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Classic Albums

Specials 1997

  • 1997-07-21T01:00:00+02:00 on BBC
  • 50 mins
  • 9 hours, 10 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary

This series looks at the writing and recording of some of the greatest albums of our era. Musicians, producers, and engineers are interviewed in the studio, and the master tapes are played, sometimes isolating particular channels, to highlight certain instrumental sounds or voices. Many of the musicians play live along with the tracks, demonstrating how they played the parts. In some cases, group members are reuniting after considerable time as they reminisce together. This is usually interspersed with some vintage clips and photos of concert performances.

The BBC produced series began in 1997, with Ringo Starr as narrator. Later episodes have no narrator. The first seven episodes were licensed to VH1 for showing in the US, then periodically more were released, one at a time. Some have been shown on A&E, PBS, and Biography Channel. One or two were repackaged by VH1 as 'Ultimate Albums'. In April 2006, 26 DVD's were released as 'VH1's Classic Albums', with additional footage and bonus features. In October 2006, the show began a weekly airing on VH1 Classic on Tuesday evenings. The original airdates in some cases are sketchy, as VH1 are rather tight-lipped about past programming, preferring to focus on upcoming 'premieres'.

12 episodes

Special 1 Q65: Revolution

  • 1997-07-21T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

VertalingVan: Nederlands Naar: Engels EngelsNederlandsFransTaal herkennen NederlandsEngelsFrans In this episode a portrait of the band Q65. Central to the realization of the first album 'Revolution' (1966). Including the acoustic performance of a few songs. INTERVIEWS with: - Wim Bieler, vocals; - Peter Finch, bass; - Joop Roelofs, guitar; - Frank Nuyens, guitar; - Jay Baar drums. - Hans van Hemert, producer. ARCHIVE MATERIAL: various video clips. Google Vertalen voor bedrijven:Translator ToolkitWebsite TranslatorGlobal Market Finder Rechtstreekse vertaling uitschakelenOver Google VertalenMobielPrivacyHelpFeedback verzenden

The latest addition to Eagle s critically acclaimed and highly successful Classic Albums series is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1979 breakthrough album Damn The Torpedoes . The band s third album defined their musical style and took them into the mainstream hitting No.2 on the US charts and spawning the top 10 single Don t Do Me Like That . The DVD features newly filmed contributions from the band members Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch along with co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus as they analyse the tracks from the original multi-track tapes and through new and archive performances. Damn The Torpedoes has stood the test of time as one of the great American rock albums of its era and is a worthy addition to the Classic Albums series.

Special 3 Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures

  • 2010-06-26T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

The latest addition to the acclaimed and award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of two legendary albums from Rush. 2112 was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. Moving Pictures opened them to a mass audience for the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum there while hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.

Special 4 Black Sabbath: Paranoid

  • 2010-10-29T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

With Paranoid celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Classic Albums/Black Sabbath episode is particularly timely. Music buffs will relish at the 97-minute DVD that touches upon everything from Black Sabbath’s influences, the songwriting process behind tracks like “War Pigs and “Iron Man,” the band’s introduction into America, and even hands-on explanations of the riff work from Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. In stark contrast to the band’s self-titled debut album (recorded over two days and mixed in one), Paranoid was allowed an opportunity to be crafted in more accommodating studio environment. Those sessions bore a variety of intriguing stories, specifically one that details how “Paranoid” was written off-the-cuff after executives requested a “short song.”

Special 5 Primal Scream: Screamadelica

  • 2011-05-06T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

Primal Scream's seminal album Screamadelica was released in 1991, and synthesized the band's rock 'n' roll roots with the dance culture of that time; for many, the album's sound and imagery came to be regarded as quintessential symbols of the acid house era, perfectly catching the spirit and mood of the early 90s. Using rare archive footage and special performances, this film tells the story of Screamadelica and its hit singles and dance anthems Loaded, Movin' On Up, Come Together and Don't Fight It, Feel It. From the formation of the band in Glasgow to winning the first-ever Mercury prize, the band members explain the record's inception with insights from main producer Andrew Weatherall, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and many others involved with or inspired by this joyful record. Screamadelica both defines a generation and transcends its time, and is a true Classic Album.

Special 6 Peter Gabriel: So

  • 2012-03-23T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

So stands as one of the greatest records of the 1980s, helping define its time to become a true classic album. The film features interviews with Gabriel himself, co-producer Daniel Lanois, bass players Tony Levin and Larry Klein, performer Laurie Anderson, drummer Manu Katché and Rolling Stone editor David Fricke amongst others.

Special 7 Herman Brood: Shpritsz

  • 2010-06-26T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

Shpritsz was the break through for "Hollands hottest cha cha band" Herman Brood & His Wild Romance. This is one of three special episodes on Dutch Classic Albums that were included in the original series.

Special 8 De Dijk: Niemand in de stad

  • 2010-10-29T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

"Niemand in de stad", De Dijk's 1989 album was the breakthrough for the Amsterdam 'soul band', including hit songs "Ik kan het niet alleen", "Nergens goed voor" and "Wat een vrouw". This is the second of three special episodes on Dutch Classic Albums that were included in the original series.

Special 9 Caro Emerald: Deleted scenes

  • 2012-07-07T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

It is a fairy tale, the success story of Caro Emerald and the debut album, Deleted scenes from the cutting room floor. At a time when many people no longer buy records but download Caro Emerald sold in one year more records then all Dutch artists together. The album was a hit in Germany, Italy and Poland and they reached gold and platinum (over 300,000 copies sold) in England. "I'm just lost count" she says about all the prices they received your recent period. About four years ago came Vincent Degorigio, traveling songwriter from Canada, in contact with producer David Schreurs. Together they wrote a number of songs, music with a jazz sound, made from ancient samples and modern beats. A universal sound and suitable for all ages. Hiphop-producer Jan van Wieringen asked Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw the demo for Back it up to sing. Thus Caro Emerald born, in a tiny studio in Amsterdam pipe, where Jan and David consecutive nights the songs perfected and started their own label. For the record companies saw it in the first place are not that Latin-pop songs. Caro Emerald England now seems to have conquered America and can not be avoided.

Special 10 Shocking Blue: At Home

  • 2012-04-21T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

Shocking Blue was founded in the late sixties by Robbie van Leeuwen, a group in which he wanted to put the scaffolding could break through internationally. Eventually he succeeded in his mission: to singer Mariska Veres as eyecatcher Shocking Blue earned in 1970 as the first Dutch band the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 with the single Venus. Venus plays an important role in this episode dedicated to At Home, the main plate of Shocking Blue. At At Home is also Love Buzz, a number that has achieved cult status in Japan and America because Nirvana as the first single has been released. Since the nineties, Robbie van Leeuwen, nicknamed The Genius, shunned the press. Especially for Classic Albums he breaks the silence. Also manager Cees van Leeuwen, label boss Willem van Kooten, photographer Ronnie Hertz and various musicians have their say.

Special 11 Betty Serveert: Palomine

  • 2012-07-04T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

Bettie Serveert - Palomine: This year marks the twenty years since Palomine appeared. Guitar Band Bettie Serveert (named after tennis player Betty Stöve) publish in 1992 with the album to a flying start. Both the Dutch and the foreign press coming superlatives to the unique sound of the quartet to prices. The raw, yet melodic songs, the bittersweet voice of Carol van Dyk and meandering guitar work of Peter Visser Palomine to create a modern classic and a benchmark in the Dutch pop music. On the wings of their debut the Betties touring through Europe, Canada and the United States. In particular, America loves the band Bettie Serveert plays frequently and with great success. In 1993, Bettie Serveert at Pinkpop, Lowlands and the following year at Roskilde. The group still exists, but Palomine remains her masterpiece.

"Niemand in de stad", De Dijk's 1989 album was the breakthrough for the Amsterdam 'soul band', including hit songs "Ik kan het niet alleen", "Nergens goed voor" and "Wat een vrouw". This is the second of three special episodes on Dutch Classic Albums that were included in the original series.