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 Sex Pistols’ Era-Defining ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’

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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Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ Breakthrough

After her first four albums, followers of country-rock knew there was something special about her. On her fifth, they found out what it was.

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The Moody Blues’ Masterpiece, ‘Days of Future Passed’

It was a new concept: a rock band would play its new songs, read some poems and be backed up by an orchestra. Today it’s considered a landmark recording.

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Beach Boys Party! – Fun Time and Lots (and Lots) of Covers

Capitol Records wanted a new LP for the ’65 holiday shopping season. Brian was busy with Pet Sounds. So they recorded plenty of their contemporaries’ songs

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Gregg Allman’s Solo Debut ‘Laid Back’: Trauma and Survival

The LP was intended to go in a different direction than the ABB: softer, more contemplative, acoustic-based, a statement of gratitude in the face of loss.

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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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The Flying Burrito Bros.’ Seminal Country-Rock Debut

Gram Parsons had envisioned the Burritos as “his” band, but ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’ underscores the partnership between Parsons and Chris Hillman.

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Bee Gees’ Rare Performances Collected in New Box Set: Review

The sound quality and performances are excellent, many different from the well-known studio versions. And the set lists cover lots of territory.

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Pretenders’ Debut: Chrissie Hynde Takes No Prisoners

Released at the edge of the ’70s punk and new wave assaults, ‘Pretenders’ traded on Chrissie Hynde’s substantial punk bona fides–but there was more to it.

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Love’s Brilliant Landmark ‘Forever Changes’

The deeper complexity and nuance that had lurked under the surface came to the forefront in the L.A. band’s classic 1967 third album.

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