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

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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‘Blow by Blow’: A Jeff Beck Master Class in Guitar

The 1975 all-instrumental album, produced by George Martin, was a guitarist’s master class

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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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‘Another Side of Bob Dylan’: Younger Than That Now

The album contained songs that were later cut by everyone from the Byrds to Johnny Cash to Cher.

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Nick Lowe: ‘Labour of Lust’—The Basher Blossoms

The highly regarded British singer/songwriter/producer and his pals from Rockpile cut this classic album at the height of the new wave era.

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The Black Sabbath Debut LP: Where Metal Began

Every defining characteristic of the British band’s self-titled debut would become a hallmark of the oft-maligned heavy metal genre.

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The Laura Nyro and Labelle Collaboration: ‘Gonna Take a Miracle’

The album is Nyro’s tribute to the vocal groups and songwriters who continued to thrill and inspire her.

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George Harrison’s ‘Living in the Material World’: Is It Underrated?

Harrison said at the time, “I wouldn’t really care if no one ever heard of me again. I just want to play and make records.”

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Rod Stewart ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’: Ha!

The man who one said, “I’m a rock star because I couldn’t be a soccer star,” broke through with his solo third album, which included the smash “Maggie May”

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‘Evangeline’—Emmylou Harris’ Gourmet Leftovers

The song list tapped familiar writers like Rodney Crowell and the late Gram Parsons, her mentor and musical soulmate, along with rock and folk tunesmiths including John Fogerty, James Taylor, Robbie Robertson, and Little Feat’s Bill Payne.

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