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35 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Face Another Battle on ‘Hard Promises’

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers went through a grueling battle recording their third album, Damn the Torpedoes — and they faced yet another fight while working on the follow-up, 1981's Hard Promises.

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Columbia
Columbia

40 Years Ago: Aerosmith Hit Their Stride on ‘Rocks’

Aerosmith's appetite for self-destruction would send the band spiraling into implosion before the end of the '70s.

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Arista
Arista

25 Years Ago: Yes Patch Together an Overstuffed ‘Union’

If Yes' 'Union' seemed a bit too good to be true, that's because it was.

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Sean Gardner, Getty Images

The History of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions’

Bruce Springsteen created some of the loosest, most joyous music of his career by revisiting traditional American folk music.

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Virginia Turbett, Getty Images
Virginia Turbett, Getty Images

Maybe We Should Just Leave Prince’s Vault Closed

There's probably going to be posthumous music released from Prince's vault for decades. But is that a good thing?

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Michael Wiseman
Michael Wiseman

Brewer and Shipley’s Michael Brewer Looks Back on 45 Years of Tokin’ Over the Line: Exclusive Interview

Just in time for 4/20, Ultimate Classic Rock spoke with half of the team responsible for "One Toke Over the Line."

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Elektra Records
Elektra Records

The Stories Behind the Songs of the Doors’ Last Hurrah, ‘L.A. Woman’

On the anniversary of the release of 'L.A. Woman,' we look at the multitude of influences on Jim Morrison's swan song.

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Frontiers
Frontiers

10 Years Ago: Toto Bulk Up Their Lineup for ‘Falling in Between’

Toto's 'Falling in Between' was released on April 14, 2006.

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Bob King, Getty Images

15 Years Ago: Ace Frehley Plays His Last Kiss Show

Ace Frehley's second stint with Kiss started with a reunion tour, so perhaps it's fitting that it also ended on the road.

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Hear Music
Hear Music

Five Years Ago: Paul Simon Ponders Mortality on ‘So Beautiful or So What’

Paul Simon's 12th solo studio album, 'So Beautiful or So What' was released on April 8, 2011.

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