Forty-five years after its release, there has never been another album quite like American Pie.
With the release of So in 1986, Peter Gabriel achieved a level of success that had thus far eluded him.
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;
Canadian band Rush have pioneered a genre of music, Progressive Heavy Rock, and to this day are its leaders.
The third album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1979, has long been regarded as a classic – it demonstrates the musical and songwriting virtuosity of a great front man and his amazing backing band.
The programme tells the story behind the writing, recording and subsequent success of Rio through interviews, musical demonstrations and archive footage.
Jay-Z has established himself as one of the most successful and creative hip hop artists of all time. But his remarkable rise to fame was heralded by his first album Reasonable Doubt which broke new ground for Rap, telling the bitter-sweet story of a street hustler from Brooklyn with striking, coded lyrics supported by rich Soul samples.
The programme documents the making of John Lennon’s 1970 first post- Beatle’s solo album. Regarded as a classic, it is a fierce, raw, emotionally painful, yet passionately beautiful album. It contains some of the most personal and cathartic songs John ever wrote including ‘Mother’, ‘Love’, ‘Working Class Hero’, ‘Isolation’, and ‘God’.
“This is where you go to find every aspect of Frank’s music squeezed into two perfectly formed records” Dweezil Zappa. This addition to Isis Productions’ acclaimed Classic Albums series focuses on Frank Zappa’s early seventies albums “Over-nite Sensation” (1973) and “Apostrophe(‘)” (1974).
The Doors eponymous debut album alone assures them a place in rock and roll history. Together with the voice and lyrics of Jim Morrison this mix of blues, rock and jazz has made it one of the greatest debut albums of all time. In less than a year from its release the Doors would go from Los Angeles favourites to one of the biggest bands in the world.
Cream were rock’s first true supergroup combining the extraordinary talents of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce in a power trio that formed the template for most hard rock during the seventies and remain a huge influence on the genre to this day.
‘A Night At The Opera’ was one of the most expensive, expansive and creative albums of its time and it confirmed Queen as a global rock phenomenon. It was their ‘Sgt. Pepper’, the album that propelled them into rock and roll history, and is a truly classic album.
A documentary about the making of Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’.
In 1980, Motorhead released their fourth studio album Ace Of Spades. Loud, fast and overwhelmingly heavy, Ace Of Spades would propel Motorhead into the ranks of Heavy Metal’s elite and 25 years later is still considered a benchmark album in it’s genre.
In 1991 Nirvana’s “Nevermind” with the songs of Kurt Cobain changed the music business without compromise, record company hype or media overkill.
Simply Red, with their soulful pop songs, will go down in history as one of the UK’s biggest and most successful pop bands of the late eighties and early nineties.
In this episode of the CLASSIC ALBUMS series, the surviving members of Def Leppard discuss the making of “Hysteria” as they sort through and explain the original multi-track tapes. In addition, some impromptu acoustic performances and musical demonstrations further dissect this classic album.
A one hour documentary about the making of Metallica’s eponymous fifth album ‘Metallica’ – also known as the Black Album.
The Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols is unquestionably one of the most important musical statements in the history of British music.
Deep Purple’s Machine Head is one of the definitive rock albums of the 70’s. Recorded in 1972 it features the classic Deep Purple line up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice at the very peak of their creative powers and became their most commercially successful album worldwide.
A documentary about the making of Iron Maiden’s album ‘The Number Of The Beast’.
A one hour documentary about the making of Lou Reed’s album ‘Transformer’. The album that took Lou Reed from cult hero of ‘The Velvet Underground’ to international superstar status as a solo artist.
Elton John followed up his masterful 1972 album “Honky Chateau” with a record that was far more ambitious in scope. The result was 1973’s sprawling “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, a record that mixed genres and sounds with ease and spawned hit singles such as “Bennie and the Jets”, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Candle in the Wind.”
This film tells the unusual story that lies behind the making of Elvis Presley’s first album for RCA Records, in 1956, and his meteoric rise to Superstardom.
Judas Priest, one of the most notorious and popular of the British heavy metal bands of the 1970s and 1980s, reached their peak with the 1980 album “British Steel”.
Face Value was immediately a worldwide hit, entering the British charts at Number 1, spending almost six years in the Top 75 and selling in excess of 12 million copies.
The remarkable story of Bat Out Of Hell is told here by its leading contributors including Meat Loaf himself, composer Jim Steinman, record producer Todd Rundgre, and backing vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla De Vito together with others who helped in the contruction of Bat Out Of Hell’s “Wall of Sound”.
Aja was the first British Top 10 hit for Steely Dan and was also the first album by Becker and Fagen as a duo. Becker and Fagen, renowned for their relentless perfectionism in the recording studio, recall the history of an album that was year in the making, but rewarded by a prestigious Grammy Award and three major hit singles, Peg, Deacon Blues and Josie.
Featuring interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, this episode of the CLASSIC ALBUMS series is a vital companion piece to the album itself, which includes such legendary hits as “Baba O’Riley”, “The Song is Over” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.
The principal collaborators on Bob Marley’s “Catch A Fire” come together to recount the recording of one of the world’s most popular reggae albums, featuring rare archival interviews with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Marley himself–as well as never-before-seen performances and footage from the Jamaican recording sessions.
This episode of the CLASSIC ALBUMS series details the making of U2’s chart-topping album through interviews with band members, archival film footage and live performances.
In 1976, Stevie Wonder released Songs in the Key of Life, a stunningly ambitious two-record-set that is still regarded as the finest hour in Wonder’s remarkable career.
This documentary tells the story behind the making of the best-selling 1977 album.
Comprising Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, The Band were signed to Capitol Records in 1968 and embarked on a recording career that witnessed eight US Top 40 albums.
This film tells the story of Paul Simon’s landmark 1986 album, Graceland. Recorded in New York and South Africa, Graceland not only sold 14 million copies, but it was also named Album of the Year at the 1986 Grammy Awards.
The story of Jimi Hendrix’s epochal 1968 double album is told in words, music, and rare archival footage.
This film charts how The Dead evolved from “Anthem” to “Beauty”, and examines how these very different albums were made. It includes rare footage of the Dead in their prime from TV appearances and recording sessions to home videos as well as extensive interviews with band members, lyricist Robert Hunter and many musicians from the era.