Classic Albums

Sunday 10:00 PM on VH1 Premiered Apr 14, 1997 In Season


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  • The key word here is 'Classic'. The 27 records, (so far), chosen for the treatment are all great, and some of the insights from the creators are priceless.

    This is no 'Behind The Music' soap opera stuff. If you are looking for what drugs were abused, or how the subjects got into trouble with partying and other excesses, you've got the wrong show. This is an indepth examination of the creative process, from concept to recording, broken down by the artists, producers, engineers, and other technical people. Often the master tapes are scrutinized, while the musicians play along live, demonstrating how it was done. I have seen most of them, and the most fascinating moments were in Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon', when Roger Waters tells us how he 'borrowed' spoken word responses from anyone who was hanging around the studio, and The Who's 'Who's Next', when Pete Townshend shows how he came up with the sped up synthesizor for the opening of 'Baba O'Reilly'. Simply put, any musician or fan will be excited to learn this stuff. The only gripe is that some of the great ones, like The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper', probably won't get made.