'Classic Albums' Wednesdays at 9/8c on AXS TV

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.

You may also like:

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

  • Fri, Jul 10th 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, Jul 11th 5:00 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.
  • Sun, Jul 12th 2:15 AM 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.
  • Mon, Jul 13th 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, Jul 14th 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.
  • Wed, Jul 15th 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.
  • Thu, Jul 16th 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, Jul 17th 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.
  • Mon, Jul 20th 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.
  • Tue, Jul 21st 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Duran Duran: Rio
    While 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, Jul 22nd 2:00 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.
  • Thu, Jul 23rd 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Nirvana: Nevermind
    Nevermind and the songs of Kurt Cobain changed the music business from within, without compromise, record company hype or media overkill. This episode tells the story behind how Nirvana came to record Nevermind, the effect the record was to have on the music world and on the band themselves, and why to this day it still remains a milestone in rock history.
  • Fri, Jul 24th 2:00 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).
  • Mon, Jul 27th 2:00 PM ET
    Classic Albums - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes
    A mix of root-sy American rock 'n' roll and the best of the British invasion, of jangling Byrds guitars and Stones-like rhythms, Damn the Torpedoes was the album that took Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers into the major league, and re-defined American rock. Get the story behind the conception and recording of this great rock 'n' roll album and the dramatic transformation in the band's career that took place following its release.
  • Tue, Jul 28th 2:00 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, Jul 29th 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.
  • Thu, Jul 30th 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.
  • Fri, Jul 31st 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.

Copyright © 2020 AXS TV - All Rights Reserved.