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

Elton John ‘Honky Chateau’: New Heights

“I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie and I were during the early days,” Elton has said. “The songs just poured out of us.”

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Cheap Trick ‘Heaven Tonight’: They Just Seemed a Little Weird

Our look back at the band’s third album, released in 1978

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Pete Townshend ‘Empty Glass’: The Who Album That Wasn’t

Although it’s fully satisfying on its own, the album, the most successful of Townshend’s solo releases, has been called a Who record that never was.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Debut: Of Rivers and Cowgirls

The 1969 album’s streamlined band sound offered a direct connection to Young’s emerging power as a live musician, and launched a career-long partnership

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Dr. John: An Anthology Focuses on His Peak Years

The 26-track, Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968-1974, also includes key album tracks

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Steely Dan ‘The Royal Scam’: Rock on a Grand Scale

The 1976 LP proved divisive, augmenting the leaner ensemble core of prior albums with more aggressive ensemble arrangements

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The Beatles Restored ‘Let It Be’ Film Shows a Band Still at a Creative Peak: Review

Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s restored 1970 film is streaming exclusively on Disney+

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The Guess Who’s ‘American Woman’ Album: Distant Roads Are Calling

The Canadian band had been scoring with ballads like “These Eyes” and “Laughing.” Now they wanted to rock. American Woman introduced a new Guess Who

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Paul Simon ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’: American Tunes

With classic songs such as “American Tune,” “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock,” Simon’s third solo album sealed his reputation as a major solo artist

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Jethro Tull—’Aqualung’: The Ultimate Concept Album

‘Aqualung’ proved successful, with the rock press heralding the album for its variety, seriousness and the unmatched musicianship.

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