The Making of Classic Albums is a high profile music documentary series focusing in a unique way on the great albums which have influenced the course of music and touched generations. Each program builds a picture of how that album was conceived, produced and recorded. It also includes archive footage, stills from the recording sessions.

    The Making of Classic Albums, Carly Simon: No Secrets

    This is the definitive story of the making Carly Simon's No Secrets, an album that has truly earned its place in the pantheon of music history.

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    This is the definitive story of the making Carly Simon's No Secrets, an album that has truly earned its place in the pantheon of music history.

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    Peter Gabriel: So

    The latest addition to the acclaimed award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album “So”. It was Gabriel’s fifth solo album and the first one to have a title (the others all having just been called “Peter Gabriel”). The album spawned a number of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic including “Sledgehammer”, “Big Time”, “Don’t Give Up” (a duet with Kate Bush) and “In Your Eyes” which drove “So” to multi-platinum sales, the No.1 spot in the UK and No.2 in the US. “So” was very much an album of the MTV generation and the distinctive videos for tracks like “Sledgehammer”, “Red Rain”, “Big Time” and “Don’t Give Up” were key factors in the album’s success. The programme features contributions from many of those involved in the making of the album and the videos including Peter Gabriel himself, co-producer Daniel Lanois, engineer Kevin Killen and musicians Jerry Marotta, Laurie Anderson, Tony Levin and Manu Katché amongst many.

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    The latest addition to the acclaimed award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album “So”. It was Gabriel’s fifth solo album and the first one to have a title (the others all having just been called “Peter Gabriel”). The album spawned a number of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic including “Sledgehammer”, “Big Time”, “Don’t Give Up” (a duet with Kate Bush) and “In Your Eyes” which drove “So” to multi-platinum sales, the No.1 spot in the UK and No.2 in the US. “So” was very much an album of the MTV generation and the distinctive videos for tracks like “Sledgehammer”, “Red Rain”, “Big Time” and “Don’t Give Up” were key factors in the album’s success. The programme features contributions from many of those involved in the making of the album and the videos including Peter Gabriel himself, co-producer Daniel Lanois, engineer Kevin Killen and musicians Jerry Marotta, Laurie Anderson, Tony Levin and Manu Katché amongst many.

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    Black Sabbath: Paranoid

    The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. ‘Paranoid’ not only changed the face of rock music forever, but also defined the sound and style of Heavy Metal more than any other record in rock history. The result of a magic chemistry which had been discovered between four English musicians, it put Black Sabbath firmly on the road to world domination. This programme tells the story behind the writing, recording and success of this remarkable and groundbreaking Heavy Metal album. Despite vilification from the Christian and moral right and all the harsh criticism that the music press could hurl at them, this album catapulted them into the rock stratosphere. Using exclusive interviews, musical demonstration, archive footage, and returning to the multi-tracks with engineer Tom Allom, the film reveals how Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward created their frighteningly dark, heavy and ear-shatteringly loud sound. Additional comments from Phil Alexander (MOJO and Kerrang! Editor), Geoff Barton (Classic Rock Editor), Henry Rollins (Writer/ Musician) and Jim Simpson (Original Manager) add insight to the creation of this all-time classic. The multi-platinum selling Paranoid is arguably Black Sabbath's finest album, not to mention one of the most seminal Heavy Metal albums of all time, containing some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track "Paranoid", "Iron Man" "Hand Of Doom" and "War Pigs". This is truly a Classic Album.

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    The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. ‘Paranoid’ not only changed the face of rock music forever, but also defined the sound and style of Heavy Metal more than any other record in rock history. The result of a magic chemistry which had been discovered between four English musicians, it put Black Sabbath firmly on the road to world domination. This programme tells the story behind the writing, recording and success of this remarkable and groundbreaking Heavy Metal album. Despite vilification from the Christian and moral right and all the harsh criticism that the music press could hurl at them, this album catapulted them into the rock stratosphere. Using exclusive interviews, musical demonstration, archive footage, and returning to the multi-tracks with engineer Tom Allom, the film reveals how Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward created their frighteningly dark, heavy and ear-shatteringly loud sound. Additional comments from Phil Alexander (MOJO and Kerrang! Editor), Geoff Barton (Classic Rock Editor), Henry Rollins (Writer/ Musician) and Jim Simpson (Original Manager) add insight to the creation of this all-time classic. The multi-platinum selling Paranoid is arguably Black Sabbath's finest album, not to mention one of the most seminal Heavy Metal albums of all time, containing some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track "Paranoid", "Iron Man" "Hand Of Doom" and "War Pigs". This is truly a Classic Album.

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    Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures

    The latest addition to the acclaimed award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of two legendary albums from Rush. “2112” was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. “Moving Pictures” opened them to a mass audience for the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum there whilst hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.

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    The latest addition to the acclaimed award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of two legendary albums from Rush. “2112” was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. “Moving Pictures” opened them to a mass audience for the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum there whilst hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes

    The latest addition to Eagle’s critically acclaimed and highly successful Classic Albums series is Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' 1979 breakthrough album “Damn The Torpedoes”. The band’s third album defined their musical style and took them into the mainstream hitting No.2 on the US charts and spawning the top 10 single “Don’t Do Me Like That”. Features newly filmed contributions from the band members Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch along with co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus as they analyse the tracks from the original multi-track tapes and through new and archive performances. “Damn The Torpedoes” has stood the test of time as one of the great American rock albums of its era and is a worthy addition to the Classic Albums series.

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    The latest addition to Eagle’s critically acclaimed and highly successful Classic Albums series is Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' 1979 breakthrough album “Damn The Torpedoes”. The band’s third album defined their musical style and took them into the mainstream hitting No.2 on the US charts and spawning the top 10 single “Don’t Do Me Like That”. Features newly filmed contributions from the band members Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair and Stan Lynch along with co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus as they analyse the tracks from the original multi-track tapes and through new and archive performances. “Damn The Torpedoes” has stood the test of time as one of the great American rock albums of its era and is a worthy addition to the Classic Albums series.

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