Classic Albums Episode Guide

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Episode Guide

Classic Albums: Season 6 (1999 - 2006)

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Cream - Disraeli Gears

    Musicians and rock historians discuss the making of Cream's ground-breaking 1967 album Disraeli Gears. Recorded in just six days at Atlantic Records' legendary studios in New York, it was produced by Felix Pappalardi and set the seal on the band's fame

  • Season 6 Episode 3: The Who: Who's Next

    Following the success of the Who's rock opera Tommy, guitarist Pete Townshend had set about conceiving a project entitled Lifehouse, which would attempt to convey the redemptive power of rock music through a live concert, feature film and double album. In this programme, Townshend discusses how his original idea evolved into the band's 1971 album Who's Next, and there are also contributions by singer Roger Daltrey and bass player John Entwistle

  • Season 6 Episode 1: Queen: A Night at the Opera

    The story behind the conception and recording of Queen's fourth album A Night at the Opera, which was released in 1975. Containing songs such as You're My Best Friend and Bohemian Rhapsody, the record transformed the group's career. The programme features interviews, musical demonstration, acoustic performances and archive footage

Classic Albums: Season 5 (2004 - 2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 3: Motorhead - Ace of Spades

    The making of Motorhead's legendary rock album Ace of Spades, which combined rock 'n' roll influences with thrash metal to gain a reputation as the meanest, toughest album ever made, and became the group's best-known release. Featuring interviews with band members Lemmy, Phil Taylor and Fast Eddie Clarke, along with fans such as Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Slash, former member of Guns 'n' Roses

  • Season 5 Episode 2: Nirvana - Nevermind

    The story behind Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind, which catapulted the Seattle trio from relative obscurity to superstardom. It examines the effect their music had on the record industry and the band themselves, and provides a glimpse into frontman Kurt Cobain's acclaimed songwriting skills. Featuring contributions by bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer Butch Vig

  • Season 5 Episode 1: Simply Red: Stars

    The making of Simply Red's 1991 album Stars, which contained such memorable tunes as Something Got Me Started, For Your Babies, Thrill Me and the title track, and is now regarded as a classic of the Nineties British music scene. Including interviews with lead singer Mick Hucknall and performances by the band

Classic Albums: Season 4 (2002 - 2003)

  • Season 4 Episode 3: Deep Purple - Machine Head

    Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice recall the making of their seminal rock album Machine Head, which included the masterpiece Smoke on the Water. After two successful records, the band had booked The Casino in Montreux to make their third, only to see the venue burnt down on the eve of recording

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Sex Pistols : Never Mind the B*******

    The story behind the Sex Pistols' sole studio album, 1977's Never Mind the B*******, Here's the Sex Pistols. Featuring interviews with singer John Lydon and manager Malcolm McLaren

  • Season 4 Episode 1: Def Leppard - Hysteria

    Documentary about the making of Def Leppard's 1987 album Hysteria, which produced seven hit singles but took the heavy metal legends to the limits of their physical and emotional endurance. Including interviews with lead singer Joe Elliott and other members of the band, as well as new and archive performances

Classic Albums: Season 3 (2001)

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Lou Reed - Transformer

    Former Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed discusses the making of his 1972 album Transformer, which features tracks including Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side. The programme also includes recollections by producers David Bowie and Mick Ronson

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Elvis Presley

    Insight into the making of Elvis Presley's 1956 self-titled debut album, featuring contributions by some of the original supporting musicians, as well as friends and colleagues including Keith Richards and BB King. The programme includes footage of Presley performing classic tracks such as Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes, and examines the record's production

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Judas Priest: British Steel

    Singer Rob Halford and producer Tom Allom are among those discussing the making of heavy metal outfit Judas Priest's 1980 album British Steel, which featured the hits Living After Midnight, United and Breaking the Law

  • Season 3 Episode 3: Metallica: Metallica (The Black Album)

    Documentary charting the making of Metallica's acclaimed self-titled record which became known among fans as the Black Album. The programme features footage of the band recording the collection, as well as recently recorded interviews with the group, producer Bob Rock and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen

  • Season 3 Episode 2: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Elton John discusses the making of his chart-topping 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, while lyricist Bernie Taupin adds a personal insight into how the songs were written

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Dave Murray and Clive Burr reflect on the production of their 1982 album The Number of the Beast, and discuss how they became reviled in certain quarters for their supposedly Satanist leanings

Classic Albums: Season 2 (1999)

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Steely Dan - Aja

    The making of Steely Dan's best-selling fifth album, the 1977 release Aja, which provided them with two hit singles - Peg and Deacon Blue. Includes a rare interview with the band's notoriously reclusive founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

  • Season 2 Episode 4: U2 - The Joshua Tree

    The making of U2's most successful album The Joshua Tree, which features the tracks I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and With or Without You. Members of the band and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois reveal some of the stories behind the 1987 classic

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Wailers - Catch a Fire

    Concert footage, home movies and interviews in Jamaica give a background to the LP Catch a Fire, which launched Bob Marley and the Wailers onto the global music scene. Chris Blackwell reveals how he masterminded the overdubbing of the album for the rock market and Bunny Wailer shows he is still on top form

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

    The story behind Meat Loaf's phenomenally successful 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, charting record companies' initial indifference toward the powerful lyrics and theatrical style of the 25-stone singing icon

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Phil Collins - Face Value

    Phil Collins gives a candid insight into the making of his first solo album Face Value in 1979, revealing how a painful divorce from his first wife provided the inspiration for smash hit In the Air Tonight. Most of the tracks were improvised, and Phil recalls a jam session with Eric Clapton, who contributed to the song The Roof is Leaking

Classic Albums: Season 1 (1997)

Classic Albums: Other Episodes

  • The Who: Tommy

    Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey discuss making The Who's fourth album, 'Tommy.'

  • Peter Gabriel's 'So'
  • Motorhead: Ace of Spades
  • Motörhead: Ace of Spades

    Ace Of Spades propels Motorhead into the ranks of Heavy Metal's elite.

  • Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures
  • Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers: Damn the Torpedoes: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes

    The making of Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which was recorded in secrecy in 1979 as the band members fought for creative independence with their record company. The programme examines how Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch created their third album with the help of co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus, which occupied the number two spot in America for seven weeks and initially sold more than 2.5 million copies

  • Classic Albums Special: Black Sabbath - Paranoid

    Documentary exploring Black Sabbath's second album Paranoid, which was released in 1970 and helped define the sound and style of the heavy metal genre. The programme reveals the story of how Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward created the record, and features contributions by Phil Alexander, Geoff Barton, Henry Rollins and Jim Simpson

  • Classic Albums Special: Duran Duran - Rio

    Documentary exploring the success of Duran Duran's album Rio, which propelled the band into the limelight during the 1980s with its optimistic feel against a backdrop of mass unemployment and the Falklands War. Featuring interviews with original members of the band including Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes, as well as contributions by Bob Geldof and Anthony Price

  • Classic Albums Special: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

    Documentary exploring the making of John Lennon's first solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, which includes Mother, Love and Working Class Hero. The programme uncovers how themes of isolation, anger, religion and class were drawn from his own experiences, with most tracks written while he was undergoing therapy with Dr Arthur Janov in California. Featuring contributions by Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Jan Wenner

  • The Doors

    The Doors' self-titled album.

  • Classic Albums (Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon)

    Documentary exploring Pink Floyd's ground-breaking 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, which holds the record for the longest ever stay in the charts. Featuring interviews with band members Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. Part of the Pop, What is it Good For? season

  • Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

    The story behind the making of the singer's 1976 album, which took two years from conception to release and is generally accepted as the finest achievement in his 36-year career

  • Beggars Banquet

    Two-part documentary in which the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards discusses the making of the 1968 album, considered a return to the group's roots and the last full work to feature multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, who died the following year. It featured classic tracks No Expectations, Street Fighting Man and Sympathy for the Devil

  • Beggars Banquet

    Concluding part of the documentary in which Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards discusses the making of the 1968 album

  • Beggars Banquet

    First of a two-part documentary in which Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards discusses the making of the 1968 album, considered a return to the group's roots and the last full work to feature multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, who died the following year. It featured classic tracks No Expectations, Street Fighting Man and Sympathy for the Devil

  • Pink Floyd: El Lado Oscuro of the Moon
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire
  • Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation

    Frank Zappa's 'Over-Nite Sensation.'

  • Classic Albums Special: Jay-Z

    Rapper Jay-Z revisits his early days in the music industry and discusses his debut album Reasonable Doubt, which was originally released in 1996 and contains tracks including Can't Knock the Hustle, Feelin' It and Brooklyn's Finest

  • Who's Next

    Pete Townshend talks to Roger Scott about making the Who's 1971 classic, Who's Next

  • Rush - 2112 Moving Pictures

    Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of Canadian rock group Rush are joined by their former manager Ray Danniels and producer Terry Brown to discuss the making of their two most celebrated albums, 2112 and Moving Pictures. They talk about the influences behind the band's sound and lyrics, as well as their turbulent rise to commercial success

  • The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

    The making of legendary pop and rock albums from the past 40 years of ground-breaking music

  • Classic Albums Special: The Doors

    The mix of blues, rock and jazz that made the Doors' debut album a massive worldwide hit. Surviving band members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore discuss their music and the reasons why singer Jim Morrison's lyrics continue to inspire fans around the world, and the programme also features performances of songs including Light My Fire and The End

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash

    Roger Scott examines the making of rock trio Crosby, Stills and Nash's eponymous 1969 record

  • Classic Albums Special: Frank Zappa

    The making of Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation, two of the best-known albums by musician and artist Frank Zappa

  • Primal Scream Screamadelica

    The making of Primal Scream's seminal 1991 album Screamadelica. The band members explain its inception, and the programme features rare archive performances, with contributions by producer Andrew Weatherall and Creation Records founder Alan McGee

  • The Joshua Tree

    Roger Scott examines U2's 1987 record The Joshua Tree with band guitarist the Edge

  • Lexicon of Love

    The making of legendary pop and rock albums from the past 40 years of ground-breaking music

  • Pet Sounds

    Brian Wilson discusses the making of the Beach Boys' 1966 masterpiece

  • Peter Gabriel - So

    The making of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So, which featured hit singles including Don't Give Up, a duet with Kate Bush, and Sledgehammer - a song that knocked his former band Genesis off the top of the US singles chart, and was accompanied by an innovative video created by Aardman Animations and the Brothers Quay. Gabriel analyses the album's original multi-track recordings to explain how he created a commercially successful pop record from a diverse array of musical styles, and the programme also features contributions by co-producer Daniel Lanois and Laurie Anderson

  • Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now

    Roger Scott talks to Paul Barrere and Richie Hayward about the making of Feats Don't Fail Me Now, the fourth studio album by American rock band Little Feat, released in 1974

  • Hounds of Love

    Kate Bush talks to Richard Skinner about her 1985 best-selling album Hounds of Love

  • The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet

    The making of legendary pop and rock albums from the past 40 years of ground-breaking music

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