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.

Elvis Presley ‘Live 1969’ Review: ‘He Meant Every Word’

After years of making mostly cringe-worthy movies, the King returned to the stage, fully engaged, in fine voice and clearly having a ton of fun.

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Licked Live in NYC’: Review

The band–world champs at mining the vault–is in fine form throughout this 2003 gig that includes many familiar tracks and a handful not heard as often

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‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ LP Delivered Classic Dylan

It seemed reasonable to suspect that we’d seen the last of his greatest albums. Well, here was a superb collection to prove you wrong

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ABBA’s ‘Album Box Set’ is the Ultimate Guilty Pleasure

The box boasts ABBA’s irresistible wall of sound, which incorporates soaring melodies, terrific vocal work, hooks galore, and inventive use of synthesizers.

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The Rolling Stones Go Small with Big Results on ‘El Mocambo 1977’

This Toronto recording, capturing a gig played for 300 lucky souls and featuring both hits and obscurities, ranks with the best of the Stones’ live LPs.

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Led Zeppelin’s Epic Live ‘How the West Was Won’

The chart-topping three-disc set, remastered in 2018, culls the best material from three June 1972 Los Angeles–area concerts.

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Mark Knopfler’s ‘The Studio Albums 1996–2007′: Review

The music is well recorded, but if you’re looking for the arena rock and guitar pyrotechnics that characterized Dire Straits, you may be disappointed.

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Judy Collins’ 1st-Ever Album of All-Original Songs: ‘Spellbound’ Reviewed

After more than half a century and 55 albums, the singer has finally released a full album of her own compositions. Our reviewer approves.

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Elvis Costello Pumps It Up on ‘The Boy Named If’: Review

Costello is in fine form and his backup band, the Imposters, still cooks. His trademark vocals and colorful vignettes continue to fascinate

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David Bowie’s ‘Brilliant Adventure’ Box Set: Review

While the new collection is not the high point of the recent series of Bowie boxes, it does have a lot to recommend it including a BBC Radio concert from 2000

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