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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.

From the Classic Albums blog:

How U2 Created The Joshua Tree | Classic Albums

Practice jam sessions and experiments created one of the best selling albums of the 80s. Read more...

The Risks of So | Classic Albums

When Peter Gabriel was writing So, he followed his heart and found one of the best albums of all time Read more...

The Work Ethic of Tom Petty | Classic Albums

From borrowed phrases from his dad to rented pianos, here's how Tom Petty wrote his best songs. Read more...

Schedule

  • Mon, Dec 9th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Steely Dan: Aja
    Becker and Fagen, renowned for their relentless perfectionism in the recording studio, recall the history of an album that was a year in the making, but rewarded with a Grammy Award and three hit singles. Steely Dan's Aja has proven to be one of the most outstanding jazz-rock albums in the history of popular music and now its story is told in this fascinating documentary.
  • Tue, Dec 10th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast
    The full and vibrant story behind the making of the album, it's packed with exclusive interviews with the entire band - Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, and Dave Murray - with the first interview for many years with drummer Clive Burr who left the band after the massive Beast on the Road World Tour, and featuring masses of previously unseen footage from the 1982 Hammersmith Odeon show on Beast on the Road.
  • Wed, Dec 11th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Simply Red: Stars
    Stars was released in 1991 and is regarded as the classic Simply Red album, with outstanding hit tracks including "Something Got Me Started", "Your Mirror", "For Your Babies," and the title track, "Stars." This program takes a look at the classic songs from the album and also includes specially recorded tracks, archive footage and promotional clips.
  • Wed, Dec 11th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    Brian Wilson and the surviving members of The Beach Boys, (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) guide us through the writing and recording of the landmark album that is consistently voted one of the top three influential albums of all time. Featuring exclusive interviews, classic archive and rare studio outtakes from the recording sessions, this film tells the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys’ reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles and Brian Wilson as a songwriting genius.
  • Wed, Dec 11th 11:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    Brian Wilson and the surviving members of The Beach Boys, (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) guide us through the writing and recording of the landmark album that is consistently voted one of the top three influential albums of all time. Featuring exclusive interviews, classic archive and rare studio outtakes from the recording sessions, this film tells the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys’ reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles and Brian Wilson as a songwriting genius.
  • Thu, Dec 12th 1:00 AM ET
    Classic Albums - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    Brian Wilson and the surviving members of The Beach Boys, (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) guide us through the writing and recording of the landmark album that is consistently voted one of the top three influential albums of all time. Featuring exclusive interviews, classic archive and rare studio outtakes from the recording sessions, this film tells the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys’ reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles and Brian Wilson as a songwriting genius.
  • Thu, Dec 12th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Motörhead: Ace of Spades
    The program is illustrated with archive footage and interviews with some of the biggest names in rock, including Lars Ulrich of Metallica, and Slash, and looks at the classic tracks from the album through interviews with all band members from their classic line up.
  • Fri, Dec 13th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Judas Priest: British Steel
    The welding of British Steel is told in the band's own words, and by their once long-term producer Tom Allom. Featuring archive footage, interviews and rare live performances, plus all of British Steel's finest songs, this is a compelling, witty and exhilarating look of the making of one of heavy metal's most artful creations, a Classic Album.
  • Fri, Dec 13th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Metallica: Metallica
    A one-hour documentary about the making of the Metallica album entitled Metallica, but now referred to as "The Black Album." The album that changed the headliners to capacity stadium fillers on a global scale. The album charted at Number 1 in the US Billboard charts upon its release, won the Grammy Award for Best heavy Metal Album, and has subsequently sold 20 million copies.
  • Sat, Dec 14th 12:10 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Pink Floyd: The Dark Side Of The Moon
    This is the story of the creation of a masterpiece: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon. The program takes a track by track look at the making of the album. All four members of the band, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright are featured in exclusive interviews.
  • Sat, Dec 14th 3:40 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.
  • Mon, Dec 16th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Deep Purple: Machine Head
    A musical biography telling the incredible story of the making of the Deep Purple album Machine Head. In exclusive interviews with Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice we take a track by track look at the making of the album.
  • Tue, Dec 17th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Primal Scream: Screamadelica
    There's no overestimating the importance of Screamadelica, the record that brought acid house, techno, and rave culture crashing into the British mainstream. Like any dance music, this is tied to its era to a certain extent, but it transcends it due to its fierce imagination and how it doubles back on rock history, making the past present and vice versa.
  • Wed, Dec 18th 2:00 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, Dec 18th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Duran Duran: Rio
    While the Duran Durn had tasted success with their first album, it was Rio that would catapult them to global stardom, an album that would ultimately sell in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, the cornerstone in the career of a ground-breaking band who would go on to sell 85 million albums and counting.
  • Wed, Dec 18th 11:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Duran Duran: Rio
    While the Duran Durn had tasted success with their first album, it was Rio that would catapult them to global stardom, an album that would ultimately sell in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, the cornerstone in the career of a ground-breaking band who would go on to sell 85 million albums and counting.
  • Thu, Dec 19th 1:00 AM ET
    Classic Albums - Duran Duran: Rio
    While the Duran Durn had tasted success with their first album, it was Rio that would catapult them to global stardom, an album that would ultimately sell in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, the cornerstone in the career of a ground-breaking band who would go on to sell 85 million albums and counting.
  • Thu, Dec 19th 2:00 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.
  • Fri, Dec 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.
  • Fri, Dec 20th 9:00 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.
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 6:00 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.
  • Mon, Dec 23rd 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.
  • Thu, Dec 26th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    Brian Wilson and the surviving members of The Beach Boys, (Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) guide us through the writing and recording of the landmark album that is consistently voted one of the top three influential albums of all time. Featuring exclusive interviews, classic archive and rare studio outtakes from the recording sessions, this film tells the story of the creation of the record that cemented The Beach Boys’ reputation as a leading force to rival The Beatles and Brian Wilson as a songwriting genius.
  • Fri, Dec 27th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Def Leppard: Hysteria
    A musical biography telling the incredible story of the making of the Def Leppard album Hysteria, the album that sold over 17 million copies, produced seven hit singles, and brought worldwide superstardom to Def Leppard in 1987.
  • Fri, Dec 27th 9:00 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.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 2:10 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Phil Collins: Face Value
    The program includes several previously unseen performances as well as rare home movies of the studio sessions where Phil Collins worked closely with Hugh Padgham and the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section. Featuring the classic 'In The Air Tonight,' 'Behind The Lines,' 'Please Don't Ask,' 'I Missed Again' and 'This Must Be Love.'
  • Sat, Dec 28th 5:50 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Def Leppard: Hysteria
    A musical biography telling the incredible story of the making of the Def Leppard album Hysteria, the album that sold over 17 million copies, produced seven hit singles, and brought worldwide superstardom to Def Leppard in 1987.
  • Mon, Dec 30th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Duran Duran: Rio
    While the Duran Durn had tasted success with their first album, it was Rio that would catapult them to global stardom, an album that would ultimately sell in excess of 10 million copies worldwide, the cornerstone in the career of a ground-breaking band who would go on to sell 85 million albums and counting.

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