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 Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Reissue Reviewed: The Anniversary It Deserves

Our reviewer: this latest anthology offers 3 compelling reasons to buy it. The excellent sound quality, the demos + outtakes and the 100-page hardcover book

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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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‘Dixie Chicken’: Little Feat’s Secret Southern Sauce

The group drew on Lowell George’s versatile command of blues, country, folk and R&B for its third–and many feel finest–studio album.

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When the Moody Blues Found Their ‘Lost Chord’

If you’ve been listening to this music on a scratchy vinyl LP for the last 50 years, you’re bound to find the surround-sound version to be a real trip.

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Janis Joplin Celebrated in ‘Blisteringly Honest’ New Bio: Review

Janis: Her Life and Music details how Joplin’s stubborn refusal to compromise produced some of the most exciting music around and made her a cultural icon.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ ‘Damn the Torpedoes’ @40

The LP was the band’s long-awaited breakthrough, the Heartbreakers now matching the caliber of their front man’s writing with their focused musicianship.

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Pat Benatar’s ‘Crimes of Passion’: Her Best Shot

She has remained the thing she set out to be, an artist who made her own seat at the table and turned it into a remarkable rock music legacy.

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Ramones’ ‘It’s Alive’ Deluxe Reviewed: Back to Basics

Nobody took rock back to basics more than the Ramones, whose concise, beat-driven tunes hit you over the head with elemental bursts of sound.

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Eric Clapton’s Lifesaving ‘Rainbow Concert’ Revisited

It’s widely believed that Pete Townshend’s successful efforts to bring the guitarist out of his self-imposed musical exile marked a turning point.

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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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