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.

Cameo-Parkway Records’ ’60s Dance & Soul Compilations: Review

A trio of new collections highlight the dance crazes that emanated from artists like Philly’s Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp, plus classic soul.

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Bee Gees’ Rare Performances Collected in New Box Set: Review

The sound quality and performances are excellent, many different from the well-known studio versions. And the set lists cover lots of territory.

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Nick Mason Re-Psychedelicizes Early Pink Floyd on New Live Release: Review

Don’t come here looking for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ or ‘The Wall.’ The drummer’s focus is solely on the earlier, more trippy Floyd material.

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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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