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 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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Ian Hunter ‘You’re Never Alone w/a Schizophrenic’: Dynamic Duo

Teaming with his favored guitar sidekick Mick Ronson, plus members of the E Street Band, the former Mott the Hoople leader created his best solo effort.

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Squeeze and Their Hook-Filled ‘Argybargy’

The album became the British band’s first charting album in the U.S. upon release in 1980 thanks to songs like “Another Nail in My Heart.”

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‘Johnny Rivers at the Whisky à Go Go’ @60: Rockin’ on Stage

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to dance to live rock and roll at a Los Angeles discotheque in 1964, here is your answer.

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ZZ Top ‘Eliminator’: Hot-Rods, TV Dinners and Sharp-Dressed Men

The music is stellar, and the LP became a massive hit, selling 10 million copies and staying on the Billboard album chart for three years.

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Graham Parker ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’: Simple As a Heartbeat

The 1979 album doesn’t have a weak song or performance, and continues to be cited as the British singer-songwriter’s greatest achievement.

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Bonnie Raitt Rebounds in the ‘Nick of Time’

Just when her career needed a boost, Raitt switched labels and came up with her biggest hit album, which took her all the way to number one

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Neil Young ‘Harvest’: Keep Me Searching

Partnering with a new band he called the Stray Gators, Young recorded one of his most popular albums of all-time, and it gave him his only #1 single

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The Who’s ‘Face Dances’: After Tragedy, Transition

Somehow, after Keith Moon’s death, they were able to direct their energy into a fine studio effort that explored new and varied styles

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