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

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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Pat Benatar’s ‘Crimes of Passion’: Her Best Shot

She has remained the thing she set out to be, an artist who made her own seat at the table and turned it into a remarkable rock music legacy.

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Harry Nilsson’s Ambitious ‘Schmilsson’ LP Revisited

Noteworthy for its scope and ambition, the album was justifiably rewarded with worldwide success that took Nilsson to the next level of stardom.

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Free’s ‘Fire and Water’: More Than Just All Right

The album featured one of rock’s all-time classics in “All Right Now,” but there was much more to Free’s ferocious-yet-controlled ethic.

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When Johnny Cash Did Time ‘At Folsom Prison’

Performing for prison inmates was nothing new for the legendary singer, but his record label was nervous about making an album at one. Good thing they did.

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Pink Floyd’s ‘Later Years’ Box: We Don’t Need No Roger Waters

‘The Later Years’ isn’t for casual fans. But if you’re a serious Floyd follower, it’s probably time to hand over your credit card.

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Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll? A Vote For Sam Phillips

Esteemed music scribe Peter Guralnick delivers a biography of the Sun Records/Studio proprietor that’s major history and a great read

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Elvis Costello’s ‘Armed Forces’: What’s So Funny?

The band’s third album was a leap forward in songcraft and sonic ambition, a song cycle weaving the personal and political.

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Pete Townshend’s ‘Empty Glass’: The Who Album That Wasn’t

Although it’s fully satisfying on its own, the album, the most successful of Townshend’s solo releases, has been called a Who record that never was.

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2019 in Review: The Best Music Books of the Year

We put on our reading glasses and dug in to the year’s best books for fans of classic rock and related music. Happy reading!

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