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.

Rolling Stones ‘Bridges to Bremen’ Review

In this 1998 show, Mick Jagger is at the top of his stage-prancing form throughout, and the rest of the band delivers the goods as well.

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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars’: Review

Every number on this disc is ear candy, thanks partly to indelible melodies and to the moody, perfectly attuned instrumentation.

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Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ Box Set: Review

Evidence of Bob Dylan’s genius is all over the place on these 14 discs. If his music means a lot to you, so will this box.

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Barclay James Harvest 50th Anniversary: Review

The quartet does a good job of recreating the original group’s sound, which has often been compared to that of the Moody Blues.

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Bob Dylan ‘More Blood, More Tracks’ Review

The latest release in the acclaimed bootleg series focuses on 1975’s Blood on the Tracks album, a fan and critical favorite

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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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