With the writer's strike still carrying on and the subsequent lack of new shows, I have had to venture to less explored territory on my dial to find shows to record via dvr. Classic Albums on VH1 Classics is one of those shows. I was enthralled, of course, by the description “Fleetwood Mac's “Rumours”” and became an instant fan of this thoughtful and in depth documentary series.
The show works in nice contrast to the loud, quippy, fast paced trivial fluff that airs on most music networks. Rather than showing small soundbytes from these influential rockers, Classic Albums penetrates the creative process and struggles that produced such timeless works like Rumours, American Beauty, Who's Next, Dark Side of the Moon, Metallica's Black Album, and Disreali Gears.
The inner workings of the bands, the way in which so many creative talents come together to make music, is documented with such a genuine interest in the music and the process here, rather than just the celebrity gossip with which everyone is obsessed, that this series really stands out against many others. The added bonus of hearing about the recordings from the preceptive of the producers and engineers is engaging and rarely seen.
Unfortunately, the series is finite, there are as far as I can tell no new episodes, but the series is currently airing on VH1 Classics and available on DVD.