When Albums Ruled the World

When Albums Ruled the World


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.


Documentary exploring the heyday of LPs from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, as bands and singers embraced the creative opportunities they offered for music and artwork. The programme also examines how the arrival of new formats heralded 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 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Roger Taylor
Contributor Noel Gallagher
Contributor Mike Oldfield
Contributor Ray Manzarek
Contributor Slash
Contributor Guy Garvey
Contributor Nile Rodgers
Contributor Grace Slick
Director Steve O'Hagan
Executive Producer Hamish Barbour
Producer Steve O'Hagan
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