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Boston, ‘Life, Love & Hope’ – Album Review

Boston
Frontiers

Boston's sixth album, 'Life, Love & Hope,' is a rather frustrating, confusing affair.

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Eric Clapton, ‘Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings’ – Album Review

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The first part of the '70s was tough for Eric Clapton. In addition to becoming so infatuated with his friend George Harrison's wife that he recorded an entire album about it (Derek and the Dominos' classic 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs'), he was deep into a heroin addiction that would temporarily sideline him.

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The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light / White Heat: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ – Album Review

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'The Velvet Underground & Nico' may be the preeminent noise band's best and most celebrated album, but their second LP, released in 1968, is their most abrasive. And by turn, it's their most representative -- a staggering work of controlled chaos and meditative fragility.

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Neil Young, ‘Live at the Cellar Door’ – Album Review

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Unlike Bob Dylan's similarly themed 'Bootleg Series,' the various volumes in Neil Young's 'Archives' haven't stretched out much. Aside from 2009's massive early-career box set and a couple of later concert documents, the albums in Young's ongoing series mostly have been live shows from the first few years of his solo period.

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The Beatles, ‘On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2′ – Album Review

Apple Corps Ltd.
Apple Corps Ltd.

By the time the Beatles began their three-year relationship with the BBC, they could perform their mix of covers and originals in their sleep. Years of playing for drunken and disinterested audiences had sharpened their stage skills to the point where nothing could faze them -- not even playing the same songs over and over, week after week, for the BBC's various radio programs.

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The Who, ‘Tommy: Super Deluxe Edition’ – Album Review

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UME

As everyone was trying to one-up each other in the later part of the '60s -- hoping to keep up with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and what it spawned -- Pete Townshend looked forward by looking back. While his contemporaries had psychedelic visions spiraling within their heads, the main songwriter and guitarist for the Who had something else in mind for his band.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘Miami Pop Festival’ – Album Review

Experience Hendrix LLC / Legacy Recordings
Experience Hendrix LLC / Legacy Recordings

At this point, is there anything really worth hearing in Jimi Hendrix's vaults that hasn't been heard before? Forty-three years after his death, and dozens of posthumous albums later, "Previously Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Recordings" doesn't stir as much excitement as it once did.

And when these "new" albums are culled from one of the guit

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Humble Pie, ‘Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore: The Complete Recordings’ – Album Review

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

In 1971, the concept of a hard-rock band achieving its big commercial breakthrough with a double live album was nothing new. But the experience had to be a particularly satisfying one for Humble Pie.

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Leslie West, ‘Still Climbing’ – Album Review

Justin Borucki
Justin Borucki

Leslie West is arguably one of hard rock's pioneering guitarists. Going back to the late '60s -- when his peers included Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton -- he's had an instantly identifiable style. From his trailblazing work with Mountain through his solo recordings, West and his guitar were a mighty force. He's lost little of his six-string fire on 'Still Climbing.'

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Motorhead, ‘Aftershock’ – Album Review

UDR Music
UDR Music

They say life’s only guarantees are death and taxes. But when it comes to loud, fast and deliciously toxic rock 'n' roll, there’s one more thing that discerning mere mortals have been able to rely on for nearly 40 years: the mighty Motorhead.

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