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.

Mudcrutch ‘2:’ A Real Fine Rock Album

Mudcrutch is an American rock band, Southern division, from the ’70s, from which Tom Petty emerged. Now back and damn fine for the second time.

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Reunited Original Santana Brings the Past Into the Future

Back together again with Journey’s Gregg Rolie + Neal Schon as well as Michael Shrieve, Carlos Santana revives + updates his classic sound.

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Cheap Trick’s Newest Album is Something to Savor

On their first album in seven years Cheap Trick rock like the deserving Hall of Famers that they are.

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Raitt’s Latest LP Glows with Mature Confidence

Bonnie makes an album that shows all her talents in spades: emotive singing, strong songwriting, cool way with covers and hot slide guitar.

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David Bowie’s Brilliant Last Will and Testament

The final album by David Bowie, ★ (Blackstar), ruminates on mortality with some of his most challenging artistry

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ZZ Top’s Gibbons Rocks the Latin Beat Solo

Sexy, saucy and set to a Latin beat, Billy Gibbons Perfectamundo allows him to shine after waiting some 45 years to go solo.

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Bryan Adams ‘Get Up’ Album: A ‘Gem’

Our reviewer called the 2015 release his favorite album of the year, describing it as a “little golden age of classic rock ‘n’ roll”

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Alone In The Studio

The new album credited to Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Alone In The Universe, is really more of a solo effort, writes our reviewer. It’s great to have the old maestro back

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‘Cutting Edge’ Best Dylan Bootleg Yet

A fascinating in-depth look into the creative process as one of rock music’s monumental artists was recording world-changing music

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Rod the Mod Kinda Comes Back

Fans of Stewart’s golden years of too-long-ago will appreciate his return to writing songs on an album that is a mixed bag, but not without moments of merit.

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