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

Gene Clark’s ‘No Other’: An Underrated Country-Rock Gem

The album by the former Byrds member, over the years, has attracted enough of a cult following to prompt the recent release of a boxed set.

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‘Astral Weeks’: Van Morrison’s Masterpiece

A “feverish poetic intensity persists” throughout the cycle of songs that comprise Morrison’s 1968 work, even as those songs shift in pace and tone.

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Steve Miller Band’s ‘Welcome to the Vault’ Reviewed

The album’s less-commercial and less-familiar material may prove revelatory to those who know Miller solely or primarily from the hits.

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Manassas: Stephen Stills’ Finest (Solo) Hour

Stills’ third full-length as leader showcased a collaborative ensemble flexible enough to cover a broad stylistic palette.

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‘Let It Bleed’: The Rolling Stones’ Turbulent Masterpiece

The album captures the band at its creative apogee through a dark masterpiece that mirrors the violent ’60s milieu in which it was created.

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Dylan in Nashville: ‘Travelin Thru’ Box Set Reviewed

Most amazing of all is Dylan’s voice, now a silky baritone. “When I stopped smoking,” he said, “my voice changed…I couldn’t believe it myself.”

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‘Dixie Chicken’: Little Feat’s Secret Southern Sauce

The group drew on Lowell George’s versatile command of blues, country, folk and R&B for its third–and many feel finest–studio album.

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When the Moody Blues Found Their ‘Lost Chord’

If you’ve been listening to this music on a scratchy vinyl LP for the last 50 years, you’re bound to find the surround-sound version to be a real trip.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ ‘Damn the Torpedoes’: Full Speed Ahead

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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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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