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 Paul McCartney Solo Debut: His Declaration of Independence

The 1970 album, his first outside of the Beatles, is a picture of Paul in transition, a historical document of quiet beauty.

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Willie Nelson ‘Stardust’: Reimagining the American Songbook

His record label was reluctant to issue it, but the album defied expectations and revived interest in the classic songwriting of the mid-20th century.

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Manassas: Stephen Stills’ Finest (Solo) Hour

Stills’ third full-length as leader showcased a collaborative ensemble flexible enough to cover a broad stylistic palette.

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Bob Seger ‘Live Bullet’: Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll

Although he was a star locally, the Detroit rocker had been struggling for years to break out nationally—until he formed the Silver Bullet Band.

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Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass’ ‘Whipped Cream & Other Delights’: Sweet & Swinging

The faux mariachi-style LP spent three years on the charts and appealed to seemingly every category of record buyer.

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Ray Charles’ Soulful Country Music’: ‘It’s Got to Move Me’

Charles: “The words to country songs are very earthy like the blues, very down.”

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Jim Croce ‘You Don’t Mess Around With Jim’: An Everyman Arrives

With more time, he might have taken his place as an equal of James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, etc.

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Loggins and Messina ‘On Stage’ @50: The Peak of a Formidable Partnership

The album marked a successful coda in terms of a catalog that’s forever inscribed in the annals of radio-ready music and mainstream Americana.

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The Lifesaving Eric Clapton ‘Rainbow Concert’

It’s widely believed that Pete Townshend’s successful efforts to bring the guitarist out of his self-imposed musical exile marked a turning point.

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On the Menu: ‘Breakfast in America’ From Supertramp

The band had enjoyed steady growth with their first 5 albums. That all changed in 1979 with this blockbuster release which became one of the year’s top sellers

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