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

Dylan in Nashville: ‘Travelin Thru’ Box Set Reviewed

Most amazing of all is Dylan’s voice, now a silky baritone. “When I stopped smoking,” he said, “my voice changed…I couldn’t believe it myself.”

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Ramones’ ‘It’s Alive’ Deluxe Reviewed: Back to Basics

Nobody took rock back to basics more than the Ramones, whose concise, beat-driven tunes hit you over the head with elemental bursts of sound.

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Procol Harum’s ‘Broken Barricades’ Reissue: Review

The new three-CD edition adds extensive liner notes and 36 bonus tracks (most of them previously unreleased) to a remastered version of the 1971 album.

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Grateful Dead’s ‘Aoxomoxoa’ @50: Review

Like its predecessors, the 1969 psychedelic classic didn’t sell all that well—it took nearly two decades to go gold—but it has aged nicely.

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Glen Campbell ‘The Legacy’ Box Set Review

He scored no fewer than 20 pop hits in a 10-year period that began in 1967, and, in 1969, he actually outsold the Beatles.

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Ritchie Valens: More Than Just ‘La Bamba’

It’s not hyperbole to say that “there can be few artists in the history of popular music who died so young but left such a significant legacy and legend.”

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Honk’ Collection: Review

If you have to whittle the hundreds of songs in the post-ABKCO catalog down to three dozen, you could do worse than to wind up with the track list here.

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Van Morrison ‘The Healing Game’ Deluxe: Review

This deluxe edition of ‘The Healing Game’ may lead fans to re-examine what Morrison was up to in the late ’90s. They’re bound to like what they hear.

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David Bowie ‘Loving the Alien’ Box Set: Review

The latest retrospective takes us to a time when Bowie did a rather abrupt about-face, opting for a much more commercial approach.

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Rolling Stones’ ‘Beggars Banquet’ Reissue: Review

The album saw them moving back to basics for an album that relied largely on acoustic blues. There’s not a rotten apple in the bunch.

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