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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. New episodes of Classic Albums premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c.

Check out the full season schedule:

10/2 Def Leppard: Hysteria
10/9 Metallica: Metallica
10/16 The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
10/23 Duran Duran: Rio
10/30 Nirvana: Nevermind
11/6 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes
11/13 Peter Gabriel: So
11/20 U2: The Joshua Tree

 

From the Classic Albums blog:

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...

The Unspoken Rule of Nirvana’s Nevermind | Classic Albums

They weren't on a mission, they just wanted to make a great album Read more...

Schedule

  • Tue, Nov 12th 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.
  • Wed, Nov 13th 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."
  • Premiere Wed, Nov 13th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Peter Gabriel: So
    With a stellar cast of musicians - including Kate Bush, Daniel Lanois, Laurie Anderson, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nile Rodgers, Stewart Copeland, Bill Laswell and Youssou N'Dour - and brilliant, innovative videos, So won widespread awards and plaudits (it won two Brit awards and four Grammy nominations, while both Q and Rolling Stone rate the album among the 100 greatest albums of all time).
  • Wed, Nov 13th 11:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Peter Gabriel: So
    With a stellar cast of musicians - including Kate Bush, Daniel Lanois, Laurie Anderson, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nile Rodgers, Stewart Copeland, Bill Laswell and Youssou N'Dour - and brilliant, innovative videos, So won widespread awards and plaudits (it won two Brit awards and four Grammy nominations, while both Q and Rolling Stone rate the album among the 100 greatest albums of all time).
  • Thu, Nov 14th 1:00 AM ET
    Classic Albums - Peter Gabriel: So
    With a stellar cast of musicians - including Kate Bush, Daniel Lanois, Laurie Anderson, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nile Rodgers, Stewart Copeland, Bill Laswell and Youssou N'Dour - and brilliant, innovative videos, So won widespread awards and plaudits (it won two Brit awards and four Grammy nominations, while both Q and Rolling Stone rate the album among the 100 greatest albums of all time).
  • Thu, Nov 14th 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.
  • Sat, Nov 16th 1:00 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.
  • Sat, Nov 16th 3:35 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.
  • Mon, Nov 18th 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.
  • Tue, Nov 19th 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.
  • Wed, Nov 20th 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.
  • Premiere Wed, Nov 20th 9:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - U2: The Joshua Tree
    Rock's DNA of blues, folk, gospel, and country were the building blocks of the album, fashioned lyrically and acoustically for the 80's. U2 and their producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois approached the recording The Joshua Tree as an experiment, using it as an opportunity for each of them to explore their own ideas, musical, political, and personal.
  • Wed, Nov 20th 11:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - U2: The Joshua Tree
    Rock's DNA of blues, folk, gospel, and country were the building blocks of the album, fashioned lyrically and acoustically for the 80's. U2 and their producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois approached the recording The Joshua Tree as an experiment, using it as an opportunity for each of them to explore their own ideas, musical, political, and personal.
  • Thu, Nov 21st 1:00 AM ET
    Classic Albums - U2: The Joshua Tree
    Rock's DNA of blues, folk, gospel, and country were the building blocks of the album, fashioned lyrically and acoustically for the 80's. U2 and their producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois approached the recording The Joshua Tree as an experiment, using it as an opportunity for each of them to explore their own ideas, musical, political, and personal.
  • Thu, Nov 21st 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, Nov 22nd 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.
  • Mon, Nov 25th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
    The story of Electric Ladyland is told here in words, music, rare archival film footage, and a contemporary diary kept by one of Hendrix's employees. With a musical soundtrack that includes 'All Along the Watchtower,' 'Still Raining Still Dreaming,' 'Gypsy Eyes,' 'Crosstown Traffic,' 'Voodoo Chile' and 'House Burning Down,' this electrifying program provides insights into the life, work, and musical genius of a rock music legend.
  • Tue, Nov 26th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell
    Since its release in 1977, Bat Out Of Hell has sold in excess of 30 million copies and is currently one of the top selling albums of all time. The program discusses how the songs were recorded, what techniques were used to get the sounds on tape and builds up a picture that gives insight into the process that allowed the tracks on the album to become part of a body of work that has ultimately stood the test of time.
  • Wed, Nov 27th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Paul Simon: Graceland
    This documentary contains original footage of Paul Simon and Roy Halee in Ovation Studios, South Africa, surrounded by African musicians and their families. The program also contains performance archive of many of the songs including the humorous 'You Can Call Me Al' and 'Diamonds On The Sole Of Her Shoes' with the stirring harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
  • Wed, Nov 27th 9:00 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.
  • Wed, Nov 27th 11:00 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.
  • Thu, Nov 28th 1:00 AM 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.

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