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

The Byrds’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ LP—A Folk Rock Manifesto

With worthwhile covers, solid originals and no filler, the LP sustained a level of quality that invited favorable comparison with their heroes, the Beatles.

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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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John Fogerty’s ‘Blue Ridge Rangers’: One-Man Band

With CCR having called it a day, Fogerty entered the studio alone and put together an album’s worth of tributes to his country, gospel and bluegrass heroes.

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The Bee Gees’ ‘Main Course’: The Turning Point

Just when it seemed as if their career might be over, the brothers Gibb drastically altered their style. They would soon find out what success really was!

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David Bowie’s ‘Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’: Glam-Rock Goes Global

‘Ziggy’ didn’t only elevate Bowie’s career. It also influenced artists like Def Leppard and Marilyn Manson and kickstarted the entire punk movement.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s ‘Texas Flood’: Out of the Gate

Recorded as a demo over a long holiday weekend, the album launched the career of the legendary bluesman and gave the genre itself a huge boost.

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Rod Stewart’s Unequaled, Magical Masterpiece

His second solo album showcased an artist who excelled at both rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and tender, emotive ballads

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Deep Purple’s ‘Made In Japan’: Onstage Chemistry

The reserved Japanese audience is clearly stunned as the concert ends, and is silent for a moment until exploding into raucous applause.

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Some Girls’: The Grooves of Now

With punk rock nipping at their aging heels, the Stones revved things up with classic tracks like “Shattered,” “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.”

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Joe Jackson’s ‘Look Sharp!’: An Artful Debut

The impressive 11 songs that made the final cut of this new wave-era debut comprise a coherent piece of art with nary a dull moment.

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