Album Rewinds

Given the test of time and the wisdom of hindsight, how do significant albums from the past sound and play today? Our critics take a second look from a fresh perspective

The Byrds’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ LP—A Folk Rock Manifesto

With worthwhile covers, solid originals and no filler, the LP sustained a level of quality that invited favorable comparison with their heroes, the Beatles.

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Paul Simon’s ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’: An Emotional and Candid Solo Triumph

His only #1 LP, and an Album of the Year Grammy winner, this 1975 release offered definitive proof that he was not going back to the past.

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David Bowie’s ‘Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’: Glam-Rock Goes Global

‘Ziggy’ didn’t only elevate Bowie’s career. It also influenced artists like Def Leppard and Marilyn Manson and kickstarted the entire punk movement.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s ‘Brain Salad Surgery’: A Brainstorm of the Highest Order

The combination of high concept, grandiose execution and ELP’s usual artistic ambition made ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ a mind-blowing effort.

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Argent’s Masterful, Underrated Debut: From Z to A

Out of the ashes of the Zombies came their keyboardist’s new band, Argent. Their debut album is one of rock’s most underrated of all time.

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Rod Stewart’s Unequaled, Magical Masterpiece

His second solo album showcased an artist who excelled at both rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and tender, emotive ballads

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Boston’s Multi-Platinum Debut Album: More Than a Feeling

With 17 million sales, it still ranks not only as one of the best-selling debut albums in music history, but also one of the fastest-selling as well.

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Dave Mason’s ‘Alone Together’: Colorful Throughout

It’s often remembered for its multi-colored marble vinyl, but the former Traffic member’s solo debut also contained some of his finest songs

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Boz Scaggs’ ‘Silk Degrees’: Game-Changer

Looking back at the recording of the album, Scaggs said that while listening to the playbacks in 1975 he had the sense that something special had happened.

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Delaney and Bonnie’s ‘Accept No Substitute’: White Soul Born in Turmoil

A beautiful album, close to perfection in the playing and singing, it was helmed by a married couple whose own relationship was falling apart at the seams.

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