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

Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Album: Crazy Man, Crazy

The 1984 album yielded 5 hit singles and became the fourth-best-selling soundtrack album of all time. It was his first LP to hit #1

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Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’: A Transitional Gem

“The first step in David Byrne’s assumption of power, moving Talking Heads from a band to his band… It was dance music that reflected the time.”

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Stray Cats’ Debut Album & the Rockabilly Revival

The Long Island trio had to go to England to find success playing American rockabilly. By the time they returned home, they were stars.

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Alice Cooper’s #1 Breakthrough: Billion Dollar Babies

Alice Cooper was still a band, not just one guy, and this was the album that took started their transition from novelty act to classic rock legends.

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The Band’s Pioneering ‘Music From Big Pink’

The album offered quiet songs of experience bathed in a rustic glow, with no hints of the futurism and none of the kilowatt drama then prevalent elsewhere in rock.

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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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‘Dusty in Memphis’: Dusty Springfield’s Pop-Soul Pinnacle

Nearing 30, the British vocal great was intimidated by the soul power at Atlantic Records, her new home. She overcame it and turned out a masterpiece.

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Neil Young’s 1975 ‘Homegrown’ LP is Finally Released: Review

Overall, ‘Homegrown’ lives up to its legendary status; it’s a classic Neil Young album, because in 1975 he was classic Neil Young.

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Iggy Pop’s ‘The Bowie Years’ Box Set: Review

There’s probably enough on ‘The Bowie Years’ to justify its purchase by any Iggy Pop fan—or any Stooges lover, for that matter.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Ladies of the Canyon’: Painting the Canvas

The album sets out clearly the direction Mitchell would take for the rest of her career, leaving behind the constraints of folk music.

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