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Classic Albums

Classic Albums is a British documentary series about pop, rock and heavy metal albums that are considered the best or most distinctive of a well-known band or musician or that exemplify a stage in the history of music.

 

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Schedule

  • Wed, Jun 20th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Frank Zappa: Apostrophe & Over-Nite Sensation
    Discover how Frank Zappa created these ground-breaking albums with the help of a crack team of musicians including George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ian and Ruth Underwood and Bruce Fowler and Engineer Kerry McNabb.
  • Wed, Jun 20th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Bob Marley and The Wailers: Catch a Fire
    Featuring rare archival interviews with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Marley himself - as well as never-before-seen performances and footage from the Jamaican recording sessions - this provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark work.
  • Wed, Jun 20th 11:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Bob Marley and The Wailers: Catch a Fire
    Featuring rare archival interviews with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Marley himself - as well as never-before-seen performances and footage from the Jamaican recording sessions - this provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark work.
  • Thu, Jun 21st 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks
    The Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols is unquestionably one of the most important musical statements in the history of British music. It was in 1977, at a time when the nation was crippled by class division and unemployment that four working class teenagers with supposedly non-existent futures recorded an album that to this day remains as one of the greatest and most influential bodies of work ever recorded.
  • Fri, Jun 22nd 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Black Sabbath: Paranoid
    The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. Paranoid not only changed the face of rock music forever, but also defined the sound and style of Heavy Metal more than any other record in rock history.
  • Sat, Jun 23rd 12:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Bob Marley and The Wailers: Catch a Fire
    Featuring rare archival interviews with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Marley himself - as well as never-before-seen performances and footage from the Jamaican recording sessions - this provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark work.
  • Sun, Jun 24th 7:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Who: Who's Next
    Who's Next is viewed by many as the greatest testament to the songwriting talent of Pete Townshend and the musical power of The Who. The story of how The Who came to record the album is told by group members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, together with contributions by those who were close to the group during the making of this classic album.
  • Mon, Jun 25th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Doors: The Doors
    The Doors' eponymous debut album alone assures them a place in rock and roll history. In less than a year after its release, the Doors would go from Los Angeles favorites to one of the biggest bands in the world.
  • Tue, Jun 26th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band
    Drawing from his painful and difficult early life, the songs in this episode address some of the most personal and cathartic songs John ever wrote including "Mother," "Love," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," and "God."
  • Tue, Jun 26th 8:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Bob Marley and The Wailers: Catch a Fire
    Featuring rare archival interviews with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Marley himself - as well as never-before-seen performances and footage from the Jamaican recording sessions - this provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark work.
  • Wed, Jun 27th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
    Fleetwood Mac's hugely successful "Rumours" was recorded in 1977, selling 15 million copies across the world. This is the definitive story of the making of an album that has truly earned its place in the pantheon of rock music history.
  • Wed, Jun 27th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Lou Reed: Transformer
    The program is illustrated by archive footage from Lou in concert, and also features specially recorded acoustic performances by Lou. This also includes archive material of The Velvet Underground and of Andy Warhol and the Factory and provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark album.
  • Thu, Jun 28th 12:30 AM ET
    Classic Albums - Lou Reed: Transformer
    The program is illustrated by archive footage from Lou in concert, and also features specially recorded acoustic performances by Lou. This also includes archive material of The Velvet Underground and of Andy Warhol and the Factory and provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark album.
  • Thu, Jun 28th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Queen: A Night at the Opera
    This program is the story behind the conception and recording of the remarkable A Night at the Opera album and the dramatic transformation in Queen's career that took place following its release.
  • Fri, Jun 29th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures
    This is the story of Rush and their classic albums 2112 and Moving Pictures. Featuring exclusive interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart and their closest colleagues and collaborators; Taylor Hawkins, Rolling Stone Magazine's David Fricke, Jim Ladd, George Stroumboulopoulous, and Ed Robertson.
  • Sat, Jun 30th 12:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Lou Reed: Transformer
    The program is illustrated by archive footage from Lou in concert, and also features specially recorded acoustic performances by Lou. This also includes archive material of The Velvet Underground and of Andy Warhol and the Factory and provides a unique insight into the process behind the recording of this landmark album.
  • Mon, Jul 2nd 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Cream: Disraeli Gears
    Arguably the first supergroup, Cream achieved massive worldwide success in 1967 with Disraeli Gears and ensured their place in rock's hall of fame. We will discover how Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton created the album with the help of lyricist Pete Brown, artist and lyricist Martin Sharp, producer Felix Pappalardi and legendary engineer Tom Dowd.
  • Tue, Jul 3rd 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Made in 1973, during a prolific period of songwriting for Elton and Bernie Taupin, the sessions for this album provided so fruitful that Elton was able to release his first double album. Featuring exclusive interviews with Elton John, Bernie Taupin, fellow peers such as Tim Rice, and the musicians and producers who helped to achieve this landmark album, along with wonderful archive footage of some Elton's great performances.
  • Thu, Jul 5th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley
    The program tells the story behind the making of Elvis Presley's first album for RCA Records, Elvis Presley, and his incredible transition from local performer to international singing sensation, heart-throb and icon.
  • Fri, Jul 6th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Grateful Dead: From Anthem to Beauty
    When the Grateful Dead surfaced in San Francisco in the mid-1960s, with their psychedelic imagery and mass following of Dead Heads, they spearheaded a new and rebellious counterculture that joyfully rejected mainstream America. This program charts how The Dead evolved from "Anthem" to "Beauty", and examines how these very different albums were made.
  • Sun, Jul 8th 7:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band
    Drawing from his painful and difficult early life, the songs in this episode address some of the most personal and cathartic songs John ever wrote including "Mother," "Love," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," and "God."

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