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

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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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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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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Argent’s Masterful, Underrated Debut: From Z to A

Out of the ashes of the Zombies came their keyboardist’s new band, Argent. Their debut album is one of rock’s most underrated of all time.

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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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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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Dave Edmunds’ ‘Repeat When Necessary’: Where the New Wave Met the Old

The Welsh rocker’s fifth solo album, made with the great Rockpile, captures him at the pinnacle of his influence as an architect of late ’70s new wave.

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Paul Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’: American Tunes

With classic songs such as “American Tune,” “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock,” Simon’s third solo album sealed his reputation as a major solo artist.

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Black Sabbath’s 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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