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

Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ‘Live!’ Album: Reggae Rocks Babylon

The London concert providedvalidation that Marley and his band, the Wailers, had breached the rock market with their potent strain of reggae.

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When Zappa Was ‘Only In It for the Money’

The third album from the genius and his motley band lampooned society and the hippies escaping it. We look back at a ’60s masterpiece.

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Genesis’ ‘A Trick of the Tail’: A New Beginning

The album proved that Genesis was set to achieve commercial and artistic successes beyond what they’d accomplished during the Peter Gabriel years.

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James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’: Fire and Rain

It ushered in the singer-songwriter era and has endured as a beacon to listeners and like-minded musicians for half a century.

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The Beatles’ White Album: Facts and Trivia

At the same time they were maturing, they were leaving behind the Beatles. Here are some fascinating details on all 30 tracks on their ’68 masterpiece.

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‘Slowhand’ Revisited: Eric Clapton’s 1977 Platinum Balancing Act

‘Slowhand’ offers a lucid balance of technical mastery and artistic modesty. It became his best-selling studio album to date upon its release.

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The Doors’ ‘Morrison Hotel’: Deluxe Edition Reviewed

You get a good sense of the atmosphere in the studio with the Doors: fun, creative, and—thanks largely to Morrison—more than a little bit wild.

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Jackson Browne’s 1st LP: An L.A. Troubadour with Greenwich Village Connections

Several of his songs, written when he was still in his teens, had already been recorded by others by the time Browne entered the studio to cut his debut.

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Queen’s A Night at the Opera: A Fancy Blockbuster

Their fourth album was “a showy spectacle that revels in its bombastic production” and gave us “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s also an indisputable classic.

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Dr. John’s ‘Gumbo’: A New Orleans Master’s Thesis

For the sessions, instead of his own new material, he breathed authentic life into lively new versions of hometown classics.

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