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

Kinks’ Masterful ‘Show-Biz’ LP Gets a 2nd Act

The Kinks returned to America in 1972 after a ban to become the arena rock band they deserved to be. This expanded reissue catches them at that juncture

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Supremes at Their Peak With A’ Go-Go

The Motown trio’s first–and only–studio album to hit #1 has been expanded with a gorgeous reissue, with mono and stereo mixes and loads and loads of covers

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The Clash’s ‘London Calling’: Cathartic & Exciting

Although disjointed and sprawling, it was one of the best albums of its time, and marked the evolution of the UK quartet from punk heroes to great rock band

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Warren Zevon’s Exciting ‘Excitable Boy’

With songs like “Werewolves of London,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and the title track, it was not only his greatest work but a singer-songwriter classic.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’: A Significant Pivot

Her 1974 best-seller was adorned by a sophisticated sonic sensibility that would define her career from that moment forward.

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Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ Album @50

In the hands of a lesser group than Traffic, the various musical styles represented on ‘Mr. Fantasy’ may well have been a mishmash.

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Steppenwolf’s Debut Album: Heavy Metal Thunder

If the album had given us nothing more than “Born to Be Wild,” it would still be a classic. But there was a lot more to the mostly Canadian band’s first LP.

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The Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ @40

They only released one album but it sparked a musical revolution. We look back at a punk-rock game-changer four decades after its release

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Steely Dan’s Aja: A Digestible, Dazzling Listen

Previously a collective yet to realize its most effective means of transforming ideas into finished art, Becker and Fagen coalesced on this 1977 classic

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Beach Boys Party! – Fun Time or Waste of Time?

Capitol Records wanted a new album for the holiday shopping season. Brian was busy with ‘Pet Sounds.” Here’s what they got, as did many fans for Xmas 50+ years ago.

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