Every scene needs a song to carry its message to the world, and Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow provided two. But what of the rest?
Ditching Deep Purple’s full-throttle grandeur, Ian Paice and Jon Lord's new endeavour was conceived as a hybrid of the blues groups, jazz outfits and big bands they had grown up with
Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien was the album that made his name and took shredding to the masses
The cover of London Calling by The Clash features one of punk's most iconic images – so why doesn't photographer Pennie Smith enjoy talking about it?
With one foot in their blues past and the other in the psychedelic present, The Yardbirds' Roger The Engineer was the band's only UK album
Also in this issue: Queen, W.A.S.P., The Cult, Clutch, Dare, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins, Killing Joke and more
William Neal's scrawled armadillo doodle captured Keith Emerson's attention and ended up typifying an era
It's 2004 and Ozzfest has reached New Jersey. Black Sabbath are headlining, but rumours about Ozzy's health are circulating backstage and only one man can save the day: The Metal God
In which Former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and guitarist Pat Thrall kick up a short-lived AOR storm
Straight outta South London, Rock Goddess's career faltered more often than it flowered, but the pioneering trio's self-titled debut is a fondly-remembered slice of NWOBHM
Also in this issue: Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Walter Trout, Rival Sons, Gary Moore, Lemonheads, Bam Bam, The Struts, Thundermother, Ministry and more
Alice Cooper wanted some unique packaging for 1972's School's Out album, but the results fell foul of US customs regulations
Manowar's debut album Battle Hymns laid out the band's future path in an early, loinclothed manifesto: Death to false metal!
Credited to Joe Walsh, Barnstorm's second album The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get was their last before Walsh jumped ship fly solo
Also in this issue: Kate Bush, Dave Mustaine, Prince, Guns N' Roses, The Gaslight Anthem, Marshall Tucker Band, Chuck Leavell, H.e.a.t, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Fantastic Negrito and more
Malice In Wonderland was perhaps Nazareth's most commercial album, but it was also a commercial disaster
Turning 35 this month, Appetite For Destruction is generally accepted as one of the greatest debut albums ever. Does it still hold up to such high praise?
Ditching the studio polish of Mutt Lange, AC/DC went back to basics on Flick Of The Switch and recorded what's often seen as their weakest album. But was it?
Recorded in The US, France and Germany, Scorpions' second live album World Wide Live showcased the band at their pyramid-building, fearsomely well-drilled peak
2022 has thrown up more great albums than any reasonable person would think possible, and this is the proof
Steely Dan's Can't Buy A Thrill was the debut album from two of music's great smart-asses, or as one reviewer puts it, "Yacht rock captained by two cranky eggheads"
Only in the new issue of Classic Rock – plus Porcupine Tree, Journey, Tedeschi Tracks Band, Dorothy, The Who, Michael Monroe, Kris Barras, The Moody Blues, The Gaslight Anthem and much more
Queen's Live Killers may have lacked the gloss of their studio albums, but four decades on it stands as one of the best double live albums of the era