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Classic rock


Classic Rock, although loosely defined, generally includes the music from
rock bands formed between 1960 and 1990, or as a term simple for rock. . The music is done usually by bands that include a guitar player, a bass player, a drummer, and usually a keyboardist.

Concept Albums are a major part of classic rock, and there are many available. Amongst the prime examples are probably the 4 Pink Floyd concept albums, including The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, and The Beatles famed Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart Club, believed to be the first concept album, is another prime example.

The third unmentioned major band in Classic rock is the Rolling Stones, although The Who, and Genesis are also considered major classic rock bands.


'Classic Rock' is also a popular American rock music FM radio format featuring a limited playlist of rock songs ranging from early 1970s album tracks to current songs by artists associated with the loosely defined "classic rock era". It is an outgrowth of the Album-Oriented Rock (or AOR) format popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

Classic Rock is also a term used to mean a fusion of classical and rock music, or more usually, rock music arranged for and played by a symphony orchestra. The style was popularised by a series of albums called "Classic Rock", "Classic Rock 2", etc. performed by the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s. The resulting easy listening albums sold well and were popular until the early 1980s, when the form seemed to fall out of favour with the public. The LSO even scored a hit single with a medley of Classic Rock called Hooked on Classics, in 1981, though whereas the earlier albums were "classical" arrangements of hits by such artists as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Nilsson and others, Hooked on Classics took the opposite tack - arranging a series of well-known classical pieces into a medley with a common tempo and adding a rock drumming track. The medley form was briefly popular around that time due to artists such as Stars on 45.

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