REVIEWS:

What’s the read on the latest reissue releases and live performances by classic rock artists? What biopics, movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and at home? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our team also takes a fresh look at notable works in our Album Rewind series

The Doors’ ‘Morrison Hotel’: Deluxe Edition Reviewed

You get a good sense of the atmosphere in the studio with the Doors: fun, creative, and—thanks largely to Morrison—more than a little bit wild.

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2020 in Review: The Best Music Books of the Year

We put on our reading glasses and dug in to the year’s best books for fans of classic rock and related music. Happy reading!

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Jackson Browne’s 1st LP: An L.A. Troubadour with Greenwich Village Connections

Several of his songs, written when he was still in his teens, had already been recorded by others by the time Browne entered the studio to cut his debut.

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Queen’s A Night at the Opera: A Fancy Blockbuster

Their fourth album was “a showy spectacle that revels in its bombastic production” and gave us “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s also an indisputable classic.

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The Go-Go’s’ Rise and Fall Told in New Documentary: Review

Filmmaker Alison Ellwood does a great job capturing the all-girl group’s surprising, early success and subsequent disappointment

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Dr. John’s ‘Gumbo’: A New Orleans Master’s Thesis

For the sessions, instead of his own new material, he breathed authentic life into lively new versions of hometown classics.

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Genesis’ ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’: Peter Gabriel’s Theatrical Exit

For their 1974 prog opus, Gabriel and the band came up with a complicated and somewhat opaque ‘urban odyssey’ tale set in New York City.

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Traffic’s ‘The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys’: Rock on the Fusion Frontier

What had begun as post-‘Sgt. Pepper’ psychedelia turned toward a darker, more idiosyncratic synthesis of jazz, blues, world music and English folk elements.

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Van Morrison Grooves With the Street Choir

Morrison’s third official solo album in 1970 is largely about the spirit of soul/R&B, the feel and his singing. It features his biggest U.S. hit, “Domino.”

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U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ Deluxe Edition: Review

Two decades after its release, it still sounds great. There’s more terrific music in this one box than in many artists’ entire catalogs.

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