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.

The Explorers Club Channels the ’60s/’70s on 2 New Albums

One disc is so reminiscent of classic rock that you might feel as if you’ve heard the tunes somewhere before. The other pays a more direct tribute.

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‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ Delivers Classic Dylan: Review

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

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Dion Sings ‘Blues with Friends’: Review

Dion has periodically dipped into a blues bag. On his new set he teams up with Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison & more for a full album of blues.

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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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Gordon Lightfoot Goes ‘Solo’ on 1st New Studio Set Since ’04: Review

The new release, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter’s first since 2004, occasionally sounds like a collection of demos.

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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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Paul Young Live CD/DVD: Exhilarating and Exuberant

His light shone much brighter in Europe than in the U.S., but most of the performances on this set hold up well, and Young’s vocals remain exhilarating.

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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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NRBQ’s ‘Turn On, Tune In’ Review: Virtually Unclassifiable

Although it’s not their most diverse set, you can tell they are having a lot of fun with this music. You probably would, too.

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Woodstock ’69 Complete on 38 CDs: Review

The box is well worth considering: It gives you just about everything from the festival except the mud, the rain and the traffic jams.

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