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The Classic Rock Album Of The Week Club

Classic Rock Album of the week club

Every week, Classic Rock's Facebook group, the Album of the Week Club, listens to and discusses a classic album, votes on how good it is, and publishes our findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute. 

If you’re on Facebook and want to discover classic rock music and discuss it with the mag team and other rock fans, join the Classic Rock Classic Rock Album of the Week Club. We listen together, comment together – and together we're building the definitive guide to the greatest ever rock albums: a series of reviews that mix personal stories with critical thought.

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Every album is rated out of 10. Here, from high to low, are the albums we've reviewed so far.

Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous
Recorded in London, Toronto and Philadelphia, Live And Dangerous may not have been completely live, but it was still Thin Lizzy at their peak.   Score = 9.23 

Van Halen - Van Halen
Van Halen's debut album changed the face of rock music when it was released in 1978, and, for better or worse, ushered in the era of the shredder. Score = 9.21

AC/DC - Powerage
The overlooked album that became AC/DC's Astral Weeks/Pet Sounds/Exile On Main Street…  Score = 9.10

Boston - Boston
Boston's debut album was mostly recorded in band mainman Tom Scholz’s basement in Massachusetts, yet went on to shape the studio work of a generation. Score = 9.06

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double rouble - Texas Flood
Texas Flood was the debut album from Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Texas cat with the hat and the Strat who hot-wired the 80s blues revival. Score = 9.02

Motorhead - Overkill
Lemmy thought it was too slow, but Motorhead's Overkill is clearly a fan favourite... as proved by our fan reviews. Score = 8.89

Wishbone Ash - Argus
Formed from the Wishbone Ash's background in hard rock, folk and crisp, electric blues, Argus's evocative strains pioneered a twin-guitar approach that was adopted by countless other bands. Score = 8.86

Judas Priest - British Steel
Judas Priest's British Steel is an album that defined the style, sound and image of metal as we know it today. Score = 8.84

Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Jethro Tull's fourth album, Aqualung, is the biggest selling of the band's 50-year career. But is it a concept album? It's not, says Ian Anderson. Score = 8.66

Status Quo - Live!
Recorded at the height of their powers in front of a rabid Glasgow audience, Status Quo's Live! is a firm fan favourite. Score = 8.64

Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
The album that reinvented the Stones and kicked off the purple patch that had them crowned as 'The Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band in the World'. Score = 8.6 

Rush - A Farewell To Kings
In which Rush head to Wales, where reader Ian Pritchard spots Geddy and Alex out sight-seeing, looking down the Brecon Valley toward Llangynidr. Score = 8.59 

Be-Bop Deluxe - Sunburst Finish
"It’s absolutely amazing. Every single song on there is brilliant." Iron Maiden's Steve Harris on Be Bop Deluxe's Sunburst Finish. Score = 8.54 

Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
Queen's third album ran the gamut of pre-existing genres and invented a new one: thrash metal. Score = 8.50

The Who - Tommy
Strictly speaking, Tommy wasn't the first rock opera. But it's the one that catapulted The Who into the major leagues. Score = 8.45

Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
A devilish combination of shock-rock and Broadway pizzazz spawns a theatrical classic. Score = 8.44 

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
The album that introduced Lynyrd Skynyrd's three-guitar attack and provided many with their first sweet taste of Southern Rock... Score = 8.38 

Derek And The Dominoes: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
When push comes to shove, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs might just showcase Eric Clapton at his very best. Score = 8.30 

Yes - The Yes Album
Three albums in, Steve Howe joins Yes and the band finally achieve lift-off. Score = 8.27

Nazareth: Hair Of The Dog
An inspiration for Guns N' Roses and a cover featuring a bat-like creature with vicious teeth. It can only be Nazareth's Hair Of The Dog. Score = 8.26

Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Recorded in Liverpool and Brixton, Space Ritual is the perfect summary of Hawkwind’s musicnauts ethos. Score = 8.20

Alice In Chains - Facelift
Alice In Chains' debut album Facelift reinvented heavy metal and sent grunge into the charts. Score = 8.18

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells' iconic status grows as the years pass, its importance underlined when Mike Oldfield performed it at the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Score = 8.14

The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion
Your reviews of The Black Crowes' Southern Harmony And Musical Companion: the exhilarating sound of a band hitting its stride... or is it? Score = 8.11 

Scorpions - Lovedrive
Dovetailing perfectly with what AC/DC and Aerosmith were doing, the Scorpions added arena sparkle to their sound. Score = 8.10

UFO - Lights Out
With just eight songs and slightly over half an hour of music, is UFO's sixth studio album the one where they got it just right? Score = 8.06  

The Cult – Electric
How and why did The Cult transform themselves from paisley-patterned goths into leather-clad rock beasts – and does the result still stand up today? Score = 8.03 

The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers And Sisters
Recorded after the tragic deaths of two band members, Brothers And Sisters found The Allman Brothers Band striving for unity and renewal Score = 8.02

Free - Tons Of Sobs
A debut album from the youthful Free, a band with a couldn’t-care-less attitude honed on the rough-and-ready UK circuit of blues clubs and ballrooms. Score = 8.00

Slade - Slade Alive!
Slade may not have been cool, but they were a better live act than most, and Alive! captures the band at their fiery best. Score = 8.00

Michael Schenker Group - Michael Schenker Group
A guitarist battling demons, a bunch of seasoned session pros and a novice singer: welcome to the Michael Schenker Group. Score = 7.98

Soundgarden - Superunknown
Soundgarden may have been a little slower to hit the mainstream than Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but Superunknown catapulted them into the big time. Score = 7.84 

Faces - A Nod’s As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse
Only one of the songs has a chorus, they were "pissed" most of the time they made it and it was their second album of 1971. So why is A Nod's As Good As A Wink… so loved? Score = 7.83 

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult's debut album: the first forays into sonic exploration from the thinking man’s rock band. Score = 7.81

Metallica - Metallica
Metallica's Black Album turned them from rising thrash stars to mainstream rock icons. Did the compromise come at a cost? Score = 7.79

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Stranger In Town
Stranger In Town is an album featuring three of Bob Seger's most celebrated songs, but it's not his most celebrated album. What's going on? Score = 7.81

Van Halen - Van Halen II
How do you follow an album that changed the world? For the most part it's rinse then repeat. Score = 7.81

Iron Maiden - Killers
Did Iron Maiden's second album build on the promise of their storming debut? And if it did, why did they get rid of singer Paul Di'Anno immediately afterwards? Score = 7.79 

Queensryche - Rage For Order
The Prog Metal pioneers created a new sound on the second full-length album... their own. Score = 7.73

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
A talent who existed apart from the norm, nobody else makes music quite like Kate Bush... even at the very beginning. Score = 7.72 

Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent
In which the Motor City Madman makes his solo debut, and the world is never the same again. Score = 7.72

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band
Hated by the critics and operating with low expectations, Grand Funk brought in production guru Todd Rundgren for We're An American Band. Score = 7.71

Rainbow - Down To Earth
Out with Dio, in with the Hawaiian shirt bloke. What was Ritchie Blackmore up to with Rainbow's Down To Earth? Score = 7.67

Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
Fly Like An Eagle is an album that sees Steve Miller navigate his way through rapidly changing musical tides. Score = 7.67 

Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Bill Ward was gone. Everyone involved (including the producer) were battling drug problems. The following year, half the band would depart in acrimony. How does Mob Rules stand up today? Score = 7.63 

Living Colour - Vivid
At a time when rock was increasingly looking beyond its own frontiers for inspiration, Living Colours' Vivid was a genre-mashing stake in the ground. Score = 7.62

Masters Of Reality - Sunrise On The Sufferbus
Remember that time Ginger Baker joined stoner rock pioneers Masters Of Reality? Score = 7.47

Golden Earring: Moontan
Dutch one-hit wonders Golden Earring prove there's so much more to their arsenal than Radar Love. Score = 7.42

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!
In mid-1975, Peter Frampton was a moderately successful solo artist. Within a year, Frampton Comes Alive! had smashed all known sales records... Score = 7.41

Foreigner - 4
Is it pop? Is it rock? Is it both? Is is good? Is it bad? Foreigner 4 divides the critics. Score = 7.40

Robin Trower: Twice Removed From Yesterday
Inspired by Hendrix but frequently damned as a copyist, Robin Trower's journey to stardom started with debut album Twice Removed From Yesterday. Score = 7.34

Led Zeppelin - Presence
Presence is an album Jimmy Page rates as one of Led Zeppelin's best... but it was made under very difficult circumstances. Score = 7.31 

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Was Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms 100% arena-filling classic rock, or a groan-inducing middle-of-the-road snoozefest? Score = 7.23 

Janis Joplin - Pearl
Released in January 1971, just three months after her death, Janis Joplin's Pearl was described by Rolling Stones as, "not a new Janis, but a redefined, more organised, old Janis". Score = 7.26

The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
A psych-pop masterpiece that was a commercial flop, but it has since gained the status of a classic, regularly making it onto the ‘Best Albums of All Time’ lists… Score = 7.19

Deep Purple - Come Taste The Band
With the great Ritchie Blackmore departed for Rainbow pastures, Deep Purple regrouped and brought in an American... Score = 7.19 

Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
UK rockers of a certain age were introduced to Nantucket Sleighride by political broadcasting on the TV, but there was also an album attached to the song. Score = 7.17

Styx - Paradise Theater
Paradise Theater: a concept piece based on a fictional rundown venue, and a metaphor for the American dream. Score = 7.17

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
Side one is an acknowledged prog masterpiece... but how much does side two drag the overall score down? Score = 7.07

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Framed
SAHB crept up on an unsuspecting nation, grabbed it by the balls and won hearts and minds in unison Score = 7.05

Aerosmith - Rock In A Hard Place
How does the album Aerosmith released without Joe Perry stand up after all these years? Score = 7.04

Greta Van Fleet - Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
Greta Van Fleet: are the here to save rock'n'roll or sully it? Both opinions are available. Score = 7.02

Girlschool - Demolition
Girlschool didn’t so much sound like they might scratch your eyes out as boot you in the balls and nick your beer. Score - 7.01

Heart - Little Queen
"We were unusual among friends at school in that we wanted to wanted to be The Beatles rather than marry them” - Ann Wilson.  Score = 6.98 

Mott The Hoople - The Hoople
Mott The Hoople's final album comes under the Album Of The Week microscope. Score = 6.89 

Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil
Motley Crue’s second album, their platinum-selling breakthrough, was an all-out attack on America’s self-appointed moral majority. Score = 6.85 

Whitesake - Saints & Sinners
Saints & Sinners by Whitesnake features two songs that would later be successfully remodelled... but what of the rest of the album? Score = 6.81

The Edgar Winter Group - They Only Come Out At Night
They Only Come Out At Night sold millions, birthed two hit singles and featured an all-star cast that included Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer and Dan Hartman. Does it still stand up? Score = 6.73 

King Crimson - Discipline
A prog album for Talking Heads fans? Or a new-wave album for King Crimson fans? Either way, Discipline sparks debate. Score = 6.71

Budgie - Budgie
A Zeppelin covers band? A Sabbath tribute act? The Welsh Rush? Or genius proto-metal pioneers? Our readers examine Budgie's debut. Score = 6.66

Saxon - Saxon
Part rock, part prog, under-produced and released on a French disco label: it can only be Saxon's debut album Score = 6.61

Hanoi Rocks - Two Steps From The Move
Hanoi Rocks' Two Steps From The Move was meant to propel the impossibly glamorous Finns to stardom... instead it became an epitaph. Score = 6.52

Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
Originally self-released in 1980, Joan Jett's debut album was given a major label makeover in 1981. Score = 6.51

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother marked the point where the band found their way out of their post-Barrett malaise. Score = 6.49

Beck, Bogert & Appice - Beck, Bogert & Appice
Beck, Bogert & Appice was a coming together of three superlative musical minds... but did their only studio album live up to the sum of its parts? Score = 6.44 

Diamond Head: Canterbury - Album Of The Week Club review
Diamond Head's progressive swerve towards Canterbury: a maligned classic, commercial suicide, or something in-between? Score = 6.43

The Pretty Things: S.F. Sorrow
The Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow was one of the most extraordinary British albums of the late 1960s, and one utterly beset by disaster Score = 6.31

Eagles - The Long Run
Following up Hotel California was hard enough, and The Long Run showed there was life left for Eagles... but not for long. Score = 6.33 

Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
He hadn't been tagged the future of rock'n'roll yet, but Bruce Springsteen was beginning to make the right noises. Score = 6.32

Steve Vai: Flex-Able - Album Of The Week Club review
Fresh from working with Frank Zappa, a young Steve Vai took what he'd learned and made an album no one was meant to hear. Score = 6.26

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
An overbearing hit single became the soundtrack to the 80s – but have Survivor stood the test of time? Score = 6.11

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum
50 years on, does Blue Cheer's debut Vincebus Eruptum deserve its status as the first metal/heavy album? And, even if it does, does that make it any good? Score = 6.08 

Johnny Thunders - So Alone
The star-studded pinnacle of Johnny Thunders’ solo career, So Alone is not a perfect album, but its faults are easy to love... or hate. Score = 6.02

Europe - The Final Countdown
In which we discuss communal music youth programs in a social democracy, and what they meant for Europe's album The Final Countdown. Score = 5.95

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown's debut album is famous and infamous for one song... but does it deserve more respect? Score = 5.65

Genesis: Abacab
In which Genesis cause controversy and dismay by turning their hand to shorter, more pop-orientated songs. Score = 5.62

Bon Jovi: 7800° Fahrenheit
Bon Jovi's second album 7800° Fahrenheit failed to launch the band towards superstardom in the way its follow-up Slippery When Wet did. Can our reviewers figure out why? Score = 5.54

Kiss - Music From "The Elder"
In which Kiss go Prog and alienate everyone... or not, as our reviewers clearly prove. Score = 5.31

Radiohead - OK Computer
OK Computer is the album that took Radiohead far into the mainstream, while retaining rockist cred – at least to some. Score = 4.90 

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
Can we review Axl Rose's labour of love Chinese Democracy without talking about time and money? Probably not. Score = 4.88