Recordings

Best Classic Bands offers smart, informed and unbiased assessments of the latest rock album releases and reissues to offer readers guidance on what sounds they might enjoy.

Led Zeppelin’s ‘Song Remains the Same’: Review

If you have the previous reissue, you can probably skip the new one. If you don’t, here’s a chance to experience a much better recording than the original.

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Led Zeppelin’s ‘How the West Was Won’: Review

Finally, a quality live Zep album: The chart-topping three-disc set culls the best material from three June 1972 Los Angeles–area concerts.

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Beach Boys Live Package Delivers Fun, Fun, Fun

Some of the recordings differ significantly from ones we’ve heard elsewhere. Besides, there’s no such thing as too much of the Beach Boys.

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Bob Dylan Rare Performances Live 1962-1966: Review

Dylan’s growth during these years covered is astounding, from traditional folk artist to protest singer to highly original introspective material.

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‘Sgt. Pepper’ Super Deluxe Edition: Review

For many it’s the crowning achievement of the Beatles and rock itself. You want to believe these mixes are new recordings

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Archive Box Delivers

A magnificent box set commemorates CCR’s run when they released 3 great LPs and had a string of hit singles, all in one remarkable year

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Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie Album Review

What you’ve got here is Mac-to-the basics. It’s at once familiar and sparkly-new. You’re going to want to come back to it often, for a long time.

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Review: The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

There’s nothing retro about it yet the Stones’ first-ever all-blues album is very much a celebration of their roots. We listened, and we loved it.

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Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl Album Review

Producer Giles Martin has vastly improved what his father, George, called the fans’ “eternal shriek” to deliver a more dynamic and definitely more powerful album than the original

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Heart Breathes Life Into Old and New Songs

The iconic classic rock band’s Beautiful Broken is “the new Heart album fans have been waiting for,” says our reviewer. Listen to the title cut

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