'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.

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

  • Wed, Jan 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.
  • Thu, Jan 23rd 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.
  • Fri, Jan 24th 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.
  • Sun, Jan 26th 7:00 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.
  • Mon, Jan 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.
  • Tue, Jan 28th 2:00 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.'
  • Wed, Jan 29th 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.
  • Thu, Jan 30th 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.
  • Fri, Jan 31st 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.
  • Sun, Feb 2nd 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.'
  • Mon, Feb 3rd 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.'
  • Tue, Feb 4th 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.
  • Wed, Feb 5th 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.
  • Thu, Feb 6th 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.
  • Fri, Feb 7th 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.
  • Sat, Feb 8th 4:00 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.
  • Sat, Feb 8th 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.
  • Sun, Feb 9th 7:00 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.
  • Mon, Feb 10th 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.
  • Tue, Feb 11th 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.
  • Wed, Feb 12th 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.
  • Thu, Feb 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.
  • Fri, Feb 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.
  • Sun, Feb 16th 7:00 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.
  • Mon, Feb 17th 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.
  • Tue, Feb 18th 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.
  • Wed, Feb 19th 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.
  • Thu, Feb 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.
  • Fri, Feb 21st 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.
  • Sun, Feb 23rd 7:00 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.
  • Mon, Feb 24th 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.
  • Tue, Feb 25th 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.
  • Thu, Feb 27th 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).
  • Fri, Feb 28th 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.
  • Sat, Feb 29th 4:00 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, Feb 29th 5:00 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.
  • Sat, Feb 29th 6:00 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, Feb 29th 7:00 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.
  • Sat, Feb 29th 8:00 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.
  • Sat, Feb 29th 9:00 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.
  • Sat, Feb 29th 10:00 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.
  • Sat, Feb 29th 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.
  • Sun, Mar 1st 12:00 AM 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.
  • Sun, Mar 1st 1:00 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.
  • Sun, Mar 1st 2:00 AM 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.
  • Sun, Mar 1st 3:00 AM 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.
  • Sun, Mar 1st 4:00 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.
  • Sun, Mar 1st 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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