Classic Rock Review Special Features
Along with the regular, year-by-year album reviews, Classic Rock Review does special features on aspects of classic rock which fall outside the normal flow of artist-centric albums. In our debut year of 2011 we did three of these spcial features and plan on doing about as many per year moving forward.
March 29, 2013
Before it was a theatre act, a Broadway play, or a major motion picture, Jesus Christ Superstar was simply a 1970 rock album produced by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist by Tim Rice, with performances by top-notch British musicians who would go on to acheive much in the rock world.
Nearly from its inception, rock and roll and Christmas songs have made for a potent mixture of holiday-flavored punch. This marriage dates back to 1957 with the first Elvis Presley Christmas Album and Bobby Helms’s timeless “Jingle Bell Rock”, a rockabilly Christmas classic which was actually written by an advertising executive and a publicist.
On June 6, 1962, The Beatles did their first recording sessions at what would later be re-named Abbey Road Studios. On that day 50 years ago, no one involved could have possibly imagined how historically connected this building in London and that shaggy rock band from Liverpool would become.
We’ve looked at the most prominant Movie Soundtracks of rock history, narrowing them down by defining this category with the main criteria of original music, recently produced (at the time of release), and by various artists. However, we also looked at soundtracks which fell outside this criteria.
Even though most of what we review are studio productions, there have been hundreds of quality Live Albums released through the years. So today we examine some of the more important live albums through time, with a special look at 1976, a year that was especially rich with quality live albums.
On November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, TX, a young blues man from the Mississippi Delta cut the first half of his famed 29 recorded tracks. These simple songs would ripple through the rock and roll world some three decades later, when some soon-to-be-famous musicians in England discovered the classic recordings and implemented many of the unique and innovative techniques of this young blues player, named Robert Johnson.
Classic Rock Review is built around the concept of The Album, which we define as a collection of professionally recorded songs by a single artist published together usually through a single source of media. Here we looked at the evolution of albums.
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