The BBC celebrates The Golden Age Of The Album
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 27 January 2013

From February 5th, the BBC in the UK are celebrating the Golden Age Of The Album in a two-week focus across BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music.

As part of this, on Friday, February 8th at 9pm, 'Rocking All Over The World: The Golden Age Of The Album' explores what is arguably the most important period in popular music history. For over a decade from the late Sixties to the early Eighties, popular music – from rock to soul, folk to reggae – swapped the sketch pad of the 45rpm single for the expansive canvass of the 33 1/3rpm album. From Bob Dylan to the Beatles, The Who to Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye to Bob Marley, Pink Floyd to Fleetwood Mac, ideas became as important as melody, and music became art in the form of some of the most legendary albums ever recorded.

With contributions from musicians, producers and personalities, this one-and-a half-hour documentary for BBC Four TV remembers the rise and decline of the vinyl LP – and the slew of unforgettable masterpieces that graced its stereo grooves.

People in certain locations - the UK, parts of Europe, and potentially elsewhere - can currently view the programme on demand through this direct link. Apologies if the BBC's iPlayer service is blocked where you are...