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Classic Albums is a documentary series about pop and rock albums that are considered the best or most distinctive of a well known band or musician or that exemplify a stage in the history of pop and rock music. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ...

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The TV series is made by Isis/Eagle Rock Entertainment and have been broadcast worldwide (BBC, ITV, VH1, VH1 Classic etc). They are also available on DVD. Eagle Rock Entertainment Limited was founded in April 1997 by three former colleagues at Castle Communications (Terry Shand, Geoff Kempin and Julian Paul) and is based in Aldershot in Hampshire with offices in Hamburg, Paris, and New York. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


The music, and its production, is dissected by the musicians and/or producer playing the multitrack recordings and singling out tracks that one does not usually consciously hear when listening to the music, giving insight into the way the sound is built up. Also, the individual musicians play back pieces, which are then blended with the original recording. Almost all songs are dealt with, focusing almost entirely on the music itself, how it was composed/realised. Personal aspects of the band or members are occasionally dealt with, but mostly only if they serve this purpose. TV episodes are 50 minutes long but the DVD releases contain much additional material. All the releases in this series are done with the co-operation and full authorisation of the artists involved.


History

They were devised by radio producer John Pidgeon as a vehicle for Roger Scott, following the disc jockey’s move from Capital Radio to BBC Radio 1 in 1988. The first hour-long series, produced independently by John and Roger, opened with Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms in May 1989, followed by the Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet, Genesis’ Invisible Touch, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Who's Who's Next, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Police’s Synchronicity, the Eagles’ Hotel California and U2’s The Joshua Tree. Roger died of cancer five months later, and the second series aired posthumously. Further programs were presented by Richard Skinner. Born in the UK in 1943, former merchant seaman Roger Scott began his broadcasting career at WPTR, Albany, NY, USA, in April 1966. ... This article is about the British radio station. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ...


Episodes

Some albums that have been covered are:[1]

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References

  1. ^ Eagle Rock Entertainment

External links

  • IMDb 'Classic Albums' listing episode listing
  • Radio Rewind's biography of Roger Scott
  • Rock's Backpages biography of John Pidgeon

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