never had this amount of time off… since I was 17 years of age”

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David Bowie’s ‘Brilliant Adventure’ Box Set: Review

While the new collection is not the high point of the recent series of Bowie boxes, it does have a lot to recommend it including a BBC Radio concert from 2000

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Pretenders’ Debut: Chrissie Hynde Takes No Prisoners

Released at the edge of the ’70s punk and new wave assaults, ‘Pretenders’ traded on Chrissie Hynde’s substantial punk bona fides–but there was more to it.

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Styx’s ‘Paradise Theatre’: Where Prog Met Pure Pop

Filled with divergent visions from band members no longer on the same page, the album was the band’s greatest success but also the beginning of the end.

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‘Dusty in Memphis’: Dusty Springfield’s Pop-Soul Pinnacle

Nearing 30, the British vocal great was intimidated by the soul power at Atlantic Records, her new home. She overcame it and turned out a masterpiece.

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Mott the Hoople’s ‘All the Young Dudes’ Generates Some Hoopla

The album, with its Bowie-written title track, emphasized the band’s bravado, and helped lay the foundation for the ’70s glam movement.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’: A Significant Pivot

Her 1974 best-seller was adorned by a sophisticated sonic sensibility that would define her career from that moment forward.

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Rush’s ‘Permanent Waves’: Ready for the ’80s

The album marked one of the few times that a veteran rock band managed to remain current without it being a blatant attempt at crass commercialization

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