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

Delaney and Bonnie’s ‘Accept No Substitute’: White Soul Born in Turmoil

A beautiful album, close to perfection in the playing and singing, it was helmed by a married couple whose own relationship was falling apart at the seams.

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Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ ‘Imperial Bedroom’: Multi-Colored Delights

The 1982 album is generally considered one of Costello’s best, with 15 exceptional songs and some of the best work by the Attractions.

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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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The Band’s Pioneering ‘Music From Big Pink’

The album offered quiet songs of experience bathed in a rustic glow, with no hints of the futurism and none of the kilowatt drama then prevalent elsewhere in rock.

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‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’: Just Your Basic Dylan-Petty-Harrison-Orbison-Lynne Supergroup

Their unexpected union was a landmark combining an array of distinctive voices into something no individual could create alone.

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Paul McCartney’s Solo Debut: 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The 1970 album, his first outside of the Beatles, is a picture of Paul in transition, a historical document of quiet beauty.

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Free’s ‘Fire and Water’: More Than Just All Right

The album featured one of rock’s all-time classics in “All Right Now,” but there was much more to Free’s ferocious-yet-controlled ethic.

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Bad Company’s 1974 Debut: When Rock Fans Couldn’t Get Enough

Arising from the ashes of Free, Bad Company pursued a more stripped-down hard-rock vision. By the end of 1974, they had a #1 LP and were headlining arenas.

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‘Dusty in Memphis’: Dusty Springfield’s Pop-Soul Pinnacle

Nearing 30, the British vocal great was intimidated by the soul power at Atlantic Records, her new home. She overcame it and turned out a masterpiece.

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Aerosmith Permanent Vacation: The Rejuvenation

They’d lost their way as the ’80s lumbered along. Then, the Boston rockers remembered just who Aerosmith was. We take a look back at their classic comeback.

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