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

Genesis’ ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’: Peter Gabriel’s Theatrical Exit

For their 1974 prog opus, Gabriel and the band came up with a complicated and somewhat opaque ‘urban odyssey’ tale set in New York City.

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Traffic’s ‘The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys’: Rock on the Fusion Frontier

What had begun as post-‘Sgt. Pepper’ psychedelia turned toward a darker, more idiosyncratic synthesis of jazz, blues, world music and English folk elements.

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Van Morrison Grooves With the Street Choir

Morrison’s third official solo album in 1970 is largely about the spirit of soul/R&B, the feel and his singing. It features his biggest U.S. hit, “Domino.”

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U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ Deluxe Edition: Review

Two decades after its release, it still sounds great. There’s more terrific music in this one box than in many artists’ entire catalogs.

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The Sex Pistols’ Era-Defining ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’

They only released one album but it sparked a musical revolution. We look back at a punk-rock game-changer four decades after its release

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Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ Breakthrough

After her first four albums, followers of country-rock knew there was something special about her. On her fifth, they found out what it was.

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The Moody Blues’ Masterpiece, ‘Days of Future Passed’

It was a new concept: a rock band would play its new songs, read some poems and be backed up by an orchestra. Today it’s considered a landmark recording.

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Beach Boys Party! – Fun Time and Lots (and Lots) of Covers

Capitol Records wanted a new LP for the ’65 holiday shopping season. Brian was busy with Pet Sounds. So they recorded plenty of their contemporaries’ songs

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Gregg Allman’s Solo Debut ‘Laid Back’: Trauma and Survival

The LP was intended to go in a different direction than the ABB: softer, more contemplative, acoustic-based, a statement of gratitude in the face of loss.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’: A Significant Pivot

Her 1974 best-seller was adorned by a sophisticated sonic sensibility that would define her career from that moment forward.

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