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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

  • 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.'
  • Mon, Mar 2nd 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.
  • Tue, Mar 3rd 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.
  • Wed, Mar 4th 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.
  • Thu, Mar 5th 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."
  • Fri, Mar 6th 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.
  • Sun, Mar 8th 7:00 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.
  • Mon, Mar 9th 2:00 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.
  • Tue, Mar 10th 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.
  • Wed, Mar 11th 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, Mar 12th 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, Mar 13th 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.
  • Sun, Mar 15th 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, Mar 16th 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.
  • Tue, Mar 17th 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.
  • Wed, Mar 18th 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.
  • Thu, Mar 19th 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.
  • Fri, Mar 20th 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.'

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