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Classic Albums

  • 1997
  • Documentary and factual
  • Music


"Classic Albums" lifts the lid on pop and rock albums considered by many to be the best or most distinctive by a well-known band or musician. The music and its production are dissected, providing an insight into how the sound was created. The albums that have been covered include John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon, Rio by Duran Duran, Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z, British Steel by Judas Priest, Nevermind by Nirvana, Face Value by Phil Collins, A Night at the Opera by Queen, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.


Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol 1


A look at Soul II Soul's Club Classics Vol 1, which was released in 1989 and featured hits Keep on Movin' and Back to Life


The sad news for BBC4 fans that the channel is cutting new content has been tempered by the continuation on Sky Arts of Classic Albums. Arguably the best popdoc series of them all, since 1997 it has given us breakdowns of everything from Paul Simon’s Graceland and Steely Dan’s Aja to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black.

British collective Soul II Soul’s 1989 triple-platinum debut is the latest landmark to get the track-by-track treatment, its trance-like rhythms and hip-hop beats on Fairplay and Back to Life carving a template for so much of what followed.

It’s a gloriously restless edition of the programme. Group founder Jazzie B stresses the community aspect of the whole venture, while Caron Wheeler’s isolated vocals on Keep on Movin’ provide a magical, pin-drop moment. 


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