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

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ ‘Damn the Torpedoes’ @40

The LP was the band’s long-awaited breakthrough, the Heartbreakers now matching the caliber of their front man’s writing with their focused musicianship.

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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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Ramones’ ‘It’s Alive’ Deluxe Reviewed: Back to Basics

Nobody took rock back to basics more than the Ramones, whose concise, beat-driven tunes hit you over the head with elemental bursts of sound.

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Eric Clapton’s Lifesaving ‘Rainbow Concert’ Revisited

It’s widely believed that Pete Townshend’s successful efforts to bring the guitarist out of his self-imposed musical exile marked a turning point.

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Steppenwolf’s Debut Album: Heavy Metal Thunder

If the album had given us nothing more than “Born to Be Wild,” it would still be a classic. But there was a lot more to the mostly Canadian band’s first LP.

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‘Disraeli Gears’: When Cream Rose to the Top

On their second album, the trio honed their virtuosic interplay to a sharper edge and added a more modern sensibility spiked with psychedelia.

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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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The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Reissue Reviewed: The Anniversary It Deserves

Our reviewer: this latest anthology offers 3 compelling reasons to buy it. The excellent sound quality, the demos + outtakes and the 100-page hardcover book

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The Doors Strange Days: We Want the World…

On their second album, Jim Morrison and the band moved into uncharted territory lyrically and instrumentally. When the music’s over, turn out the lights…

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J. Geils Band’s ‘Live—Blow Your Face Out’ Revisited

It wasn’t their first live album, but ‘Blow Your Face Out’ took the band’s manic rock ‘n’ soul energy to another level entirely.

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