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Classic Albums

Season 6 2006 - 1997

  • 2006-05-16T23:00:00Z on BBC
  • 50 mins
  • 6 hours, 40 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

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'.

8 episodes

6x01 Queen: A Night At The Opera

  • Season Premiere

    2006-05-16T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

The musicianship that went into one of rock's premier achievements is examined. Surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor talk about Freddie Mercury's contributions, and producer Roy Thomas Baker shows us some isolated channels from the master tapes. Also commentary from Joe Perry and Ian Hunter is included.

Engineers Chris Thomas and Alan Parsons peel layers off the master tapes from this 1973 masterpiece. The songs are dissected methodically, and Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright are on hand, (though separately), to demonstrate how simplistic some of the writing was.

6x03 The Who: Who's Next

  • 2006-10-18T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Interviews with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, along with the late John Entwhistle, who reminisce about the failed attempt to present a rock musical stage show called Lifehouse, tell us how the project evolved into the 1971 classic, Who's Next. Some archival footage is presented, and we are shown by Pete how he developed the synthesized keyboard riffs that gave sonic charges to the album.

6x04 Cream: Disraeli Gears

  • 2006-11-03T00:00:00Z — 50 mins

Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton are interviewed in the studio for a track by track analysis of their 1967 classic. Each of them play acoustically, including Bruce on the piano, and some archival footage is presented. Lyricist Peter Brown discusses the creative process for 'Sunshine Of Your Love', among other things.

6x05 Betty Serveert: Palomine

  • 2012-07-03T23:00:00Z — 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.

6x06 Shocking Blue: At Home

  • 2012-04-20T23:00:00Z — 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.

6x07 Caro Emerald: Deleted scenes

  • 2012-07-06T23:00:00Z — 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.

6x08 Q65: Revolution

  • 1997-07-20T23:00:00Z — 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