When Albums Ruled the World

Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

First shown in February, this film about vinyl LPs is the length of a double album and covers the period of roughly 20 years when they were music’s preferred format. At first, it repeatedly tells the same story, of an artist dissatisfied with pop singles wanting to make a grander statement: Bob Dylan, the Doors, the Beatles and Marvin Gaye all grow up and expand.

Then it’s a case of ticking off the monsters of the 1970s, often with the creators themselves. Music fans will learn very little that’s new but enjoy themselves anyway.

About this programme

Documentary exploring the heyday of LPs from the mid-1960s to the late 70s, as artists embraced the creative opportunities they offered for music and artwork. The programme also examines how the arrival of new formats spelt the end of the album's golden era. With contributions from Queen's Roger Taylor, Noel Gallagher, Mike Oldfield, the Doors' Ray Manzarek, Slash and singer-songwriter Grace Slick.

Cast and crew

Cast

Contributor
Roger Taylor
Contributor
Noel Gallagher
Contributor
Mike Oldfield
Contributor
Ray Manzarek
Contributor
Slash
Contributor
Guy Garvey
Contributor
Nile Rodgers
Contributor
Grace Slick

Crew

Director
Steve O'Hagan
Executive Producer
Hamish Barbour
Producer
Steve O'Hagan
Categories
Documentary
Music

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