Radio 2's Classic Albums

Rick Wakeman presents a series highlighting some of the best-known and best-loved albums of recent times.

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
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198D01Abbey Road19981028

This opening programme explores `Abbey Road', with comments from the group and the studio personnel involved in its recording.

198D02Stars19981104

In this second programme, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall talks about the group's 1991 album, `Stars'.

198D04Diva19981118

In the fourth programme, Annie Lennox talks about her debut solo album, `Diva'.

198D05Face Value19981125

In this fifth programme, Phil Collins talks about his debut solo album, `Face Value'.

198D06 LASTBrothers In Arms19981202

In the last programme, Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler reflects on the band's classic 1985 album `Brothers in Arms'.

200A01Graceland20000106

This first programme concentrates on Paul Simon's `Graceland' and examines the album's global impact.

200A02Ogden's Nut Gone Flake20000113

This second programme looks at one of the first concept albums - `Ogden's Nut Gone Flake' by the Small Faces.

200A03Invisible Touch20000120

This third programme looks at one of the most successful Genesis albums in the band's career - `Invisible Touch'.

200A04What's Going On?20000127

This fourth programme looks at Marvin Gaye's most successful solo album - `What's Going On?' - and considers the impact it had on his career and how it changed the face of black popular music.

200A05Avalon20000203

This fifth programme looks at Roxy Music's final album, `Avalon', with comments from Bryan Ferry and guitarist Phil Manzanera

200A06The Road To Hell20000210

In this penultimate programme, Chris Rea reflects on the inspiration and making of his album `The Road to Hell'.

200A07 LASTDare20000217

In the last programme the three members of the Human League reflect on their 1981 album `Dare', which saw the band elevated from cult status to commercial success.