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 = 9.1

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

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 

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

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 

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 

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

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 

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 

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

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

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

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 

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 

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 

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

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

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 

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

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 

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

Radiohead - OK Computer
The album that truly splits rock fans gets our lowest rating yet… Score = 4.90