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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor of chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
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40 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ Albums Released

The Beatles were broken up for a little more than three years when the ‘1962-1966’ and ‘1967-1970’ compilations were released in April 1973. The two-disc sets – known as the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums, respectively – were neither supplements to nor replacements for the band’s other records. They were merely what they appeared to be: collections of great songs by the greatest band that ever walked the earth.

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Eric Clapton, ‘Old Sock’ – Album Review

There comes a point in most artists’ careers where they just don’t care about making records anymore. Or at least they don’t care about making records that their fans want to hear. They tour sporadically, playing the old songs to pay the bills. And they release new albums every five years or so because they feel it’s something they should do. Eric Clapton got to this point years ago, but on his 21st solo album, ‘Old Sock,’ he settles into not caring like it’s his full-time job these days.

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Top 10 Boston Songs

Before people started calling bedroom bands bedroom bands, Boston were a bedroom band. MIT tech whiz Tom Scholz wrote a batch of songs and recorded some home demos, playing almost all of the instruments himself in his basement studio (so technically speaking, Boston were a basement band). He recruited friend Brad Delp to sing, and within a coup

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25 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Past Masters’ Albums Released

EMI's decision to overhaul the Beatles catalog in 1987, spurred by the CD revolution, was a long time coming. For more than 20 years the world’s most popular band’s albums were known one way to U.S. fans and another way to fans in Europe.

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David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’ – Album Review

Nobody really expected anything from David Bowie at this point, let alone his best album in 30 years. After virtually disappearing following the release and aborted tour in support of 2003’s underwhelming ‘Reality,’ even the rock ‘n’ roll changeling’s biggest fans figured he was finished. He was rarely seen in public, and there certainly were no rumors swirling about a new record or anything like that.

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The Beatles, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ – Film Review

Going into the last quarter of 1967, the Beatles couldn’t get any bigger. Their masterwork, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ pretty much changed the way pop music was made, sounded and consumed. They had transcended the rock ‘n’ roll ghetto, entering the final phase of a career that glided past pop music’s boundaries and into a wide-open realm of exploration and experimentation.

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The Rolling Stones, ‘Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965′ – DVD Review

In 1965, the Rolling Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, asked filmmaker Peter Whitehead to accompany the group on a two-day trip tour of Ireland following the massive success of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’

Whitehead shot the band onstage, backstage and outside of the shows. The result, ‘Charlie Is My Darling,’ is one of rock’s most legendary lost movies, with a complicated history -- essentially, it never was released, and the small amount of footage that has surfaced over the years didn’t tell the whole story.

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35 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases ‘Slowhand’

‘Slowhand,' released on the first day of November 1977, came at a crucial point in Eric Clapton’s career. After more than a decade as rock’s reigning guitar god, the 32-year-old Cream and Derek and the Dominos leader was coming off two unremarkable solo albums.

‘461 Ocean Boulevard,’ from 1974, proved Clapton could carry a song-oriented record under his own name; ‘There’s One in Every Crowd’ (1975) and ‘No Reason to Cry’ (1976) sank under their aimless and bloated self-importance.

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