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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 special features and plan on doing about as many per year moving forward.

Steve Winwood 2017April 23, 2017

After more than a half century on the international stage, Steve Winwood has not lost a step in the quality of his musicianship and performance.

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500 AlbumsDecember 22, 2016

We have published our 500th album review, a milestone which dates back to our inception on January 1, 2011 and includes in-depth reviews of the best and most important rock and roll albums released during the classic rock period.

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Robert Johnson, 1936November 23, 2016

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 English musicians discovered the classic recordings and implemented many of the unique and innovative techniques of Robert Johnson.

80 Years Ago Today

All Things Must PassSeptember 14, 2016

All Things Must Pass is a feature-length documentary, which examines the meteoric rise and fall of Tower Records, as well as its culture and influence to rock’s classic era.

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Led Zeppelin on stage in 1969January 25, 2016

An in-depth exploration of the question of why Led Zeppelin, a band from the 1970s, is still popular today with vast audiences, especially the younger ones.

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500 AlbumsDecember 31, 2015

At the beginning of 2011, Classic Rock Review set out on a monumental task to review the best and most important rock and roll album released during the 30 year period between 1965 and 1994. To accomplish this, we set up a 5 year schedule, covering six classic years annually or approximately one every two months.

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Led Zeppelin recordsJune 20, 2015

While all artists should be compensated and copyrights should be respected, I personally feel entitled to access to any Zeppelin recording free of charge for the rest of my life.

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Beatles arrive in AmericaDecember 27, 2014

Classic Rock Review looks at the top moments from the historic rock year of 1964 as we conclude the 50th anniversary of those important moments.

Top 9 Rock Moments of 1964

WoodstockAugust 17, 2014

Classic Rock Review joins the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the historic 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. In conjunction with Top 9 Lists, we present a list of the Top 9 Rock Festivals of all time, along with a bonus list of Top 9 Single Day, Single Location Concerts

Top 9 List of Rock Festivals

Led Zeppelin 2007 reunion concertJune 22, 2014

Comebacks and Reunions of classic rock acts are frequent occurrences these days. Classic Rock Review takes a special look at some of the most important and successful, with a special focus on those during the year 1994

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Led Zeppelin compilation imageAugust 8, 2013

Ever since the beginning of the rock era, there have been compilations and once the “classic era” albums come into prominence in the mid to late sixties, “Greatest Hits” or “Best of” collections stepped in to supplement regular album releases as well as reach out to audience segments who only wished to sample a certain artist’s output.

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Glass Half FullJune 30, 2013

Today Classic Rock Review has reached the halfway point of our five-year mission to review the important album of the classic rock era (1965-1995). We’ve focused in on fifteen of these years and reviewed over 200 albums, all while slowly growing and reaching out to more and more viewers on a daily basis.

“Half Way There” article

Jesus Christ Superstar, a Rock OperaMarch 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 achieve much in the rock world.

Review of Jesus Christ Superstar, a Rock Opera

Classic Christmas Rock SongsDecember 8, 2012

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.

The Best Christmas Rock Songs

The Beatles at Abbey Road StudiosJune 6, 2012

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.

The Beatles First Abbey Road Session
The Beatles’ Last Audition

CRR Special on Movie SoundtracksApril 9, 2012

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.

Feature on The Movie Soundtrack


The Live AlbumDecember 16, 2011

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.

The Live Album Feature

Old 78 RecordsOctober 16, 2011

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.

Feature on The Album


Other Classic Rock Review Blogs

06/01/14 – Roxy Music
07/29/12 – The Rolling Stones in 1967



  1. TIM
    August 21, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    How come for 1994, Tom Petty, Wildflowers was not reviewed? Was a huge album that year.


    • Alpha Dog
      August 22, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

      Hey Tim,

      We do about 13-17 reviews for each classic year and, unfortunately, miss some good albums from time to time. We may be implementing a “What Did We Miss?” section in the near future.


  2. kpduggan
    January 21, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    Enjoyed the website and feel we have common interest.


  3. Gregg D. Praetorius
    January 1, 2018 @ 3:40 pm

    I love what you’re doing, and though I may not always agree with a given review I respect that it’s coming ing from a true appreciation of the album experience. In this day of streaming and the return to a single-focused music industry, I am constantly explaining (and sometimes defending) my position that I prefer to “own” albums and my insistence on listening to them from start to finish – as I believe the artists and their producers intended. I thought that you may be interested in my recently self-published “fanoir” of the 70s and early 80s, “Babysitting A Band On The Rocks,” the story of a devotee that went from the back row to backstage in the concert scene, the title referring to a year spent with a highly dysfunctional Aerosmith. Side trips involve Van Halen, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull, Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow, Keith Richards, Billy Joel and many more. I’m marketing it somewhat as a new band would their indy record, distributing it through a few of the remaining record stores – Newbury Comics locations throughout the East Coast, Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (online at and at Looney Tunes on Long Island (online at If you would be kind enough to supply a mailing address I would be happy to send a review copy as I think it could make a good piece for your Special Features section. Simply Google “Babysitting A Band On The Rocks” or “G.D. Praetorius” to find out more now. Best Regards, G.D. Praetorius / / 516.769.9766


    • Alpha Dog
      January 5, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

      Hey Gregg,

      Thanks for the comment and we’d be happy to have you contribute to this or one of our other rock review sites. Please email any submission ideas you may have.

      Ric Albano
      River of Rock Music Network


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