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  • Dylan & The Dead

    Dylan & The Dead | ALBUM REVIEW

    On first inspection, this looks more like The Zim & the Grim — a mere seven songs, including the warhorses "All Along the...

    February 23, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Radio One

    Radio One | ALBUM REVIEW

    The changes Jimi Hendrix wrought on rock & roll and its primary instrument, the electric guitar, were so cataclysmic that it is hard to imagine what it was like to be there as they happened. When...

    February 23, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Substance 1977-1980

    Substance 1977-1980 | ALBUM REVIEW

    In Life, Joy Division Singer Ian Curtis was only one of thousands of young Britons whose lives were transformed by punk, who found in the music's corrosive simplicity an ideal vehicle for self-expression and instant physical release....

    December 15, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Talk Is Cheap

    Talk Is Cheap | ALBUM REVIEW

    By most standards, a record this loosely arranged, casually executed and at times downright sloppy wouldn't even pass muster as a demo. But Keith Richards is the Glimmer Twin with the garage-rock heart, a Rolling...

    October 3, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Instinct

    Instinct | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before you lay down good money for Instinct, go see His Igness in the flesh. In recent shows, he's dropped the stylish art punk of Blah Blah Blah and regressed to good old Stooges nyah nyah nyah,...

    September 22, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Nico: 1938-1988

    Nico: 1938-1988 | ARTICLE

    Nico, the German-Born vocalist who sang with the Velvet Underground and released several classic albums of hypnotic art rock, died of a...

    September 8, 1988 4:20 PM ET
  • Outrider

    Outrider | ALBUM REVIEW

    He couldn't have timed it better. The high priest of heavy metal, the pontiff of power riffing and probably the most digitally sampled artist in pop today after James Brown, guitar shaman Jimmy Page returns to the...

    August 25, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson | ALBUM REVIEW

    We should, of course, be grateful that Brian Wilson has finally released his debut solo album, a mere twenty-one years after he scrapped his intended magnum Beach Boys opus, Smile, and retreated into a bizarre twilight zone...

    July 14, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Down In The Groove

    Down In The Groove | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even by Dylan standards, this album has had a strange, difficult birth. Its release was delayed for more than half a year, and...

    July 14, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • OU812

    OU812 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Okay, first things first. Before you do anything else with OU812, flip it over and cue up "Source of Infection," the opening salvo on side two (you CD fiends can just program track 5), and let 'er...

    June 30, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Crossroads

    Crossroads | ALBUM REVIEW

    No rock & roll musician has deserved deification more and desired it less than Eric Clapton. The white-blues zealots who scrawled Clapton is god in the London subways during his 1965-66 tenure with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers no...

    April 21, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stone Interview: Robert Plant

    The Rolling Stone Interview: Robert Plant | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 522 from March 24, 1988. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's...

    March 24, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Sting Reaches for the Sun

    Sting Reaches for the Sun | ARTICLE

    Ro-o-ox-a-a-anne . . . . a-a-anne . . . . You don't have to put on the red light . . . red light...

    February 11, 1988 10:20 AM ET
  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

    One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism | ALBUM REVIEW

    This album is about the one true soul music, the holy root of nearly all popular black American music in this century. It is also irrefutable proof — as if any were really needed — that when...

    January 28, 1988 12:00 AM ET
  • Pink Floyd: The Inside Story

    Pink Floyd: The Inside Story | ARTICLE

    They simply refused to leave. The houselights were up, and the ushers were counting the minutes before they could knock off for the night....

    November 19, 1987 2:40 PM ET
  • Document

    Document | ALBUM REVIEW

    It is no accident that R.E.M.'s finest album to date opens with the anthemic reveille "Finest Worksong," a muscular funky-metal wake-up call that is an unmistakable declaration of intent. "The time to rise/Has been engaged," bleats singer...

    October 22, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Paul Simon's Amazing Graceland Tour

    Paul Simon's Amazing Graceland Tour | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 503 from July 2, 1987. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone PLus, Rolling Stone's premium...

    July 2, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Pleased To Meet Me

    Pleased To Meet Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    When God was giving out self-confidence, where the hell was Paul Westerberg? Out buying beer? For someone so blessed with songwriting ability, the singer-guitarist seems unduly consumed with doubt about his own worth and that of the...

    July 2, 1987 12:00 AM ET
  • Concerts That Changed Rock: Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies at the Fillmore East, New York

    Concerts That Changed Rock: Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies at the Fillmore East, New York | ARTICLE

    Who better to usher in a new year and a new rock decade than Jimi Hendrix? At the end of 1969, having liberated...

    June 4, 1987 12:00 PM ET
  • Another Scoop

    Another Scoop | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a songwriter, a bandleader and one of pop's most literate and spiritually earnest intellectuals, Pete Townshend has dedicated his life to the proposition that rock & roll is a communal experience, a physical and emotional rush...

    April 23, 1987 12:00 AM ET
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