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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.

 

'Classic Albums' All New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c on AXS TV

SEASON 3 LINEUP:

February 7 Steely Dan – Aja
February 14 Iron Maiden – The Number of The Beast
February 28 Simply Red – Stars
March 7 Motörhead – Ace of Spades
March 14 Judas Priest – British Steel
March 21 Deep Purple – Machine Head
March 28 Primal Scream – Screamadelica
April 4 Bob Marley and The Wailers – Catch a Fire
April 11 Lou Reed – Transformer
April 18 Frank Zappa – Apostrophe (‘) and Over-Nite Sensation
April 25 Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

From the Classic Albums blog:

Classic Albums: Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols | Premieres Apr 25

Discover what made Never Mind The Bollocks one of the most important musical statements in British music history. Read more...

Sneak Peek | Classic Albums: Frank Zappa: Apostrophe (‘) & Over-Nite Sensation

Watch footage of Frank Zappa and other important figures talking about the conception of Zappa's two landmark albums. Read more...

Classic Albums: Frank Zappa – Apostrophe (‘) & Over-Nite Sensation | Premieres Apr 18

Discover how Zappa created both Apostrophe (') & Over-Nite Sensation. Read more...

Schedule

  • Fri, Apr 20th 2:00 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, Apr 21st 12:00 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.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 7:00 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.
  • Mon, Apr 23rd 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - The Band: The Band
    Featuring interviews with the surviving members of the band, together with fellow musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Don Was, this program underlines The Band's enormous contribution to popular music history and confirms why, for many music lovers they will always be The Band.
  • Tue, Apr 24th 2:00 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.
  • Tue, Apr 24th 8:00 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, Apr 25th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Carly Simon: No Secrets
    Singer-songwriter Carly Simon and key collaborators reveal the creative process of writing and recording her No Secrets album, including the classic single 'You're So Vain.'
  • Premiere Wed, Apr 25th 9:00 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.
  • Wed, Apr 25th 11:30 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, Apr 26th 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.
  • Fri, Apr 27th 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.
  • Sat, Apr 28th 12:00 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.
  • Sun, Apr 29th 7:00 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, Apr 30th 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.
  • Tue, May 1st 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.
  • Tue, May 1st 8:00 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.
  • Wed, May 2nd 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.
  • Wed, May 2nd 9:00 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.
  • Thu, May 3rd 12:00 AM 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.
  • Thu, May 3rd 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.
  • Fri, May 4th 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.
  • Sat, May 5th 12:00 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.
  • Sun, May 6th 7:00 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.
  • Mon, May 7th 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.
  • Tue, May 8th 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.
  • Tue, May 8th 8:00 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.
  • Wed, May 9th 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, May 9th 9:00 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.
  • Thu, May 10th 12:00 AM 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.
  • Thu, May 10th 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, May 11th 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, May 12th 12:00 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.
  • Sat, May 12th 2:40 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.
  • Sat, May 12th 7:30 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.
  • Sun, May 13th 1:00 AM 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.
  • Sun, May 13th 7:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Carly Simon: No Secrets
    Singer-songwriter Carly Simon and key collaborators reveal the creative process of writing and recording her No Secrets album, including the classic single 'You're So Vain.'

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